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Revised 'Dynasty' pilot isn't bad enough to be good

My favorite part of the original pilot of the CW reboot of "Dynasty" was an early crack that patriarch Blake Carrington made after hearing the original theme from the 1980s hit ABC soap opera and making fun of the music.

So I am sad to report that crack disappeared from the start of the revised pilot of the series about the super-rich Carrington family. It airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on WNLO-TV (CW 23).

Weeks ago, I told readers that the new "Dynasty" is real bad. But it is even worse without that "wink, wink" crack to fans of the original series.

Grant Show ("Melrose Place") is the star in John Forsythe's role as Blake Carrington and he has aged much better than the series that has been relocated from Denver to Atlanta.

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

I doubt it will be bad enough to get older viewers to discover WNLO-TV, which carries CW programs that generally get little viewership in Western New York.

This version of "Dynasty" has a creative team led by the producers of "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." and its cast includes Alan Dale ("The O.C.") as Blake's butler.

The younger stars include Elizabeth Gillies ("Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll') as Blake's daughter, Fallon, a bit of a rebel who will do almost anything to gain power in her father’s global energy empire. James Mackay (HBO's "The Leftovers") plays her brother Steven and Nathalie Kelley ("The Vampire Diaries") plays her stepmother-to-be, Cristal.

Need I tell you that Fallon and Cristal don't get along? And daddy has to choose between the two?

The other new CW series this fall, the military series "Valor," premiered Monday night with a 2.1 rating on CW 23. That's a strong local rating by local CW standards. "Supergirl," which followed it, had a 0.8 rating.

The third episode of the new ABC hit "The Good Doctor," had an 8.0 Monday rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), which is very high for a 10 p.m. series and higher than the live rating for the first two episodes.

The good news is the series concentrated as much in Monday's episode on secondary characters as it did on the lead.

In other rating news, Minnesota's win over Chicago had a 9.7 rating locally on ESPN's Monday Night Football. The Buffalo Sabres' 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils had a 3.9 rating on Monday afternoon.

The long-running game show "Jeopardy" had a strong 14.0 rating on WIVB-TV Channel 4) and was followed by a 14.7 rating for a new episode of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS.




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