Dynasty -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: DYN101_0487.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon and Nathalie Kelley as Cristal -- Photo: Mark Hill/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dynasty: Find Out What’s Different About The CW’s Reboot

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It’s that time of year when the networks are announcing their line-ups and TV viewers are setting reminders to record their returning favorites and the new shows of the season. While you’re making your list and sipping that pumpkin spice latte, be sure to include The CW’s reboot of a cult classic from the 80’s, Dynasty.

Dynastythe original and the reboot, surrounds two of America’s wealthiest families feuding for control over their fortune and their children. All hell breaks loose when Fallon comes home to meet her dad’s fiancée, Cristal.

It starts there, but it will be far from over when you fall in love with the crazy adventures, intense drama, catty fights and backstabbing these two families bring to the small screen week to week.

Who’s Who

Blake Carrington: Melrose Place and Devious Maids alum Grant Show will be playing the oil tycoon. The role of Blake was originally played by John Forsythe.

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Pictured (L-R): Nathalie Kelley as Cristal, Grant Show as Blake and Nick Wechsler as Matthew — Photo: Jace Downs/The CW

Cristal Flores: The Vampire Diaries alumna Nathalie Kelley will be playing the soon-to-be-wife to Blake. You will notice that this Cristal is Hispanic unlike the original character in the 80’s played by Linda Evans.

Dynasty -- Image Number: DYN_Pilot_Cristal_2348.jpg -- Pictured: Nathalie Kelley as Cristal -- Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Dynasty — Pictured: Nathalie Kelley as Cristal — Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW

Fallon Carrington: Former Victorious star Elizabeth Gillies nabbed the role of Fallon, daughter to Blake and is at odds with Daddy’s new chica, Cristal. Fallon was originally played by Pamela Sue Martin and Emma Samms. The role of Fallon was recast in later seasons with Samms taking over.

Dynasty -- Image Number: DYN_Pilot_Fallon_2128.jpg -- Pictured: Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon -- Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Dynasty — Pictured: Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon — Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW

Steven Carrington: The role of Steven Carrington was won by James Mackay. Mackay starred in The Leftovers, as well as, recent films Hacksaw Ridge and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The role of Steven in the original series was played by former Heroes star Jack Coleman and Steven was a gay man who was in constant battle with father Blake over his sexual identity. The reboot is more inclusive and Blake accepts son Steven being gay. The only fights to witness will be over the family business and environmental causes.

Dynasty -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: DYN101e_1036.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): James Mackay as Steven and Alan Dale as Anders -- Photo: Mark Hill/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Dynasty — “Pilot” — Pictured (L-R): James Mackay as Steven and Alan Dale as Anders — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW

Joseph Anders: The OC alum Alan Dale will be playing the butler Anders which was originated by Lee Bergere.

Jeff Colby: Sam Adegoke, fresh off a stint on Switched at Birth, has landed the role of Jeff. The current Jeff is an African-American man who is different from the original version when Jeff was played by John James.

Michael Culhane: Brooklyn born Robert Christopher Riley is going to portray the character of Michael. Michael is the chauffer to the Carrington family  and was originally played by Wayne Northrop.

Sam “Sammy Jo” Flores: Empire alum Rafael de La Fuente is taking on the role of Sammy Jo that was originated by well-known household name Heather Locklear. The reboot has done a switch up making Sammy Jo a Hispanic gay male.

Dynasty -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: DYN101b_0150br2.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo and James Mackay as Steven -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Dynasty — “Pilot” — Pictured (L-R): Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo and James Mackay as Steven — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW

Claudia Blaisdel Carrington: Grant Show’s former cast mate from Devious Maids, Brianna Brown, will be playing Claudia. The character was originated by Pamela Bellwood.

*The character of Alexis Carrington Colby that was originated by famous Joan Collins is mentioned a lot in the pilot and it is mentioned that Alexis will be seen in the first season, but the character’s casting has not been revealed yet.

What’s different?
  • Location, location, location: The story takes place in Atlanta instead of Denver. We should see more skin and less snow.
  • Inclusion: Cristal and Sammy Jo are both Hispanic. The Colby family is black. Steven Carrington is still gay, but accepted and is confidently gay and very horny this time around which is a complete change being that homophobia was very high in the 80’s and being gay was controversial unlike now.
  • Changes: Emphasis on not only Cristal being Hispanic, but the original character was white and her name was spelled as Krystle. The name spelling change is to reflect her Venezuelan heritage. The character used to be a secretary and now she is a powerful marketing executive in Blake’s company and she has a dark past.
  • More changes: With Steven Carrington out and proud, it makes sense for Sammy Jo to be a gay man.  In the original series, Steven married Sammy Jo despite his sexuality. And since Sammy Jo is related to Cristal, it makes sense to update his ethnicity as well, which ties into The CW’s Dynasty being inclusive.

Take a look at the original Dynasty trailers below for Seasons 1 and 2 for the low-down on why the original players made Dynasty the hit it was.

Then take a look at the steamy trailer for The CW’s Dynasty below.

The trailer showed a lot of what audiences loved about the original — the huge mansion, sex and scandal, drinking, cheating, private planes, glamorous attire, bitch-slapping, bitchy dialog, threats, and blackmail. Plus, it has the theme everyone knows and loves, and … did we mention hot man sex?

If this trailer is any indication of what is to come, the reboot could very well be a hit like the original.

Dynasty hails from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick. The writers will all serve as executive producers, along with the original Dynasty creators, Esther and Richard Shapiro.

Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire shingle is behind the pilot, along with CBS Television Studios. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski  will serve as a co-executive producer.

Dynasty premieres Wednesday, October 11th at 9/8c on The CW, following Riverdale.

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Marc Regen

Marc is an entertainment news writer and celebrity interviewer. He is an avid TV watcher with an addiction to coffee, sushi, and his frenchie. He loves shows that are full of angst and drama, and he can sometimes be referred to as the walking IMDB. Marc is a New York native currently living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Aside from Tell-Tale TV, he also writes for StarryMag and is finishing his BA in Journalism.

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