List of Dynasty (2017 TV series) characters(Redirected from Joseph Anders)
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera reboot based on the 1980s series of the same name. It stars Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Robert Christopher Riley, Sam Adegoke, Rafael de la Fuente, Alan Dale, and Grant Show.
In the story, heiress Fallon Carrington (Gillies) is unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake (Show) engaged to Cristal Flores (Kelley), a rival employee at the family company. When Fallon's machinations to separate the couple backfire and cost her a promotion, she allies with Blake's nemesis, Jeff Colby (Adegoke), and strikes out on her own. Meanwhile, the arrival of Cristal's opportunistic nephew Sam (de la Fuente)—who becomes romantically involved with Fallon's wayward brother Steven (Mackay)—threatens to expose Cristal's shady past. Watching out for the Carringtons are majordomo Anders (Dale) and chauffeur Michael Culhane (Riley).
The reboot updates several elements from the 1980s original, including moving the setting from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta, Georgia; making Steven's homosexuality a nonissue to Blake; and changing gold digger Sammy Jo from a woman to a gay man. Additionally, in the new series, Blake's fiancée and her nephew are Hispanic, and both Michael and the Colby family are African-American.
Heiress Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is unhappy with her father Blake's engagement to Cristal Flores, and is furious when he gives Cristal the promotion Fallon wanted for herself. She positions herself as her father's business rival, backed by Blake's nemesis Jeff Colby. Oblivious to Jeff's attraction to her, Fallon is carrying on a sexual relationship with the family chauffeur, Michael Culhane.
Cristal Flores CarringtonEdit
Carrington Atlantic's head of public relations, Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley), marries Blake and immediately makes an enemy of his daughter Fallon. Cristal's married ex-lover, Matthew Blaisdel, is killed in the aftermath of a suspicious explosion, which implicates the Carringtons. Cristal is also trying to hide her past from Blake, which is made more difficult by the arrival of her nephew Sam Jones.
Blake's son Steven Carrington (James Mackay) devotes himself to environmental and humanitarian causes, often in opposition to his father's business interests. He becomes romantically involved with Sam, who he soon discovers is his new stepmother Cristal's nephew.
Carrington chauffeur Michael Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) is also Fallon's lover and unofficial henchman, though he has feelings for her which seem unrequited. Michael gets photos for Fallon of Cristal kissing her ex-lover Matthew in "I Hardly Recognized You". In "Guilt is for Insecure People", Michael is hesitant to help Fallon find leverage against her father Blake. Meanwhile, Fallon's brother Steven is suspicious of Blake's involvement in Matthew's death, and Michael reveals to him that Blake has Matthew's phone in his possession. Somewhat frustrated by Fallon's dismissive treatment, Michael becomes involved with Kori Rucks, Fallon's acquaintance from high school, in "Private as a Circus". Their relationship survives Fallon's jealous meddling in "I Exist Only for Me". In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", Fallon meets Michael's parents, Louella and James. Michael has led them to believe that he is a vice president at Carrington Atlantic, and Fallon backs him up. In "The Best Things in Life", Michael's relationship with Kori implodes over his lingering feelings for Fallon. In "Rotten Things", Fallon has a falling out with Monica Colby, who begins her own romantic relationship with Michael. When Fallon discovers that Monica is helping Jeff manipulate her into marriage for nefarious reasons in "Nothing But Trouble", Michael agrees to help Fallon investigate why, and turn the tables on the Colbys. In "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington", Michael enlists the help of his computer genius teenage sister, Evie (Elizabeth Youman), who confirms Fallon's suspicions that Jeff has access to all Carrington emails and texts. On the eve of her faux wedding to Jeff in "Our Turn Now", Fallon tells Michael she loves him, and asks him to marry her at city hall. He refuses, not wanting something so important to be part of a Carrington plot. In "Enter Alexis", Michael learns that his father is seriously ill, and resigns. Cristal connects James' leukemia diagnosis to a Carrington Atlantic coverup in "Don't Con a Con Artist". Louella asks Fallon to keep her distance from Michael in "Use or Be Used". In "A Line from the Past", James dies as the coverup is exposed in the press, and Cristal—in her last act as COO after being fired by Blake—hires Michael. When Blake pushes back against Fallon's and Michael's efforts toward change in "Trashy Little Tramp", Michael urges Fallon to do the right thing. She finds incriminating information on Blake, which she uses in a secret meeting with the Carrington Atlantic board to make a case for them to name her CEO in Blake's place. Fallon professes her love for Michael in "Dead Scratch", but he announces his intention to leave Atlanta. When the Carringtons are trapped in the burning trophy room, Michael comes to their rescue.
