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|Starring:||Mike Doyle, Pablo Schreiber, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Rachelle Lefevre, Julie Benz, Margo Martindale|
Michael Holt is a successful doctor who has a thriving practice. One day he runs into his ex-wife Anna, also a doctor. They spend some time together. He later learns that she died before he meet her. He goes to her memorial and learns she was working in an inner-city clinic, and when he goes there, he cant help but help out. Before long people from the clinic come to see him. He continues to see Anna, who tries to get him to do good. He decides to work at the clinic as well at his practice.
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tonya-jarrett 21 May 2013
After viewing the third episode, these are my thoughts: I really quitelike this show. It has a major Broadway star (Raul Esparza) in asupporting role and he's excellent (that's just a side note - thank youshow runners). The premise is so much better than Ghost Whisperer,whose spirituality I found, at best, pretty saccharine. I did however,like the relationship between Melissa and Jim. You can't do much betterthan Jennifer Ehle as Dr. Holt's dead wife. Patrick Wilson is such abeautiful man and talented actor that I'm totally buying into hisnarcissistic Neurosurgeon character, who has enough restraint to not goafter every woman he sees, and a good amount of decency left as a manand a doctor to still care about every patient, not just the rich. Thatinner struggle is what will keep the show interesting (and that peoplekeep catching him talking to thin air is very amusing. He has a lot tolearn about how to keep that on the down-low). So it's walking a fineline right now. He needs to always be somewhat torn, struggling withhis sense of privilege, or it will turn into Dr. Michael Holt, SocialWorker.I sort of feel that his situation is like the Rolling Stones cover ofYou Can't Always Get What You Want (But if you try sometime, you justmight find You get what you need). There seems to be a spiritual forceinvolved that is trying to make him more balanced, to feel on a deeperlevel than exulting in his art as a surgeon (what we saw in thepremiere episode was pretty cold and contained, but he has thawed a bitin each episode).I like this show enough to stick with it and gave it a solid 7 out of10 because it has room to grow.
JudyBT 21 May 2013
I went into this show with an open mind. Contrary to popular belief, apilot is not always indicative of what the series will be like. Oncethe network tests the pilot and the current programming executives haveput their hand prints on it, changes are usually made. The secondepisode - especially if the pilot is great, usually suffers a slump,mostly because you are having to reiterate the salient points of thepilot for the audience, so it can get as expositional as a pilot canme. So I waited to watch several episodes before commenting.This show is all right. The lead is a bit stiff, the writing lacks acertain amount of nuance, but most of all it is a high waste of MargoMartindale. Anyone can play her role, it's so underdeveloped. Why wouldyou have someone of her massive talent and not use her to greatadvantage. In The Riches, she stole every scene she was in as the pillpopping, non- nonsense neighbor and in Justified, she simply stole theshow . THEY knew what they had in Martindale and turned a smallrecurring role of a few episodes into a very large supporting part. Andit paid off in spades for everyone involved - including the audience.A Gifted Man is predictable. The actress playing the deceased wife isfun, and should be used more often. Let's get into their emotionaldynamic more. He obviously never stopped loving her, and she neverstopped loving him, so exploring their current relationship injuxtaposition with the past would be a huge step in the rightdirection.I'll watch a few more episodes to see if there's improvement, but ifnot, I'm putting it on the DVR chopping block.
slspa 15 May 2013
The drama and cast are excellent. I am looking forward to CBC renewingthis show. It surpasses the other medical dramas and shows likeBachelor, etc. I put this one on my Friday night agenda so I don't forget to catch itthe following week! I actually sit in front of the TV before the showstarts so as not to miss a minute. I am not related to the actors orcrew. The first episode captured me and has never let me go.A Gifted Man is an intelligent, original, well-acted, meaningful serieswith twists and turns, excitement and emotion. DO NOT let this onepass. CBS should most definitely give it a couple of seasons to groweven better.
