Soap opera fans are constantly clamoring for daytime shows of the past to be brought back to life, and the CW has listened. The network will be reviving the iconic Aaron Spelling-produced primetime soap Dynasty, which ran on ABC from 1981 to 1989.
Deadline reports the CW has given the green light to the high-profile project from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who have teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original Dynasty creators, husband-and-wife team Esther and Richard Shapiro, to give the classic series a modern-day run.
"Co-written by Schwartz & Savage and Patrick, the new Dynasty follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children," the site states. "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."
Dynasty fans know the original series focused on oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), whose daughter, Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin), couldn't stand the fact that her daddy was marrying his much-younger former secretary, Krystle (Linda Evans). The new version's Cristal is a fresh take on the Krystle character, intended to give the reboot a more diverse feel.
At this time, it hasn't been announced if some of Dynasty's other major characters like Joan Collins' scheming Alexis will be a part of the new version, but Deadline says "that would seem logical."
Schwartz and Savage will executive produce through their Fake Empire banner alongside Patrick and the Shapiros. Patrick will serve as show runner if the project moves forward. Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski is as co-executive producer.
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