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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  1. says

    You cannot cancel ‘ A Gifted Man’
    The actors work well together..storyline is has a message, have only seen a gun on one episode, No Swearing, just good people trying to do a good job for the patient.
    Thank You

  2. brenda pizzi says

    Great show especially when you saw the other side of Michael, when he played in the band. Do not cancel, I won’t watch your network anymore!

  3. anna g. shaw says

    There are very shows on TV that you can watch with all your family. We enjoy the fact
    that there is very little sex, nor bad words. We have to much sex etc. on TV. We truly love
    the freshness os the series.

  4. sally says

    PLEASE do not cancel A Gifted Man !! I love this show and think the casting is terrific. I look forward to this program every week. If you have to move it to another night, so be it. You have a good thing going with the story line. I do not mind the fact that his deceased wife is no longer a part of the show. There are so many possibilities with the present cast to make this a real show favorite.

  5. says

    This is the best show that is on. My husband and I love it and look forward to watching on Friday nights. Why is it not on anylonger?

  6. Anonymous says

    Love the show, it is so different, don’t take it off the air. it’s about time we have something nic e to watch on tv.

  7. letty says

    My family enjoys the gifted man and we hope CBS gives it another season, CBS needs to give the show more time to grow.

  8. Ian says

    My wife and I look forward to Friday nights so we can enjoy “A gifted Man” once again. Love the cast and the concept of the show. Please renew it for the next season. We would be very disappointed if you did not.

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  9. janet says

    I just picked up on this series and fell in love with the entire concept of what it offers viewers..i believe it would be a huge mistake not to continue with it ..!
    For those that enjoy shows like Ghost Whisperer, Medium, this series gives us what we enjoy about these types of shows.
    So please, dont let us lose this too.
    We have lost so many good shows and this is exceptional!
    thank you..

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