Wishful Casting: Dynasty — The Next Generation

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A quick scroll up and down your TV's schedule finder and you could easily get the feeling it's Old Home Week. With reboots of Hawaii Five-0, 90210 and Charlie's Angels currently in rotation on the broadcast networks, a Dallas continuation coming to cable next summer and a limited run Arrested Development follow-up reportedly causing a bidding war, everything old is definitely new again. With that in mind, I decided to do a little Wishful Casting for my dream reboot of one of American's favorite primetime soaps, Dynasty!

If the CBS mega hit Dallas was the show that personified Reagan era greed, ABC's Dynasty was Dallas on acid and with much bigger shoulder pads. Created by Esther and Richard Shapiro and produced by the late Aaron Spelling, a showrunner so prolific it was once joked ABC stood for "Aaron's Broadcast Company," Dynasty was the campy saga of the warring Carringtons and Colbys, two Denver-based oil dynasties headed up by Blake Carrington (the late John Forsythe) and his ex-wife, the unforgettable Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).

With sultry primetime soaps making a slight comeback, as both ABC's Revenge and The CW's Ringer are doing solid business, I'd say Dynasty is a primetime franchise ripe for a reboot. I know the creators are planning to take the characters of Blake and Alexis to the big screen in a prequel, but I have to admit, I think these characters play out much better in our living rooms—or on our laptops, as the case may be—than they would in a crowded theater.

The CW has been trying to target more than just tweens and teens in recent years, and could prove the perfect hub for Dynasty 2.0, especially with the netlet's glossiest sudser, Gossip Girl, getting a little long in the porcelain veneer. A Dynasty sequel would be a series The CW's core audience, who grew up on sudsers like The O.C. or Melrose Place could watch with their moms, who came of age while Alexis was catching couture-clad beat downs from Krystal (Linda Evans).

I'd reboot Dynasty: The Next Generation with the show centered on striking, twentysomething heiress Krystina Carrington, daughter of Blake and Krystal, as the female protagonist. The show could launch against the backdrop of Blake Carrington's demise, as the various Carrington children and grandchildren return to Colorado to see just how Blake divided the spoils of his epic oil wars with Alexis, Cecil (the late Lloyd Bochner) and Jason Colby (the late Charleton Heston).

 Who wouldn't want to see Pamela Sue Martin reprise the role of Blake's vampy, eldest daughter Fallon Carrington Colby, now a couragious matriarch and CEO of Denver Carrington? Sorry, I was never a big fan of Emma Samms in the role! Fallon is determined to get what she feels rightfully belongs to her and her children, the now adult Little Blake and Lauren Colby.

Fallon's former sister-in-law and bitter rival, the scheming Sammy Jo Dean (Heather Locklear) would also be skulking around to see if her ex-father-in-law left her anything in his will. When the will is read, it reveals Blake left his shares of Denver Carrington in equal distribution to Krystina, L.B., Lauren and Danny (son of Sammy Jo and Blake's gay son Steven),  thus setting off an epic power struggle between the next generation of Carringtons and Colbys.




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While I think Blake Lively would make an ideal Krystina, she might be bored with playing gorgeous, CW soap blondes after Gossip Girl leaves her last "XOXO," so what about the teen sudser's narrator Kristen Bell as the living, breathing testament to Blake and Krystal's love? If Bell wants to continue focusing her efforts towards the big screen I'd go with All My Children alum and Torchwood: Miracle Day standout Alexa Havins.



For Danny Carrington, I'd go with The Young and the Restless hottie Michael Graziadei. Raised in an ultra liberal enclave of Washington, D.C. with his two dads Steven Carrington and Bart Fallmont, passionate, sensitive, aspiring politico Danny will be immediately thrown into culture shock in conservative Denver. Things get even more complicated when Danny's black girlfriend, reality star Ayana Hunter (Lauren London), daughter of hip hop mogul Joshua "J-Money" Hunter (Lamman Rucker), comes for a visit.


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Sammy Jo reacts to Ayana much the same way Steven's mother Alexis had when she first met Sammy Jo all those years ago. In a nod to history, let's have Ayana sliding down the Carrington bannister when she's introduced to Sammy Jo, shall we?

One person who definitely does get a kick out of the feisty Ayana is Danny's great aunt Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll), who glamorously descends on Denver for her half brother Blake's funeral. Dom's daughter and manager, Jackie (originally Troy  Beyer, but I'd go with Nicole Ari Parker), travels with her mom to Denver and is ticked off at the airport, when J-Money Hunter cuts in front of her at the airport. After a heated exchange, Jackie hopes she never sees this man again, and doesn't —  until her cousin Danny and his girlfriend Ayana decide to set her up on a blind date with Ayana's widowed dad!

It's been six years since Joshua's wife the haunting, one-named R&B songstress Imani, died in a plane crash and he thinks he's ready for love again, but not with an uptight shrew like Jackie Deveraux! Tempers (and more) further flame when the cocky music producer informs Jackie he plans on buying her mother's extensive music catalog lock, stock and barrel, whether Jackie likes it or not. 

Danny has no interest in running an oil company, and plans to sign over his shares of Denver Carrington in trust to his Aunt Fallon, that is until Sammy Jo and Alexis both find out his plans. The two enemies form an uneasy truce to get their hands on Danny's stock in Denver Carrington.

Photos of Kristen Bell and Lauren London by PR Photos


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I'd cast recurring Ringer hunk Justin Bruening as L.B., who now goes simply by Blake. The gorgeous actor already has experience playing someone related to John James (Little Blake's dad Jeff Colby), as James played Jeff Martin, the uncle of Bruening's character Jamie on All My Children

Unlike his cousin Danny, Blake Colby has thought of nothing else besides one day seizing control of Denver Carrington to merge it with his father's family firm Colby Co, thanks in large part to lifelong manipulation on the part of his malevolent grandmother Alexis.

Things get off to a deliciously vile start when Alexis orders Blake to seduce Ayana and get it on video . Alexis hopes to blackmail the young woman into convincing Danny to sell his shares of Denver Carrington to Alexis — and Alexis alone. If Ayana doesn't comply, Alexis will upload the tape onto the web. Not to be outdone, Sammy Jo realizes Blake is working with Alexis—and keeping her out of the loop—and decides to seduce the truth out of Fallon's son. Get ready for someone to get their head dunked in a pool while wearing Bob Mackie! 

If it's one person who could have warned Blake about trusting Alexis, it's his uncle Adam (Gordon Thompson), blacksheep of the Carringtons, who also returns for Blake's funeral with his own nefarious plot in mind. He's dummied up documentation stating that Blake and Alexis' divorce wasn't legal and wants his mother to throw in with him in contesting the will!

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For Fallon and Jeff's younger daughter Lauren, I'd cast Days of Our Lives graduate Rachel Melvin, who recently proved she can give good primetime vixen in the Lifetime Movie Network miniseries Seven Deadly Sins. Bitch goddess Lauren is cut from the same cloth as her grandmother Alexis, and feels about as much affection for her perfect aunt Krystina as Alexis has felt for Krystal over the past few decades.

When both Lauren and Krystina set their sights on Clayton Weiss ( Melrose Place 2.0. standout Colin Egglesfield ), son of Colorado's governor and heir to a vast natural gas fortune, expect fireworks amid ice in Denver.

With a sexy cast of young adults, a few essential veterans, fun, provocative storytelling that moves the story forward, while paying homage to the past, I think a Dynasty reboot could kill. What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments!