Each new TV season, I often try to watch at least one episode of just about every show that has even a scintilla of interest for me. This was the lowest scintilla of all, mostly just curious how the show would skew young to grab better demographics. The original Dynasty was campy for lots of viewers, yet a small but steady crew grabbed on to it because it was “new and different”. Or more pointedly, it was rich people behaving badly and lots of people loved seeing John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins grinding each other up. But 30 years later, we’ve progressed through the Melrose era and the Kardashians, and the world of Beverly Hills Wives. Fictional “bad families” aren’t that scandalous anymore.
From the original description, my prediction was:
CW: Dynasty – while the reboot year is upon us, the CW runs young, and I don’t think they’re ready for Melrose Place without a 90210-like lead up, the various ages of the characters won’t pull them in – CANCELLED;
So I watched an episode, as painful as it was. A few faces leaped out, but it was the overall casting I found interesting, not the individuals. Blake isn’t the geezer anymore, he’s a much younger Blake, marrying a young wife and appointing her COO of his company. Much to the chagrin of the daughter who wanted the job, when she’s not running around trying to look like Taylor Swift. I don’t know that the dad will pull the younger crowd, but he’s watchable for the now-older Melrose crowd, and perhaps the young daughter will hold the young’uns. The son is *gasp* gay, isn’t that exhilirating? Snooze. Oh, and there’s biracial stuff going on, aren’t we all progressive and diverse in our casting?
About all I can say about the one episode is that it didn’t completely suck. Sure, it was bad acting. Yes there was a cat fight. People were wheeling and dealing. And there’s eye candy to watch for both sexes and orientations. Yet while the ratings for the series haven’t been stellar, Netflix is interested, which makes me wonder if it might move over and add some more graphic content. Netflix has a different business model, so maybe it works for them, and it’s enough to get it renewed.
I doubt it would make it on any other network than CW, and definitely not without a Netflix buy-in.