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Series premiere: Three Rivers (yes, another medical drama)

In television on 10/03/2009 at 5:12 pm

Series name
Three Rivers

Debuts
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS

Regularly airs
Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS

Premise
A medical drama set in Pittsburgh with a triple twist: riffing on the “three” of the title, it’s a transplant-centric medical drama, encompassing the perspectives of the team, the donor and the recipient.

Primary cast and crew
Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight, White Out, August Rush) is Dr. Andy Yablonski, lead surgeon on the transplant team at Three Rivers hospital.
Katherine Moennig (The L Word) is Dr. Miranda Foster, hot-tempered surgeon with father issues.
Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is Dr. David Lee, who, well let’s just allow CBS’s own show website tell you: Lee is a “womanizing surgical resident who’s broken as many hearts as he’s replaced.” Perfection.
Christopher J. Hanke (theatre: Cry Baby, Rent) is Ryan Abbott, young and “inexperienced” transplant coordinator, CBS says. Because I think you want your coordinator to be learning on the job, no?
Alfre Woodard (My Own Worst Enemy, Desperate Housewives) is Dr. Sophia Jordan, head of surgery. Very demanding. No life.
Justina Machado (ER, Kath and Kim) is Pam Acosta, Andy’s devoted Gal Friday.
Amber Clayton (Rush) is Lisa Reed. All I can tell you is that she’s blonde. I guess she got on the publicist’s bad side.

Buzz buzz
I loved ER as much as anyone, but how many hospital series can even the most patient (get it?) viewer absorb? House, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Nurse Jackie, Scrubs (Novemberish?), Mercy, Trauma, and now Three Rivers. Get me a scalpel. And some Ringer’s lactate. … Stat?

Also, pilot was reshot to jam Alfre Woodard in where Joaquin de Almeida (Crusoe, 24) had been.

But what do I know anyway? After not having seen the pilot I predict…
I’ll watch a few, but won’t have much patience (okay, that’s the end of that joke theme). But I never got the appeal of Moonlight, so am immune to O’Loughlin’s appeal. Having said that, I used to be immune to the charms of Simon Baker (Smith, The Guardian) until I gave in and tried The Mentalist.

Other reviews
Alan Sepinwall at the New Jersey Star Ledger says the concept of a series focussed on transplants is great, but this doesn’t realize the full potential. Plus O’Loughlin is stiff.

Mike Hale at the New York Times says that the show is weak, but the star power of O’Loughlin from Moonlight and Hale from The L Word might buy it enough time to get its legs under it.

Official website
Lamest network show website ever. Actor bios, but not character bios. One paragraph about the show and it’s choked with purple prose. Extras, under Community, ask how “your” life has been changed by a transplant (they’re focussing on that demographic?) and what character we are most looking forward to meeting (Tell me a little more about the GD characters and I might have something to work with!). Show preview videos are not (sigh) viewable in this Canadian geographic area, but at least a couple of cast interview videos work. Alex O’Loughlin talks about his role and the series and sounds a little bit like he thinks he’s about to change the world. His younger co-star Christopher Hanke does a video diary entry about meeting the Television Critics Association during the fall-season preview in L.A. in August.

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
Battle of the Blades is Monday, but I’m not much of a non-fiction reviewer. You lemme know how it works out. Next new fiction-type series? Looks like the remake of V, Nov. 3.

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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