Last week ABC-TV introduced two new summer replacement programs: Rookie Blue and Boston Med that took over the time slots of Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off show; Private Practice. They are on Thursday nights at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please check your local listings for the time in your area or go to ABC.com to watch full episodes that have already aired.
Rookie Blue is the story about rookie police officers and how they are treated by their superiors. They are now under a microscope with the lowly title of rookie. Their confidence in themselves and how others perceive them is always foremost on their minds. The main character is Andy McNally played by Missy Peregrym, a female officer whose father is a retired police officer who retired under a cloud and is now hitting the bottle. She calls him when she is in trouble for his wisdom and guidance but certainly knows what this job can do to your heart and soul. On her first day on the job, she arrested a colleague/drug addict who had spent eight months undercover and was close to cracking a big drug ring when McNally blew his cover and is now on the street with him as her training officer. Among the other rookies are: Chris Diaz played by Travis Milne, Traci Nash played by Enuka Okuma, Dov Epstein played by Gregory Smith, and Gail Peck played by Charlotte Sullivan. With two shows down and six more to go for this summer replacement, we can only hope that ABC can find room to keep this great program.
The other great program that follows Rookie Blue is Boston Med. If you liked Hopkins; a program filmed in Johns Hopkins University Hospital, I am sure you will like Boston Med as much or more. Like Hopkins they are showing real patients and problems encountered in three Massachusetts hospitals: Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Real doctors with real lives inside and outside the hospital where they work day and night to save lives and then leave to attend their daughter’s dance recital or go on a date or just crash in front of the television set with their family. According to the ABC website, in the coming weeks we will experience only the second face transplant performed in this country. See a soldier return home from Afghanistan just in time to experience the birth of his son who will need immediate heart surgery to save his life and require at least two more surgeries down the road. Another hit for ABC with six weeks left and the likes of which are only seen on The Learning Channel and Discovery Health networks, now those viewers who have no cable connection can experience true life experiences of what it takes for doctors and nurses to really saves lives and work under pressure every day. So far, Boston Med is another great addition to ABC’s lineup that should stay.