This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, Tiffany and I head over to TNT, the network that claims to know drama, and check out their latest show, Monday Mornings.
Being without cable, I am painfully unaware of new shows until Tiffany sends me a list of shows we need to have on our radar. When I looked at a quick summary of Monday Mornings, I wasn’t exactly running to my computer/iPad to find a way to watch.
It’s a medical drama – which I don’t mind, but is definitely a TV genre that gets a bit stale. Monday Mornings tries something a little different by focusing on the M&M conferences held on Monday mornings. (Or so I am guessing. I wasn’t totally clear on that after watching the pilot.)
M&M conferences are not as fun as they sound. (But, but…CANDY!) M&M stands for mortality and morbidity. These meetings are a time when doctors meet to go over cases – cases that ended in death or at least a result that could mean a costly lawsuit against the hospital.
These conferences allow the doctors to defend their choices, and learn from each other’s mistakes. At the head table at these meetings is Chief of Surgery Dr. Hooten (Alfred Molina). Hooten is without emotion as he picks apart where a doctor failed. In some cases, such failings can cost a doctor his job, so the meetings are understandably uncomfortable, at best.
Since surgeons are the focus, viewers are treated to lots of brains and blood and guts, so if that’s you’re thing, you are in the right place. I am, admittedly, one of those people. I’ve watched real life surgery (long story) with a bowl full of spaghetti in my lap.
But how does the show itself fare?
The cast is a solid one. I wasn’t disappointed in the performance of any character.
I’ve only had the chance to view the pilot and it is definitely too soon to tell on this one.
With a strong cast of characters, will we get to see each character developed, or will they fall into predictable roles? (For example, if Dr. Wilson (Jamie Bamber) and Dr. Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan) don’t end up having an affair, I would be pleasantly surprised.)
The other thing – this is a David E. Kelley drama. I’m a fan of Kelley’s quirk, even if he does get a little heavy-handed with the lecturing in most of his shows.
I didn’t get a whole lot of the quirk in this first episode. There was the slightest hint of it in the Korean doctor who’s poor bedside manner and broken English seem to be there to serve as comic relief. And Bill Irwin’s mere presence in the cast has me hopeful that they’ll use his comedic talents somehow.
But as it stands, I’m only feeling the lecture-y side of this Kelley drama.
TNT is a venue that I think is perfect for Kelley’s occasionally over the top ways, but currently, the show seems to be playing it safe.
And maybe that’s what people want. A just-okay, mildly interesting medical drama.
But I want more than that.
I also want Jamie Bamber to get a haircut and use his real accent. But you can’t always have what you want, right?
For now, I’m giving it a chance – an SSTV. Maybe it’s not even simmering. I’m decanting it. Given time to breathe, we’ll see how it goes down later.
Now I want wine.
Did you check out Monday Mornings? What did you think? Will you be watching? Did you get lost in Bamber’s eyes? Wait…strike that last one. Overshare.
Now head over to Tiffany’s and see what she thought of the latest medical drama.
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…