March 14, 1996 |
With the death Monday of "Ben Casey" star Vince Edwards, we're reminded how much has changed in medicine - and TV medical dramas - since Ben Casey and Richard Chamberlain's "Dr. Kildare" first turned America into their waiting rooms in the fall of 1961. While 35 years ago Americans might reasonably have expected to see the same doctor from cradle to grave, the advent of HMOs and other managed-care plans, as well as an ever-growing host of medical specialties, means we're now lucky if we see the same doctor from appointment to appointment.
August 19, 1998 |
Summer is being very, very good to the folks at CBS' "48 Hours. " An original episode of the Dan Rather-anchored newsmagazine last week pulled to within three-tenths of a ratings point of a repeat of NBC's medical drama, "ER. " As expected, reruns of "ER" this summer have lost more than half the audience that usually tunes in for the show during the regular September-through-May season. That's good news for "48 Hours," which actually is up from its in-season performance.
February 3, 2013 |
They live in different worlds, but Jamie Bamber's character as brain surgeon Tyler Wilson on TNT's new medical drama, Monday Mornings , has a lot in common with Lee Adama, the take-no-prisoners fighter pilot he played on Battlestar Galactica . Heroic to a fault, both pull off miraculous saves when the odds are stacked against them. They're mavericks with little regard for procedural tradition. And they're both cocky. "Oh, and they both use lasers, though Tyler Wilson's is a surgical laser," Bamber, 39, jokes in a phone interview.
March 23, 2016 |
Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is better known for cracking jokes than cracking chests, but starting Tuesday, he'll be playing a doctor in NBC's new medical drama Heartbeat . And not just any doctor: Kennedy's character is a cardiothoracic surgeon. "I'm cracking chests, and I'm also [operating on] muscle and tendon. I forget the actual name of it. But he [his character, Evelyn Callahan], has two boards," meaning he's certified in two specialties, the Upper Darby native said in an interview after an NBC news conference in January.
September 17, 2000 |
Broadcast television, fall 2000: the Cold Pizza Season. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as they said on Seinfeld a few years ago, when originality still counted for a few points on TV. You know, left over in the fridge, crust a little too chewy, cheese congealed, forever trapping the pepperoni, soggy mushrooms and not-so-green-anymore peppers, as islands in the cold-sauce sea of red tomato. Forty degrees, with some good coffee - mmm, mmm, day-old pizza may not be the apex of the pie-maker's art, but it can be one fine breakfast.
November 10, 1998 |
The overall stability of any structure depends on the strength of its core, and in the network TV business, the core is the returning shows, which outnumber new ones by about 2 to 1. "It's really how the returning shows perform that determines whether the network is going to move up or decline in the overall standings," said Steve Sternberg, a senior partner at ad buyer TN Media. "When you have a new show that flops, more times than not, it's replaced with a show that does better.
August 8, 2014 |
With their lovely photography, pretty frocks, and polite manners, British costume dramas such as Downton Abbey make life in the pre-penicillin era look so awfully inviting we'd all love to visit. But would we? "In 1900 New York, there was 60,000 gallons of horse urine on the streets on any given day," said Michael Begler, "and 2.5 million pounds of manure. " Begler and his longtime collaborator Jack Amiel are the creators and writers of an entirely different sort of period drama, Cinemax's The Knick , a medical drama about the doctors, nurses, and patients of New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in the first years of the 20th century.
January 25, 2009 |
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was released from the hospital yesterday, clearing the way for his federal corruption trial to resume on schedule tomorrow. A spokesman for Hahnemann University Hospital, which admitted the 65-year-old Fumo on Thursday after he became dizzy and nauseated in court, said his condition had improved. Before Fumo went home, his health status was upgraded yesterday to good from fair. "We're going to court on Monday," Dennis J. Cogan, the leader of Fumo's defense team, said yesterday.
May 16, 2002 |
Trying to steal a few ratings points, CBS yesterday announced four new cop shows, all dramas, to go along with a medical drama and a couple of sitcoms. That's Life, the spunky family drama that featured Ellen Burstyn and Paul Sorvino, got killed, breaking the hearts of its fervent (though small) audience. So did The Education of Max Bickford, a one-year wonder that starred Richard Dreyfuss. Also gone, and less likely to be missed: Family Law and First Monday. The network hung onto two other relative ratings lightweights, The Agency and - fans will sing hallelujah - Touched by an Angel.
June 8, 2012 |
A rare amalgam of the medical and the supernatural, NBC's Saving Hope starts out with a bang. That's a teaser, because I'm not going to give away the show's bombshell first act. Except to say that I don't think I've ever seen a bride and groom take a taxi to their own wedding. When the sirens have quieted, we are left with the following premise: Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), the charismatic and curiously muscular chief of surgery at Toronto's Hope Zion Hospital, is laying unresponsive in a coma.