Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Aaron Jennings, Ward Horton, Brenda Song
Created by Jason Katims and Sarah Watson
Written by Jason Katims & Sarah Watson, Directed by David Semel
Pure Genius is a new medical from the person who brought tear-jerking character dramas Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Those two dramas are two of my all-time favorites but I'm also very lukewarm towards medical dramas so I was curious to see how I would feel about this drama. And I ended up feeling very in the middle due to those exact reasons. On the one hand, it was a medical drama and a very techy one at that. But it was layered with strong characters and compelling drama that tugged at the heart strings. So it's exactly as billed: a Jason Katims medical drama.
What I liked about this was the character development of Bell and Wallace. They already are more dimensional than most medical drama characters, especially after just one episode. Katims has managed to make two polar opposites who have an interesting working relationship. It is well acted by both Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney. Prew plays the eccentric billionaire well and seems like a Mark Zuckerberg type while Mulroney brings gravitas to the role and plays the grizzled veteran doctor role well. The rest of the characters weren't as well developed in the pilot though I trust Katims to bring them along.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes, but I will not get attached after seeing last night's ratings.