The reboot of popular television series ‘Dynasty’ will do away with its tradition of homophobic storylines, showrunners have said.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour this week, the team for the new reboot said the character Blake would be without his homophobic side this time around.
Blake Carrington was homophobic in the 1980s series, but this time will defend his gay son.
Producer Josh Schwartz said of Blake’s son Steven, played by James Mackay, will be “confidently gay”.
“Steven is confidently gay — he’s not toying with his sexuality,” Schwartz.
“He is gay — Blake accepts him. There’s no rancour over that issue.”
The new series, set in Atlanta, finds Steven supported by Blake, played by Grant Show.
“We sort of assumed that even in some of the more conservative pockets of the South, where the show takes place, a lot of those dynamics have evolved,” Schwartz added, according to The Wrap.
He had been asked by a journalist whether the show would address Blake’s non-accepting past.
Show added that in the 2017 edition of ‘Dynasty’, Blake “can’t be homophobic”.
“He fiercely loves his family, and he fiercely defends his dynasty,” Show added.
“Dynasty” premieres Oct. 11 on The CW.
Homophobia is far from gone, however, as Coronation Street’s gay vicar discovered.
Actor Daniel Brocklebank, who is gay himself, said he had experienced anti-gay abuse since taking up the role.
Meanwhile, Gina Rodriguez, who plays ‘Jane the Virgin’ in the hit series, said she is ‘more bisexual’ than the character.