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

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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I knew it would be a load of crap as soon as I saw Gilmore Girls, Lipstick Jungle, and 90210.
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No one watches the CW for accurate portrayals of doctors, lawyers, cops or anyone required to be intelligent.
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is this ment to be a girly version of scrubs?
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No, that's not happening. I don't care if it is Meryl Streep's daughter in the titular role, every promo video and still and write-up has seemed like a dumb, shallow, ignorant waste of time. Who the hell goes through medical school still seeing the world through the lens of a moronic teenager? Who has enough drive to make themselves into someone with almost the power of God over the human body yet has so little confidence that they still get stung by "mean girl" crap? Pass pass pass.
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I don't get it - she went straight from High School to Surgery Internship with no college or university in between? Why would she still care about High School ?? No I won't be watching.
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This whole thing reeks of "meh". So, no.
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I gave it a try, but i find Emily to be reaaaaally annoying. How can you like her? I couldn't even finish the pilot cause I wanted to punch her.
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The show might even be good, but honestly, the concept that professional life is a continuation of high school is lame and a story about that would only make sense if the viewer is very young, in high school, or still with fresh memories of it. For most adults it's something we simply leave behind, just three or four years of your teen years and so much happens after that you barely take high school into consideration after a while.

But I have an idea for a sequel for Emily Owens in case the show is successful. It would be called Emily Owens, the golden years. After 50 years of high school taunting, Emily finally gets her deserved retirement, and goes rest in a nursing home. But there she finds out, for her desperation, that the social rules of a home are as cruel as those of... kindergarten school, as old people revert to their much younger selves. There she meets her old nemesis from the time she was five years old and once again she has to battle the ghosts of a time she believed was long gone.
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Nope.
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While I can appreciate the more upbeat and mellow nature of the show, the entire time I was watching the pilot I was slightly bored and craving some greys anatomy haha I must just like craazy drama and mc-steamy/dreamy/whatever more than feeling good.
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I love Mamie Gummer on The Good Wife, but somehow I find her voice childish on this show. Plus it kind of seems like a bad Grey's Anatomy ( which is one of my top 3 favorite shows ) clone. So I'll skip the series.
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I totally forgot she was on The Good Wife, thank you, it's been driving me nuts trying to figure out where I knew her from. I *hated* her on The Good Wife, but that was the point of the character, she was designed to be hated by pretending to be so sweet but being evil at the core, it was fantastic. This looks like a total 180 from that.
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Biggest Grey's Anatomy clone ever!
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Oldest and most unattractive CW cast ever. I don't watch the CW for the amazing acting!
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So you don't watch the CW for the acting, but you watch it only when there is a show with an old and unattractive cast?
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This is funny, because Ian Sommerhalder is older than most of the cast members of EOMD.
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Dead Pool
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I originally had this on my Dead Pool, then I realized it's on CW where NOTHING GETS CANCELED IN A SEASON EVER! They renewed Oh Sit with its 0.4 rating, they'll play out anything for at least a whole season. So off it came.
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I'm going to watch it just because Justin Hartley is in it...
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Just saw the pilot, very chick show, but still watchable...

How I didn't noticed that the main actress was Meryl Streep's daughter when I 1st saw the trailer is beyond me, she looks like a clone, but younger, even the way she acts is very similar of the way her mother acts.
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you can still watch the pilot on hulu before it premieres tomorrow :)
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it'll last 3 episodes and get the boot
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LOL I don't think the CW has been that quick on the eptake in a loooooooong time. The only show they cancelled that quick was H8R and nothing can quite compare to that piece of crap.
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The only wine i would recommend for watching this show is one that is poisoned, probably the perfect beverage for watching this show.
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My one word answer is the same as the one below me...
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No
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I thought the CW branched out into medical shows a while ago. Hart of Dixie is a medical show, right?
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Not really, HoD is a small town, fish out water, romantic comedy.
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