Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Monday Mornings?

What if I told you there was a show coming out that had a bunch of good-looking doctors all primed to begin humping each other at any moment? "What else is new?" you would say. What if two of those doctors were Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina? "What!" you would cry. "Like they— to each other?" No! Although, that would certainly make things interesting. Monday Mornings is another medical drama (in a landscape that has definitely become less lousy with them since the decline of House) with the twist of focusing primarily on surgeons and consequences, and not just for their romantic entanglements. Sound intriguing?


Surgeons and consequences, huh?

The show is centered on the morbidity and mortality conferences so many medical shows like to gloss over and only include as major plot points once in a blue moon. The surgeons of Chelsea General Hospital gather weekly (on Mondays, as it turns out) to discuss a case of questionable medical ethics with the rest of the staff, presumably for learning but mostly so Dr. Hooten (Molina) can browbeat his underlings in a style resembling a very passive-aggressive Gregory House or Perry Cox. Imagine the egos on those men slipped inside the cunning society of a chubby-faced British man. The doctors have to take responsibility for their actions, giving us a more human/flawed stable of characters.


Where did all this come from?

You may have heard of David E. Kelley as the man who's brought you a thousand law dramas (and whatever genre Ally McBeal and Boston Legal were) as well as the guy that introduced you to NPH (with Doogie Howser, M.D.). He's teamed up here with Dr. Sanjay Gupta (the Anderson Cooper of neurosurgeons) to create Monday Mornings based on Gupta's novel of the same title. Kelley is a name you can generally trust (let's just forget that Wonder Woman pilot was ever a thing) and Gupta lends a little bit of medical credibility.


When does Monday Mornings start?

Funnily enough, on a Monday. Not the morning, though. February 4 at 10pm on TNT. Have you heard of TNT? Shows apparently happen there all the time and they insist they know drama.


Is Monday Mornings directed toward me?

Monday Mornings is pretty much intended for everyone, at least anyone who's enjoyed a medical drama in the last 15 years. It's a little ER, a little House, maybe even a smidge of Grey's Anatomy. It's broad enough to make itself appealing to a grand swath of people but has enough of a twist to differentiate itself from other currently airing dramas.


What can I look forward to?

Pretty people getting their hands dirty. The surgery scenes appear to be pretty legit, and the characters are fairly Kelley-esque, if you're familiar with his oeuvre, though dialed down a notch or two. For House/Scrubs fans in desperate need of a smug doctor fix, there is plenty to go around (particularly since a major source of drama on the series is egos clashing in front of an audience of peers). Jonathan Silverman pops in and, believe it or not, he's still a single guy after all these years. Oh, and Dr. Sung Park (Keong Sim, Mike Chang's dad from Glee) is that House character without any of the pathetic pretense. It's actually a little refreshing.



What will turn me off?

I'm not sure how the surgeons are able to lift their scalpels with such heavy hands. The morality is in your face, pedantically so as Dr. Hooten tells the lecture hall what it is. Combine that with dialogue that's leaden with the platitudes and cliches that comprise every medical drama you've ever seen (except not as well-delivered) and you have a show that's hard not to roll your eyes at. Just to pile it on, the style, at least early in the season, is really abrasive and eccentrically styled for style's sake. I had no idea I'd see behind Alfred Molina's ears so often.


Would you recommend watching Monday Mornings?

It's not something you should immediately turn off, but I wouldn't go out of my way to catch it.


Can you give me just a taste so I can decide for myself?

How about a brief overview for you? Or would you prefer to see a bunch of pretty doctors falling from the sky?


What's a good drink to pair with my viewing of Monday Mornings?

I want to say something you can shoot so you can play a drinking game based on how many times you see shots of just lips or eyeballs or hands. But you might be dead by the end of the pilot.


Monday Mornings premieres Monday, February 4 at 10pm on TNT.


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I have enjoyed this show. It has gotten better as each week goes by. There is some humor, sadness, dr./dr. hanky panky, drama. I work in the medical field so I pay attention to how they do things, to see if they keep it mostly real. Not to shabby. Not like Grey's Anatomy, which I quit after 2 episodes. I hope they give this show a chance. It could grow into something entertaining to watch if they let the characters develop and not cancel it so quickly. I like Dr. Park. He cracks me up!
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I watched the pilot while drunk after a good night and I went to bed feeling like someone had just bought me a kitten and killed it. It's not got the light humour of Grey's or even House. The redeemable feature is the attachment I have towards Dr Park for his lines but it's certainly not one to watch when you fancy being cheered up.
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Not to bad a pilot tbh. All seems a bit well serious, but that could turn out to be a good thing. Thought some of the casting choices was great and interesting, alltho some im still not sure about. All in all im deff gonna give this show a try.

