Blake Carrington will have a new bride-to-be when Dynasty returns to The CW for its third season. Daniella Alonso is joining the show as Cristal Jennings, TVLine has learned exclusively, stepping in for Ana Brenda Contreras, who originated the role in Season 2.
“Unfortunately, Ana Brenda Contreras will not be returning for the third season of Dynasty due to personal reasons,” executive producer/showrunner Josh Reims tells TVLine. “We’d like to thank her for her contributions to the show and wish her all the best. We’re excited to welcome Daniella Alonso who will step into the role of Cristal.”
Alonso’s small-screen credits include roles on Revolution, The Resident, Criminal Minds, Animal Kingdom, Being Mary Jane, The Night Shift, Friday Night Lights and One Tree Hill. Alonso is repped by The Gersh Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
This swap is the latest in a series of major casting changes for Dynasty during the course of its two-season run. Nathalie Kelley, who played Cristal Flores, was killed off between Seasons 1 and 2; James Mackay, who plays Steven Carrington, transitioned from series regular to recurring in Season 2; and Nicollette Sheridan, who portrayed family matriarch Alexis Carrington, exited midway through Season 2. (Elizabeth Gillies briefly stepped into the role of Alexis via the magic of plastic surgery, but a new actress is expected to play her in the future.)
When last we saw Cristal, her wedding to Blake was being interrupted by the grim discovery of two yet-unidentified corpses, one of which is believed to be a friend of Fallon’s who died at Carrington Manor when the girls were still in high school. (Sloppy work there, Anders!)
Dynasty‘s third season premieres Friday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c. Your thoughts on Alonso joining the show as its new Cristal? Drop ’em in a comment below.
What is going on with this show?
The show is a big mess lol.
The hell? There’s been soaps on for 60+ years with less cast changes (okay I’m exaggerating but still…)
I agree the need to find cast members that can last longer in their roles than Blake’s love interests😂
I feel like a show about what goes on behind the scenes of this show would be way more interesting than the show itself.
Maybe one of the past stars will spill the dirt about all this.
End Adam and bring back Stephen!!! Hate that story line.
I was literally repeating “Please let the recast be Stephen”…
Adam is creepy and annoying.
Dynasty recasts Cristal as fast as how The Flash changes what version of Harrison Wells they have for the season.
But seriously something is definitely wrong behind the scenes and we need an Unauthorized drama movie of it! Lol
Well let’s hope for the best with the cast changes but some shows never recover. Losing Nicolette Sheridan as Alexis is a major loss.
How is the audience suppose to connect to the character with so many casts changes!?.the story lines are forever turning and has kept be a tuned.But, to many cast change’s.THIS SHALL BE THE LAST I WATCH..
I would like a crystal to kinda look like the original one. I love the show, but sometimes I get confused with what’s going on.
Yes. Big mistake losing Nicolette.
Waitwaitwait…the *actress* was killed off between season?!
Yes. The first Cristal was an imposter and she died in a fire at the end of season one. Her fate was revealed in the season 2 premiere and also that she wasn’t Cristal. The real Cristal Jennings showed up and Blake fell in love and married her.
@Choop means that the article is worded wrong. It’s written as him Nathalie Kelly, the actress, was killed off between seasons 1 and 2. But the character she played is the one that got killed off.
Ah. Thanks Matty!
“…it’s written as him…”
Ok, now I’m really confused!
No, the actress wasn’t killed, the character was. The sentence structure in the article is the culprit: “Nathalie Kelley, who played Cristal Flores, was killed off between Seasons 1 and 2”.
I’m sure the people writing this grew up watching mexican soap operas from Televisa
Televisa makes way better telenovelas, than this hot mess of a show. This will be cancelled by or before end of season. Too many complicated storylines, Adam is too evil of a character to care for, Alexis was the main reason people saw the original.
Bring in new writers and have better storylines or viewers will stop watching.
New Cristal? There’s really no thought of her due to the recasting be so fast and how can you get into one character when they change up so fast before a season could come to the end. I enjoyed the first season but this is all based on a remake of an old soap….but the scenes are predictable.
