‘Gossip Girl’ Creators Rebooting Soap ‘Dynasty’ for The CW

The CW’s planning to give viewers TV to talk about next season with a reboot of the iconic primetime soap Dynasty. Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will oversee the development of the new series.

The original series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ran for nine seasons from 1981 to 1989 on ABC. It was created as a counter to CBS’ ratings juggernaut Dallas. Anchored over the years by stars John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Heather Locklear, Emma Samms, Diahann Carroll and others, the series became a ratings hit for the alphabet network.

dynsty-krystle-dominique-alexisAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, the original creators are involved with the reboot, written by Revenge alum Sallie Patrick, Schwartz and Savage. The trio will executive producer the series alongside Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski.

The new series follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys. as they feud for control over their fortunes and their children. The series 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.

According to the logline, “In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”

Deadline reports Savage and Schwartz approached the Shapiros in the summer about rebooting the series, and contacted Patrick having been fans of her work. Their reps helped put together the deal and now the series is in script development.

If ordered, Dynasty would be the third primetime soap revisited on the 10-year-old network. The network’s spinoff of Fox’s Beverly Hills 90210, 90210, ran for 5 seasons; the ill-fated Melrose Place only lasted a season. This would mark the networks’ first re-imagining of a soap series.

Let’s hope The CW taps some daytime and primetime soap veterans to star in the series!

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  1. I’m all over this. ‘Cristal, ‘ nice twist. That answers my question will there be a more diverse cast this time around. Will Blake’s son be gay and not bi to please the audience this time? Also, who the hell can replace Joan Collins, Linda Evans, and the late, great John Forsythe? Also, Diahann Carroll and the rest later on? I hope they keep Diahann’s character this time and she keeps her nasty edge, she needs to be HBIC, with Alexis of course. This has the potential to fail horribly or be one of the best remakes we’ve ever seen. I will give it a chance.

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