The CW is having a rough September, and it doesn’t look like the network is getting a break anytime soon. Right after the news broke last week of the Riverdale car crash involving KJ Apa, we are now hearing that original Dynasty actor Gordon Thomson is calling the upcoming reboot series “insulting.”
Premiering this October, the reboot is based on the 1980s series of the same name taking place in Atlanta and centered around heiress Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies), who is unhappy to find her billionaire father Blake (Grant Show) engaged to an employee named Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Fallon is also involved in some relationship drama of her own as she tries to avoid playboy Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke) and is still in love with married ex-lover Matthew (Nick Wechsler). The reboot is updating several aspects of the original Dynasty including moving the setting from Denver to Atlanta, making Blake’s fiancée Hispanic, changing the character Sammy Jo from a woman to a gay man and making the Colby family African American.
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In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, actor Gordon Thomson, who played the character Adam Carrington in the original series, didn’t hold back when sharing his contempt with The CW’s reboot, according to EW. Here is what he said:
“I have had a look at the new Dynasty and I am appalled. What the f—k is the CW doing? It’s utter s—t. The acting is dreadful, truly dreadful. The writing is appalling. I don’t know what possessed the Shapiros to bother. Why call it Dynasty? It’s nothing to do with Dynasty at all. It’s insulting. If the afterlife exists — it doesn’t, but if it did — Aaron would be having major fits in his grave. And the audience the CW is aiming for is going to think it’s s–t because it is such s–t that a cretinous 6-year-old would not be interested. It’s abominable.”
It's a startlingly bad reaction to the series, which hasn’t even aired yet on the network. While the reboot is supposed to be a fresh and modern take on the original series made to attract a younger audience, we can understand why one of the original actors, such as Thomson, would have such a strong, negative reaction if the series really did stray that far from the original 1980s version.
We are going to have to wait until October though to see if Thomson criticism holds any ground. Even though Dynasty doesn’t seem to be getting the attention like other CW series are getting ahead of the fall season, it has a good shot of being a hit because of its resemblance to past CW series like Gossip Girl, 90210, and One Tree Hill – all drama series that fizzled out under the pressure of supernatural and DC Comics series that have saturated the network until Riverdale seemingly broke the mold.
Dynasty premiere Wednesday, October 11, 2017 on The CW.