CW Reportedly Set To Reboot 80’s Smash “Dynasty”

LOS ANGELES ( —   Variety is reporting that there is a “Dynasty” reboot in the works at the CW.

Reboots and remakes are all the rage. So it is no surprise that the smash TV drama of the 80s , “Dynasty,” would get consideration.

“Dynasty,” if you’re too young to remember, centered around a back-stabbing mega-rich Denver-based family plotting and scheming with the oil business as a backdrop. The show was ABC’s answer to CBS’ “Dallas,” an equally popular show about a feuding oil family from Texas. (TNT did a “Dallas” reboot — 2012-2014 — and featured several original cast members.)

The ABC show starred John Forythe as family patriarch Blake Carrington with Linda Evans playing his suffering wife Krystle and Joan Collina as Alexis, the meddlesome and ever-present ex-wife. Produced by Aaron Spelling (Tori’s dad for you young folks), the show aired from 1981 to 1989.

The new “Dynasty” is in script development, reports Variety. This version is being made by CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire and executive producers and writers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick.

Esther Shapiro and Richard Shapiro, creators of the original “Dynasty,” are also serving as executive producers. Fake Empire exec Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce the new series.

The Fake Empire label is ironic, at best.

TV’s current soapy smash  “Empire” a big hit on Fox, might be set in the record industry but in tone, look and style it is very much a “Dynasty” cousin. Creator Lee Daniels was clearly a “Dynasty” fan growing up…feuding siblings, lots of of sex, a strong beautifully dressed, sharp-tongued female lead character who viewers love to hate?  “Dynasty” had Alexis, “Empire has Cookie.

Old “Dynasty” mainly pitted goody-two-shoes Kystle against bitch-on-heels Alexis. They engaged in cat fights, bitch slaps, with Alexis doing everything she could to make Krystle miserable, including causing her to miscarry. (Boo hiss!)

The new series, Variety says, will center on Blake’s daughter Fallon who will scheme against her new stepmother, Cristal, this time a Latina trying to make her way into the WASPy clan.



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