Riley was cast in the pilot in February 2017. Played by Wayne Northrop in the 1980s series, the character is one of several cast as nonwhite for the reboot. Executive producer Sallie Patrick said that with Michael and Carrington butler Anders, "we introduce the theme of upstairs/downstairs, because how can you have a show about the filthy rich without including the people who try their damnedest to keep them clean?"
Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke) is a high school friend of Fallon's, and Blake's former employee. He made a fortune from software he created while working for Blake, which the court ruled was his own property. Blake has never forgiven him for this "betrayal". Jeff finances Fallon's business venture to be close to her, but it takes a while for her to begin to see his value as a partner. In "Trashy Little Tramp", it is revealed that Jeff's mother Millie is Blake Carrington's half-sister.
Sam "Sammy Jo" JonesEdit
Carrington majordomo Joseph Anders (Alan Dale) is protective of the family, and threatened by Cristal's presence as the new would-be mistress of the mansion. After the wedding in "I Hardly Recognized You", Anders warns Cristal that he has investigated her sordid past and will reveal the details to Blake if she steps out of line. In "Guilt is for Insecure People", Anders merges Cristal's meager assets with Blake's per the terms of their prenuptial agreement, effectively making her unable spend any money without Anders knowing. In "Company Slut", Anders manipulates Sam to keep Steven away from his ex-boyfriend, Ted Dinard, a recovering drug addict whom Blake and Anders had previously pushed out of Steven's life. In "The Best Things in Life", Anders discreetly helps Cristal pay off someone from her past, but goes to Blake when he catches her in a lie. Anders and Cristal discover that Cristal's sister Iris was behind the extortion plot in "Rotten Things". On Blake's behalf, Anders bribes a prison guard to stage an attack intended to prevent Cesil from being paroled in "Nothing But Trouble". After Sam reveals in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington" that he is in the country illegally, Anders sets him up with an immigration lawyer to begin the citizenship process. In "A Line from the Past", Anders tells Sam that he has an ex-wife and a daughter, Kirby, in Australia. Anders moves to call her, but hangs up. Sam invites Kirby to his wedding to Steven in "Dead Scratch", before learning from Steven and Fallon that as a child she was a "psychopath" who tormented Fallon. Later, Anders is surprised to find Kirby arriving at the mansion.
Executive producer Sallie Patrick said that with Anders and Carrington chauffeur Michael, "we introduce the theme of upstairs/downstairs, because how can you have a show about the filthy rich without including the people who try their damnedest to keep them clean?" Of Anders and Cristal's nephew Sam, she said, "We've introduced their friendship, and I totally 'ship them together. Locking them in the basement [in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine"] was so much fun ... Sammy Jo is always getting in over his head, so it made sense for him to be the first one knocked out. And the funniest person to lock him in the basement with seemed to be Anders."
Dale was cast in the pilot in March 2017. He has received praise for the role, and Maureen Ryan of Variety called him "the best aspect of the new version of Dynasty", noting that "Dale improves every scene he's in." Patrick said, "Alan Dale is amazing as Anders. From the beginning, everybody wanted to be in a storyline with him."
