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Television: Grey's Anatomy
Sunday, 2005 April 10 - 11:14 pm
It's a good show. I don't know yet whether it'll be a great show.

So the programming gurus at ABC played me exactly right, by throwing the new show "Grey's Anatomy" in the time slot normally occupied by "Boston Legal". I'm sure they figure that people who like law drama-comedies will like hospital drama-comedies too. Of course it helps to have a bunch of beautiful female stars on the show.

If you haven't seen it, the show is about a group of medical students trying to make their way through being surgical interns. It's a little bit "E.R.", it's a little bit "Ally McBeal", it's a little bit "Scrubs". That adds up to mostly smart and funny, but also sometimes, self-conscious and preachy. Sometimes Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is too smart, sometimes Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) is too hunky, sometimes George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) is too neurotic. Once the writers settle down a bit and stop trying to "establish" the characters so much, I think the show might really take off. The acting is good and the premise is solid.

One thing I think this show highlights is a lot of how "E.R." could have developed, instead of piling on one ridiculous melodramatic disaster on top of another. A hospital drama can be compelling without a tank attack, a helicopter crash, or the war in Iraq.

Of course ABC could still ruin this show by burying it in a bad time slot. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
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Comment #1 from Nicholas (Guest)
2005 Apr 14 - 12:42 pm : #
I've been sick of ER for a couple seasons. There is that one cute chick on the Grey's anatomy commercial. Didn't she marry Charlie on Party of 5? Nah, that was Paula Devicq.

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0004870/

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