Fall Premiere Season Ends in a Bored Whimper with Devils
Devils. The CW. Wednesday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Here are some things to know about Devils, The CW’s new imported drama. First, this is not McDreamy’s return to American television. Patrick Dempsey, the dream boy of an entire female generation for more than a decade on Grey’s Anatomy, is not the star of Devils, no matter many hacky bloggers reprint press releases to the contrary. His role can barely be called supporting.
Second, even if Dempsey’s character were bigger, he’s not the kind, caring, compassionate McDreamy who haunts the Hallmarkish dreams of a now-menopausal flock of female TV viewers but a cold, ruthless McSonuvabitch. “You don’t really care for anyone,” one woman accuses him. “It’s beyond your grasp.”
And third, this dreary discussion of the fate of a decade-gone-by matinee idol tells you everything you need to know about Devils, which is that it’s such a thorough-going bore that there’s nothing else about it to say.
The last scripted show to premiere in 2020’s coronavirus-blighted fall broadcast season, Devils was supposed to be quite a catch for The CW. Italian-made but shot in English, with two high-hormonal male draws (Alessandro Borghi of Netflix’s Suburra is the other), it had already been battle-tested on European TV. Supposedly, The CW had to win a bloody bidding war to come up with the American rights.
If so, it wa
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