Atlanta energy tycoon Blake Carrington (Grant Show) marries public relations executive Cristal Flores, which lands his family at the center of a scandal when Cristal's married ex-lover Matthew Blaisdel is killed in a suspicious explosion. The marriage—and Blake's promotion of Cristal to COO of his company, Carrington Atlantic—put him at odds with his daughter Fallon, who allies herself with Blake's nemesis Jeff Colby as a business rival to her father. Blake already has a complicated relationship with his son Steven, who disapproves of his father's capitalistic politics and underhanded business tactics.
Matthew Blaisdel (Nick Wechsler) is Blake's top field engineer at Carrington Atlantic, and Cristal's former lover. Engaged to Blake, Cristal says goodbye to Matthew in "I Hardly Recognized You", and Fallon uses photos of their kiss to try to separate Cristal and Blake. Meanwhile, on his final job for Blake before he resigns, Matthew is injured in an explosion, and later dies. His widow, Claudia, accuses Blake of murder. The explosion is determined to have been caused by sabotage, and the Carringtons work to hide Cristal's connection to Matthew in "Spit It Out". Matthew's friend Willy Santiago tells Cristal that before his death, Matthew refused Blake's offer of a job transfer to China. Fallon leaks a sex tape of Cristal and Matthew in "Private as a Circus", and the Carringtons are cleared of wrongdoing in Matthew's death by Willy's suicide note. Confronting the Carringtons at gunpoint in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", Claudia admits to setting the explosion that killed Matthew, though his death was not her intent. Claudia is subdued, and with Police Chief Stansfield's help, Blake sends Claudia to a sanitarium rather than prison. Matthew, not dead after all, visits Claudia at the facility in "Trashy Little Tramp", vengeful toward the Carringtons. He helps Claudia escape the sanitarium in "Dead Scratch", and they infiltrate the mansion. Claudia snaps and confronts Cristal with a gun. Matthew steps between them as Claudia fires, except that Matthew is a figment of her imagination, and Cristal takes the bullet.
Executive producer Sallie Patrick said of reimagining the character:
One big decision we had to make when rebooting Dynasty was what to do with Matthew Blaisdel ... Matthew was Cristal's on-again-off-again lover, and while we loved that part of Cristal's backstory and loved Matthew's crazy wife, Claudia, he didn't bring that much to the original series other than business stories, and the Shapiros encouraged us to focus more on family than business. So, when I was watching the original Dynasty pilot, there's this oil rigging accident Blake sets up in order to tank the price so he can swoop in and buy it out from under his competitor. The realization of this causes Walter Lankershim (Willy in our version) to crash the Carrington wedding with a gun. In our version, it made dramatic (and soapy) sense to have Matthew injured in the accident, sending his wife, Claudia, to the Carringtons' doorstep to give Cristal the news that her new husband may have killed her ex-lover. And that accusation—and the mystery surrounding it—is what launches us into series.
Jeff's sister Monica Colby (Wakeema Hollis) is Fallon's best friend from high school. In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", it is established that the Colbys' father, Cesil, is in jail. In "Rotten Things", Monica refuses Fallon's urging to visit him, and is mad to discover that Fallon is sleeping with her brother Jeff while still harboring feelings for Michael. The women have a falling out as Monica accuses Fallon of being self-absorbed and not a good friend. Monica then begins a romantic relationship with Michael. Monica is horrified when Jeff finally admits his plan to destroy the Carringtons in "Promises You Can't Keep", but she later agrees to help him. Fallon later discovers that the Colbys are conspiring against her in "Nothing But Trouble". In "Our Turn Now", she makes a show of her trust in Monica to encourage a confession, but Monica stays silent. As Jeff and Fallon's feud goes public in "Poor Little Rich Girl", Monica cuts ties with Jeff and takes guardianship of Cesil. Alexis arranges a reconciliation between Jeff and Monica in "A Line from the Past". In "Trashy Little Tramp", Jeff and Monica learn from their grandmother—Thomas Carrington's former secretary—that their mother, Millie, was fathered by Thomas. Alexis informs them that as Thomas' grandchildren, they are entitled to a portion of his shares in Carrington Atlantic. Jeff and Monica reveal their Carrington heritage in "Dead Scratch", and declare their intention to force a sale of the company. Defying Alexis' orders, Hank is seduced by the money and votes with the Colbys.
