Fans of the talented English actor Jeremy Northam will be delighted to know that it won’t be long until he is gracing US tv screens on a weekly basis. From April 2, 2010, Miami Medical will be airing on CBS. It stars Jeremy Northam, Lana Parilla and Mike Vogel, and is written by Jeffrey Lieber (Lost). What will it be like, will it be any good, do I hear you wondering?
To be honest, I’d pay good money to watch footage of Jeremy Northam pick gum off a sidewalk for an hour, but actually a quick read of the Miami Medical press release promises something rather wonderful (which is just as well for Jeremy, if rather a shame for the sidewalk…).
From the CBS PressExpress website: http://www.cbspressexpress.com/div.php/cbs_entertainment/original?id=5005&dpid=56
MIAMI MEDICAL is about a team of expert surgeons who thrive on the adrenaline rush of working at one of the premiere trauma facilities in the country while drawing upon their wit and irreverence to survive on the edge. As part of the Alpha Team at one of the top trauma hospitals, these professionals exclusively treat patients with life-threatening injuries. Together, this team of doctors excels in the “golden hour,” the 60 minutes after being critically injured when a patient’s life hangs in the balance.
So far, apart from the above, not much information about the show has been made available, but of course that hasn’t stopped some people from making their minds up, rather volubly, already and it seems it’s smart to be negative! This is somewhat disappointing because on paper, the show has an awful lot going for it, and I think viewers have every reason to be positive. Yes, let’s be positive!
Why will I be watching? I like medical drama. Miami Medical will, no doubt, have some similarities with the much loved ER, but it’s going to be a turbo-charged version, edgy, witty, funky and stylish. Although filmed in LA, the fictitious Miami setting gives us “ice cream colours”, sun, sea and sand. There are currently no publicised plans for a crossover with the immensely successful CSI:Miami, but maybe it might happen? Don’t expect patients with bumped heads and sprained ankles who want to talk about their problems over a sweet cup of coffee, the situations these medics will be dealing with are extreme, life and death. Major incidents, big wounds! On the edge of the edge, I’d say!
A combination of both Jerry Bruckheimer, who has the golden touch with many successful tv shows including the CSI franchise, and Jeffrey Lieber, so successful with Lost, ensures excellence in writing and production. These guys know what they are doing.
But of course, top of my list of reasons for watching (and it should be top of your list too) is the involvement of the very talented English theatre and film actor Jeremy Northam. This is a man who has worked with directors such as Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet, Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg, David Mamet and James Ivory. The quality of this man’s work, and what it can do for a tv show, was seen to good effect recently in Showtime’s The Tudors. Northam’s Sir Thomas More quietly and skilfully anchored proceedings throughout the first season, and his performance in the second season was of immense power and skill. It was like watching a virtuoso play with the school orchestra and it made The Tudors a “must-see”. People watched just to see Northam. And although I’d like to think that there is a more even spread of talent and quality in Miami Medical, Northam will once again be the draw. Jeffrey Lieber was reportedly delighted to be working with someone of Northam’s quality: ” to be able to work with someone who has real chops is really fun!”, he said, at the recent TCA panel for the show. He is well aware of what a prize he has landed, and I think he is making full use of Mr Northam’s skills. We should not miss the chance to see this wonderful actor at work.
There is something in Miami Medical that appealed enough to Jeremy Northam to make him want to appear in it. I think we should trust his judgement and watch to see what it was!
Jeremy Northam is about to be seen on US tv screens every week in Miami Medical, as Dr Matt Proctor, to air on CBS from April 2, 2010. The promos can be seen at http://www.cbs.com/primetime/miami_medical/
To meet other fans, get the latest news and chat about Jeremy’s work (a warm welcome is assured), please visit: http://www.jeremynorthaminfo.com