ciansmum 15 May 2013
This is a decent series, but not brilliant. It's billed as a medicaldrama with a supernatural twist, but to be honest, the supernaturaltwist is barely noticeable. The "ghost" only appears about once in eachepisode and generally for no more than a "chat" with the doctor.All the episode follow a pretty predictable route from start to finishand the characters are very loosely built. I really struggle to "like"any of them if I'm honest because you don't get to know any of them.Add to that, that in todays money orientated world, the story lines ofbringing street urchins to the multi million dollar surgery andperforming multi trillion dollar operations on them for the price of asmile, are just a little too sickly and unbelievable.I had high hopes for this series, but even though it's very watchable,it is a serious disappointment..
Cavalier2008 14 May 2013
Nice balance of analytical thinking and the mystical, as well aslooking at the materialistic and service orientation, of one's life. Itwas fast-paced but thought provoking. I really liked it! I am in thehealth care field and am rather discerning about these types of shows.This one had the depth to hold my interest, as well as accurate medicalinformation. It really depicted the thinking of the traditionalleft-brained physician, and evolved to demonstrate how "rational" thatphysicians are, traditionally. I liked that this opener challenged thatthinking. I felt that the characters were well chosen for this seriesand that lent further credibility to the show. The mark of a goodopener for any series is that it is interesting, has depth, and leavesone yearning for more. I felt that this show definitely did just that.It made me wonder, "What will be next?" I would definitely recommendthis show to others.
cat3298 13 May 2013
I just discovered this show on Netflix and I could not get enough ofit.. I watched one show after another.. I went to look for the nextseason, to see when it would be on again. I was so disappointed to findout that it was not returning.. Please reconsider. The writing is sobrilliant, the actors show true affection for their work, this showgoes hand in hand with Parenthood. They are both sincere and show howwhen people work together that good things happen. That hope it showsis so lacking in today's society. I would hope you would reconsiderbringing this show back on a night that people will be home to watchit. Like Monday or Wednesday night. Please reconsider. I would love tosee where the show would go with Kate and Michael. If Anna comes backor since her heart died then she is gone. I think there could be more..Please look for the joy in these story lines and characters to grow andhelp one another.
ifetayo 09 May 2013
I appreciate this television show and the last episode in particular. Iwas very impressed with the attitude and actions of the characterportrayed by Eriq LaSalle who is facing a life with Huntington'sdisease (HD). First he was black and secondly he was physicallyexercising to promote his health, and contemplating a seriousrelationship with a woman he'd recently met. This was the first time Iever witnessed this kind of attitude on television being associatedwith HD. For those of you who are unfamiliar with HD, briefly, it is afatal, autosomal-dominant neurological illness causing involuntarymovements, debilitating emotional disturbance and cognitive decline. Inmy family, we are intimately familiar with living with this illness. Inmost instances, when you hear of someone being diagnosed with HD, it'sportrayed as if one has been handed a death sentence. Due to the strongemotional impact of the diagnosis and symptoms of this chronic,hereditary condition, and the stress of knowing that others in thefamily are and may be at risk; the media often associates HD witheuthanasia, and at its worst, suicide, and justifiable homicide. In my lifetime of 62 years, I have witnessed and assisted in the careand treatment of four generations of affected family members whichinclude my maternal grandmother, mother, aunt, two brothers and twonieces. Over the years, the family as a whole has, and continues, tolive through various evolutionary approaches and ways of being with anaffected family member. I feel our combined experience covers thegambit of possible reactions to this illness from denial, shame andembarrassment, to making sure that the affected member participatesfully (as in "livin' out loud!") in the remainder of their life whilebeing able to recognize God triumphantly shinning through the HD, asincredulous as this may seem. I applaud A Gifted Mans' approach to portraying someone affected withthis illness in a life affirming manner.
