Here’s two titles you never thought you’d see in the same article: Dynasty and iZombie. The former was an epic soap opera that ran during the 80s, while the latter is a current CW show that follows Liv, a zombie/coroner’s assistant who can solve murders by eating the brains of the dead.
From elitism and drama to cannibalism and psychic visions, these two shows couldn’t be more different. However, they both received similar pieces of good news earlier today (one of which will come as no surprise to iZombie showrunner Rob Thomas) — and it looks like both titles are about to share a home.
According to TVLine, The CW has officially renewed iZombie for season 4, and will pick up the new Dynasty reboot Dynasty 2.0. Though iZombie has gone down in the ratings in its current third season, the critical darling is still holding on, and matches The Originals in its demographic. Dynasty 2.0, on the other hand, seeks to stir up some high-class drama, with Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and Revenge producer Sallie Patrick at the helm. According to reps, Dynasty will be a drama “that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.” The show will display a darker side of wealth, by offering viewers a glimpse into “a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”
Dynasty 2.0 will focus on two women, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) and her soon-to-be stepmom Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). The show offers a more diverse look at the classic show, as Cristal will be a Hispanic woman looking to fit in in a WASP-y world of wealth. Gillies is known for her work on Nickelodeon’s Victorious as Jade, while Nathalie Kelley has starred in UnREAL and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. iZombie stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), and Rahul Kohli in lead roles. The show was created by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, with Veronica Mars EP Diane Ruggiero.
iZombie has offered a much-needed injection of quirk into The CW’s lineup, along with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, so it’s wonderful to see the show given more air time. Now that The CW’s golden era of overprivileged drama (thanks to Gossip Girl and 90210) has come to a close, Dynasty 2.0 will undoubtedly fill in the gaps for viewers looking for a good soap opera-esque drama — without the daytime hours or bad camera quality.
Congratulations all around to the actors and creators working on these shows! The CW’s next season is shaping up to be an interesting one, if this news — and the network’s recent Black Lightning addition — is any indication.
iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on The CW. Dynasty 2.0 is still in development, and a premiere date has yet to be announced.