Monday, May 18, 2009

"Three Rivers"

Does American TV need another medical drama? "ER" just ended. JUST ENDED. It doesn't need to be quasi-replaced yet! Let's mourn it for a while first. Despite the fact that I stopped watching the show once Anthony Edwards left (his last show was the BEST, by which I mean the WORST-- I cried and cried and cried and cried).

Besides, we still have "House," "Private Practice," "Scrubs," and "Grey's Anatomy." Those are just the ones I watch, I know there's more out there.

But ... I notice that none of the ones I watch are on CBS. "House" is Fox while "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy" are ABC. I just realized I don't have a single show that my DVR automatically records that airs on CBS. I don't know why, but it's probably due to the fact that CBS notoriously struggles with my demographic and, in larger part, because nothing they air interests me. (I really don't get "CSI.")

So CBS has decided to go the route that ABC took years ago with "Grey's" and approved a new medical drama for the fall, called "Three Rivers." Even the title makes me cringe for some reason. Sounds generically cheesy, like "Designing Women" or "Northern Exposure" or "Dynasty."

The reason I post about this is because I think it's make-or-break time in the U.S. for one Mr. Daniel Henney. "Wolverine" was perhaps not as much of a vehicle for him as I anticipated, mostly due to the distraction of Hugh Jackman running around growling with giant claws strapped to his fists.

Daniel Henney's been cast in "Three Rivers" as ... (wait for it) ... a transplant specialist. He played a 'doctor' on "My Name Is Kim Sam-Soon," (내 이름은 김삼순), and I didn't believe a single word he said that was 'medical.' Not the best actor, that Daniel. But very pretty. See exhibit A:

See?? He's wearing glasses! Maybe he can play a doctor! (No, he really can't.)

For all his prettiness, the boy can't act. Sad, but so very true.

I fear for "Three Rivers" because:

1. It's on CBS.
2. Alex O'Loughlin is the 'lead' and he's relatively unknown, and irritates me for no good reason.
3. It's about organ transplants, a.k.a. a staple of "Grey's Anatomy" storylines.
4. Henney. Can't act. Can't enunciate. Can't emote.

It might be good because:

1. Henney. He's eye candy if nothing else.
2. Julia Ormond. Woman is brilliant.
3. Katherine Moenning- she's surprising and usually good.

Blogging has taken a backseat to sleeping and subsisting lately. I have been burning the midnight oil at work and it's taking a (large) toll on me. I'm suffering from sniffles, body aches, headaches, just general un-wellness (if one more person jokingly asks me if I have swine flu...), all of which makes me cantankerous and more than susceptible to ranting. My blog doesn't need that kind of anger.

I've also been running around (figuratively) trying to find my next show. It's not that I dislike Sony; quite the opposite, I really like it here. I just feel the need for change, something I've been craving for quite a while. Changing studios and shows within the same city (Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Culver City, SAME PLACE) isn't that much of a switch. I'm yearning for new and unexplored. But also civilized and clean.

Dragging my flagging attention back to work now. * sigh *


william May 19, 2009 at 5:48 AM  

i have not heard the news about daniel henney on 'three rivers.' in fact, i have not heard of the words 'three rivers' until now. it sounds horrible, minus one julia ormond, who IS brilliant.

did you catch him say 'marcel frost' instead of 'marcel proust' on samsoon? i hate him.

and why in god's name are you watching private practice? okay, i'm not one to judge, but seriously? seriously!?

i remember katherine moennig from that canceled wb series 'young americans.' and then, of course, the l word. i like her.

jeanny May 19, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

I loved how he was all, "Ohhh, Marcel Frost!" as if Sam-Soon was saying the name incorrectly. Dolt!

"Private Practice" is fun! Well ... I have a backlog of 14 episodes, but it was fun when last I watched! Taye Diggs! Tim Daly! Kate Walsh! Amy Brennanananamen!

"Young Americans" was AWESOME. I don't even remember it that well, but I remember loving Ian Somerhalder and Kate Bosworth (who was so pretty and not stick-skinny back then) and Katherine Moenning, who was GREAT as Jake (only character whose name I remember).

Diana May 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

You're right. Man is gorgeous, but can't act to save his life (or career as the case may be).

Funny how it hasn't been all over Korean media; usually when one of their "stars" makes it into ANYTHING American, you can't turn on the TV or walk three feet without hearing something about it.

jeanny May 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

They just shot the pilot in Pittsburgh, and the show doesn't even air until fall. I assume the fan-girl mania will start then!

He is so pretty, yet looked so bad at the L.A. premiere of "Wolverine." The boy needs to keep his hair short and his shirt buttoned!