Picks and Pans Review: All Souls

updated 05/07/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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In the mid-April premiere of this latest exercise in paranormality, surgical resident Mitchell Grace (Grayson McCouch) learned that Boston's All Souls hospital had once been home to "horrible, insane experiments" and that an off-limits part of the building is rumored to be haunted. If Dr. Grace were as bright as he's supposed to be, he'd bolt for the exit and there'd be no series. To heck with that sage old nurse (Irma P. Hall) who keeps saying his All Souls affiliation is inescapable.

Aside from a couple of health-insurance jokes, there's little humor in this show, which can be really scary when it's not resorting to cheap gross-outs. But I'm amused as well as amazed at how the characters take the incredible in stride. In week two, Dr. Grace's best pal (Adam Rodriguez) was wheelchair-bound, then miraculously ambulatory, then spine-damaged all over again. Next episode he's grinning as if nothing happened. On May 8 Dr. Grace exposes the monstrousness of All Souls' sports medicine department and finds time to fall in love with a track star. He should be the one running—to another hospital.

Bottom Line: Horror and healing are a dubious mix

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