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Emily Owens MD Review

Pilot Scoop: Emily Owens, M.D.

Watch out, Zoe Hart, there's a new doctor coming to The CW. Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep!) headlines Emily Owens, M.D. as a former high school nerd who's ready to make a fresh start in her first year as a doctor. Unfortunately, her teenage nemesis is working at the same hospital, standing in the way of Emily's dreams of leaving her dorky past behind her. Get the scoop on the show before tonight's premiere!

  • What it's about: Emily Owens couldn't be more excited for her first day as a doctor, especially when she spies her med school crush, Will (Justin Hartley), in the locker room. As we learn from her inner monologue, Emily is ready to embrace adulthood and get her personal life together. Will's not the only familiar face at her new hospital, though; she soon learns that a high school mean girl named Cassandra (Aja Naomi King) will be working right by her side.
  • Where it works: Gummer is delightfully awkward to watch and feels like a breath of fresh air on a network that includes effortlessly put-together characters on shows like Gossip Girl and 90210. There are also plenty of supporting players, ensuring that the series isn't completely dependent on Emily's crush on Will or her rivalry with Cassandra; Michael Rady (whom you may recognize from Melrose Place) is perfect as an endearing, sweet resident; Kelly McCreary plays Tyra, who just may be one of Emily's only allies at the hospital.
  • Where it doesn't: There's a good balance of comedy and drama here, but some of the medical aspects feel contrived. Emily bonds with a young patient in the pilot (she's the only one who can get through to her thanks to her bedside manner), and it feels like something we've seen a million times before. In general, the mix of personalities and entanglements are very familiar, so this might not be your new show if you're looking for something fresh.
  • When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
  • You might like this show if: You wish Grey's Anatomy would be rebooted with a new cast.

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Aja Naomi King as Cassandra on Emily Owens, M.D.

Mamie Gummer as Emily Owens on Emily Owens, M.D.

Necar Zadegan as Gina on Emily Owens, M.D.

Michael Rady as Micah on Emily Owens, M.D.

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Kelly McCreary as Tyra on Emily Owens, M.D.

Justin Hartley as Will on Emily Owens, M.D.

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Delving-Eye Delving-Eye 3 years
I was curious to watch Mamie Gummer and to see if she could carry a show -- especially a hospital drama, a genre I generally detest.   (That goes particularly for "Grey's Anatomy." Ick. I still feel my brain cells exploding anytime I catch a glimpse of simpering Ellen Pompeo or any castmember for that matter -- with the exception of Katherine Heigl, probably because she had the good sense to leave the show.)   By contrast, Gummer makes Emily Owens a pleasure to watch. She's natural and quirky and her costars are very good, particularly her savvy, cork-screwed, lesbian colleague.   Owens is also very funny. Trying to be cool, she misses the mark with the opposite sex, with rivals and with clothes. I loved the scene where she unwinds her endless scarf as if to say, "What's with this stupid, ubiquitous fashion statement?" It's a feat that she pulls off both literally and figuratively. (There's something about her self-deprecating humor that reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore in her eponymous role. That's a good thing. A very good thing.)   The writing is first rate. Kudos to everyone. I'll be watching.
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