Miami Medical To MASH It Up In The Golden Hour

29 Apr

The next episode of Miami Medical, The Golden Hour, promises to be part disaster-fest, part Jeremy Northam showcase and part M*A*S*H tribute. What more could you ask for?

First off, it looks like troubling times for the team when a roof collapse wreaks havoc:

Express elevator from the top floor, going down…

Then we have a bleeding Doctor Warren (played by Elisabeth Harnois) — although we’re not sure how she got that way:

Wonder where that blood came from? Watch the show Friday.

And Doctor Zambrano (played by Lana Parrilla) looks like she has problems of her own as she’s threatened by a gunman:

Where’d he come from? At least let her put her shirt back on before you shoot her.

Executive Producer Jeffrey Lieber, on his unofficial Miami Medical Facebook fan page, said this of the disaster-fest: “missing patients, concealed firearms and vomiting nurses… oh my!”

Looks like we’re in for an interesting ride.

Our beloved Doctor Proctor (played by Northam) gets to take a turn at public speaking in the episode, when he is forced to give a presentation that proves how vital his team is in the first minutes after a trauma.

Doctor Proctor suits up for this episode

I am a little worried though, because Doc Proc appears to have been digitized in the CBS promo for the show. Does the speech turn him into a pod person a-la The Invasion? Probably not. But you never know.

Digital Jeremy Northam. Soon he will live in your computer.

Also coming to this episode is Mike Farrell, of M*A*S*H fame, who guest stars as Doctor Carl Willis, a hospital administrator. It looks like we’ll see Farrell and Northam play off each other in a few scenes.

Northam and Farrell, chilling by the elevator

According to Lieber, M*A*S*H. was a big influence on him as he developed Miami Medical.
In this great interview with Gill at The Jer Blog, Lieber talked about the M*A*S*H ties:
“The original fast pitch of the show was, ‘A domestic M.A.S.H unit in an American paradise.’ And I LOVED the original series when I was a kid. Now the old M*A*S*H TV show had the politics of the war in addition to the medicine (and for a while a laugh track), but the use of gallows humor to try and cope with the bare humanity of the job was my initial in to the show. At one point during the season we conceived of an episode where a bunch of the old M.A.S.H doctors were in one episode, but the logistics got to be too overwhelming and so we cut it down to one… Mike Farrell… who was a pleasure to work with.”
Here’s hoping this episode, which seems jam packed with goodies, will pop the Nielsen ratings back up.

The data for All Fall Down, last week’s episode, indicates that the number of viewers is still dropping. According to this story from HitFix:
“CBS’ “Miami Medical” … with its audience falling to just over 6 million and its demo rating falling to a 1.0 rating. The CBS freshman drama has declined in viewers and the demo every week since its premiere.”
If you look at all the data so far, you can see the steady drop: Miami Medical opened with Pilot at 7.54 million viewers, its second episode, 88 Seconds, netted 7.14 million viewers, the third, What Lies Beneath, had 6.78 million viewers and the fourth, All Fall Down, had just over 6 million viewers.

It’s a shame that while the show keeps getting better, the viewership keeps declining. I thought All Fall Down was the best episode yet.

Hopefully more people will discover the show and get hooked before the end of the season. There’s still time to keep it going.

As Lieber told us in his interview with me at Exploding Egg:
“CBS has been great about understanding that a show with our launch circumstances will need time for the audience to find us and incorporate us into their viewing habits. So, if you like the show… tell a friend. If you really like the show… write CBS an email. If you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like the show… keep buying TVs until someone offers you a Neilson box and then get all your 18 year-old friends to watch.”

Here’s the CBS Press release for the new episode:

AFTER DR. PROCTOR IS FORCED TO GIVE A SPEECH AT A FUNDRAISER, HE CHALLENGES HIS AUDIENCE TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUE MEANING OF “GOLDEN HOUR,” ON “MIAMI MEDICAL,” FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Shari Belafonte (“Hotel”) Guest Stars As Kimberly Davis, A Hospital Donor

Mike Farrell (“M*A*S*H,” “Providence”) Guest Stars As Dr. Carl Willis, A Hospital Administrator

“Golden Hour” – In order to show the importance of their facility, Dr. Proctor is forced to give a speech proving just how vital he and his team are in the minutes following a major accident, on MIAMI MEDICAL, Friday, April 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Shari Belafonte (“Hotel”) guest stars as Kimberly Davis, a hospital donor. Mike Farrell (“M*A*S*H,” “Providence”) guest stars as Dr. Carl Willis, a hospital administrator.

SERIES REGULARS

Dr. Matthew Proctor ………… Jeremy Northam
Dr. Chris Deleo……………………….. Mike Vogel
Dr. Eva Zambrano…………………… Lana Parrilla
Dr. Serena Warren……………. Elisabeth Harnois
Nurse Tuck Brody ……………… Omar Gooding

GUEST STARS

Kimberly Davis……………………. Shari Belafonte
Dr. Carl Willis…………………………. Mike Farrell
Hunter Stephens………………………. Kevin West
Jackson…………………………………… Tim Guinee
Eric……………………………………… Kavan Reece
Katherine…………………………… Marisa Ramirez
Leslie………………………………………. Lisa Waltz
Scott……………………………… Michael Graziadei
Agniska…………………………… Monica Bugajski
Bolek…………………………. Radick Cembrzynski
Nurse Abigail…………………………… Gena Shaw
Nurse Graceffa………………… Shanola Hampton
Paramedic Kleebus……………. Jonathan Runyon

DIRECTED BY: Matt Earl Beesley
STORY BY: Jeffrey Lieber & Scott Shapiro
TELEPLAY BY: Jeffrey Lieber
GENRE: DRAMA, MEDICAL

by SueVo

originally published at The Exploding Egg and reproduced here by kind permission

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