Mdln DeHond 08 May 2013
It's a same ol' same ol' hospital drama, nothing new and this one veryunrealistic on top of it. The mystical story doesn't contribute much tothe plot either except being a gimmick. In the Pilot it all looked verypromising but by episode 3 i can't find anything to keep watching it.The characters are bland and clichÃ© with the depth and wisdom of a soapopera. The story line is nowhere exciting.It's obvious where it's supposed to go: stubborn cold hearted rich MDat a private clinic gets turned around by the good hearted spirit ofhis ex wife who was a living saint. So far he's been running betweentwo clinics (a rich and a poor - get is?) solving complicated medicalissues without any trouble, while he gets nagged on by his ex wife.There is no depth anywhere and i couldn't care less about either of thecharacters. Just very boring. Very disappointing.
helen-heubi 03 May 2013
This is an excellent show, for sets, costumes, script and above all,acting. It is good entertainment for me. I look forward to it. What Ilike about it? I am attracted to the back and forth between a posh anda poor neighbourhood in New York. Character development is inevitable,and fascinating, as well done. I am attracted to well treated themes ofsurvival of the soul after it leaves the body. I am wondering, however,where this story of the dead ex-wife contacting the live ex-husband isheading. Perhaps nowhere? Perhaps the husband will join his wife on theother side of the veil, which might be a bit of a downer. How can therebe an American hero winner in that eventuality? The writers have landedthemselves in a bit of a twilight soup here, but I don't care, as longas they keep dishing out the kind of episodes that we have enjoyed sofar. I guess this delightful program is going to go the way of "Joan ofArcadia", which I enjoyed so much. Just one thing I don't get: Why doesthis ghostly ex-wife not have a choice about when she shows up? Doesn'tquite jibe with what I have read and experienced about the afterlife.Not a big problem for me. Just a bit of a mystery. CBS doesn't seem tocater to people like me. Very disappointed at this cancellationproject. Don't do it! Give this show another season. If you don't Iwish all the best to cast and crew in finding new jobs.
daysnetaustralia 03 May 2013
I have spent the entire weekend watching the first 12 episodes and atfirst I thought it was a little like House but then I got over it. Ilike Michael Holt and I like that he reveals a little of himself everyweek. The menagerie that accompanies him every week fits in with eachepisode and the writing is quite good.I know it's probably headed for the scrapheap because most of the goodones are but I hope it reveals a lot more of Michael and Anna'srelationship that we don't know already. I love Rita and while I didn't like her at first she is the type togrow on you and certainly would pull the group at the Clinic into lineand probably get them the money they need to continue to support thecommunity.Good one! Well done and let's hope that if the show is canceled thatPatrick Wilson finds another home on TV very soon. He would be sorelymissed otherwise.
connieyoung3460 01 May 2013
Greetings, I think this show is the best show that has hit the screenin a long time. PLEASE keep the show going. We need shows like this itis serious and informative as well. I think the cast as a whole is an11-More than excellent. LOVE IT. I would like to say that the Patrickis one of the best actors I have ever seen, he is witty and veryserious. He plays the part of Dr. Holt. I know that this is just ashow, however I think the real Doctors in real life should take a lookat this show. Attitude is what I am talking about. Professional peopleneed to take note of peoples feelings and act on this. Wear a smile onyour face. Not all things are bad.
leslinda6866 01 May 2013
totally Love this show.. just the right mixture of all emotions..likethe the way the show can make me laugh and cry all in the same episode.one of my favorites this season.. A GIFTED MAN..really like the newwomen that's heading up the clinic but was really disappointed when youfind out she is married.. honestly cant wait for next weeks episode..its every mans night mare to be haunted by his x wife but i wouldn'tmind it if she was always happy and cheery like the ghost wife on thisshow. its almost like the the good doctors conscience always leadinghim the right way to go even when he don't want to.. i was alsoimpressed with the moral messages that were portrayed related tocurrent issues in today's society..
