The CW is updating the classic ABC series “Dynasty,” which ran from 1981-89. The show was produced by Richard and Esther Shapiro (who are onboard for this reboot) and made stars of John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and Heather Locklear. Meredith Markworth-Pollack will create the fashions, picking up for the late Nolan Miller, who received six Emmy nominations (four for “Dynasty) and finally won one in 1984.
Assuming the role of Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) is Grant Show, of the soap “Ryan’s Hope” (1984-87), 158 episodes of “Melrose Place,” and more recently, 44 episodes of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” (2013-16). Becoming Cristal Carrington (Linda Evans) is Peruvian-Australian actress Nathalie Kelley (yes, Cristal is now Hispanic) of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006) and most recently in The CW series “The Vampire Diaries” (2009-17).
The complicated Steven Carrington (played first by Al Corley and then Jack Coleman), will be in the hands of Aussie actor James McKay, who was in “Dressmaker” (2015), with Kate Winslet; “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016); and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017). His character will be gay, out and vocally proud of it. Playing Sammy Jo (originally Heather Locklear) will be Elizabeth Gilles, who starred in 51 episodes of “Victorious” (2010-13) and the FX series “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (2015-2016).
Show is 55 and Kelley is 32 and Hispanic, which will change the dynamic between Blake and Cristal. The original locale was Denver, and now it will be Atlanta. Netflix will make the show available the day after it airs on the CW. The producers have promised Alexis Carrington Colby (immortalized by Joan Collins), will be back, but they haven’t said who will play her or when she’ll appear. The CW will give us our first look Oct. 11. *** The ABC show “The Good Doctor,” which just premiered, stars 25-year-old Freddie Highmore, of Camden Town, London, in the title role, He starred in “Finding Neverland” (2004) when he was 12 years old, and in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) when he was 13, both starring Johnny Depp. At 21, Highmore starred as young Norman Bates in “Bates Motel” (20132017). Freddie is godfather for his “Bates Motel” co-star Vera Farmiga’s son, Renn Hawkey Flynn.
Farmiga has “The Commuter,” with Liam Neeson and Sam Neill, opening Jan. 12; the sci-fi thriller “Captive State,” with John Goodman, due Aug. 27, 2018; and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler and Bradley Whitford, attacking theaters May 22, 2019. Farmiga went from the mother of monster (Norman Bates) to running from a monster (“Godzilla”) ... now that’s a real stretch for an actress.