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Series debut: Miami Medical, Friday

In television on 04/02/2010 at 5:28 pm

Series name
Miami Medical

Debuts
Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS

Regularly airs
Fridays at 10 p.m. on CBS

Premise
A team of “rock star” trauma doctors afflicted by beauty, brilliance and tragic pasts.

Primary cast and crew

Jeremy Northam (The Tudors, films Creation, Gosford Park) is Dr. Matthew Proctor, the chief “rock star” doctor.
Mike Vogel (Gounded for Life, films She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) is Dr. Christopher Deleo
Lana Parrilla (Swingtown) is Dr. Eva Zambrano
Elisabeth Harnois (One Tree Hill, 90210) is Dr. Serena Warren
Omar Gooding (Playmakers, Barbershop, brother of Cuba Gooding Jr.) is Tuck Brody
Andre Brauer (Men of a Certain Age, Homicide Life on the Street) appears very fleetingly
Jerry Bruckheimer (every other show on TV) is one of a bunch of exec producers

Buzz buzz
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER DOES A MEDICAL SHOW.

But what do I know anyway? After having NOT yet seen the pilot I predict…
Well, it’s Jerry Bruckheimer, so it’s pretty much guaranteed it is slick, action-packed, melodramatic and loaded with squishy, gory, fanTAStic shots of oozing, sliced-up organs – a formula that seems to work so well with the CSI shows. Helps, too, that Lana Parrilla and Jeremy Northam et al are not hard to look at. Add to that the fact that I’m not the only one still looking for a medical melodrama to fill the void left by ER. Grey’s Anatomy is more ridiculous with every passing week, Private Practice is (regrettably, because I love Amy Brenneman) drowning in soap and newcomers Mercy and Trauma have not stepped up (Nurse Jackie is great, but in a totally different, darker-than-dark category). It is also pretty much guaranteed that CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL critics will hate Miami Medical. Why is that so often the case? Yes, I’m asking YOU: Why do you think that if critics love something, the TV watching public will not and vice versa? I have my theories, most of them unflattering to critics, including myself tho’ I am now only a dabbler and a part-time dabbler at that. Drop me an email or leave a comment with your theory and/or your review of tonight’s premiere. I’ll chime in sometime on the weekend.

Other reviews
Call 911 for cliche-ridden Miami Medical, says the Miami Herald.

Suffers from anemic storytelling, says Reuters.

The Los Angeles Times has a less dim view: “Character-driven procedurals require a courtship period — before we are interested in their scars and hang-ups, we have to care a little about the characters. “Miami Medical” feels more like a therapist’s office than an ER, and no one wants to go into therapy on the very first date.”

— Denise Duguay

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