The upcoming Fall TV season will be filled with familiar faces, many of whom are making the switch from the silver screen to the small screen. Patrick Wilson falls into this category with his new CBS drama, A Gifted Man. In it, Wilson stars as a hotshot surgeon whose life takes a dramatic turn when he starts seeing the ghost of his recently deceased ex-wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle).
Where it works: Wilson definitely has what it takes as a leading man on the small screen. His character, Michael, is a bit of a jerk, but Wilson brings enough depth to make him sympathetic and keep the audience invested in his story. The juxtaposition of Michael's relationship with Anna with his work life also strikes a nice balance, making the series neither a strictly medical show nor completely supernatural-centric.
Where it doesn't: Though Michael's visions of Anna aren't hallucinations, A Gifted Man is a bit too reminiscent of Izzie and Denny's ghost sex fiasco on Grey's Anatomy. The pilot makes you want to root for a couple that will never be together again, which is difficult to grasp. It's also hard to determine how long one can stay invested in a show about a guy and his imaginary friend.
You might like this show if: You wish Ghost was a TV show.
When it's on: Fridays at 8 p.m.
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