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Goodbye my Dr Proctor…

9 Jul

It’s time to come clean and admit that I am in love with Dr Matt Proctor…

There are all sorts of reasons why this is a very bad idea. Firstly, it’s totally unrequited. To compound that particular misery, he’s gone, I will never see or hear from him again, and all I have are memories of the brief time that I knew him. Secondly, and probably more importantly, he’s not real…but my emotions (and my hormones) don’t seem to realise.

Love at first sight...

Proctor is probably not anyone’s idea of their perfect man, carrying around all that mysterious baggage as he does. He has had serious health problems and major issues with commitment. And, of course, a job that very probably leaves him fit for nothing much in the few hours he has to himself.


So, what’s the attraction? I confess that I find him completely fascinating. He’s enigmatic, he’s quirky, he’s extremely accomplished and inspired, and far from being a stereotypical cold, arrogant senior doctor, he cares deeply (in a very British way) for his patients and his team. His problems with his health and his subsequent change in outlook and determination to live life to the full (including dangling dangerously off tall buildings) have left him with a killer hint of vulnerability.

The day it all changed

That same new outlook, that comes from having stared death in the face, has given him a certain wisdom, a perspective away from the here and now, and yet he doesn’t seem completely content. Ultimately, he remains tantalisingly unknowable. He also looks and sounds just like Jeremy Northam. I think you understand…

Paper pondering

Luckily, during the brief time that I knew him, we experienced a lot together and so I have many memories with which to console myself for his loss. I was there when he first, suddenly and inexplicably, appeared at MT1, tanned, tall, slim and beautiful in his fish t-shirt. I think it was love at first sight…


Since then, he’s made me laugh…always the way to my heart…

A fine romance?

and he’s made me cry…

I'd let you treat me any way you want...

…and my love has grown stronger.

The last time I saw him, it was up on the hospital roof (a favourite Proctor haunt), with his patient, releasing a duck which flew away into the most beautifully sad and meaningful sunset. It’s an image that will stay with me for a long time. I wish he could have turned round to say goodbye, and we could have shared a last, long and lingering look, but it wasn’t to be…

I think my heart may be broken. Farewell, beautiful, mysterious, funny Dr Proctor. Though you never knew me, I won’t forget you…

If you are similarly afflicted, please feel free to share your favourite Dr Proctor moments…it’s a well known fact that talking helps!

by henrysmummy2003

with thanks to Joan aka HazelP for screencaps

UPDATE: I have had confirmation today (11 July) that there WILL definitely be an on-demand DVD of Miami Medical. More news later this week.

Miami Medical flies off into the sunset

5 Jul

What a fitting and excellent finale Medicine Man proved to be. Written by Steve Maeda (the ‘quiet man’ of the Lieber/Maeda partnership), it gave all our actors something to chew on, and the audience lots to enjoy.

Two separate trauma incidents provided our patients, both rather less spectacular than in recent weeks (topping last week’s giant sinkhole was always going to be difficult). The first, a road accident, brings in Ben (John Bain) and his teacher Lori (Elizabeth Ho). Terrifyingly, Ben’s skull has become detached from his spine (Proctor describes him as being ‘internally decapitated’. Countrywide, Americans swooned at how he pronounces it) and in the course of examining him, a pre-existing and non-life-threatening  spinal cyst is discovered. Ben’s mother Dana (Betsy Brandt) has no health insurance and so the cyst has not been treated, but it will impact on Ben’s quality of life. Here’s what Jeffrey Lieber had to say about this aspect of the story when I spoke with him the other day:

The medical story of Medicine Man was inspired by an article we came across that said that people without health insurance were vastly more likely to die in a trauma incident than people with health insurance. It didn’t intellectually make sense – because trauma is about saving lives and damn the health insurance – until we realized that people without health care COME INTO a trauma event less healthy and therefore are in worse shape to start with.

