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'A Gifted Man' Series Premiere: Anna Tells Michael How She Died (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:30AM
'A Gifted Man' - 'Pilot'There's truth to the old saying that opposites attract, and that truth was at the heart of the central relationship in 'A Gifted Man' (Fri., 8PM ET on CBS). Friday nights on CBS are no strangers to ghostly apparitions, but this may be the first time that a ghost is one of the stars of the show.

Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is a neurosurgeon who almost makes Dr. House look like a great guy. He's a jerk, but his ex-wife Anna (Jennifer Ehle) was one of the kindest and giving people in the world. Thus he works for fat checks while she ran a free clinic.

And yet, when he reconnected with her after several years, he was thrilled to see her. But then he found out she had died in a car accident not long before. Suddenly, he was questioning his sanity and health and all the while she kept coming to him.

Anna needed his help as she has unfinished business there and didn't train anyone to step up if anything happened to her. And so, Michael is lured to her clinic, where he can start to learn about compassion and doing the right thing. And that's about it.

As a premise for a story, it's certainly not completely original, but it can pull the heartstrings. As the premise for an ongoing television series, we're not sure how long you can stretch this out. It's off to a solid start with a gifted cast -- it's great to see you again, Margo Martindale -- but it needs to give us an idea of the long vision.

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