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A Gifted Man: Is the New CBS TV Series Worth Watching?

A Gifted man TV seriesIt’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of the first official week of the new fall season. There are lots more shows to come but, tonight, CBS unveils the last of the week. It’s called A Gifted Man, a drama that’s part House and part Ghost Whisperer.

Patrick Wilson stars as gifted and very successful surgeon who is wrapped up in his materialistic world. His life gets turned around when his late wife (Jennifer Ehle), the love of his life, appears to him and starts to change his point of view about what’s important. Julie Benz, Liam Aiken, and Margo Martindale also star.

Is A Gifted Man worth your time? Here’s what the critics are saying:

NY Daily News: “The cast here nails their roles, from Wilson down to support players like Emmy winner Margo Martindale as his loyal assistant, Rita. Ehle has a much trickier role and handles it well. It’s a show that wants to say something. Now it needs viewers who want to listen.”

LA Times: “If coming to understand that poor people need MRIs too is not lesson enough, Michael’s Grinch-sized heart also needs to warm to his own family — a troubled nephew and a loving but decidedly dippy sister, Christina (Julie Benz), who not only takes the whole ghost scenario instantly in stride, she sees it as the ‘cosmic gift’ it clearly is. With just a few tiny modifications, A Gifted Man could be a smart satiric comedy, but I don’t think that is what Grant is shooting for.”

Boston Globe:ER did a lot of interesting storytelling around national health care issues. But with all its ghost whispering, A Gifted Man runs a lot closer to the Dead Denny category of medical-drama narratives. Grey’s Anatomy viewers will flinchingly recall the exhausting and absurd Dead Denny plot, which had Katherine Heigl’s Izzie undergoing hallucinations of – and sex with – her late fiance. A Gifted Man needs to transcend that limited and overused construct, and set the characters free from endless debate over whether Anna is real or not. Let the actors find drama in more earthly concerns. I think they’re up to it.”

USA Today: “Thanks to all the talent, what could have been an incredibly hokey Ghost Whisperer retread has much more moody potential. Wilson has the magnetism and acting chops to lead a network series, and while Ehle’s Anna starts off a bit too angelic, we’re promised she’ll become more complex. The producers have also promised that Martindale’s Rita will do more than read Michael’s schedule off a clipboard. Gifted Man could not have been given better actors. It needs to give them better in return.”

AV Club: “As a pilot, A Gifted Man works, early clunkiness aside. Will it work as a series? Only time will tell. There’s a good show in here about a man who learns what it is to be good, thanks to unusual circumstances, sort of a Breaking Bad in reverse. But there’s also a clumsy medical drama that frequently goes in for goopy New Age mysticism. Demme helps the pilot mostly avoid that tone, but he won’t be around every week, even if he’s serving as a producer on the series. On the other hand, CBS is the network where a similarly high-concept drama—The Good Wife­—popped up a few years ago, only to gradually evolve into one of the best shows on television. With time and patience, this is a show that could be that good. But the fear, as always, is that this will simply collapse into an ocean of overly maudlin syrup, dragging the audience down with hard to stomach sentimentality. And while that’s probably the most likely scenario, even if that happens, we’ll always have the pilot.”

What do you think? Are you going to watch A Gifted Man? Do you think it has a chance on Friday nights or is already doomed to be cancelled?

 

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Jewel December 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

First show to capture our attention since House! We are halfway thru watching the season on Netflix. We’ve tried many shows to replace House and finally found this one! Very, interesting & captivating And Patrick even has a human side….much more evident than House’s .
THIS SHOW NEEDS TO RETURN,!,!,!,!

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Monique Quinn October 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

My husband & I were very disappointed when the Gift Man did not return this season. My husband is an energy worker and we all could relate to this show and rushed home every Friday night to watch……. we loved all the characters , it was very well done.

My adult daughter also watched it ……..do you think you will bring this show back?

Very, very , very disappointed , we can’t figure how you can cancel this show and bring back so of those awful reality back

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BETTY August 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

My whole family loves The Gifted Man….Please bring it back.

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Jeanette July 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Gifted Man is one of the few shows on the air now a days worth watching! There are no “real” reality shows anymore. Everything is completely rehearsed. A gifted man asked you to look beyond what is! If the show were on a different time/day ratings would skyrocket! If it tied in 2 slot with extreme makeovers, apparently CBS has NO CLUE what they’re doing. I watch blue blood for an ep. for 2 reasons, 1 it was filmed my my job the other because I’m a Tom fan from magnum. I could never watch bb again, a gifted man I watches it all the time. Bring it back or give up the rights to the show to go to another station

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Julie May 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

My entire family loved Gifted Man I hope it is back this season!

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Carolyn Eisan June 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

I love the Gifted Man and hope that this show will be returning in the fall!!

Carolyn

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Bobbie May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

If you are looking for interesting, funny, and intelligent try this show. My family has missed it and hope it will return soon. PLEASE. Thanks.

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Virginia Williard April 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

My husband and I really enjoyed the shop and we hope it gets renewed Loved the cast and the stories. Please keep it on

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chey April 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Please do not cancel this show, it’s excellent and i am looking forward to watching more episodes!

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Linda Thorpe April 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Please do not cancel A Gifted man. My husband & I look forward to watching it every Friday night!

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John Ingalls April 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

An excellent show, I look forward to it every week. I miss it when it’s not on.

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CAROLE NICKISSON April 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

its a great show anyone who sees it loves it it just needs more exsposure and a better night .

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