Written By: Margaret Nagle
Draft Date: January 9, 2009
Category: Thumbs Down
Sigh. I don't really have the energy to review this script. It was just exhausting to read. It's Dirty Sexy Money with scalpels. An entire family of doctors. An. Entire. Family. And they're rich. Very rich (patent money or something from a heart stent technique). And Donald Sutherland plays the patriarch in this series, too. And he's kind of sexist (the children have to scam him at the end to get the two daughters a share of the Eastman Institute's wealth so that the institute will put money into autism research, as one of the daughters' children has autism)... but it's okay because his father and grandfather her sexist, too?
The pilot is centered around the 35th wedding anniversary of Charles and Emma Eastman (even though, IIRC, Emma is sleeping with someone else as Charles and Emma's relationship has been strained for a very long time). Also Charles has a heart attack. And there's a journalist interviewing the family for an article.
The rest of the family are...
- Peter, a cocky vascular surgeon
- Anna, an autism researcher (she has an autistic son, and because she isn't funded with her family's money, she's struggling financially)
- Seth, a chiropractor who was once a transplant doctor, he got his medical license stripped for overprescribing himself drugs (and he's been through rehab)
- James, a heart surgeon who spends far more time with his patients than with his wife Maddie
- Sally, a pathologist
The squabbles of the family, both professional and personal, pretty much all left me cold, except Anna.