Fall TV Preview: The Mob Doctor

Each week we will previewing new shows being added to the Fall TV Line-up. These recaps should help you decide what’s worth adding to your viewing schedule and what you should skip. This week introduces us to Fox’s new series The Mob Doctor starring Jordana Spiro (My Boys). To start off, have a look at the trailer for the new series and then read on after the jump for a full synopsis:

Premieres: Monday, September 17th @ 9pm EST on FOX

Starring: Jordana Spiro (My Boys), William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire), Zeljko Ivanek (Damages), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy), Wendy Makkena (NCIS)

Competition: 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, The Voice, Gossip Girl

The Plot: For most physicians, the Hippocratic oath is sacred. For one Chicago doctor, who is indebted to the mafia, saving lives isn’t her only concern. Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is a top resident at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. Smart and self-assured, she’s heralded as one of the country’s most promising young surgeons. But family ties keep her glued to her Southside roots. To pay off her brother’s life-threatening gambling debt, she makes a deal with the devil and agrees to work “off book” for the mafia men she once despised. At the hospital, Grace must deal with emotionally compelling cases – a young woman in need of a heart transplant, a family decimated by a hit-and-run driver, the mass chaos in the wake of an ‘L’ train collision. But in her other vastly different world, she must juggle an onslaught of mob-related demands, including operating in illegal backrooms, treating hit men hiding from the law, performing emergency surgery on a high-end call girl, even saving a juiced-up race horse. All the while, Grace must keep her dual life a secret from everyone: her protective best friend, “Ro” (Floriana Lima) and her handsome, innocent boyfriend, Dr. Brett Robinson (Zach Gilford).

Should You Watch It?: Remember that FOX show that premiered at 9pm on Monday’s last year called Alcatraz?? This time slot has proven to be one of the most competitive in prime time and it’s not going to be easy for The Mob Doctor to take over the medical genre following of House. The reviews have also not been favourable for the series pilot, but who knows what the rest of the season will be like. I think it’s always worth giving the shows a chance but I wouldn’t hold your breath that this one will last as the competition is too strong. Dancing With The Stars, 2 Broke Girls, and The Voice aren’t the best shows on television but they sure do have the ratings. It’s unfortunate as the show has a very strong cast led by Spiro. William Forsythe is coming off a very strong guest appearance on Boardwalk Empire last season and Zeljko Ivanek has had many strong roles on television including his Emmy Award winning guest appearance on Damages as Ray Fiske. Zach Gilford is still struggling to land a proper show after Friday Night Lights with his last role being on the short lived Off The Map. Friday Night Lights really should’ve just gone on forever!

Will you be watching The Mob Doctor?

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