“Pure Genius” premieres on CBS on Thursday, October 27. The medical drama focuses on the collaboration — and sometimes conflict — between Silicon Valley technical genius James Bell (Augustus Prew) and ethnically questionable veteran surgeon Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), who bring their very different approaches to solving medical cases.
Of course, this isn’t the first network drama to focus on cutting-edge medicine and questionable ethics. FOX’s “House” spent eight seasons doing just that. Starring Hugh Laurie, who won two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards for his performance as the title character, that series won five Emmys over the course of its run and earned four nominations for Best Drama Series (2006-2009). But does this new medical series live up to that example?
As of this writing “Pure Genius” has earned mixed reviews, scoring 48 on MetaCritic and just 29% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. But it does boast Mulroney, who is an “A-list win for the show,” and creator Jason Katims has a strong track record, coming off of critically acclaimed dramas “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.” He even won an Emmy for writing the “FNL” series finale “Always” in 2011.
What do you think of the new series? Check out some of the reviews below, and join the discussion on “Pure Genius” and more in our TV forum.
Verne Gay (Newsday): “Imagine if someone could collect every single fact about cancer. Then imagine someone could assemble out of this Everest-high pile of facts the correct sequence of facts that could lead to a cure for cancer … Big Data might not find the cure for cancer, but it does appear to be an intriguing premise for a network hospital drama.”
Sonia Saraiya (Variety): “It’s inspiring, as one might expect of a drama from showrunner Jason Katims, who has previously done family- and community-oriented dramas like ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Parenthood.’ Echoing the strengths of those earlier shows, the mission-oriented ensemble falls together with surprising ease and even shared humor.”
Matthew Gilbert (Boston Globe): “The medical deduction stuff is entertaining, just as it was on ‘House,’ and here it’s done with more high-tech gadgetry in the room. But the regular characters aren’t particularly interesting, so the doctoring stories will need to buoy the show.”
Jon Negroni (We Got This Covered): “‘Pure Genius’ has more going for it than most modern medical dramas that emerge dead on arrival. Mulroney is an A-list win for the show, and Prew could be the eventual dark horse, assuming the writers learn to adapt and constrain his performance into something more palatable.”
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