No one ever warmed to Cristal 2.0 so happy they are trying to get the character right again and hope they do this time. Failing that the gimmick of a new one each season perhaps. Worst thing they ever did was get rid of 1.0.
1.0 wanted to leave.
Yeah, but why is the question. I love Grant Show and have watched most of his shows for the last 30 years. And yet, Dynasty feels so toxic that I can only watch a few episodes at a time.
what a mess
For as long as this show remains on the air, I really hope with each new season renewal they recast Cristal. It’s tradition at this point!
Totally! Best suggestion ever!
I agree, this is nuts
I’m laughing because the joke theory about a new Cristal every season is coming true!
The BTS drama is a mess!
Nicollette leaving for “personal reasons”, now Ana Brenda- I don’t buy it.
Nicollette’s mom was sick, so the reason for her leaving was legit. But, first Cristal 1.0, then Cristal 2.0 leaving? What is going on behind the scenes?!?
Although, I do like the casting for Cristal 3.0…
They sure don’t make Dynasty like they used to…
Thank goodness for alternative viewing platforms.
I enjoy Daniella Alonso but IDK how she’ll be in this role as Cristal. Are we believe that she’s playing the exact same character? I wonder how (if at all) the story will explain the change.
Also excited to get news about the new Alexis!!
New drinking game take a shot everytime there’s a casting change on Dynasty
Bwahahaha. This show is such an epic failure in every regard.
Agree epic failure and a big mess
This is getting ridiculous your going to start loosing viewer’s. If you contintue changing the actresses for the characters on this show. If you want a season 4 you better make sure you get a strong actress to play Alexis . I think Daphne Zinga would. Be great in the role of Alexis
You mean Daphne Zuniga ex Jo from Melrose place right? I love Daphne Zuniga, she is a wonderful actress.
I love her too.
Do they even have enough viewers to lose?
Lol I remember the daytime soap days when we’d glare at a new player for an old character and howl “who”s this now”!
Do people on this show not have contracts? It seems like it’s just a revolving door over there. If everyone really is having that serious of personal issues, I feel bad for them. But it’s almost laughable at this point.
Despite some posts to the contrary, the show is not a complete mess. Pairing Kirby and Sam together was brilliant, as they play off each other really well. I also really liked Liam and Fallon together. It’s just the rest of the show that’s a mess: The Colbys are duds, Blake is aimless, Cristal 1 was stronger than Cristal 2, I don’t think the casting was right for Adam, and Alexis was too cartoonish. So… mixed bag?
Cristal 2 was the better actress but Cristal 1 had more of a presence.
literally the only storyline were watching for is the brilliant one portrayed by Liz Gilies 😬😬😬
I agree with you. This dynasty has a much strong Fallon than the original. We’ve seen her twice take over companies. Effectively she is the new Alexis.
I think that is part of the problem. Nicolette did not get to become scheming businesswoman Alexis And was likely bored with the role. Originally dynasty has Alexis and Dominique as powerful business women. Fallon abs Monica are now the powerful businesswomen and they had Ada Stone as the villainous businesswoman. Hopefully they remake Dominique into a powerful businesswoman in the music business like she was in the original.
One thing has always been a bit odd. They are in Atlanta. GA and yet not one person speaks with as my family would say with the twang of the guitar (southern accent).
Wtf is going on with this show?? I mean, I’m enjoying the story, but I’d appreciate less behind-the-scenes drama. And for what its worth, the moment Gillies leaves, I’m out.
Ana Brenda tweeted long ago that she would take a sabatic, when she said goodbye to her fans on “Amar sin ley” and she was already cast as Cristal, so by the end of the season I was expecting another dead Cristal, but that didn’t happen… Until now that they announced the recast.
This show is wretched. I watched one and a half episodes across two seasons and that was pure torture. I loved the original but this is nothing like it. Takes a lot of nerve to even call it “Dynasty”. The Carrington “mansion” is barely kind of a large house. So incredibly lame. Should never have passed the pilot stage.