Carrington Atlantic employee Willy Santiago (Dave Maldonado) is with his friend, Matthew Blaisdel, when Matthew is killed in the aftermath of a suspicious explosion in "I Hardly Recognized You". He drunkenly confronts Cristal about her relationship with Matthew in "Spit It Out", and she fires him publicly to distract the press from the Carringtons' problems. In "Private as a Circus", Willy reaches out to Steven, who arrives to find him dead from an apparent suicide. Stansfield later reveals the existence of a suicide note in which Willy confesses to causing the explosion that killed Matthew. Claudia is revealed to actually be responsible for the explosion in "A Taste of Your Own Medicine".
Atlanta Police Chief Aaron Stansfield (Michael Beach) is a longtime friend of Blake's who tries to help the billionaire in "Spit It Out". He takes Matthew's phone from evidence lockup and gives it to Blake. Steven uses his knowledge of this to coerce Stansfield to clear him of Matthew's death in "Private as a Circus". Following Willy's suicide, Stansfield shows the Carringtons a convenient suicide note that exonerates them from any involvement. In "The Best Things in Life", Stansfield threatens Blake when Steven cuts off his illicit funding. The police chief turns the tables on Steven by revealing that he helped Blake cover up Steven's culpability in the accidental death of an oil rig worker. Stansfield accepts a $5 million payment from Jeff to retire and leave town, to be replaced by Jeff's cousin Bobbi.
First seen in flashback in "Guilt is for Insecure People", Iris (Elena Tovar) is Cristal's sister, and Sam's mother. After stealing a fortune in cash, she and Cristal plan to flee Venezuela. Cristal arrives at their rendezvous point, but is forced to leave alone when Iris does not show up. In the present, Cristal learns through Sam that Iris is once again on the run and needs money, but Cristal is unable to access any funds without Anders knowing. Sam arranges a robbery at the mansion to come up with the money. Another flashback in "The Best Things in Life" reveals that Iris' abusive boyfriend Alejandro, who is Sam's father, was responsible for Cristal's miscarriage. Her need for medical care prompted the sisters to steal the money from Iris' criminal employers. In the present, Cristal receives a threat, and Anders helps her pay her pursuers off. Blake brings Iris to Atlanta for the holidays in "Rotten Things". Cristal and Anders discover that Iris was behind the extortion plot, and a confrontation with her sister causes Cristal to admit to Sam that she killed his father to defend Iris. Blake later greets a business associate, Diego Callestada, who is in fact Alejandro. He reveals himself to Cristal in "A Well-Dressed Tarantula", threatening to expose Blake's father's past crimes if she does not help him close a deal with Carrington-Atlantic. Cristal and the Carringtons—with Sam's help—turn the tables on Alejandro and Iris. After being told by Cristal that they are no longer sisters, Iris secretly hides in Fallon's new car and manages to chloroform her. In "I Answer to No Man", Alejandro and Iris hold Fallon hostage in a warehouse. Cristal delivers the ransom alone, and is taken as a hostage as well. She eventually convinces Iris that Alejandro is bad and will only turn on her, and as Alejandro tries to strangle Cristal, Iris shoots and kills him. The sisters reconcile. Cristal sends Iris off with some cash, and tells the police she shot Alejandro in self-defense, not Iris.
Introduced in "Private as a Circus", Kori Rucks (KJ Smith) is an Atlanta councilwoman and former high school classmate of Fallon and Monica. She blocks Fallon in her attempt to secure an energy contract with the city for her new company, and then spends the night with Michael. Their new relationship survives Fallon's jealous meddling in "I Exist Only for Me". Kori rebuffs Fallon's overtures of friendship in "The Best Things in Life", but her relationship with Michael implodes over his lingering feelings for Fallon.
