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After a run of good new dramas, CW delivers a pair of especially weak ones
Kristin Kreuk, who starred in another teen drama 'Smallville,' toughens up as a New York police detective with Jay Ryan as the tortured Vincent, but this 'Beauty' has major flaws.
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By Rob Hedelt
THE CW network may have gotten good ratings news with its recent debut of "Arrow."
But don't look for more of the same from new CW arrivals "Emily Owens, M.D." and "Beauty & The Beast."
Neither cuts it.
It's a shame to say that about "Emily Owens, M.D." because it stars the talented and likable Mamie Gummer, the daughter of Meryl Streep.
But seldom has anything been so annoying as the series pilot, which immediately lowers the bar for a medical show by having several characters say aloud its premise: Life is like high school.
So instead of concentrating on the knowledge and talents of the good Dr. Emily Owens (Gummer), it portrays her as a babbling high school freshman.
She worries by turns about whether an old high school nemesis will use her old nickname ("Pits," don't ask), whether she should act on
Never mind that she saves one patient with quick thinking during a life-and-death code, or that she uses her finger to stop the same girl from bleeding out during surgery.
Whoever wrote the pilot's irritatingly talky script filled with incessant narration and silly dialogue somehow thought it more important to paint this supposedly smart and accomplished med student as a giddy schoolgirl.
Perhaps it's because the CW figures the audience for this is going to be teenagers who will identify with it all.
It's a shame, because Gummer is smarter and more talented than this.
And because there are one or two other notable actors in the cast, especially Michael Rady as Micah, the resident who feels for students under his supervision.
This could get better, but it's got a long way to go.
A doctor show focusing on the trials and sexual entanglements of medical students has already been done, and better, on "Grey's Anatomy."
This isn't good enough to even be "Grey's Anatomy Light."
Pity poor Kristin Kreuk.
She left a popular drama on CW a few years back, "Smallville," only to return on the new CW drama "Beauty & The Beast."
What: "Emily Owens, M.D." When: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Where: The CW What: "Beauty & The Beast" When: Thursdays at 9 p.m. Where: The CW