Fall Preview 09: TRAUMA

By: Melissa Girimonte, The Televixen

You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve heard the hype. Now there’s only one thing you want to know: Which of the new fall shows are worth watching and which should be avoided at all costs? In this continuing series, we give you the scoop on some of the most highly-anticipated shows of the season. Which will be the next GREY’S ANATOMY… and which will be the new JOEY? Next up, NBC attempts to recapture its former ER glory with TRAUMA. 

Why We’ll Watch:  Monday nights are perfect for mindless entertainment, so why not spend some time with the paramedics at San Francisco General as they respond to medical emergencies by land, air and water?  The characters while imperfect, are likeable (Particularly Rabbit (Cliff Curtis), the reckless yet vulnerable flight medic, and Nancy (Anastasia Griffith), an MD who chose to be a paramedic). Which luckily for NBC goes a long way in making up for the series’ been there, done that feeling. Seriously. As much as I really wanted to not like this desperate attempt by the Peacock Network to recapture ER’s glory years, I found myself — in the same way SOUTHLAND grabbed my attention last spring — intrigued enough by the characters and hooked on the adrenaline rush to ask the one question that is music to any exec’s ears: What happens next?

What to Fast Forward Through: Nancy’s conversations with Dr. Joseph Saviano are a bit of a yawn. We get it, Nancy – you’re smart, you have potential, and you’re a rebel.  Do we really need this mentor character Saviano constantly harping on what could have been? 

Watch Live or DVR: If you’re a fan of HOUSE, CSI: MIAMI or CASTLE, TRAUMA is the perfect show to fill the 9PM slot on your Monday nights. That said, if your loyalties lie with hit-com THE BIG BANG THEORY, consider DVR’ing it for some leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning TV.

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