2:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Dynasty' Reboot, Military Drama 'Valor' Ordered to Series at The CW
The CW has handed out its first new series pickups for the 2017-18 broadcast season.
Ordered to series is early frontrunner Dynasty, which marks the return of Gossip Girl duo Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to the network, as well as Matt Barr military drama Valor.
The CW's Dynasty is described as a modern take that follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The drama will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington (Grant Show), and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.
Schwartz and Savage penned the script alongside showrunner Sallie Patrick (Revenge). All three will executive produce alongside original Dynasty creators Esther Shapiro and Richard Shapiro. Lis Rowinski is set as a co-exec producer. Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin) directed the pilot and will also exec produce.
Dynasty hails from CBS Television Studios, where Silberling is under an overall deal. The drama, which co-stars Elizabeth Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Sam Adegoke (Murder in the First), Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor), Alan Dale (The O.C.) and Rafael de la Feuente (Empire), is produced by Schwartz and Savage's newly independent production company Fake Empire. Dyasty marks the second series pickup in as many weeks for Schwartz and Savage, who also are behind Hulu's take on Marvel's beloved comic series Runaways.
Dynasty is the latest reboot to hit the small screen as remakes and revivals continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through the cluttered scripted landscape of more than 450 originals.
Valor, meanwhile, tests the boundaries between military discipline and human desire at a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a seasonlong plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios, with Warner Bros. Television boarding as co-producers. Bill Haber (Rizzoli & Isles), Anna Fricke (Being Human), Kyle Jarrow (Lost Generation) and Michael Robin (Nip/Tuck) exec produce. Jarrow penned the script. Charlie Barnett, W. Tre Davis, Christina Ochoa, Nighel Thatch, Corbin Reid and Melissa Roxburgh round out the cast.
Valor is one of several military-themed pilots in the works this season as broadcasters (as well as cable and streaming services) look to broaden their programming offerings to appeal to a Trump America. (NBC already handed out a series pickup for military drama For God and Country.)
Sources say The CW is expected to pick up at least four of its six pilots this season, with DC Comics entry Black Lightning said to be a given. Remaining on the bubble are veterans iZombie and The Originals. A decision on the remainder of the pickups and bubble shows should come by week's end. The network, co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros. Television, will pick up an even amount between both studios.
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