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It's Tuesday, but More "Monday Mornings"
So, are you as sick of these frequent posts as I am? I KID! I KID! ;D I think it's safe to say we're all thrilled by the quantity and quality of stuff we've been given lately.

A couple more postmortems reviews of the Monday Mornings pilot:

Cinemablend: Monday Mornings Review: Hospital Drama Offers Fresh Cases, Raw Emotions - Another positive review.

The AV Club: 'Monday Mornings' Review - There's a lot I like about this review and a lot I agree with, which is why I'm sharing it. HOWEVER, I have to STRONGLY disagree with who they site as a "weak link" in the cast. I would argue there are NO weak links.

ETA: The overnight ratings are coming in and they're not great. :/ TNT's rating due to tend to be lower in the fall/winter when competing with the broadcast networks, but Southland, their lowest rated show, tends to average around 1.8 million viewers. It does seems like Dallas not helpful in drawing in viewers. I suspect people are tuning out following Larry Hagman's death and knowing JR will soon be gone. Also, while I credit TNT with putting a lot of promos on the air (even on other networks), I did wonder if they didn't sell the premise as well as they should have. Things can still turn around from word of mouth and people catching repeat airings throughout the week. Time will tell.


If you were curious as to how Monday Mornings evolved from script to screen (short answer: A LOT), TV Writing has posted a second draft of the pilot script. (There are also links to BSG scripts at the site.)


TNT's Nordic YouTube Channel has posted a bunch of clips from upcoming episodes. Even the title of one clip is spoilery so I'm doing some general link naming just in case you want to remain completely unspoiled going forward.

            M&M Room 311 - another doctor on the hot seat

            Dr. Sydney Napur and Dr. John Lieberman Scene

            Tina and her husband have a talk.

            Ty in Surgery. A scene from the third episode. It's Jamie-centric and basically Ty spouting a lot of technical jargon, humorously, so I think it's safe to embed. ;)

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 5th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Okay, based off of that Ty in surgery scene (FYI, that is from the episode airing in the US and Canada on February 18th, so the third to air!)... my suspicion that the characters will strengthen and develop as the season progresses seems accurate. There is a SWAGGER in Jamie's attitude in that scene that IMO he didn't have in the pilot; I don't know if he really had the opportunity to do so given how little of Ty we get to see in default headspace in the first hour, before the Quinn case dominates his screen time. But still... swaaaaaggger. ;)

Without going into detail, I would underline that anyone who really doesn't want longer-term spoilers shouldn't watch the clip of Tina and her husband.

EDIT: OK, with regard to the ratings - yep, I would agree that perhaps the Dallas lead-in isn't as strong a prospect as the network was hoping it would be; the crossover may have just been too narrow to hold onto viewers based on pure curiosity. Also that some of the ads for MM perhaps didn't get at the gist of what it was really about; the concept featurette did this really well, but it was 2 minutes long. How to condense that kind of sell into a 30-second TV spot? I know, it's tough. But also, I feel like TNT ran a handful of the same ads over and over. The one spotlighting Sydney was fun and funny and yeah, that is not the primary tone of the show but I'm not sure why we didn't have more ensemble-friendly ads like that one for most of the principles. :/

Also, it is worth pointing out that practically of TNT's best debuts have ever aired during the standard season; they ALWAYS get better numbers in summer (which is when Dallas debuted, as well as a bunch of their other current lineup) because they have no network shows airing new episodes and drawing away viewers. Selfishly, we wanted to see MM sooner in the winter because WAITING SUCKS. ;) But it is definitely a harder time of year to fend off competition.

Sure it's not great news but it's not fatal news, either. There is plenty they can do to position the show to do better. Also, as always it's worth a reminder that Deadline pounces on the antiquated overnight ratings numbers like... well, crusty old trade paper farts. (For a digital entity, a lot of their M.O. is really old hat. ;) ) We don't know what the Live+7 numbers are yet. (i.e. live viewers plus those who are DVRing the show, and watching it digitally within 7 days of air time.)

Edited at 2013-02-05 09:01 pm (UTC)
lanalucy From: lanalucy Date: February 5th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I have some fangirly squee over that little forehead wrinkle Jamie has right at the end of that last clip, in the operating room. :squeee: Not that the rest of the clip wasn't nice, too. lol

Also, I really loved Finnegan's wacky character on Dead Zone, and hope that she's allowed to bring some of that humor to this part.

Edited at 2013-02-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: February 5th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Definitely agree with your disagreement on the AV Club review. I thought he was just as good as the rest of them, although his accent seemed a bit odd for some reason. I've never found fault with him-as-American in the past, but there were a couple of odd lines. No biggee, and it may be that I'm just not used to hearing him speak American after all this time (this is what I get for watching L&O: UK marathons on BBC America. ;))
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: February 5th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jamie the weak link? That guy (girl? didn't bother to read who wrote it after that comment) is nuts. I'm even more critical of an actor's performance when I have a crush, and I thought his performance was highly believable and not at all melodramatic. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Jam Bam rocked it last night. It's been said here...his eyes, his body language. He did a great job!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 6th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm even more critical of an actor's performance when I have a crush

I tend to be, too. At the very least I own up to giving them a free pass when they are not pulling 100%. ;) Not the case here.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: February 5th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hey - We should give you a raise on that "huge" amount that we are currently paying you to do this:) But, since that it's not so easily done, please know that you two have our gratitude (or at least mine). and you never deserved it more than these last couple of months.

I like the little videos. And yes, part of it is due to the fact that I can actually see them in my country (as opposed to the promos and stuff that were on the MM FB page and places).

That video is spoilerish so I'll not discuss it beyond the curiosity regarding us seeing something about the subject of it before that scene.
The one with Ty in the OR is just great. YEs, he seems like an ass (strange that I didn;t believed that when dealing with him in Perception but I do here). Then again, maybe we'll get to see something of that God complex and Ty being over confident and all of that.

Btw, that review - strange opinion. Well, de gustibus......
kim_j_8472 From: kim_j_8472 Date: February 6th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC) (Link Me)
*scratches head* I usually think The Onion's TV reviews are good (Breaking Bad, for instance), but I find it odd to make a weak link determination at this point in any show. I wonder how people felt about Dylan McDermott in The Practice before they found out about his character's very complicated backstory and how it related to his wanting to get into law in the first place.

Is it Anglophobia? Whatever. You go, Bambini. Angst is your forte.
shoelesslucy From: shoelesslucy Date: February 6th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Didn't have time to catch it yet, but I saw bits and pieces of Jamie's scenes online and it looks like it certainly looks like he was on form to me! I agree, however, that the visual style isn't really doing it for me but I'll reserve judgement for when i've seen the whole thing!

Re ratings: I don't really know anything about the ratings expectations especially on TNT, but from what I can gather the reactions seem pretty bleak. Obviously it's not over yet but just out of interest, it wouldn't be too late for this pilot season for him to get something new, would it? Or are they all already filming? The only thing that would make up for early cancellation would be a spot on Joss Whedon's new show, if you ask me ;-)

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