Pure Genius is not your average medical drama. This one follows a billionaire tech-wiz who opens a hospital full of all kinds of new and unheard of gadgets that could save lives. Some of these devices seem to be closer to science fiction than medical science.
James Bell (Augustus Prew) imagines a highly-advanced medical facility, where people with the most unheard-of conditions can come for treatments using new technologies. After being deemed ‘incurable’, many patients are left with few options. Bell finds a partner in Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), a surgeon who is not afraid to take chances and explore new ways to cut through the business end of medicine and focus on providing the best care at no cost. Rounding out the medical team is Odette Annable as Dr. Zoe Brockett.
Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) created the series, and it has potential to become something great, similar to the dramatic difference that the show House brought to medical dramas.
Critics are not liking this show at all. Rotten tomatoes is reporting 16 out of the 21 reviews are rotten, and critics are saying that this medical drama lacks any medical credibility. Some say it is unintelligible, with poorly written dialog and no storyline at all. Others say that the characters are impossible to connect with and it misses the chance to stop and showcase the sci-fi technology featured.
IMDb voters rank the series at 7.2 out of 10 with nearly 400 votes cast. Viewers have commented about the show being completely ridiculous when it comes to the medical accuracy, and the overly-fantastical aspect of new technology that hasn’t been invented yet.
Many viewers feel that the show moves along too quickly to connect with any of the characters, and that the plot is simply a way to drive cheap emotions into the hearts and minds of viewers, only to have them celebrating a victory in the end.
While all of the feedback has been harsh so far, there are some successful medical dramas which are still airing that started off rough. If the showrunners can make any adjustments by mid-season perhaps this show will still have a chance at nabbing some fans.
The series debuted on October 27, 2016, and once the numbers were adjusted to account for football simulcasts, it only earned a 1.0 demo rating with 6.23 million viewers curious to see what it was all about.
In the bigger picture, this is not a good start for a CBS drama, especially since it is the caboose to a long train of strong shows led by The Big Bang Theory. The premiere rating for #PG may actually be the lowest CBS has seen, and it was lower than the now-canceled Rush Hour which occupied the same time-slot during the spring.
Some critics are already speculating that if PG doesn’t quickly gain a few tenths in the ratings, it might just be replaced mid-season. CBS hasn’t made any official announcements about the future of this series yet, and a decision will likely be made after a few more episodes have aired.
#PG airs Thursday nights at 10pm ET on CBS.
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