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Equal parts glamour and melodrama, Dynasty was one of the defining TV series of the ’80s. Who can forget the fierce in-fighting and slippery power games of Denver’s wealthy and influential Carrington clan — especially the infamous lily pond catfight?

Last year it was reported that a reboot was in development with Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage at the helm alongside Revenge producer Sallie Patrick. Now The CW has given their remake a series order for the 2017-18 season, Deadline reports.

Unlike TNT’s 2012-14 revival of another ’80s primetime soap, Dallas, the new-look Dynasty won’t try to unite new characters with old favorites. The CW’s Dynasty is a modern-day re-imagining with Melrose Place actor Grant Show starring as Blake Carrington, the patriarch played in the original by the late John Forsythe. Meanwhile, Linda Evans‘ character, Krystle, has been remodeled into Cristal, a Hispanic woman played by The Vampire Diaries‘ Nathalie Kelley. Fans of the original will recall that when Krystle marries into the privileged Carrington clan, she clashes with her determined stepdaughter Fallon (played by Elizabeth Gillies), setting the scene for some high-stakes sniping and conniving.

At the moment, there’s no place for the original show’s most iconic character, appealing schemer Alexis Carrington. Joan Collins‘ vampish villainess wasn’t introduced until season two of ’80s Dynasty, but she’s generally credited as a significant factor in turning the show into a ratings winner. But this doesn’t mean new Dynasty shares no lifeblood with its ’80s predecessor. The original show’s creators, Richard and Esther Shapiro, will be serving as executive producers on The CW’s version. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Collins makes some sort of cameo along the way, too.

So far, the reboot seems to be provoking a somewhat mixed reaction on Twitter:

Are you excited about the Dynasty reboot — or is this a show that should have been left in the ’80s?

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By Nick Levine