Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Emily Owens, M.D.?

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The CW is branching out into medical shows, and by medical shows, I mean Grey's Anatomy clones for younger viewers! Yes, after screening the network's new doctor drama, Emily Owens, M.D., I have to say it seems eerily similar to Grey's... but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own merits. However, is it worthy of a spot on your personal viewing schedule? Let's discuss...


What is Emily Owens, M.D.?

Emily Owens, M.D. is a CW drama about a recent medical school grad—the titular Emily Owens—who spent her high school years being dorky and awkward. Now that she has a surgery internship, she's ready to put her past behind her start acting like a cool adult... until she realizes the hospital has its own high-school-esque dynamic that makes her feel just as dorky and awkward as she used to. It doesn't help that her tormenter from high school is one of her new peers.


When can I see it?

Emily Owens, M.D. premieres Tuesday, October 16 at 9pm on The CW.


Who's behind it?

Emily Owens, M.D. was created by Jennie Snyder Urman; this is her first time executive-producing a television series. She was a co-producer on Gilmore Girls, so that's good, but she was also a co-executive producer on 90210 and a supervising producer on Lipstick Jungle. Ouch.


Who's in it?

Emily is played by Meryl Streep's daughter, Mamie Gummer, who looks a lot like a baby Meryl Streep. She even has the same charismatic glow. Justin Hartley, the Green Arrow from Smallville (but not the new Arrow series) plays Mamie's fellow intern Will, who she's been mooning over since they started medical school together.


Who's the target audience?

The CW seems to be going after the younger side of the Grey's Anatomy audience. But based on the pilot, Emily Owens, M.D. will be less edgy than Grey's with less steaminess, so I'm guessing this is actually going to appeal to a slightly older crowd. I can definitely see my mom enjoying it.


What's good about it?

It's funny and cute, with a sweet sense of optimism, and Gummer's Emily is genuinely likeable and charming. This seems like it'll be a good show to watch when you're feeling low and just want to believe the world can be a happy place.


What's not good about it?

If you don't enjoy feel-good shows, this probably won't be your cup of tea. The show's definitely got a sense of humor, but it's more on the side of "a few chuckles here and there" rather than laugh-out-loud funny. The writing also definitely isn't as tight as it is on some other dramas.


Soooo... should I watch it?

I'd say give the pilot a try, but if you don't like Emily's opening monologue, change the channel because you're not going to like the rest of the episode. I found the first episode delightful, but I know a lot of people will find it trite.


Is there a trailer I can take a look at?

If you missed out on watching the full pilot during its online sampling period (The CW has since taken down the video), here's an extended trailer:


Can you recommend a beverage pairing for the series premiere?

Something sweet, like a strawberry daiquiri or really cheap white wine.



Emily Owens, M.D. premieres Tuesday, October 16 at 9pm on The CW.

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