In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts tonight In the UK: Not yet acquired.
Watching this, I could have sworn I'd mysteriously tuned into CBS by accident. No way could this be a Fox show. It has CBS fingerprints all over it.
But, no. It's on Fox. It's a procedural. It's efficiently made, efficiently acted and has high production values, just like a CBS show. It has no need to be a procedural - as with CBS's A Gifted Man which was originally a show about a haunted doctor, this has medical procedural grafted onto it. But a procedural it is, with My Boys' Jordana Spiro as a doctor who - in between being brilliant and saving lives - has to do some medical work for the mob, it being Chicago n'all, because her brother was in trouble and she now owes them a debt that she has to pay off.
Then, one day, a mob informer comes into her hospital for an operation and the mob want her to kill him while he's on the operating table or else they'll hurt her and her family. What's a surgeon to do?
And actually, that's not the show's biggest ethical dilemma, because somehow - I know not how, particularly on Fox of all networks - one of the patients who comes to her is a teenage girl. Who's had sex with her boyfriend. She's now pregnant. It's going to ruin her life.
And to its credit, despite every other unremarkable, uninvolving aspect of the show, The Mob Doctor not only countenances the idea of letting this girl have an abortion, the doctor goes ahead and performs 'the operation'.
It's that simple. You may think I'm exaggerating - and given the second episode of Go On was actually okay, maybe I am - but as a rule, "NBC. Comedy. Don't watch" is pretty accurate and a good way to guide your viewing.
I should also add that anything that's "war of the sexes" is guaranteed to be dismal and if you needed any proof, here's Guys With Kids. See that title? Does it make you think, "My, that's going to be a top, grade A comedy"? Of course it doesn't. And you'd be right.
Here, NBC has latched onto the fact that one of its few new comedies not to massively fall on its face last year - the single-camera comedy Up All Night - was about modern parents, parenting and kids. It also noticed that a whole load of shows on other, better networks were about men dealing with changes in society - although it failed to notice that almost none of them were any good (e.g. Last Man Standing, Man Up!). So it's decided to make a comedy about men having to look after kids. And it's gone multi-camera: there's even someone at the beginning who claims it was filmed in front of a live studio audience. Presumably a studio filled with nitrous oxide.
You can imagine the laughs, right? No? Surprising that.
Here's a trailer for the pilot. You might need to sit down for this one.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.