Why the CW’s ‘Dynasty’ has that extra special Atlanta touch

Dynasty — “Pilot” — Pictured (L-R): Behind the Scenes with Producer Sallie Patrick and Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta native Sallie Patrick grew up a “Dynasty” fan, loving the soap genre.

So thanks to a bit of kismet (and some nifty Georgia tax credits), a revival of the show three decades later is not only based and set in Atlanta but run by Patrick, a woman who knows the city well.

The Atlanta touches are evident in its first season. (The show returns tonight at 9 p.m. after a holiday break.) When a prisoner meets Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies), he calls her a “Buckhead Betty.” Steven Carrington’s drug buddy lands in the Fulton County jail. Former Atlanta Falcon Jamal Anderson and UGA Bulldog alum Hines Ward pop in for a friendly Carrington Thanksgiving football scrimmage.

Patrick graduated from Westminster Schools where she learned she found her writing voice, which featured a knack for dialogue and creating characters.

She said a pure soap like “Dynasty” — without a high concept like a haunted town or set in a particular venue like a prison or hospital — “is a real rarity on prime time these days. It also means the show can switch directions, characters and tone from season to season more freely than a show with more defined parameters. And that’s exciting!”

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“Dynasty,” 9 p.m. Wednesdays on the CW

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