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Monday, August 29, 2011

New Show: A Gifted Man

A Gifted Man
CBS, September 23

Starring: Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Little Children, Phantom of the Opera, Hard Candy, Watchmen), Jennifer Ehle (The King’s Speech), Julie Benz (Dexter), Liam Aiken (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Road to Perdition, Stepmom), Rachelle Lefevre (Off the Map, Twilight), Pablo Tell Schreiber (The Wire, Lords of Dogtown), and Margo Martindale (Dexter, Justified)

Plot: A selfish, cold, and disconnected surgeon, Michael Holt, lives a privileged life treating rich clients and buying nice things, because he has a real gift for medicine. Then his ex-wife, Anna, is killed in a car accident, and her ghost starts visiting him and pressuring him into treating poor people. While helping people, Michael starts to see things differently. Also taking up screen time are Michael’s sister, who knows about Michael’s ghost, and her troubled teenage son.

Why We Are Excited: This set-up is rife for opportunities for warm, gushy moments, and we are suckers for that. We enjoy supernatural set-ups, and there is a good (or at least experience) cast. It is described as a scary, psychological love story.

Why We Are Not Excited
: We just really aren’t as excited for this show as we feel like we should be. And a character turning into a saint is wonderful and interesting in real life, but on TV, the “let’s help people and get better” storyline can get boring. Once the surgeon becomes good, the premise will have to change. It looks like something we've seen before, and we think this show is going to get canceled if it isn't an excellent crowd-pleaser.


Anticipation Score: 6.5/10

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  1. Did you quit this show? There aren't any new posts on it...

    1. We didn't quit the show, but we quit posting on it. The numbers showed that not too many other people were watching it. Also, it will likely be cancelled soon. We like it though.

    2. Also, this is a good example of the fact that we look at which posts get the most views and comments, and we blog according to that.

  2. Ok I guess. I got into this show because of you. Not my favorite, but I quite enjoy it.

    1. Good! We're happy we got you into it. We feel the same way about it. If it were a favorite (top ten), we'd blog about it whether anyone read or not.