Smith was cast in the recurring role in September 2017.
Ted Dinard (Michael Patrick Lane) is Steven's ex-boyfriend from New York, who reappears in "Company Slut". Sober for two years and working for the Sky Conservancy Organization, Ted apologizes to Steven for the dissolution of their relationship, which included a drug-addicted Ted accepting money from Blake to leave Steven. Steven is poised to forgive Ted, but finds that Ted has slept with Sam. In "The Best Things in Life", a distraught Steven does a line of cocaine and calls Ted to say that he is on his way to New York to see him. Steven's grandfather Thomas drags him back to Atlanta in "Rotten Things", followed by Ted. Though Steven plans to travel with Ted rather than go to rehab, Ted is arrested for drug possession and faces his third strike. Blake is unable to help because Jeff and Steven coerced Police Chief Stansfield to retire. Though Steven and an impressed Thomas believe that Blake set Ted up, Jeff is actually behind it. In "Nothing But Trouble", Steven decides to run for city council, and lets Ted know that tales of their wild past may become public. A distraught Ted, using drugs and believing that Sam and Steven are romantically involved, stages a scuffle with Sam and leaps out of an upper story window. He is brought unconscious to the hospital in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington", and at Blake's urging, Steven spins the potentially negative publicity by pretending to be Ted's grieving partner. At Ted's hospital bedside, Steven manipulates Ted's religious father, Gerard "Gerry" Dinard (Stephan Jones), to reclaim Sam's missing earring from Ted's belongings. Ted wakes up, but his father whisks him off to rehab before he is able to say anything to the police about his fall.
Patrick said after the character's first appearance in November 2017, "Ted Dinard is a character from the OG Dynasty who played a big part in season 1...So let's just say, he'll be back."
Thomas Carrington (Bill Smitrovich) is Blake's estranged father, who arrives to celebrate Christmas in "Rotten Things". Dragging Steven home from his drug-fueled bender in New York with Ted, Thomas criticizes Blake's management of both his company and family, including Fallon's defection to Jeff. Thomas insists that Blake fire Steven. Insensitive to Steven's problems, Thomas is also dismissive to Cristal and her relatives, for whom he only has racist insults. Fallon finally calls him out as being stuck in the past. Thomas returns in "Our Turn Now", summoned by Cristal in an attempt to stop Fallon's faux wedding to Jeff, but he soon realizes the necessity of the plot. Thomas reports Sam to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after which a confrontation with Cesil causes Thomas to have a heart attack. As he dies, he admits to the Carringtons that Blake never had an affair, but was just covering for him. Blake mourns in "Poor Little Rich Girl", and comes across a videotape of Thomas saying that he loves his son. At his funeral, Blake's long absent ex-wife Alexis reappears. In "Trashy Little Tramp", Jeff and Monica Colby learn from their grandmother that their mother, Millie, was fathered by Thomas. Alexis informs them that as Thomas' grandchildren, they are entitled to a portion of his shares in Carrington Atlantic. Jeff and Monica reveal their Carrington heritage in "Dead Scratch", and force a vote on a sale of the company.
