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Off the Map Pilot Review, Preview Clip, and Pics

Pilot Scoop: Off the Map

Welcome to my previews of new midseason TV. I've been treating you to sneak peeks at the new shows with my pilot scoops and slideshow of all the new series, so today the fresh new series I'm putting under the microscope is ABC's Off the Map.

What it's about: From Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, this medical drama follows a group of young doctors (including Mamie Gummer and Friday Night Lights' Zach Gilford) as they join a clinic in the South American jungle. Under the tutelage of renowned Dr. Ben Keeton (Martin Henderson) and other veterans like Twilight's Rachelle LeFevre, the new recruits have to deal with the limited resources and, like other Rhimes shows, relationships with each other.

Where it works: Gilford and Gummer are both charming and highly watchable as the newbie doctors (especially Gilford's sweet but frat-boy-esque character). And while I wasn't that invested in the pilot's patient story lines at first, I was pretty hooked by the end of the episode.

Where it doesn't: In the pilot, meek Lily (Caroline Dhavernas) is the center of the show, but I'm not sure she's the best character to focus on. And a word of warning: this show isn't for the squeamish. There were a couple of gruesome scenes I had to look away from.

Am I hooked? Mildly. I'm definitely interested to see where the show goes in the second episode.

When is it on: Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

To see some pics and a preview clip of Off the Map, just

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yolanda6 yolanda6 5 years
I'll check it out. Big fan of Shonda's but can't wait for her show on the PR world. Kinda tired of doctors.
redchick152 redchick152 5 years
i really like zach gilford, so its good to see him with a job post-FNL. i was into that short lived newbie lawyer show that rachelle was in last year (actually all the actors!), but it got cancelled soo quickly. good to see her getting other jobs after getting dumped by twilight!
ilanac13 ilanac13 5 years
i'll probably watch the first one and depending on how that goes - we'll see. i like the concept but i feel like it's trying to blend 2 successes (or 3 even) to make one show and i don't know if that will work. we'll see right?
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 5 years
I no longer watch Greys, don't care for Private Practice but will definitely be there for Zach Gilford. I'm a bit suspicious about the youth off all these supposed veteran doctors - no one looks over the age of 35.
pss pss 5 years
I just need two words to be absolutely hooked: Zach Gilford, or maybe two more: Shonda Rhimes.
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