Reboots and revivals are all the rage on TV nowadays. Some shows have done better than others in primetime, and the broadcast networks show no signs of stopping when it comes to exploring reboots. The CW is mostly known for its comic-based and/or vampire fare nowadays, but it's moving forward on a show that could be unlike anything else currently on television. If you thought The CW's lineup was too restrained on the melodrama front, I have some good news for you. The network is moving forward on a reboot of the classic 1980s soap opera Dynasty.
The CW first began development on a Dynasty reboot back in September. We haven't heard much about it since then. Now, the network has officially ordered a pilot for the project, according to Deadline. Given the team behind the scenes, Dynasty could turn out to be a winner of a primetime soap. Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz of The O.C. will work as writers and executive producers on the show, and the original Dynasty creators Esther and Richard Shapiro are on board as well.
The new Dynasty will follow two of the wealthiest families in the U.S. The Colbys and the Carringtons feud over everything from their children to their fortune, and it doesn't take much for things to get ugly between them. The main points-of-view in the series will be courtesy of two women who are generally on the opposite sides of most arguments. Fallon Carrington comes from a life of privilege thanks to her father's fortune. Cristal, on the other hand, is a Hispanic woman set to marry Fallon's father and permanently enter a world occupied by the most powerful class in the country.
The premise of The CW's Dynasty is actually quite similar to that of the original Dynasty. The biggest difference between the two seems to be that the original pitted Fallon against her father's former secretary as she is on the verge of marrying into the Carrington family. Considering that the original Dynasty ran for 9 seasons and more than 200 episodes, it's not too much of a surprise that The CW wants to stick with a recipe for melodrama that tends to work on television. I can tell you right now that if Fallon and Cristal don't end up in a cat fight so vicious that they fall into a pool of water, I will be sorely disappointed.
Dynasty isn't the only prospective series to get the pilot order from The CW. Greg Berlanti and Jason Rothenberg's drama Searchers will also produce a pilot. It's far too early to say if either Dynasty or Searchers will earn a spot in The CW's lineup come fall, but the network will have some primetime slots to fill. The Vampire Diaries and Reign are set to end in 2017, and the odds of renewal aren't looking great for Frequency or No Tomorrow. It's possible that the time will be right for The CW to give Dynasty a real shot back on primetime.