The CW Will Reboot Dynasty and All of Its Shady Feuds

Dynasty is the next popular classic to be unnecessarily resurrected for the modern era. The series is getting a reboot with the help of Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.


Deadline reports that, much like the original, the reboot “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.” The obvious difference is that Krystle was white (played by Linda Evans) in the original series, which ran from 1981-1989. The storyline gives the reboot a chance to take a stab at exploring deeper racial themes if it so chooses.

No word on the whereabouts of Alexis, the shady character made famous by Joan Collins, but chances are she will be around. The success of Empire no doubt preempted the decision to reboot the series for today’s soap-obsessed viewers. In a 2014 interview, Lee Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter (and everyone) that he “wanted to make a black Dynasty.”


Despite this questionable move, given the limited success of the reboots of similar shows like 90210 and Melrose Place, The CW would be the best home for a modern Dynasty given the network’s “long tradition in young soapy dramas,” as Deadline notes. The OG show’s creators Esther Shapiro and her husband Richard Shapiro will also be involved in the remake.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Masshole James, Unstable Genius

I’m excited! I hope it’s set in the 80's and everyone is wearing furs and insanely large shoulder pads!