The CW 2017 Upfronts: ‘Dynasty’ Reboot With A Gay Twist, ‘Black Lightning’ & More

Rebooting an iconic soap opera from yesteryear is no easy feat. Just ask the producers of the short-lived Melrose Place remake and TNT’s Dallas. The CW’s attempt to recreate the glory days of Dynasty probably won’t work either, but that isn’t going to stop me from watching it. Dynasty looks like good campy fun. Definite guilty pleasure viewing material here.

The reboot comes from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who gave us the watercooler shows, The O.C. </em>and Gossip Girl. You have the original characters from the classic 80s drama but with a twist. Cristal (Nathalie Kelley) is of Latin descent now and her cousin Sammy Jo, originally played by Heather Locklear, is now a man and a gay one at that. He’s played by Rafael de La Fuente, who played Jamal’s boyfriend on Empire.

Truthfully, the trailer is a bit meh. There wasn’t enough hair pulling and someone getting shoved into the pool. Still, I’ll give it a shot since Schwartz and Savage have always delivered in the past.

The network’s other new fall offering is a military drama titled Valor starring Christina Ochoa and Matt Barr. Seems out of place on the network but it’s nice to see the CW try new things. Being held off until midseason are the superhero series, Black Lightning, and Lucy Hale’s first post-Pretty Little Liars gig, Life Sentence. She plays a woman who discovers she’s no longer dying. Looks promising.

Check out all the trailers and new schedule below. Jane the Virgin, Arrow and Riverdale have all been moved to new nights.

The CW 2017-2018 Schedule


8/7c: Supergirl
9/8c: Valor (New Series)


8/7c: The Flash
9/8c: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow


8/7c: Riverdale
9/8c: Dynasty (New Series)


8/7c: Supernatural
9/8c: Arrow


8/7c: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9/8c: Jane the Virgin


With Valor and Dynasty premiering in the fall, CW’s other two new shows, Lucy Hale’s Life Sentence and the new superhero drama Black Lightning, are being held for midseason. The 100, iZombie and The Originals will also return for new seasons in 2018.

The CW 2017-2018 New Shows & Trailers


Fallon Carrington is charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, home in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal. Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom.”

Life Sentence

Stella has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). But when she finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella’s cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she’s dying, she will have to learn to live like she’s living, and help her family and friends do the same.


An elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots called the Shadow Raiders are sent on a top secret mission that goes terribly awry. Only two members of the team return safely: Warrant Officer Nora Madani and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo. Nora and Gallo grow closer, and soon find themselves torn between duty, honor and desire.

Black Lightning

Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.