Doing the right thing isn't easy

Eva Zambrano feels that, while Ben is under the knife, it makes perfect sense (which of course it does, surely?) to fix both the trauma injury and the cyst. But it seems that is not the way things are done, and Eva is left with a dilemma. The solution she chooses ends up being to her patient’s benefit but to her own detriment, and she gets a dressing-down from renowned (and formidable) surgeon Dr Sanaval (April Grace). It was pleasing to see a tv show tackle the very topical issue of health insurance (and the issues it raises for the considerable numbers of US citizens not in a position to afford it) in a sensitive way, and Lana Parrilla’s Eva was able to show us a little more of what her character could have gone on to become had the show not been cancelled. Serena’s praise of Eva as they both ate cake (presumably only microscopic crumbs: those girls do NOT look like serious cake-eaters!) left us in no doubt that Eva did the ‘right thing’.

Rick's surgery brings the brothers closer

Presumably, gorgeous Bailey Chase as Dr C’s naughty brother Rick and his kidney cancer storyline would have trickled on into series two. Those two are a great partnership. Seeing Rick press all of Chris’s buttons gave Mike Vogel an opportunity which he grabbed with both hands. As  far as it went, it resolved nicely with Rick reverting to type, but we’ll never know if he recovers or not.

Hat by Nurse Tuck, face by Jeremy Northam

I commented last week on how great it would be to see Jeremy Northam do some more comedy in the future and I got my wish sooner than I imagined!  Jeremy’s Proctor was treating the victim of  the second trauma incident. It really doesn’t matter what the incident was nor what his injuries were, all that matters is that Jesse (W. Earl Brown, Deadwood, in one of the best guest roles we’ve seen all series) refuses to be operated on unless Proctor and Tuck can produce a male Mallard duck and make a medicine hat from its feathers… And no, he’s not certifiable (Proctor tries that route) he just happens to hold a rather unusual set of beliefs about waterfowl! Proctor elects, finally, to go with the flow, and the interchanges between W. Earl Brown, Jeremy Northam, Omar Gooding and the duck they eventually source are an absolute delight, topped off by Proctor donning the medicine hat and announcing, with aplomb and obvious relish, ‘All hail the king of Quacksilvania!’ Jeremy really seemed to enjoy himself in this episode.

The duck, the quack and the possibly crackers...

When Jesse comes round after the operation, and presses Proctor to divulge what he believes in, Proctor takes him to his favourite part of the hospital (the roof, of course) and shows him the sunset. As the camera pans back, Proctor releases the duck and it flies away with all our dreams of a second season. It’s all very fitting that this is where it ends, back up on the roof with the sun setting (remember 88 Seconds?). But I’m still not happy about it…

A fitting and beautiful ending..

With thanks to Joan for the beautiful images of Proctor on the roof

by henrysmummy2003

Miami Medical, the final word from Jeffrey Lieber

2 Jul

Tonight sees the final ever episode of the wonderful Miami Medical, the show that’s given us all such enjoyment and which has ended all too soon. It seemed fitting to let the show’s creator and exec producer (and all-round great guy) Jeffrey Lieber have the final word. I caught up with him today, here’s what he had to say…

Jeffrey Lieber, Miami Medical's creator

So, very sadly, this Friday sees episode 13, our final ever episode of Miami Medical. Can you tell us about Medicine Man?

The medical story of Medicine Man was inspired by an article we came across that said that people without health insurance were vastly more likely to die in a trauma incident than people with health insurance. It didn’t intellectually make sense – because trauma is about saving lives and damn the health insurance – until we realized that people without health care COME INTO a trauma event less healthy and therefore are in worse shape to start with. Steve Maeda wrote the script and there’s two great guests turns… one from W. Earl Brown (of Deadwood fame) and the other from a duck.

When we spoke around the time of the show’s cancellation, you were feeling sanguine, if disappointed. Since the cancellation, viewer numbers have actually increased, which must be very unusual. Miami Medical viewers are feeling very angry with CBS about their decision and feel the show wasn’t given a fair chance. If you’d had a 13 episode first season, things could be looking very different. What are your thoughts about it all now?

I’m still mostly sanguine. The ongoing life or death of a television show hinges on a thousand different things… most of them related to business… which we (writers, actors, crew)… have no control over. What we do have control over is what went on the screen and that… I was very proud of. Also, I, for one, got great satisfaction from the response from the people I ultimately work for… which is the audience. On the whole, the people who found the show seemed pleased/entertained/moved and that’s ultimately why I write.

