Episodes: 10 (hour)
TV show dates: March 22, 2016 — May 25, 2016
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Joshua Leonard, Jamie Kennedy, D.L. Hughley, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, and JLouis Mills.
TV show description:
This soapy medical drama, set at the fictional St. Matthew’s Hospital, is loosely inspired by the life and career of the world-renowned Dr. Kathy Magliato, as recounted in her book, Heart Matters.
A cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George) struggles to juggle her personal and professional lives. A maverick in her field, the outspoken and outstanding doctor is not above being outrageous. She eagerly fights authority, particularly when it comes to her patients’ health and well-being.
Three men feature heavily in Alex’s life. Liver transplant surgeon, Dr. Pierce Harrison (Dave Annable), is Alex’s colleague and current lover. His competition arrives in the form of a cool Australian, Dr. Jesse Shane (Don Hany). A former mentor and boyfriend, Jesse wants to rekindle things with Alex.
Then there is Max (Joshua Leonard), her gay ex-husband and the father of her two children. A rock star, Max still cooks and cares for Alex, even though he left her for another man. The two remain dear friends as they co-parent.
The politically incorrect Dr. Callahan (Jamie Kennedy) is a gifted surgeon with body odor. Blunt and obnoxious, he calls Korean-American scrub nurse Ji-Sung (Maya Erskine) “Ping Pang Pong.” Despite being a no-nonsense professional, the sarcastic Ji-Sung develops feelings for this abrasive man.
Callahan’s racial and otherwise offensive nicknames are limited to neither women nor Asians. He refers to resident anesthesiologist Forester Marcus (JLouis Mills) as “One-eyed Black Man.” A former military man, Forester saw his entire platoon killed in Iraq. Callahan, Ji-Sung, and Forester form a love triangle.
Millicent Silvano (Shelley Conn) is the hospital’s Chief Operations Officer and has been Alex’s long-suffering friend, since med school. Dr. Hackett (D.L. Hughley) is the Chief of Psychiatry. Alex considers him a hack.
Episode #10 — What Happens in Vegas… Happens
Alex fights to save the lives of Jesse, Pierce and Ji-Sung when a mysterious and deadly illness sends the hospital into lockdown. Meanwhile, Millicent must pick up the pieces when Alex disobeys the orders of the CDC, and an elderly man searching for his missing wife leads Alex to make a drastic decision in her love life.
First aired: May 25, 2016.
What do you think? Do you like the Heartbeat TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?