"Dynasty" is joining the back-to-the-future craze in network television with today's announcement than the CW is bringing back the 1980s ABC hit soap opera about the wealthy, scheming Carrington family.
That may mean some older viewers may have to discover WNLO-TV, which carries CW programs geared to younger viewers and generally gets little viewership in Western New York outside of sister station Channel 4's 10 O'Clock News and other local newscasts.
"Dynasty," which will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, joins a recent wave of rebooted series that will include "Roseanne," "Will & Grace," "S.W.A.T." and "American Idol" this fall and previously included "The X-Files," "24" and "Prison Break."
This version of "Dynasty" has a creative team led by the producers of "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." and its cast includes Grant Show ("Melrose Place") in John Forsythe's place as Blake Carrington and Alan Dale ("The O.C.") as Blake's butler.
The younger stars include Elizabeth Gillies ("Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll") as Blake's daughter, Fallon. In a CW release, she is described as "charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks." James Mackay (HBO's "The Leftovers") plays her brother Steven and Nathalie Kelley ("The Vampire Diaries") plays her stepmother-to-be, Cristal.
Need I tell you that Fallon and Cristal don't get along?
"Dynasty" is only one of two new CW series premiering in the fall. The CW's other new show, "Valor," follows another fall series trend – military shows.
"Valor," which airs at 9 p.m. Monday, is about a unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots that is believed to have only two survivors returning from a failed top secret mission to Somalia. Christina Ochoa (TNT's "Animal Kingdom") plays one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots and Matt Barr ("Sleepy Hollow") is her commanding officer. The series apparently focuses on an investigation of what really happened in Somalia, the secrets being kept and the rescue of a third survivor.