TV Review - The Resident
Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls) stars as Conrad Hawkins, an internist at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He's a bit of a jerk but he is a dedicated doctor. He's a hot shot who isn't afraid to bend or break the rules, if it will save one of his patients. His main rival is Randolph Bell, played by Bruce Greenwood (St. Elsewhere and American Crime Story), the chief of surgery who has hand tremors but who keeps it secret. It becomes a thing that Conrad knows Randolph is endangering patients, but he can't say anything or won't say anything for reasons that the show doesn't make convincing.
Emily VanCamp (Revenge and Brothers & Sisters) co-stars as Nic Nevin, a nurse at the hospital who doesn't have much of a background or backstory, except she's the object of Conrad's loving desire. She's there mostly to assist the doctors. Unless you'd think her just taking up space or filling an insubstantial role, she is given a rival on par with Randolph. Nic's rival is Lane Hunter, played by Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY and Providence), an oncologist who has her own clinic, which might be up to dubious things. Nic has to figure it out what it is. It's a mystery that gives Nic something to do, but nothing about it is intriguing as yet. Maybe future episodes will make it intriguing. It's only sad that the series hasn't revealed much about her personal or home life.
But, beyond Dayal's character, there's just not much of a hook here. It's a competently-made, medical drama. There's just nothing about it that makes it extraordinary. Medical series in the past with good hooks have been Nurse Jackie and Nip/Tuck. This one doesn't feel like anything special.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Mondays at 9PM on FOX.