Dynasty Adds Gossip Girl Star Kelly Rutherford in Key Role

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A former Gossip Girl star is reuniting with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to appear on Dynasty. 

According to TV Line, Kelly Rutherford is slated to appear as a character named Melissa Daniels on an upcoming episode of the sudsy primetime drama. 

Kelly Rutherford Attends Event

The 49-year-old will play Melissa Daniels, a woman who would like everyone to think her marriage to a powerful senator is perfect, but in reality, it is nothing more than a facade. 

The report indicates that the story will hit home for Cristal and will make her think about what can go wrong with marrying men who are at the top of their game. 

This casting news will also mark a reunion between Kelly and Dynasty's leading man, Grant Show. Both stars appeared together on the original iteration of Melrose Place for several years. 

Kelly Rutherford Poses

Rutherford previously worked with executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on Gossip Girl in which she played Lily Van Der Woodsen. 

She appeared in all seven seasons of the teen drama and was part of some of the show's juiciest storylines. 

Since Gossip Girl came to a close in 2012, Rutherford has appeared in the likes of Bones, Quantico and Jane the Virgin

Dynasty launched last month on The CW to middling reviews and mediocre ratings. Dynasty Season 1 is currently averaging 0.9 million viewers and a 0.3 rating. 

Kelly R. is Back

However, The CW confirmed last week that Dynasty had received a full season order, while fellow freshman Valor would be ending its season after 13 episodes. 

Despite the ratings, Dynasty has a lucrative streaming deal with Netflix which finds the show added to the streaming service in every territory that is not the U.S. just hours after it airs on The CW. 

CW boss, Mark Pedowitz confirmed before the series even debuted that the network was already making a profit because of the deal, so it should be safe for as long as money is being made. 

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