‘Dynasty’ returns as a modernized reboot, will tackle politics, climate change

The hit soap opera “Dynasty” will return after almost 30 years off the air and it will take things even further than its 1980s predecessor.

The new “Dynasty,” which will air on the CW, aims to “kick it up a notch,” according Elizabeth Gillies, who plays Fallon Carrington, daughter of wealthy industrialist Blake Carrington, on the show. 

Gillies spoke to press on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to promote the show. She was accompanied by producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, known for their work on shows like“The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”

Schwartz and Savage said they coordinated with original “Dynasty” producers Esther and Richard Shapiro while working on the reboot.

“They talked a lot about family and the idea of whatever villainous things the characters in the show do that they never stop loving each other,” Savage told reporters.

He explained the Shapiros pressed that the characters’ sense of family was “the central thing that held the show together for all those years…”

Savage said the show will also address modern issues such as “politics, culture and climate change.”

He explained, “There’s so much going on and we think the show can really be a part of the conversation.”

Gillies told TV critics that her character is “as feisty as ever” and that she loves Fallon’s strength.

“Fallon doesn’t want to be a rock star. She wants to be CEO,” Gillies said, emphasizing Savage’s point that the show will have a modern spin.

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