Picks and Pans Review: Mental

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Chris Vance, who looks like a younger, happier Harvey Keitel, plays psychiatrist Jack Gallagher, the new head of the mental-health ward at a hospital in L.A. (although the show is shot in Bogotá, Colombia). Gutsy Gallagher is eager to break rules—making the therapists under him run races with patients, for instance. He also has what one underling describes as "a seriously smokin' body," which no one is on record saying of Dr. Phil. The show has been compared to House, but it's a prefab model: functional, ignorable.

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