1980s hit drama ‘Dynasty’ gets modern reboot

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 04:22:07 PM. Can you really have a “Dynasty” without Alexis Carrington?With help from creators Esther and Richard Shapiro, CW reboots the hit prime-time soap that ran for nine seasons starting in 1981 on ABC and became notorious for its Nolan Miller gowns and campy catfights.The CW version updates the characters to reflect the country’s diversity, with our heroine Krystle (Linda Evans in the original) now
Can you really have a “Dynasty” without Alexis Carrington? With help from creators Esther and Richard Shapiro, CW reboots the hit prime-time soap that ran for nine seasons starting in 1981 on ABC and became notorious for its Nolan Miller gowns and campy catfights. The CW version updates the characters to reflect the country’s diversity, with our heroine Krystle (Linda Evans in the original) now Cristal (Nathalie Kelley, “UnReal”), a powerhouse Latina executive, and Jeff Colby and his sister Monica reimagined as African-Americans. It also pays surprising homage to the beats of the original pilot, right down to bratty Carrington daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies, most recently of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” channeling original star Pamela Sue Martin) biting the head off of a wedding cake topper. Fallon still has her daddy issues, but she’s a rising executive looking to take over Blake’s (Grant Show, “Melrose Place”) company. Standing in her way is daddy’s new girlfriend, Cristal. Fallon’s plan to sabotage their relationship backfires. Blake proves he can manipulate members of his own circle better than anyone, and he’s an expert at staging a scene, as Cristal’s ex-lover, Matthew Blaisdel (Nick Wechsler, “Revenge”), discovers. There’s a moment that would seem more fitting in a “Final Destination” film, but the circumstances propel one of the show’s first mysteries. Cristal has other problems. There are things in her past that she would prefer to keep quiet about. Snide Carrington...Read more
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