They Know Starz When They See 'Em: Starz has officially renewed their new drama Da Vinci's Demons, after only one episode of the Tom Riley-starrer. The show drew in more than 2.14 million viewers — a record premiere for a Starz Original Series. This is great news for the show, but we should keep in mind that Starz also renewed the late Boss before it premiered. Viva pessimism! [Via Release]
Bravo Reveals Plan For Reality Show About Awful People: I know, right? Crazy. Anyway, Long Island Princesses is coming your way June 2nd, and it's about... hardworking, grounded young people from Long Island who don't have much, but keep their heads up and work hard and are kind to others, so we know they'll be alright. Just kidding! It's actually about six horrible girls who mooch off their parents and do things like wait for the "perfect man" and start a "high-fashion drink holder" company. So, basically, we're watching it. [Via Release]
Not So 'Lost' Anymore: Who needs that show about the island when you have a Lifetime movie in your future? Residuals be damned. Anyway, Lost vet Tania Raymonde — Ben's daughter, who LOST SPOILER ALERT got killed — is "nearing a deal" to play accused murderer Jodi Arias in Lifetime’s original movie about the trail. [TVLine]
Tracy Morgan to Host Billboard Awards (Huh?): Tracy Morgan has been known as a lot of things — SNL'er, pain in Tina Fey's you-know-what, homophobe — but his name and "Taylor Swift" have never really been tested... UNTIL NOW. Morgan will host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Vegas on March 19, an event that will feature performances by Swift, the Biebz, Prince, Bruno Mars, and Miguel. [Via Release]
Awkward Ratings Are Anything But: Season 3 of MTV's angsty teen dramedy Awkward premiered last night, and the people sang! Hear them! 2.1 million tuned in to watch the death and pregnancy scare-ridden premiere, making it the highest rated debut for the series to date. [Via Release]
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For four seasons, Jordana Spiro headlined TBS’ My Boys, an underrated comedy with a genre-defying female heroine that proved to TV audiences (no matter how small) that women are more than just shoes and pratfalls. So it’s more than disappointing to see the actress top-billed on a series that toes the medical drama line, offering little more to differentiate itself than a seemingly unsustainable twist.
Granted, in The Mob Doctor’s defense, the medical market is a tough one to enter. In the past 10 years alone, we’ve already seen hospital shows that center around complex antiheroes (House, Nurse Jackie), hormone-raging sexpots (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), benevolent adventure-seekers (Off the Map), and seriously f**ked-up individuals (Childrens Hospital). Add to that ER’s 15 seasons centering on several sexy, f**ked-up antiheroes who seek adventure in the latest ridiculous helicopter crash to befall their hospital, and there’s little ground left to cover.
But Mob Doctor tries. And you truly have to give it credit for that. Centering on Dr. Grace Devlin (Spiro) — a talented, desirable surgeon with a deadbeat, less-than-desirable family — Mob Doctor fuses the medical soap with the mafia drama, attempting to bounce between Grace’s love and professional life and impossible relationship with the local mob outside Chicago. Obligated to fulfill her brother’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) debt to the gangsters via medical treatments, Grace finds herself constantly dipping into a moral gray area — especially when she’s ordered by gangster Paul Moretti (Michael Rapaport) to murder a witness in the ER.
It’s no doubt an interesting premise that could captivate your attention for a 90-minute movie, but its sustainability is questionable. Especially since the series is already forced to water down its central plotline with predictable doctor-on-doctor romance and case-of-the-week mysteries. (The first? A teenage virgin turns up pregnant! Dr. House sees this and raises it an MP3 player in the ass.) After all, the show has to give the “mob” and “doctor” equal time.
The result is an uneven, if well-meaning, series that’s too ambitious for its own good, hardly filling the Monday night void left behind by House. And it’s too bad, considering The Mob Doctor’s talent. Not only are Friday Night Lights fans still waiting for one of its Dillon Panthers to break out in Hollywood (Zach Gilford — who plays Grace’s loving, but impatient, boyfriend, Dr. Brett Robinson — saw ABC’s Off the Map come and go), but Spiro is far too charming an actress to see another series flatline. Not to say Mob Doctor would allow her to fully show off her talents. Any fan of Spiro’s work on My Boys would notice Spiro’s flare for comedy tragically missing from the new Fox series.
Still, its cast tries, and Spiro does boast a watchable chemistry with William Forsythe, who plays a former mob boss with a heart of gold. But when it comes to the doc-mob drama, if only we could take the cast and leave the ridiculous premise.
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