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Review of "Dynasty" 10/15/17 by Eva Diaz
airs Wednesdays, 9/8c on The CW.

 I wanted to watch this reboot because I was a fan of the 1980's version,, which along with the 1980's classic "Dallas," were my two favorite nightime soaps. I loved the reboot of "Dallas" that was done two years ago and was unfortunately canceled after two seasons on TNT. The reason that I loved the new "Dallas" was because it honored the old show, having characters from the original show, as well as the new characters, which were the children of the classic "Dallas" characters that fans of the original show loved. The new "Dynasty" doesn't do that.  In my opinion, they should have, so that the fans of the 1980's "Dynasty" would also want to watch this new version. This "Dynasty" is totally new; the only thing that is the same as the old show are the characters' names.  The rest of the show has nothing to do with the 1980's classic.

The acting is good by the large cast and this show is clearly geared toward young people who enjoyerd the show "Gossip Girl." Blake Carrington (Grant Show) is the head of the Carrington family, one of the two most wealthy families in Atlanta. Crystal Carrington (Nathalie Kelley) is Blake's wife, whom his children don't like at all because they think she is after their father's money. My favorite character in the show is Joseph Anders (Alan Dale).  He stands out as Blake's butler, who is determined to protect the Carrington's from Crystal, whom he knows has some secrets that she is hiding from Blake. I think he is the reason I will keep watching this show even though it is nothing like the original .

I hope that in the future, this show does a better job of honoring where they came from, instead of trying so hard to distance itself, just for the sake of being the new version. The original show had problems, as all shows do, but despite those problems, people still wanted to watch it.  The show was highly rated for a long time, even getting a spin-off, "The Colbys."

I give this show a 3 out of 5, hoping it will improve, and soley based on the fact that I enjoyed watching Alan Dale's performance as Joseph Anders.



(Wednesday at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW

Premieres October 11

 Wealth, power, deception, and double-dealing… what does it take to build a dynasty? A modern re-imagining of the iconic primetime soap, centering on the powerful Carrington family as they defend their throne against the Colbys, new rivals and threats, and even each other.

Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is charismatic, cunning and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, (Grant Show) summons Fallon and her brother, Steven (James Mackay), home to the family compound in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Cristal is stunning – and almost as young as Fallon, as Fallon is quick to point out – but she isn’t just some flimsy gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is driven, principled, a savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake. However, the wealth and privilege of the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to her, as she clashes with the staff, including Blake’s butler, Anders (Alan Dale), as well as Fallon, who all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong.

Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom.” Fallon asks Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley), the family’s chauffeur – and Fallon’s secret lover – to help expose Cristal for the fraud Fallon thinks she is. But when that backfires, and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter, Fallon sides up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge… leaving a jealous Culhane to watch from the sidelines. While the Carringtons’ rocky relationships prove the theory that family sticks together no matter what, Cristal is reminded of exactly that when her nephew, Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente), arrives with a suitcase full of secrets from Cristal’s past. Now Cristal’s carefully concealed history could bring her future crashing down – and who knows who she might take down with her.

DYNASTY stars Elizabeth Gillies (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”), Nathalie Kelley (“UnReal,” “The Vampire Diaries”), James Mackay (“The Leftovers”), Sam Adegoke (“Murder in the First”), Robert Christopher Riley (“Hit the Floor”) and Rafael de la Fuente (“Empire”), with Alan Dale (“The O.C.”), and Grant Show (“Melrose Place”). DYNASTY is from CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire, with executive producers Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl”), Sallie Patrick (“Revenge”), Esther and Richard Shapiro (the creators of the original “Dynasty”) and Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”).


Day and time: Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

Network debut: October 11, 2017

Format: The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington -- daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington -- and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal -- a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere -- from reality TV to the polling booths -- this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.

Cast: Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington

Nathalie Kelley as Cristal Flores

James Mackay as Steven Carrington

Alan Dale as Anders

Sam Adegoke as Jeff Colby

Robert Christopher Riley as Culhane

Rafael de la Fuente as Sammy Jo

with Alan Dale as Anders

and Grant Show as Blake Carrington

Executive Producers: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Sallie Patrick, Esther and Richard Shapiro, Brad Silberling

Origination: Atlanta, Georgia

Produced by: Fake Empire, in association with CBS Television Studios

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