In case you missed it, the upcoming show Three Rivers has had some unfavorable initial reviews. In a thread on this blog we have been discussing this issue and I love this article posted by one of the press contacts that attended the media tour recently, Rob Owen at The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It brings some perspective to this issue and he reiterates some of the EXACT same things I have been saying in regards to the bad reviews. Unfortunately I think some of Alex’s fans are hoping it will get cancelled because they only want to see Alex in Moonlight. Ironically the gal who submitted the question that Rob addresses has the same name as the person who has been to this blog saying she hopes Three Rivers fails… hmmm. I find that sad… the real fans need to step it up!
Q: I have been reading many, many poor review of CBS’s upcoming “Three Rivers.” Most of the comments I read predicted it to be the first cancelation of the new season. I was just wondering what you thought of it. It is a very depressing subject, that I do not see how a person can watch week after week. — Laura, West Babylon, N.Y.
Rob: Critics have not been kind to this Pittsburgh-set medical drama, as noted in our Aug. 5 story on the series. But having seen the three medical shows on the fall schedule — “Rivers,” NBC’s “Trauma” and “Mercy” — it’s certainly not the worst. That dubious distinction goes to “Mercy,” an awful show focused on nurses. And it should be noted that none of the medical shows ranks as fall’s best new series.
Let’s not forget, critics have only seen the initial “Rivers” pilot, which is no longer airing as the first episode, so there’s time for producers to create a better, new first episode. My take on that first “Three Rivers” pilot was that it was unremarkable. The supporting cast, by virtue of being largely newcomers, was intriguing. But there was some clunky-groaner dialogue with the mother of a heart donor wanting to listen to her dead daughter’s heart beat in the recipient’s chest.
As for the subject matter, executive producer Carol Barbee told me the show will also include living donor cases, so it won’t be necessary for someone to die every week. Also, that first pilot had little set in the hospital emergency room, but the set they’ve built in Hollywood has an extensive ER, an effort to expand medical stories somewhat beyond the transplant realm.
As for the potential for “Three Rivers” to be the first cancellation of the season, that’s certainly possible given the tough competition from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” in the 9 p.m. Sunday time slot, but that show is aging. Granted, there were not enough rabid fans of “Rivers” star Alex O’Loughlin to keep “Moonlight” on the air, but CBS, by virtue of its position as the top-rated network, can afford to be somewhat patient. But that doesn’t mean they will be.
So come on Alex fans.. let’s make these people eat their words come October or die trying eh?
As I discussed in that other thread, I feel it is too soon to be spreading the doomsday message. Like Rob Owen, I pointed out that the pilot that was reviewed will not be the pilot that premiers in October. Also I would like to think that Alex’s fans will rally together and make a good showing. Daniel Henney has a large following with Asian viewers and Kate Moennig also has a nice size fan base. The cast is ethnically diverse so that will bring in a wide range of viewers and with the cancellation of ER many are looking for a new medical drama. There are just as many reasons to be hopeful as their are to be pessimistic IMO.