The ultimate in 1980s aspirational TV, ‘Dynasty’ is being given a 21st century reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that “the Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps” will be back on our screens, once again following a tireless battle between the Carringtons and the Colbys.
The creators of the original show, Richard and Esther Shapiro, are on board for the reboot, to be aired on the CW network. They’ll be joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the pair behind the success of ‘The O.C.’
The writer will be Sallie Patrick, who previously brought us ‘Limitless’ and ‘Revenge’.
The original show, produced by TV mogul Aaron Spelling, caught viewers’ imagination with the tireless battle between two warring families, against a background of the mansions of Denver, courtrooms, tennis courts and hotel suites. And that was before Joan Collins turned up at the end of the first series and made the show her on.
From that moment on through eight more seasons, it was a battle for Blake Carrington’s heart between Linda Evans and Dame Joan, a struggle culminating in an era-defining lily-pond fight.
It also spawned a spin-off series ‘The Colbys’ - set in Los Angeles and starring imported Brits Emma Samms, Maxwell Caulfield, Stephanie Beacham.
What detail we have is as follows:
“The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”
No mention of Fallon being beamed up in a spaceship, something that viewers took in their stride during the original series, but surely something that can be worked around.
This latest reboot comes four years after ‘Dallas’ returned to our screens, which lasted three seasons, before flagging ratings and the death of superstar Larry Hagman brought the show to an end.
These are by no means the only big names to be making a return. Studios in the US have already bought up fresh plots for ‘Magnum PI’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Varsity Blues’ and ‘Let the Right One In’.
Joan Collins, 1985
Christie Brinkley, 1980
Diane Lane, 1980
Pee Wee Herman and David Lee Roth, 1980
Mindy Cohn, 1980
Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields, 1981
Heather Locklear, 1981
Belinda Carlisle and Jane Weidlin, 1981
Nile Rodgers and Debbie Harry, 1981
Simon Le Bon, 1981
Mackenzie Phillips, 1981
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen, 1981
Carol Alt and Cheryl Tiegs, 1982
Susan Sarandon, Ellen Barkin and Deborah Hedwall, 1982
Molly Ringwald, 1982
Sylvester Stallone, 1982
Suzanne Somers, 1982
Adam Ant, 1983
Farrah Fawcett, 1983
Sigourney Weaver, 1983
Sofia Coppola, 1983
Nicole Kidman, 1983
Janet Jackson, 1983
Diana Ross, 1983
Morgan Fairchild, 1983
Cyndi Lauper, 1984
Nicholas Cage, 1984
Meryl Streep and Elizabeth McGovern, 1984
Emilio Estevez & Demi Moore, 1985
Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, 1984
Rupert Everett, 1985
Isabella Rossellini & Laura Dern, 1985
Tom Selleck, 1985
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.