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It seems like networks are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the next reboot for the upcoming TV season. Magnum P.I., Varsity Blues, and The Departed are just a few of the shows in development hoping to be the next big hit. The latest reboot is a revival of the classic soap opera Dynasty, which aired on ABC in the eighties. The new version of the soap will air at the current king of melodrama: the CW.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CW is aiming to revive the soap opera Dynasty with a modern twist. The network is teaming but with the creators of The O.C. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to help them do it. Originally airing on ABC for nine seasons, Dynasty was created by Richard and Esther Shapiro, both of whom are attached to the CW reboot. The pilot is being written by Sallie Patrick, who's writing credits include numerous episodes of the shows Limitless and Revenge.
The reboot of Dynasty will focus on the "one percent in all its glitz and gloss while exposing the dark underbelly." CW's Dynasty will follow two feuding upper-class families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they battle over their fortune, their children, and presumably their egos. The drama will be told through the eyes of Fallon Carrington and her soon to be stepmother Cristal. The two women will frequently be at odds, with Fallon having been born into money, while Cristal is marrying into it. The looks to examine how dynasties seem to rise abruptly today thanks to things like reality television and politics. Expect to see lots of shady behavior, cheating, slapping and maybe a murder or two.
The original Dynasty ran from 1981-1989 and was the number one show in America in 1985. Starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans, and Joan Collins, the show followed the trials and tribulations of the wealthy Carrington family in Denver, Colorado. The program was one of the most successful soap opera shows on television.
It's been a long time since Dynasty was on the air, so to give you a little glimpse into what the show was like, here is a clip of two characters speaking with a very controlled smugness and getting into a slap fight. The new show will more than likely be different from this, but I'm sure it will still fill its slap quota.
There's no word on casting just yet, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.