Reworked ‘Dynasty’ keeps glitz, catfights

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 04:45:12 PM. It doesn’t have Linda Evans and Joan Collins this time, but “Dynasty” still has its trademark catfights.
It doesn’t have Linda Evans and Joan Collins this time, but “Dynasty” still has its trademark catfights. That’s evident right from the first hour of The CW’s new reboot of the famously glitzy, Aaron Spelling-produced 1980s serial that begins Wednesday at 9 p.m. Spelling-series alum Grant Show (“Melrose Place”) assumes John Forsythe’s earlier role as wealthy Blake Carrington, whose likely business successor appears to be his strong-minded daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies, “Sex&­ Drugs&­Rock&­Roll”) until he takes a fiancee: his ex-employee Cristal (Nathalie Kelley, “The Vampire Diaries”), a rival for the Atlanta family’s power that the very determined Fallon expected to be hers. Partnered again with his “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” colleague Stephanie Savage in executive-­producing “Dynasty,” Josh Schwartz said, “We are definitely living in an age of dynasties, right? You cannot look at the news across a spectrum of parts of society (without them) ... whether we are talking about Trumps or Clintons or Kardashians or Murdochs, what have you. Our news is filled with the stories of family dynasties, and that is something that was really exciting to us about why to do the show today.” Actor Show, who thinks Spelling would love the “Dynasty” revival, was sold immediately on it. “Blake Carrington is such an iconic character, and one of the most complicated villains — I’m not sure if he was a villain or not — in soap-opera history and that’s what I’m continuing to strive for, but...Read more
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