Third-episode verdict: A Gifted Man

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

In the US: Fridays, 8/7c, CBS

The problem with A Gifted Man is that there is absolutely nothing remarkable about it whatsoever. It’s just there. It’s well made, it has a good cast, but it’s glossy emptiness, despite a thin sheen of originality in episode 1 that may have led us to believe that there was a different show in the making. Originally about a brain surgeon haunted by the spirit of his dead wife – kind of Wilson and Wife (Deceased) – as predicted, the show has turned into a simple medical procedural, with Patrick Wilson flitting between his own clinic and a free clinic to fit in two to three patients with surprise diagnoses per episode, all while ex-wife Jennifer Ehle very occasionally turns up as a ghost to needle him a bit.

The show has been retooling, slowly adding in new members of cast, getting rid of old members of cast to make it more a procedural, rather than the slightly more spiritual show that we originally had. There’s the very slight philosophical question of whether the poor are intrinsically more deserving of help than the rich. There’s the very slight possibility that ghostly Ehle isn’t the only supernatural addition to Wilson’s life.

But ultimately, this is still 3 Lbs reheated. Still, it’s on CBS, the home of the procedural, so it’ll probably run forever, despite offering us nothing remarkable beyond a couple of good actors. If you like comfort food, medical procedurals, this is your boy; otherwise, steer clear.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction: Will last one season, but probably not more


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; 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. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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