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First Impression: Do No Harm Presents a Doctor Who Can't Hyde from a Dark Secret
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First Impression: Do No Harm Presents a Doctor Who Can't Hyde from a Dark Secret

Jan 29 2013, 1:38pm CST | by

There are more than a dozen scripted programs debuting in early 2013, including a quirk-free (!?) David E. Kelley drama, Felicity  as a 1980s KGB spy and what The CW hopes will become a Cult...

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First Impression: Do No Harm Presents a Doctor Who Can't Hyde from a Dark Secret

Jan 29 2013, 1:38pm CST | by

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There are more than a dozen scripted programs debuting in early 2013, including a quirk-free (!?) David E. Kelley dramaFelicity  as a 1980s KGB spy and what The CW hopes will become a Cult hit. To help you re-prioritize your DVR, TVLine is offering First Impressions of several of the new shows. Next up on our list…

THE SHOW | NBC’s Do No Harm (Thursdays at 10/9c, premiering Jan. 31)

THE COMPETITION | Elementary (CBS), Scandal (ABC), Suits (USA Network) and Archer/Legit (FX)

RELATED | Horror Stor y’s James Cromwell Joins NBC’s Do No Harm Thriller in Pivotal Role

THE CAST | Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) and others

THE SET-UP | Pasquale pulls a double shift as Dr. Jason Cole (say it aloud: “Doctor J-Cole”), a neurosurgeon who struggles to contain a dangerous alter ego (dubbed “Ian”) that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional lives. (The rule book: Jason turns into Ian at 8:25 pm every night, and they switch back exactly 12 hours later. So… Jason has been missing out on all the 30 Rock tags?) Rashad plays Cole’s boss, Dr. Vanessa Young; De La Garza is Dr. Lena Solis, a colleague/romantic interest; and Miranda plays Ruben, a lab whiz who labors to help the good doc “hyde” his bad secret. There’s also some business about Jason’s ex/baby mamma and the son he’s not allowed to see.

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meddling with one another’s lives/livelihoods; it’s meant to be darkly amusing, yet it underscores what a complete and THE FIRST IMPRESSION | If you were among the 17 people who watched Christian Slater’s My Own Worst Enemy (also on NBC) and can get past Do No Harm‘s similar devices (e.g. Jason and Ian update/taunt one another via iPhone videos), you may opt to take a leap with this unarguably guilty pleasure and cue up the premiere with the most open of minds. Episode 2, I believe, will be the dividing line for anyone on the fence, since it opens with a montage of the men total [expletive] Ian is. Also, I wish the show was shot with some — meaning any — flair to match its far-out theme, instead of being presented as a straight hospital drama, which it is not.
    Among the cast, Pasquale makes for a solid series lead and has his best moments as conflicted, brilliant Jason, while the writing finds Ian falling juuust shy of mustache-twirling. The luminous De La Garza ably bears the second-largest cross here, playing a smart woman drawn to Jason despite his intermittent, “inexplicable” bouts of [expletive]ness; their first “date” is quite the nightmare, even more so now that a line intimating that Lena likes it rough has been scrapped. Rashad is charming in a thankless role; Levine offers comedic relief as Jason’s oblivious assistant./>

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THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | As a peer (I forget whom) quipped when Do No Harm got assigned its time slot: “An NBC drama about a guy living two lives, airing Thursdays at 10? What could go wrong?” (Sigh. Awake.) Leading out of 1600 Penn (aka the weakest link in the Peacock’s Thursday sitcom block) and premiering opposite fresh episodes of Scandal and Elementary, Do No Harm will surely test the network’s threshold for so-so vitals.

Watch a video preview for Do No Harm, then vote in our poll below.


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08/13/14: Ryan Seacrest cuts deal for scripted with CBS; Hollywood and beyond mourns Robin Williams; New Girl headed for TBS and MTV

Aug 13 2014 5:17am CDT | Source: Cynopsis Media

CYNOPSIS 08.13.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres: Cooking: Deen of Lean at 9:30p ID: Heartbreakers at 10p Science: Man Vs. the Universe at 10p TNT: Legends at 9p, Franklin & Bash at 10p   Tonight’s Finales: A&E: Duck Dynasty at 9p Bravo: Million Dollar Listing at 9p FXX: Wilfred at 10:30p TV Land: Jennifer Falls at 10:30p A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY! ...
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Robin Williams mourned by his 'Crazy Ones' family

Aug 12 2014 3:03am CDT | Source: TV Tattle on Hitfix

Robin Williams mourned by his “Crazy Ones” family The talent was legendary. But equally inspiring, perhaps more so, was his kindness and humanity,” David E. Kelley said in a statement. “A gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and ou ...
Source: TV Tattle on Hitfix   Full article at: TV Tattle on Hitfix
 

 

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