Instead of coming up with an original idea for a new television show, The CW network instead moved forward with a reboot of the popular ’80s soap opera “Dynasty” for this fall season. Three decades later, however, the writers are showing signs of going way overboard with their political correctness.
In the first episode, which aired last week, it was clear the series will be outspokenly liberal, much to the dismay of millions of potential viewers and fans of the original program.
Fittingly, the first installment was named "I Hardly Recognized You." Older "Dynasty" fans who tuned in were likely saying that same phrase when the end credits began rolling.
The new "Dynasty" started out with the Fallon Carrington character speaking about dynasties — while a picture of the Trump family, among others, was shown on-screen.
The directors had a little fun unnecessarily checking off a bunch of diversity boxes to prove their PC chops. Blake Carrington's wife on the original show, Krystle, was a white woman with blue eyes, portrayed by Lisa Evans. Now, however, Carrington's wife is Cristal, portrayed by Peruvian actress Nathalie Kelley for no other reason, apparently, than to add an Hispanic character.
Krystle's niece from the original run, Sammy Jo, played by Heather Locklear, was replaced by a gay man named Sam Jones — who is portrayed by Venezuelan-born Rafael de la Fuente. Jones and Steven Carrington are both gay main characters, but this time around, Steven's father accepts his son's sexuality. In the first episode, there's even a gay sex scene, because that's apparently what was missing from "Dynasty"...
Even the location of the show was changed. In its original run, "Dynasty" was based in Denver. Now, however, it's been moved to Atlanta.
Putting the show in a minority-dominated city made it easier for the writers to have the character Fallon in a sexual relationship with her family's African-American personal driver. Plus, their rival family, the Colbys, are African-American now, too.
Although the left-wing crowd may be applauding these changes, many are not appreciative.
"Original 'Dynasty' wasn't bad because they had age appropriate actors. This remake is just s***," wrote Twitter user @ballasxanax.
Many viewers are upset with the rapid shifts in a show that was highly successful in the 1980s, lasting for a whopping 220 episodes until it ended in 1989.
Just one episode in, it may seem early to criticize the new program's political correctness, but from what reboot actress Nathalie Kelley told The New York Times, it appears as if the series will continue the PC-overload with an anti-male theme moving forward.
"From the Clintons to the Kennedys, this isn't a new thing, our fascination with these really powerful families," she said. "But one thing we've talked about which is interesting is patriarchy — how much it has shifted, and how much it's stayed the same."
Leftist magazine Bustle wrote that the new series got a "much-needed feminist makeover," which only further implies that if the show is going to enjoy any sort of success now, that support will not be coming from middle America or older fans.
Why not just come up with a new program for these vastly different characters and themes — rather than taking a beloved show and cashing in on the name to the dismay of so many original fans?
Many Americans are not happy with extreme political correctness in their entertainment. So if the new "Dynasty" takes it too far, it could be the end of its dynasty on television.
Last Modified: October 16, 2017, 2:43 pm