On a side note: Is bookie from greys anatomy cheating on them with Monday mornings? Lady gets around :p
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I watched the pilot and am easily led like a lamb to slaughter when it's a DEK show. I loved it. Besides, I knew from the get go that the dead brain tumor kid had Von Willebrands Disease, Type 2. I'm a medical junkie and btw, I have VWD Type 1. If you don't do the test for it which takes a long time, (hours) you have to have a deep history as the VWD is a genetic hereditary trait.
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as a med student myself,... i've seen my fair share of drama in m&ms,... ( love it because for once we are not the ones getting slammed,... our attendings are,... so fun),... so the theme is definitely has the potential,... i hate the colors and the style of the show,... i do not think the cases themselves can top what we have already seen,... House has already done everything complicated medically and grey's everything complicated emotionally and ER everything utterly chaotic,... so the decision making part ultimately is gonna be the acting for me,...
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Had some really funny moments:
"worst outcome?" - "dead, worst outcome always dead" .... who comes up with lines like that. Amazingly funny, partly because its SO true. Loved the guy.

The rest is interesting, so I'll give it a shot.
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I hope the music is a bit quieter on the show so I can actually hear what the characters are saying.
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I miss HOUSE.
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May give it a shot, the concept's interesting. I don't have a rule with medical drama: love Grey's Anatomy, hate House, so...
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I'm sorry. Every time I see Molina, even with a bad hairdo and a lab coat, I think he's about to be outfoxed by Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster.
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Wow, you seem to have a beef with TNT. I think the concept is interesting. Doctors face difficult decisions everyday and mistakes happen. Nobody's perfect, and I'll be curious to see how the show is spun. Of course, Jamie Bamber is always a plus for me.
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I´ll give it a shot.
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I'll tune in mostly for the cast.
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Considering that it is from David E. Kelley, it might be worth watching just to see how he manages to blame Fox News for some surgeon's mistake.
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That comment was 'fair and balanced'.
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I wanted to check out this show, the concept of going through m. & m.'s made it sound like a compelling change of pace. However, this writeup suggests that it'll be less a change of pace and more a standard medical show, with all the scenery-chewing and bed-hopping that goes with the trope, so I'm in "maybe" territory leaning towards "no" now.
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Monday mornings are everyone's least favorite time of the week, why on Earth would you make a show about them??? TV is about escapism, not spending your free time reliving the worst day of the week. Also TNT has been playing ads for this non-stop and I've started screaming every time one comes on.

However... Apollo from Battlestar Galactica is on this! So maaayyybe I'll tune in. Once. But I feel like this show would make me hate him and retroactively destroy my happy feelings about BSG.
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I swore I would never watch another David E. Kelley show after the disasters that Ally McBeal, Boston Public, et al became. He'll start out with a good show with interesting characters but then it's like he gets bored and adds new people and more new people, shuffling the original cast off to the side where they're lucky to have one line and you end up with a cast-bloat mess o' crap.

It looks like a good cast but I will resist temptation.
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Medical dramas US suck !

south korea do better ... (Kdrama)

"Brain"... "The 3rd Hospital" ... amazing shows ... very powerful
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Engrish difficult. Keep study.
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Hey, it's got Apollo from Battlestar Galactica! Alright, I'll give it a couple of episodes.
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Thats just what I thought.
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The promos all make it look like a total snooze-fest, so unless I hear otherwise I'll pass.
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Mmm, Jennifer Finnigan. I'm glad she's found more work.

The cast on this seems impressive but I've been burned too many times watching the original schlock that TBS and TNT churn out. (The excellent Southland is a notable exception to this rule.) So, pass.
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A combo of Daved E. Kelley, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber?
I don't even care what it's about, sign me up!
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Sure, maybe, I guess.

I had no idea this even existed before reading this and the WTWT articles today. It doesn't exactly seem like something I'd like, but whatever. I'll try it, then hate it.
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I love House and David E. Kelley so I'll try it
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Sure, I'll watch the pilot an decide whether to keep watching the show or not.
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You had me at Jamie Bamber
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This is a massive MEH for me... I might wait to jump on any ensuing bandwagon that may or may not be born from this show.
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Yes! So far 100% of the 1 votes in the poll agree with me! I love David E. Kelley shows (Harry's Law was gone to soon) so I will definitely check this out. I do have lowish expectations though. Generally Kelley isn't at the top of his game without a strong legal component to his shows. Plus I'm down on Molina at the moment after enduring Law & Order: LA.
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