Cesil Colby (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) is Jeff and Monica's father. In "A Taste of Your Own Medicine", it is established that he is in jail. In "Rotten Things", Monica refuses Fallon's urging to visit him, and Cesil lashes out at Fallon. When Jeff visits, he and Cesil discuss their vendetta against Blake, who they say slept with Cesil's wife and framed him on drug charges. In "Nothing But Trouble", Blake tasks Anders to bribe a prison guard to stage an attack intended to prevent Cesil from being paroled. The parole board votes against his release, but Jeff sleeps with the parole commissioner, who sets Cesil free. Confined to Jeff's house with an ankle monitor in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington", Cesil is compelled to go along with Jeff's plan to marry Fallon as a means to destroy Blake. However, seeing Jeff and Monica so close to Fallon and Michael at dinner sets Cesil off, and he angrily reveals to Fallon the crimes Blake has committed against the Colbys. When Fallon and Michael have left, Cesil tells Jeff that he is taking over the plot against Blake himself. In "Our Turn Now", the Carringtons are planning Jeff and Fallon's wedding, which is actually a diversion while they attempt to erase the data Jeff has stolen from them. Cesil refuses to attend the rehearsal, so Blake makes a personal plea to Cesil to put their differences aside and come to the wedding. The Carringtons manage to turn the tables on Jeff. A vengeful Cesil moves to confront Blake with a gun, but instead comes upon Thomas, who has a heart attack. Cesil flees at Jeff's urging, and Thomas admits to the Carringtons that Blake never had an affair, but was just covering for Thomas. As Jeff and Fallon's feud goes public in "Poor Little Rich Girl", Monica cuts ties with Jeff and takes guardianship of Cesil.
Rick Morales (J. R. Cacia) is an ambitious reporter and old friend of Cristal's. The Carringtons throw a fundraiser for Senator Paul Daniels (Rick Hearst) in "Promises You Can't Keep", and Rick tells Cristal that Blake regularly bribed Daniels when he was a judge. To avoid the truth coming out, Cristal gives Rick an alternative story about Daniels' many extramarital affairs. In "Nothing But Trouble", Cristal arranges for Rick to interview Steven, who is running for city council. A grateful Cristal kisses Rick. Blake discovers that Rick is working with Jeff in "The Gospel According to Blake Carrington", and insists that Cristal get as close to Rick as possible to find out what Jeff is up to, though she refuses. In "Our Turn Now", Blake arranges for Rick to get a lucrative new job out of state.
In "Our Turn Now", Fallon sets up Liam Ridley (Adam Huber) as Sam's date to her faux wedding to Jeff. Sam and Liam hit it off, making Steven jealous. Liam eventually admits that he is not gay, and encourages Sam to seek out Steven. Turning the tables on the Colbys, Fallon announces to Jeff that their new marriage is invalid since she met and married Liam the night before at city hall. Though their annulment is in the works, Liam agrees to attend Fallon's grandfather's funeral with her in "Poor Little Rich Girl". After he helps Fallon try to manipulate a confession out of her mother Alexis in "Don't Con a Con Artist", Liam and Fallon kiss. Fallon agrees to a date with him in "Use or Be Used", but misses it when she learns that Michael's father is in the hospital. Alexis reveals to Fallon that Liam is really a journalist named Jack Lowden writing a tell-all, and Fallon cuts him loose. Liam gives Alexis his manuscript—actually about his own family—for delivery to Fallon, but she burns it instead. Liam appears at Steven and Sam's wedding in "Dead Scratch", and tells Fallon he is in love with her. He reveals that his manuscript was about his own wealthy family, the VanKirks of New York, and Fallon confronts Alexis.
Steven's search for his older brother Adam—kidnapped as an infant and never returned—leads him to Hank Sullivan (Brent Antonello) in "A Line from the Past". Steven brings Hank/Adam home to Atlanta in "Trashy Little Tramp", where he is accepted by Alexis but rejected by Blake. Blake confides in Sam that the kidnappers cut off Adam's finger, though he never told Alexis. When it is revealed that Hank has a prosthetic finger, Blake is convinced of his identity. Hank later visits Alexis; he is actually her lover, with whom she is conspiring to amass enough Carrington Atlantic shares to seize control of the company. In "Dead Scratch", Hank is added to the Carrington trust along with newly-discovered Carringtons Jeff and Monica Colby, who declare their intention to force a sale of the company. Defying Alexis' orders, Hank is seduced by the money and votes with the Colbys. Cristal discovers Alexis and Hank's ruse, and he flees with Claudia.
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