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EXCLUSIVE 'Off the Map' Sizzle Reel & Details from Star Jason George (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 3rd 2010 6:15PM

'Off the Map' is the latest medical series from the ladies behind 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice,' Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and creator Jenna Bans.

If you haven't figured out their winning formula by now, this show proves that hot doctors plus interesting cases equals a sexy hit show. 'Off the Map' (premieres Wed., Jan. 12, 10PM ET on ABC) adds an exotic locale to the mix, with a Doctors Without Borders-style program taking these medical professionals to a remote South American jungle.

AOL TV has an exclusive sneak peek of the show, which star Jason George (remember him as Bailey's love interest, Dr. Ben Warren?) describes as "kind of like 'M*A*S*H,' but with a 'Romancing the Stone' tone. We're not in the middle of a war, but we are strangers in a strange land, and doing things our way, not necessarily the right -- or even the legal -- way. There's sterile and there's clean enough. We're definitely on the "clean enough" set. [Laughs]"

The cast includes Caroline Dhavernas ('Wonderfalls'), Mamie Gummer ('John Adams,' and, um, she's Meryl Streep's daughter people!) and Zach Gilford ('Friday Night Lights') as the newbies, joining the team played by George, Valerie Cruz ('Dexter,' 'True Blood'), Martin Henderson and Rachelle Lefevre ('Twilight').

George told us a little more about the show's premise: "The newbies come through and everybody's life starts to change a little bit. The reason why the show is happening here and now is because this set of newbies for us is different than other ones. Things are clicking. Normally, people show up, we turn 'em right out, put them through the grinder, they can't handle it and they move on."

George teases that things with this crew get interesting real fast: "We're ready to write them off the same way we do all the other newbies, but there's a little more grit to these folks, which makes it a little more intriguing. And when you're intrigued by somebody, other stuff starts to happen. That's the other thing that happens in all these clinics in developing nations -- the people start to get burnt out, and to kind of work off some steam, they get busy with each other. That and drinking. [Laughs]"

Just what we like to see on our medical dramas! Now watch our exclusive sizzle reel and tell us what you think: Will you add this show to your must-watch list? Already set your DVR? Sound off in the comments.

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Shonda Rhimes, Jenna Banns and ABC Network Hates Your Guts, Black Women:

In this day and age of Michelle Obama and her beautiful daughters, who needs a Shonda Rhimes?

Yes, that’s right. The Shonda Rhimes in charge of creating “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice”, “Off the Map”, and a soon-to-be-produced movie based on the book “Bitch is the New Black”.
Producer Shonda Rhimes and her evil minions (producers Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers) at ABC either refuse to portray Black women on their shows in the TV lineup - consistently eliminating them from roles, as in “Off the Map” - or continue to stereotype Black women as (arguably) successful, but dysfunctional with sterile roles, as in Grey’s Anatomy and, to a degree, Private Practice.

And although, yes, Ms. Rhimes is a Black woman, the typical pattern for her shows is to
1. systematically and completely exclude Black women, or
2. In the rare cases where Black women are portrayed, cast them as less-desirable than their non-Black counterparts (i.e. out-of-shape, harsh, mean, emotionally barren – feel free to pick your stereotype as Shonda Rhimes and her crew uses them all), unable to be involved in healthy relationships with any man, and definitely not a Black man.
At best, Ms. Rhimes and her crew may cast a Black woman as the “best friend” to a white or non-black cast member, as if that is some special compliment. At her worst, Black women are portrayed as “the bitches” she wants America to believe them to be, stark and humorless.
Let’s hope that her upcoming movie based on “Bitch is the New Black” gets canned before production.
Black women of all shades look great, and are romantic, and sexy. And with so many struggling Black actresses looking for parts, I know she can find some beauties that fit the bill of smart, beautiful, friendly, and can play the "hot" roles, all rolled into one.
Who needs to support a Black woman who routinely eliminates us from the shows she produces, and thinks that the only time we’re worthy of portrayal is as bitches? Who thinks that Black women, and Black women alone, are not worthy of portrayal in romantic relationships? Who thinks that an equally attractive Black woman should not be cast among equally attractive co-stars? Who is OK with producing a movie casting Black women with the gumption, discipline, and standards to become highly educated professionals, as bitches? Obviously, in her self-hating mind, Black women are not of “the beautiful people”, thus we deserve to be marginalized, eliminated or maligned and scorned.

Do we want our daughters and the next generation of Black girls growing up believing that they are not as beautiful as anyone else? That the best they are is a bitch? That they are less kind, intelligent, and sexy than other women on this planet? That they cannot be human and have days like everyone else when they are angry or frustrated or even feeling mean without being cast as a “Bitch”? That they have to trade in their standards and success

January 20 2011 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Do I feel the last two post. Have you been in Hollywood that long that you can never have a good looking black woman who weighs less than 160lbs. I just saying, the mammy is really in effect in your world Ms Rhimes. You are giving true Jungle Fever in this one. You also have something against people over the age of 47. These kids would never ever be the doctors that they are at this age. You have lost sight of the struggle Ms Rhimes. Bring some old favorites who are black, female and good actors to any of your projects. You have fallen right into the Hollywood shuffle, I am disappointed. I thought you would make a huge difference in what we see. More of the same same same......

December 04 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary A

" Saving her life was the easy part ! " and "You're supposed to be a DOCTOR !" Cutting stuff, Ms. Rhimes. And, way to go...surrounding the big black guy with all those standing, in-power white people.....You show him, Ms. Rhimes : you teach him his place. ( And you're a BLACK chick ???
Unbeeeleeevaaable) ...but in your world, Ms. Rhimes,all big girls like Erika Hahn or Callie have to be lesbians, right ? And nurses or orderlies : screw'em, they don't matter, right ? ...in memory of the lovely crab-infested Olivia who was thrown away in the Mercy West merger.....No, I won't watch this one because there are two on Thursday night that I'm teaching myself to turn off. Grey's is gone from my list, and Kadee Strickland is the only reason I'm sticking with Private Practice, Ms. Rhimes.

December 04 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda M Reiter

I am going to watch the show simply because of Rachelle Lefevre...I loved her in "Twilight" & thought she got a raw deal when they wouldn't wait for her to be in the rest of the "Saga"...

December 04 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess there are no black female doctors in the world eh?

December 04 2010 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will watch just to see Caroline Dhavernas.
Loved her in wonderfalls.

December 04 2010 at 1:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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