Emily Owens, M.D.
Tuesdays at 9 on The CW
Every once in awhile, a show comes along that just makes you feel good, that makes you feel like you've discovered something delightful that might be overlooked.
This season, this is that show. Sure, it features TV's new favorite character -- the awkward white girl -- but it does so in a winning way.
Mamie Gummer (Yes, she's Meryl Streep's daughter but there's more to her identity!) plays Emily who we meet as a geeky high school girl, one of those soulful misfits with a lot more on her mind than most will ever know. She grows up to become an intern at a Denver hospital, bright on the one hand, but still a bit of a geek. Her med school crush Will (Justin Hartley) is also an intern, as is her high school nemesis Cassandra (Aja Naomi King). She quickly gains a friend in fellow intern Tyra (Kelly McCreary), who is also the chief resident's daughter. Emily also promptly raises the ire of Dr. Bandara (Necar Zadegan), a world famous and tyrannical surgeon whom she admires.
The through line of the show is that the hospital is a lot like high school, which is, of course, true of just about any place where adults gather. Yet, although that idea isn't new, the cast brings a freshness to the concept. Gummer/Emily narrates (we hear her thoughts), a narrative device that could get old quickly. It's a testament to the intelligence and talent she brings to her role that it doesn't. The rest of the cast brims with the same polish and smarts. That's where the feeling of discovery comes in; you start to feel like you'll see, or should see, a lot more of these actors someday.
At times, the script betrays the intelligence of the actors, but just in small moments. Mostly, "Emily Owens, M.D." quietly charms, pulling you into Emily's world. Even if you weren't the awkward girl in high school, her journey to find the greatness within is something worth cheering.