“Damien” is certainly ripe with pulpy atmosphere, including a score from “Dead’s” Bear McCreary that draws from Jerry Goldsmith’s memorable chant-filled original. Building upon and embracing the movie, as opposed to rebooting or running away from it, represents an equally shrewd choice. There’s also strong supporting casting, including Scott Wilson as Damien’s politically connected mentor and Robin Weigert as a nun with a knack for exorcising. At its core, though, the show feels hollow, in part because of the waffling approach to its central character. While putting Damien at the center of a moral quandary has possibilities, as written and as played by James, he’s a relatively passive participant as the action and intrigue unfolds around him.