Dynasty, the CW’s reboot of the beloved ABC series from the ’80s, came to an end on Friday night after five seasons. Here, showrunner Josh Reims talks about what Really wanted to do in the series finale, and how strange it was that the ratings for the sudser were never Really discussed
DEADLINE: Did you have enough time to plan a series finale?
JOSH REIMS WIn fact, we planned a series finale and a season finale, just in case. We did double the work, basically.
Did you know you wanted to end the wedding?
REIMS That came up near the end. For some reason we keep ending seasons with weddings and we thought it would be fun to do it again. We thought that Culhane (Robert C. Riley) and Nina (Felisha Terrell) were the best couple to do it, and we liked the idea of playing games and making viewers think they were Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) and Steven (James Mackay). . , first.
Wait, how many seasons did you end up with the wedding?
REIMS I think there were like three and one in the middle. So we had a lot of weddings.
Initially, fans called to purchase the show elsewhere. Was it ever a real possibility?
REIMS uh no. As far as I know, this was the last goodbye to Dynasty, so we gave everyone the happy endings they deserved.
Richard Alan Shapiro and Esther Shapiro, who created the original Dynasty, were attached from the beginning. How involved were they over the course of the show?
REIMS I took over running the show in season three and sat down, I think twice, with Esther Shapiro. I had lunch with her a couple of times and we talked about the show and she gave me her opinion on it. She was very appreciative and very much alike, you know? Do what you think is best. I’m just going to tell you what I think and you stay with it. And then once she hit COVID, that was the end of our lunches. We didn’t really communicate much after that. We saw it as, let’s do our thing. And then throughout the seasons, we looked for places where we could honor the previous series. Like this season, we made a whole Cristal doppelgänger story, which was literally ripped from the original. So we looked for places to honor the original, but we still did our thing.
Looking back over the last five seasons, which story are you most proud of?
REIMS The Doppelgänger history! I had resisted doing it for a while, and then for some reason this season I was like, yeah, let’s do it. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I liked doing the episodes where we tried different things, like when Liz [Elizabeth Gillies] he could sing, because he loved doing that. There weren’t many limits on what we could do. I could say, ‘I want to do a film noir episode,’ and they’d be like, ‘Sure, go ahead.’ I took advantage of that.
REIMS In the end, Steven returned. There was a lot of discussion in the room about whether Steven should kill Adam (Sam Underwood) or let him go. He wanted me to kill him, but he didn’t feel quite right with the tone of the show. Deep down, I think a lot of the writers thought he deserved to be killed and we wanted to see Steven get his revenge on him. (Among other cowardly acts, Adam drugged Steven and sent him to an insane asylum.) He wouldn’t have it any other way, but that was definitely something we considered.
Ratings-wise, this show didn’t fare too well for the CW. But Netflix really made a difference for the series. How was that for you?
REIMS It’s funny because it’s the first show I’ve ever been on or where there was literally no discussion about the ratings, which was great. In season two, we shot in Paris and some of the actors came back and said it was crazy because people were showing up on set and recognizing them on the streets. That’s when we realized that, internationally, there is a crazy fan base. So when the Netflix charts came out and showed which countries we were number one in, we realized, ‘oh, this is so much bigger than just the CW,’ which was good.
Looking back, were a lot of marketing dollars spent spreading the word about Dynasty? Or do you think it mattered?
REIMS I don’t think it would matter. I think people were waiting for it to show up on Netflix. Online, people were asking when the show starts on Netflix. So it seemed that by the third season, at least there was already a built-in audience.
Reboots are so hard. Would you ever do this again?
REIMS Would totally do it again. This was made easier by the fact that we don’t feel beholden to the original. If we were to be more strict with what happened originally, it might not have been as fun and easy. It worked for the best.
So does that mean you’re going to reboot The Colbys now?
REIM Exactly. Or Falcon Crest.