WHY I’M NOT WATCHING EMILY OWENS, M.D. ANYMORE

Diane and I watched three episodes of Emily Owens, M.D. and I’m bailing out. Diane is on the bubble whether she wants to continue watching. As you can see by the graphic, “Emily Owens” is actually Meryl Streep’s daughter with the unlikely name of Mamie Gummer. Gummer is cute, expressive, and earnest. You immediately like her. The problems with this medical show revolves around too many cliches: cute Resident who rejects Emily (she still loves him), another cute Resident (with a dying mother), a Mean Girl rival, a lesbian friend, and…you get the idea. Nothing very original here. After three episodes, I figured I’d seen most of the predictable permutations of the plot and I’m moving on. But I predict Mamie Grummer will become a star like her mother.

17 thoughts on “WHY I’M NOT WATCHING EMILY OWENS, M.D. ANYMORE

  1. Cap'n Bob

    The airwaves have been inundated with promos for this show, none of which inspired me to watch it. I didn’t know she was Streep’s daughter, though. I guess that explains the beak.

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    1. george Post author

      Streep’s daughter has all her Mom’s moves, Bob. She’s clearly talented and bound for success. But this medical show is predictable and dull.

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  2. Patti Abbott

    She was terrific on THE GOOD WIFE. Too bad they didn’t write a show where she could play a real person. But on the networks that is always doubtful.

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    1. george Post author

      The networks always play it safe, Patti. This medical show has all the cliches: Mean Girl, Boy Who Doesn’t Love Our Heroine, Strict Boss, etc.

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    1. george Post author

      Deb, EMILY OWENS, M.D. delivers up every tired plot from every medical show you’ve ever seen. Nothing original. But Streep’s daughter is a Star.

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  3. Jeff Meyerson

    Both of Meryl’s daughters (Grace is the other one) are talented and look like Mom, but even Jackie drew the line at watching this. The review we read pretty much listed all the faults you mention, George, and we decided Life’s Too Short.

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    1. george Post author

      Life’s Too Short, indeed, Jeff. I know EMILY OWENS, M.D. is a vehicle for Mamie Gummer, but it’s too insipid to hold a demographic of older, smarter viewers like us. Maybe teenagers will continue to watch since the underlying plot seems to be dealing with the aftermath of High School.

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  4. Jeff Meyerson

    Jerry, my wife is a sucker for medical shows, but even she bailed after the first fifteen minutes of MOB DOCTOR.

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  5. Richard R.

    side note: we didn’t think the 2nd part of THE DUST BOWL was as good as the first, but we were glad we watched it. They made it sound like Steinbeck stole the idea and plot for GRAPES OF WRATH which I’ve read and enjoyed twice, once in high school, again as an adult. Your thoughts on the show?

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    1. george Post author

      I’m with you, Rick. Part Two of THE DUST BOWL wasn’t as compelling as Part One. Steinbeck did not steal the idea and plot for GRAPES OF WRATH any more than Aaron Sorkin “stole” the idea for THE WEST WING.

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  6. Stan Burns

    I watched part of one episode. Liked the star, but the cliched writing turned me off. As far as the new TV season goes, the only new show I am still watching is Arrow, which isn’t Green Arrow but I still like.

    George, all TV these days is aimed at the 18-49 year old crowd as they are the ones the sponsors figure will buy their products.

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