Thurs­day Dy­nasty Net­flix

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AS with so many re­boots of cults gone by, it’s hard to fig­ure out just who this mod­ernised re­make of the 1980s su­per-soap is sup­posed to ap­peal to. Watch­ing younger ac­tors tak­ing on those beloved trash icon roles will surely turn off diehard fans of the orig­i­nal DieNasty, in which Joan Collins in­flated her shoul­der pads and sharp­ened her talons as Alexis Car­ring­ton. Mean­while, younger au­di­ences might find it hard to care much about the glitzy in­fight­ing of the bil­lion­aire busi­ness fam­ily as, de­spite at­tempts to sex it up for the 21st cen­tury, the new se­ries is weirdly tame com­pared with the most talked-about Amer­i­can TV shows of the mo­ment. The set­ting has been shifted from Den­ver to Atlanta but, once again, the plot is set in mo­tion when grey­ing pa­tri­arch Blake Car­ring­ton (Grant Show) springs a hot young fi­ancée, Cristal (Nathalie Kel­ley), on his fam­ily – much to the anger of his daugh­ter Fal­lon (El­iz­a­beth Gil­lies), who im­me­di­ately be­gins plot­ting against her. Cat­fights en­sue, but it’s just not the same.

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