• Dynasty Increases Sex, Sleaze Quotient (CW)

    by  • September 10, 2017 • Broadcast Decency, CW, Paleyfest 2017 Reviews • 3 Comments


    Nastiness replaces camp in this rebooted nighttime soap.

    Fallon Carrington is the scheming, ambitious, and arrogant daughter of manipulative oil billionaire Blake Carrington, who expects to be named COO of Carrington Atlantic. But Fallon and her gay, “black-sheep” brother Steven receive a shock when Blake announces he is marrying PR staffer Krystal – and is making her COO. In retaliation, Fallon announces she is teaming up with Blake’s hated rival, tech billionaire (and former Blake) protege Jeff Colby. Also in the mix are Krystal’s devious nephew Sammy Jo, who has recently become Steven’s lover; Krystal’s former lover Matthew, injured in an explosion; and Matthew’s mentally ill wife Claudia, who publicly accuses Blake of trying to kill Matthew.

    The original Dynasty was a 1980s nighttime soap with an exaggerated emphasis on wealth and family dysfunction. But while the new Dynasty largely follows the same broad plot strokes as the old, it does so with little of the outrageously tongue-in-cheek campiness of the original. Instead of the over-the-top melodrama of classic Dynasty, the characters in the reboot are genuinely nasty pieces of work.

    The new series also substantially ups the quotient of profanity, graphic sex, and sleazy content over the original. Words like “bitch” are thrown about with abandon; both straight and gay couples are shown thrashing about in bed and performing and receiving oral sex in cars; and dialogue includes such gems as Fallon telling her father, “Stop acting as though you don’t lay all your girlfriends in front of us;” Krystal lamenting that Fallon will “never see me as anything but the girl you’re banging;” and the Carrington’s chauffeur boasting that Blake “pays me $200,000 a year, and I’m banging his daughter.”

    Though brought to television by original Dynasty creator Esther Shapiro and Gossip Girl producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, it is questionable whether the quintessentially ‘80s brand of Dynasty will have much meaning or resonance for the CW’s target demographic of millennials; but it is certainly a program from which parents will wish to keep younger children far away.

    Dynasty premieres Wednesday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET on the CW.

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to Dynasty Increases Sex, Sleaze Quotient (CW)

    1. Joe
      September 17, 2017 at 7:17 am

      I just can,t watch TV like I used to watch. I thought this stuff could not get any worse but they keep proving me wrong.
      The new TV “Execs” are coming out of school and getting hired to spread more trash. As they become parents and don,t know right from wrong themselves,their children will become the New “execs” with even less morals. It seems to be an endless cycle. HELP!!!!!

    2. Jack Spencer
      September 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for the warning. Except for the occasional educational program. My family keeps our Grandchildren far from the Television.

    3. terri
      September 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Enough raunchy sleeze on tv already. Just shows you don’t have the talent to make a good show without all that. Disgusted!

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