The first new series ordered for The CW’s 2017-2018 season is Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s reboot of the classic glam-1980s primetime soap Dynasty.
An early front-runner during the development process, the modern-day remake from the Gossip Girl creators is much more diverse than its source material. The original Aaron Spelling-produced Dynasty ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1981-1989.
Original creators, Richard and Ester Shapiro, are involved with the reboot, written by Revenge veteran Sallie Patrick, Schwartz and Savage. The trio will executive producer the series alongside Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski. Jane the Virgin’s Brad Silberling helmed the pilot and will also produce.
Dynasty 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. 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.
The CW has tapped a mixture of veteran actors and fresh faces to make up the cast. Dynasty stars Melrose Place alum Grant Show, Natalie Kelley (The Vampire Diaries), Elizabeth Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), James Mackay (The Leftovers), Alan Dale (The O.C.), Sam Adegoke (Murder in the First), Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor) and Rafael de la Fuente (Empire).
With nine series returning next season – Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supernatural and The 100 – the network is expected to pick up at least four of the six series in its development slate.
The fate of midseason series iZombie and The Originals could come any day now. Freshman series No Tomorrow and Frequency were officially axed earlier this week, thought their fates were presumably sealed months ago.