The CW has given a full-season order to new drama DYNASTY, the network announced Wednesday.
The series is a modern take on the 1980s primetime soap that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, and their ongoing feud for control over their fortune and their children. The new series centers around two primary females-at-odds: Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) Carrington and her new stepmother Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), a Hispanic woman marrying into a WASPy family and America’s most powerful class.
The series is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and Fake Empire, with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage serving as executive producers alongside showrunner Sallie Patrick. Esther and Richard Shapiro, the creators of the original Dynasty and director Brad Silberling also serve as EPs.
The network has not yet given a full season order to its other freshman series, the military drama Valor. Dynasty is performing slightly better in the ratings than its counterpart, though 2.6 and 2.4, respectively, in the coveted 18-49 demographic is low, even for The CW.
This marks only the fifth new broadcast show to get such a vote of confidence from their respective networks. Aside from The Orville getting a second season renewal (the only new show to be renewed thus far), only CBS’ SEAL Team and Young Sheldon and ABC’s The Good Doctor have received their back nine orders.
Gone are the days of the early and splashy renewals to show confidence in new shows as networks are increasingly hedging their bets with initial 13-episode orders and delaying renewal or cancellation decisions until the last possible second.
Linda Ge | TV Editor