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Series premiere: Trauma

In television on 09/28/2009 at 10:46 am

Series name
Trauma

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC

Regularly airs
Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC

Premise
Staff at San Francisco City Hospital responds to all sorts of … traumas.

Primary cast and crew
Cliff Curtis (Crossing Over, Push, Whale Rider) is Reuben “Rabbit” Palchuk, daredevil flight medic. Nearly killed in a disaster.
Aimee Garcia (George Lopez Show) is Marisa Benez, Iraqi war vet, new pilot. Chip on shoulder? Check!
Anastasia Griffith (Damages) is Nancy Carnahan, an MD who decided to forgo internship in favour of becoming a paramedic. Father does not approve. Lost her partner in disaster that almost killed Rabbit. Existential crisis? Check!
Taylor Kinney (Bones, What About Brian) is Glenn Morris, rookie EMT and eager puppy new partner to Nancy, who is grumpy about it.
Derek Luke (Notorious, Madea Goes to Jail, Antwone Fisher) is Cameron Boone, paramedic who feels torn between family and work.
Kevin Rankin (Friday Night Lights) is Tyler Briggs, Cameron’s longtime partner.
Jamey Sheridan (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) is Dr. Joe Saviano, who runs the trauma show at San Francisco City Hospital, detached from patients but devoted to his staff.
Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) is exec producer.

Buzz buzz
Best, it is being said, of all the many, many new medical dramas.

But what do I know anyway? After not having seen the pilot I know this…|
Where Peter Berg goes, I will follow. Also, the man cast on this show covers both ends of the spectrum: Jamey Sheridan from the mature end and Derek Luke from I know he’s young enough to be my … neighbour end. So I guess that makes them the George Clooney and Noah Wyle of this show. And speaking of ER, I want medicine, I want tissue moments, I want humour, I want drama and I want it now. ER wasn’t always great, but it was always there. And doesn’t that sound like a backhanded compliment! I liked Mercy, NBC’s Wednesday-night medical drama, more by the end than I did at the beginning, but still not exactly embracing the main characters.  Three Rivers (Oct. 4 on CBS), the transplant team drama, is getting lukewarm buzz at best. So I am coming to Trauma with high hopes. And, having just reread this, once again I am reminded of the need to investigate getting a real life.

Other reviews
Rick Porter at zap2it.com says Trauma has one of the best-looking pilots of the season, owing to two spectacular action sequences, but notes there’s no way financially possible to keep that up on a weekly basis. And what the show boasts in visual dynamism it lacks in character development. But if it hits the ground running with better-defined characters in Week 2, it’s a comer.

Ken Tucker of ew.com writes, similarly, “could flame out fast, or become an adrenaline fave.”

Official website
The usual stuff, plus a behind-the-scenes blog by Aimee Garcia (but only one post, from what i could tell), a Trauma Medical Dictionary in case the show’s lingo leaves you baffled (planning to baffle viewers? isn’t that just bad writing?), links to the real health agencies mentioned in the shows (like the Center for Disease Control), a 911 Trivia game that’s “coming soon”.

Twitter
Promotion only, but responsive to fan tweets.

Facebook
Many very enthuiastic fans, including one EMT who said he hopes they get it right.

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
Sometime before the Wednesday premieres, a look at Hank and The Middle.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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