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October 7, 2015


'Miami Medical' - 'Pilot' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2010 2:08AM
Like CBS's other medical drama for this TV season, 'Three Rivers,' 'Miami Medical' is very earnest and filled with moments that strive for poignancy. The fact that it doesn't succeed is less a reflection on the network than the creators. At least CBS gets credit for realizing that 'Miami Medical' was less that the sum of its aspirations and planted it in the little viewed Friday, 10 PM time slot.

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Here's a preview of tonight's series premiere of Mercy

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2009 8:05AM
The synopsis of Mercy, the new NBC medical drama, says it's about three nurses at a hospital, but most of the previews have focused on the one played by Taylor Schilling. Here are two clips from tonight's premiere (at 8 on NBC), one Schilling-centric and one with all three.

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Jeremy Piven gives most boring interview ever on The Late Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2009 5:26PM
At first I thought Jeremy Piven's story about how he got so sick from mercury poisoning he couldn't finish his Broadway stint doing Speed The Plow (an arbitrator ruled in Piven's favor last week) would be interesting and funny, but then it just went on. And on. And on. And on.

At one point, Piven talks about viewers changing channels, and he's probably right.

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The Ultimate 'ER' Quiz

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 17th 2009 6:00AM
How well do you know the show?

Since premiering in 1994, 'ER' has seen a lot of action -- and quite a few cast changes. George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, John Stamos and many others have walked the halls of County General.

After 15 seasons of ups and downs, it's time to test your 'ER' knowledge by taking our quiz.

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Is Stanley Tucci going to replace Goran Visnjic?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 3:28PM

TucciCasting news from ER: Stanley Tucci, star of the very short-lived CBS drama 3 Lbs last year, will join the show later this year for a multi-episode stint.

He's going to play "a brilliant ICU turned ER chief," in just one of many big changes that are coming to the show. TV Guide wonders if this means that Goran Visnjic will be replaced, since it has been reported that Visnjic might not return next season (though producers are trying to get him to agree to star in a few episodes here and there).

This is interesting casting, going for an older guy instead of a resident hunk (sorry, nothing against Tucci's hunkiness). This guy deserves a weekly show. I remember a TV movie from years ago, a pilot for a series produced by Tom Selleck, that had Tucci as a detective. The show never made it, so I hope this works out.

[via TV Tattle]

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Independent Lens: Beyond the Call - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 23rd 2007 10:15AM

beyond the callWe all know that war and famine still plagues a large portion of the globe, but most people feel there's not much they can do about it, short of throwing money at the problem. In the case of Ed Artis, Jim Laws and Walt Ratterman, however, they actually travel into some of the most dangerous parts of the world to help people directly. Artis, Laws and Ratterman --a retired army medic, a doctor, and a renewable energy expert, respectively-- risk their own lives to make sure people get the help they need.

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Grey's Anatomy: Six Days (Part 2)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jan 18th 2007 10:41PM
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(S03E12) Don't panic, folks. I'm just here to help Joel cover Grey's while he's off covering the TCA for us. I'm as shocked at you are that I, of all people, is covering this show at all, especially with what I've said about it in the past. But yes, I watch this show now and am pretty much caught up with everything, but just the same, be gentle in your comments. Please? Thanks. I'll keep it short.

The theme for this episode seemed to be all about becoming personally involved. Let's go over how this theme appeared among all the show's characters.

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ER: The Heart of the Matter

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 3rd 2006 12:44AM
ER, Pratt and Gates(S13E06) So, in the case of Ames vs. Kovac, the jury found in favor of the defendant. Shocker. What, Luka gets to keep his job? What will ER do now? Hi, I'm Jen, and I am reviewing ER this week for Rich Keller, who has a really cool gig tonight. In the interest of full disclosure, despite my opening snarkiness, I am a fervent, weekly fan of ER, and have been for years.

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ER adds a new cast member

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 24th 2006 5:50PM
Kip ParduePoor Sam. First she breaks up with Luka, then she's kidnapped by her psycho ex-husband and is forced to kill him in cold blood. But things might be looking up for Linda Cardellini's character.

TV Guide is reporting that Kip Pardue is being brought on to the show as a love interest for Sam. He'll play a resident nurse.

You might not know the name, but Pardue (real name: Kevin Ian Pardue - that's where the Kip comes from) has been in on several TV shows, including House and 7th Heaven, and in movies such as Remember The Titans and The Rules of Attraction. Here's his IMDB page. The pics are all of the same person? He doesn't look the same in any two of them.

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Dick Van Dyke is NOT McSteamy

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 23rd 2006 8:11AM

Dick Van DykeHave you noticed that the name of Eric Dane's character on Grey's Anatomy, a doctor, has the same name as another famous TV doctor?

Dane's character is named Dr. Mark Sloan, which was also the name of Dick Van Dyke's character on Diagnosis: Murder. Is the name a tribute to Van Dyke's character? No, it's not, according to an ABC publicist. Just one of those funny coincidences.

Which is probably a good thing, since fans won't want to think of Dick Van Dyke wearing only a towel around his waist. Of course, now that I've put that image in your head, how can you not think of it the next time you see him?

[via TV Tattle - also mentioned by Lee Goldberg]

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Desperate Housewives: Like It Was

by Jen Creer, posted Oct 16th 2006 7:18AM
desperate housewives(S03E04) Well, this was certainly a fun week on Wisteria Lane! I love the ending premise that no matter what is going on, we can write our own histories. Now, I know what you're thinking: That is also a phenomenon commonly known as denial. But it can also be known as saving face and muddling through.

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Cartoons mean less pain, says study

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 18th 2006 2:59PM

crying babyA British study of 69 children ages 7 to 12 found that the kids, when having blood samples drawn, experienced less pain if they were watching cartoons than when their own mothers tried to soothe them. My first inclination, which was also echoed by Dr. Brenda McClain of Yale University, is that when a parent is obviously trying to console a child, the child becomes more anxious because they believe something must really be wrong. Kids tend to be smarter than people give them credit for, and they pick up on things like that. Nevertheless, other researchers insist that this means television is having more of an impact on kids than their own parents. I don't see it as anything so dramatic, but what do you guys, especially those of you with kids, think? I just wonder when the kids get to have their revenge and jab the researchers with sharp objects. It seems only fair.

[via Lost Remote]

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Grey's Anatomy: jumping the shark?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2006 6:09PM
Grey's AnatomyIs it possible for a TV show to jump the shark before its first season is even over? TV writer Lee Goldberg thinks that it may have. The L.A. Times has a story about how a lot of people in the medical profession think that the popular ABC medical drama has already gone way over the top. Specifically, they're talking about the season finale and the plot about an intern getting involved with a patient.

I've never seen the show, so I can't say that it has jumped the shark or not. But I guess my first question is: people are actually still using the term "jumping the shark?" That's soooo 2001.

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Tivo users heart Ameriquest

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 7th 2006 5:44PM
You know, I thought the whole point of owning a Tivo was so you didn't have to watch commercials, but that didn't stop Ameriquest's ad titled "Friendly Skies" from being the most replayed spot among Tivo users during the Super Bowl. Another Ameriquest spot, also from the same campaign, was the second most replayed ad. In the first, a woman trying not to disturb a sleeping man on a plane ends up on top of him when the plane hits some turbulence. In the second ad, two doctors kill a mosquito but relatives think they actually killed the patient. You can watch both spots here, and then, like me, wonder why people found these ads worth viewing twice. I mean, they're mildly funny, but they're not "I have to watch that again" funny, are they?

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