TCA: Meet The New Carringtons And Colbys of Dynasty

Dynasty is back, only this time on The CW with a younger and hipper feminist slant. The cast were on a panel for the Television Critics Association this week and gave us a chance to meet their new incarnations of the classic characters.

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Image Number: DYN101b_0175.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon, Wakeema Hollis as Monica and Sam Adegoke as Jeff — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Fallon is now an executive herself gunning for a position in her father’s company.

“I think she’s as feisty as ever,” Gillies said. “I think that she has a little bit more I would say, Alexis in her than the original Fallon. She has a biting wit, in which she has a lot of sarcastic, excellent lines. So I love her strength, and I think that’s what really drew me to the role. I think I do gravitate towards strong characters, and I think that’s probably their greatest similarity.”

Gillies did have fun recreating classic Dynasty moments like descending an opulent staircase in the Carrington mansion.

“We shot a scene yesterday and I knew I was going to fall,” Gillies said. “That’s my thing. So I was in these heels and like a satin dress, and I was lit. I was like, ‘This is so good.’ And then I was walking down, and I literally stumbled down. I fell on my butt down the entire staircase. The extras all gasped.”

Grant Show – Blake Carrington

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Image Number: DYN101c_0083.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Show as Blake and Nathalie Kelley as Cristal — Photo: Jace Downs/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Blake Carrington isn’t quite ready to let his daughter take over. He would actually prefer to give his son Steven (James Mackay), but even in 2017 Blake is homophobic.

“Blake Carrington is such an iconic character and one of the most complicated villains, maybe,  I’m not sure if he was a villain or not, in soap opera history,” Show said. “That’s what I’m continuing to strive for but in a modern era. In 2017, Blake can’t be homophobic in the same way that a 1983 Blake was, but he can have problems with his son not being the son that he wants him to be. Those are the things that I’m working towards. I do think that this Blake will be very dark, but at the same time, he fiercely loves his family, he fiercely defends his dynasty, and he fiercely defends himself and his position. What’s really important to me is that Blake truly believes that what he is doing is the best for his family. I think that he’s a very, very, very family-oriented man, and he does not think he’s doing things wrong. This is what you do. This is what you do to maintain a dynasty.”

Nathalie Kelley – Crystal Flores-Carrington

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Image Number: DYN101_0487.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon and Nathalie Kelley as Cristal — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dynasty creators Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage gave Cristal a C and an I instead of Linda Evans’ K and Y, a Latina spelling consistent with the multi-cultural background Kelley brings.

“I think to Sallie, and Josh, and Stephanie’s credit, this modern version represents a more current picture of what’s happening in America,” Kelley said. “The diversity of the cast really reflects that. Krystal is now Cristal, originally from Venezuela. I think it is another really bold and intelligent choice, considering what is happening there right now. I think that  even to the narrative, it’s really exciting and important to be talking about the geopolitics of Venezuela on a CW show. I think that’s really amazing. So the spelling of her name reflects this new modern version of the character.”

Cristal has a catfight with Fallon on her wedding day, in case you were worried you’d have to wait for Dynasty to go there.

“Here’s how I justify it,” Kelley said. “If modern women today are fighting, rightly so, for equal pay and to be treated equally and seen equally as men, why can’t we also have the right to fight like men? No less masculine or manly after getting into a fight. Why should we be less feminine or less as women after a fight? That’s my feminist take on why we pull each other’s hair out in Episode 1.”

Gillies added, “We got so scrappy. It’s going to be fun to watch. It’s like you know it’s coming. It’s like when you see clouds rolling, and you are like, ‘Any minute now.’ The first swing happens, and everyone it’s exciting. Natalie and I are down. We do wear gowns while we are doing it, which is a little bit more interesting.”

Sam Adegoke – Jeff Colby

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Image Number: DYN101c_0347rb.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon and Sam Adegoke as Jeff — Photo: Jace Downs/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

For the Colbys (who got their own spinoff back in the day), it’s all about the fashion.

“I want to say something,” Adegoke said. “It’s a fact that Jeff Colby has the best wardrobe on the show. Just be prepared for that.”

Gillies concurs. “He actually does,” Gillies said. “He wore a suit yesterday that was so startling. It was so amazing that I think I forgot his line. I was just staring at him.”

More Colbys and Alexis Carrington Are Coming This Season

Monique (nee’ Monica) Colby (Wakeema Hollis) appears in the pilot, and the producers have more plans for season one.

“We’re having a lot of fun in the writers’ room talking about those original characters outside of the core cast,” Savage said. “We have fun interpreting them and bringing them into the series.”

Alexis is going to be introduced in the first season. “We’re building up the spirit of Alexis,” Patrick said. “She’s definitely alive, I think, in characters like Fallon, and we learn a little bit about her history and the family.”

Dynasty premieres Wednesday, October 11 on The CW.

Written by
Fred Topel also known as Franchise Fred has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 and specializes in writing about film, television and video games. Fred has written for several outlets including About.com, CraveOnline, and Rotten Tomatoes among others. His favorite films include Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, Labyrinth, The Big Hit, Michael Moore's The Big One, and Casablanca. We are very lucky and excited to have Fred as part of the We Live Entertainment team. Follow him on Twitter @FranchiseFred and @FredTopel

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