Fans of the show have been asking if there is any chance that Miami Medical might still be rescued by CBS or picked up by another network. Are you able to give us the final word on that?

The sets are gone. The actor contracts are timed out. The writers – including myself – are elsewhere.

I’d say this is pretty much a done deal.

The extra 5 episodes we’ve been seeing since the cancellation have all been excellent. What was the reasoning behind those particular episodes being set aside?

It wasn’t based on “good episodes” or “bad episodes,” but mostly had to do with pairings. All Fall Down and What Lies Beneath are tied together because of the “Zambrano ends up in Proctor’s bed” story and Calle Cubana and Man On The Road are tied together because Tuck gets stabbed. The last five episodes were mostly stand-alone and allowed us the best chance of slotting them in (with some reshoots) into a potential cohesive second season.

Do you have a personal favorite episode from the entire run?

I have a BUNCH of favorite episodes, but Golden Hour has a special place in my heart. It was the last one we shot and I think it encapsulated what the show could have become, given the space and time to mature.

No doubt there have been many highs and lows along the way. Can you clue us in to a few favorite moments, and maybe a few you’d rather forget!?

There were a TON of high moments. The read-through of the pilot happened to fall on my 40th birthday, which was great. The first time I walked on the set was breathtaking. Sitting in a car on Westwood Boulevard and taking photos of one of the BIG ASS billboards for the show was giddy-making. And the people… cast, crew, writers, audience… have all been unmitigated pleasures. As for the forgettable moments… I’ve already forgotten them.

If you manage to get a DVD together, will we get to see any outtakes?

We will have a DVD (soonish I hope) but it will likely not have any extras (one season shows get just the basics). That said, I’m thinking about ways to provide some extra content to fans who purchase the full first season.

Mr Bruckheimer is obviously pleased with your work as you’re back working for JBTV, writing for The Whole Truth and soon, you’ll be putting together a pilot. Can you tell us about how that’s all going?

The Whole Truth is going very well. I’m writing what will be the third episode shot. And, as for development… we’re just getting under way. A lot of ideas are being bandied about, but I’m not able to disclose anything more. I will say… the show won’t be medical.

Fans of the show have all (understandably) concentrated on the actors (who have all been excellent), but there have been lots and lots of people involved in making the show. Would you like to namecheck a few people without whom the show wouldn’t have happened, and will you be working with any of the Miami Medical team on your new projects?

I’m afraid to go into names because I wouldn’t want to forget anyone, nor would I want to diminish anyone’s work by mentioning them 2nd or 3rd or whatever. That said, I owe a great debt to Steve Maeda who came on as my partner in this venture. The history of arraigned partnerships in TV is littered with more corpses and “I won’t ever speak to that person again” feuds that anyone can count, so I am ENDLESSLY grateful to have lucked into a collaboration with someone as kind and talented as Steve.

We’d all like to thank you so very much for making yourself so accessible to the fans of the show. It’s been such fun and all of us are just devastated that it couldn’t go further with
Miami Medical. Do you have a message for the show’s fans?

As I referenced above, we ultimately work for you guys, because if you guys don’t show up… we don’t exist. So, thank you for caring and engaging and fighting for the show.

And finally, US tv has been a new venture for Jeremy Northam, and we’ve loved seeing him as Proctor. I wouldn’t be doing my job as the owner of The Jer Blog if I didn’t ask you for a few words about our favorite actor.

He’s an incredibly talented man who brought a lot to the show. I, like you, look forward to what he chooses to do next.

Thanks Jeffrey.

So, that’s it, folks. I’m sure you’d all like to join me in thanking Jeffrey once more for all his co-operation and to wish him, and all the cast and crew, the very best of luck with their new projects. The Jer Blog will be sure to keep you updated about what both Jeremy and Jeffrey do next, as well as when DVDs become available.

In the meantime, don’t forget to tune in tonight for Medicine Man. We have a great episode in store as our series finale. Check out SueVo’s preview at The Exploding Egg.

by henrysmummy2003

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