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Dynasty and Searchers - Receive Pilot Orders at The CW



The network on Friday handed out official orders to its Dynasty reboot from The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as well as drama Searchers, from prolific producer Greg Berlanti and The 100 creator Jason Rothenberg.

Dynasty is based on the primetime soap of the same name that aired for nine seasons on ABC and was created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. Both the Shapiros are attached to the CW reboot, which is being penned by Sallie Patrick (Limitless, Revenge), Schwartz and Savage. All three will executive produce. Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski will co-exec produce. The project hails from CBS Television Studios and Schwartz and Savage's Fake Empire (The O.C., Gossip Girl).

Here's the logline: "The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot 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 series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — 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."

Searchers, meanwhile,hails from The 100 creator/showrunner Jason Rothenberg and Berlanti. The drama, which had been a frontrunner for an official pickup, follows a group of unlikely heroes and takes place 10 years after the death of their parents when a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team when they learn that their mother's terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world. Rothenberg will pen the script and exec produce alongside Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter. This marks Berlanti's third pilot order of the season, joining ABC comedy Raised by Wolves and drama Deception. Berlanti currently exec produces a large chunk of The CW's schedule, including DC Comics' Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow as well as Archie Comics' Riverdale.

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