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Mourning Monday Mornings

Finally had a chance read today's Ottawa Citizen newspaper, and was disgusted when I got to the TV section of the paper, and discovered that tonight's season finale may be the series finale as the chances are pretty good that Monday Mornings (the official TNT website) will not be renewed for a second season.

Damn it!

::minor rant:: Why is it that every show that I actually like on television gets cancelled? This year, first it was Emily Owens, M.D., another really smart medical show, and then it was Primeval: New World. I'm really tired of the networks broadcasting stuff that gets low ratings and then gets cancelled after 13 episodes or one season, thus making the viewer's investment (in this case, mine!) a waste of time! Sometimes, I think that I shouldn't watch any new shows until they've got at least 44 episodes aired, or maybe I should just buy series that intrigue me on DVD or watch them on the internet until... Ah, never mind... ::rant ends::

Back to the show...

Monday Mornings is a very smart medical series that deserved another season or five, but given that it airs on TNT and shows in Canada on Bravo, isn't likely to be getting the viewing audience it should. The title of the series refers to the Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference meetings occur at hospitals, but there's a lot more to it than that. Here's the blurb about the series:

Doctors face life-and-death decisions each and every day as they fight against often-impossible odds to save their patients. When things don’t go as they should, it’s up to their medical colleagues to determine what went wrong and learn from those costly mistakes.

Monday Mornings follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. Every Monday, the doctors must gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge Villanueva, the hospital’s trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wison and Dr. Tina Ridgeway; the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney; the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park; the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur; and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux.

One of the smartest medical shows out there, I really hope that Monday Mornings gets a second season or more, but I doubt it given that the ratings for the show have been so poor. Regardless of that, I'll definitely be picking up the series on DVD when it comes out.

Anyway, tonight is the season (likely the series) finale, so watch it if you get a chance. Just to see what great medical television series are about.
Tags: monday mornings, rant, series, tv hut

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