Picks and Pans Review: Medicine Ball
Fox (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET)
This drama series follows a batch of first-year residents on their appointed rounds at a Seattle hospital. These people (Jensen Daggett, Harold Pruett, Darryl Fong, Terri Ivens, Donal Logue and Kai Soremekun) are obviously medical tyros. They're far too agonizingly humane and vulnerable to be real doctors.
The show borrows a little from everyone, mushing together the code-red intensity of ER with the idiosyncratic humor and heated ethical debates of Chicago Hope as well as the young lust of the syndicated University Hospital. One female resident purrs to another, "Now there's a man I would definitely swap sputum samples with." Because this is Fox, the scripts throw in gags about erections and revealing hospital gowns.
Unfortunately the tepid hodgepodge that results from all these influences is far less than the sum of its borrowings. Providing the show's musk is Vincent Ventresca as a resident supervisor constantly sweeping his long, lank locks out of his eyes. He's a little on the scrawny side to be considered truly buff.
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