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CW's 'Dynasty' reboot isn't bad enough to be good

How bad is the CW reboot of "Dynasty," the 1980s hit ABC soap opera about the super-rich Carrington family that ran during the greed is good era in America when "Dallas" also was a huge hit on CBS?

Real bad.

The star of the series, Grant Show ("Melrose Place"), has aged much better than the series.

But you probably knew it would be bad. The key question is it so bad that it is good and entertaining?

Not to me.

And I doubt "Dynasty" will be bad enough to get older viewers to discover WNLO-TV, which carries CW programs geared to the younger demographics that generally get little viewership in Western New York.

Unlike the 1980s before TV practically declared anything goes, nothing can be shocking anymore. And that hurts the latest version of "Dynasty," which follows TNT's reboot of "Dallas" from 2012-14.

Granted, there is one enjoyable moment early in the pilot when Show hears the old "Dynasty" theme and asks "what the hell is with that music?"

There are more funny moments in the pilot, too, in a campy way. I'm not sure all of it is intentional.

The new "Dynasty" opens with shots of the Trumps, the Kardashians and Murdochs as examples of current dynasties that are supposed to illustrate things haven't changed much since the 1980s before introducing Show as Blake Carrington (John Forsythe's old role).

The "Dynasty" premise hasn't changed much.

Blake heads up a global energy company in Atlanta that his daughter Fallon wants to run. Meanwhile, Fallon is hot for the chauffeur but isn't warming up to her father's young girlfriend and future wife, who used to be dad's assistant.

Here's the pilot line that defines the series: "Truth doesn't come easy to the Carringtons."

It shouldn't be long before stepmom and stepdaughter are wrestling with each other a la Joan Collins and Linda Evans.

The truth on this pilot is easy: It is slow, dull and predictable, three words never associated with the original.

"Dynasty," which will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, joins a recent wave of rebooted series that will include "Roseanne" "Will & Grace," "S.W.A.T." and "American Idol" this season and previously included "The X-Files," "24," and "Prison Break."

Created by the producers of "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C.," the cast includes Alan Dale ("The O.C.") as Blake's butler who knows everything and Elizabeth Gillies ("Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll') as Fallon, who thinks she knows everything. James Mackay (HBO's "The Leftovers") is her brother Steven and Nathalie Kelley ("The Vampire Diaries") is her stepmother-to-be, Cristal.

Rating: 1 and a half stars out of 4

"Dynasty" is only one of two new CW series premiering in the fall.

The CW's other new show, "Valor," follows another fall series trend – military shows.

"Valor," which airs at 9 p.m. Monday, is the weakest of the three patriotic series. It is about a unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots that is believed to have only two survivors returning from a top secret mission to Somalia.

Christina Ochoa (TNT's "Animal Kingdom") is one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots in an obvious attempt to grab CW's young female audience.   Matt Barr ("Sleepy Hollow") is her commanding officer.

The pilot, which deals with secrets being kept and the rescue of a third survivor, is oversexed and loaded with overacting and over-the-top dialogue. That includes this classic line: "If we can't trust each other, we can't trust anyone." Trust me:  This is an easy mission to avoid.

Rating: 1 and a half stars




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