hhoward01 29 April 2013
This is an excellent show that keeps a person intrigued as to what isgoing to happen next. Dr. Holt has had his life turned upside down andis learning people skills which he has avoided all his life. The waythe characters develop and every week you get a little insight into oneof their lives is great; you get to know each of the characters alittle better as the show goes on. You get to see that Dr. Holt trulyloves his ex-wife and see that he has regrets that he didn't take thetime or make the time for her. After going to her funeral and seeingwhat an amazing woman his wife truly was he seems to also regret thathe never knew her the way he should have.I hear it has been cancelledand that truly is a shame.
ambrosine-483-548381 28 April 2013
i am so sad that they are canceling this show, spoke to many people ontwitter, about it and we all enjoyed it. The character Michael Holt, isjust so unusual. Loved it all. At fist the pilot and the first fewshows were strange, because it felt like a c rated show on somethinglike our "sky Atlantic", but every character had a great dimension,real clarity. You could easily just relax to this, unlike "house" wherethe plot and scenes chopped and changed so quickly. Shame that all thegood shows get canceled. I caught up with it on American Netflix, andmissed it on our SKY cable. Not sure where the show here was firstshown. I desperately wanted the main character to end up with hiscolleague. Now with it ending, I will not know what happens.
ellep72 28 April 2013
I absolutely love the show. It's refreshing, it's interesting and ithas edge to it, not just another medical drama.It would be brilliant if the writers could develop the metaphysicalaspect of it a little more and if he becomes a little more humble intaking a more giving role in the clinic as opposed to just when he"happens" by, and then he resents himself for it afterward. He seemslike he's got a bit of a God complex so the Clinic is a great way ofkeeping him grounded.I thought the shaman was a bit too stereotyped though . . I think hecould be reworked a little.Would be interesting if Michael and his ex-wife explore their emotionalissues a little deeper and to see what other work needs to be done onher side before she can go into the light.Overall a brilliant show and I can't wait for the next episode.
lrk2 28 April 2013
This is really well done. The cast are all terrific. Composition ofshots, directing and lighting are fresh. I honestly loved this show andhope to watch it further. I love that for the first time all seasonthis is the only show I think is not predictable or populated with flatactors doing their best but best just isn't mesmerizing. It's hard torock my world, but I was fascinated with the way every minute of thisunfolded. Try it. I am fairly certain you will be ready for at least agood second look.This is a pilot for bright people who have some experience withrelationships that involve real people. The title character (this isnot a spoiler) is complicated, and you will thank every god you know ofthat he does not explain himself, does not speak to the camera and doescommunicate through expression more than he communicates with dialogue. Supporting cast have been seen but do not overwhelm the mix. The pilotdoes not try to develop everyones character beyond what you see. I amso grateful. This pilot is like an incredibly well cooked dish withintense flavors, served on a perfect white plate. Like in that giftedrestaurant, when you are done eating you will find you feel energeticenough to go for a walk in the perfect evening air, satisfied that whenyou come back next week, another perfect offering will be offered.
psmskipper 23 April 2013
This show does not even closely depict the practice of medicine. The'gifted man' is so paternalistic that he would be fired by mostpatients. I don't believe there can be a medical consultant for thisshow because the medical aspects of the stories are so filled witherrors. Since the medicine is poorly practiced, it makes the storylines implausible. In the episode I just watched, the physician revealssome information to a relative that would be considered unethical - andit turns out to be medically irrelevant as well. I understand thatmedicine is interesting to the public, but I believe that they wouldwant to see something that more closely approximates reality. 'ER' wasmuch more realistic.
sweetspriz 23 April 2013
I LOVE this show! The characters are so diverse but they mesh togetherso well. The story line is great--I loved the first episode and everyone since, and am very concerned about the rumors I've heard that itmay be canceled. I've read through many of the comments from otherviewers, and although there have been a few that have not found it totheir liking, there have been many, many more who DO like it! It's awholesome show suitable for the entire family, which is maybe why somepeople don't like it, not enough sex, promiscuity, etc. CBS reallyneeds to think twice about taking this out of their show lineup...it'swhat I look forward to on Friday night TV.
Amin Jacoub 22 April 2013
I was nicely surprised when I finished watching the first episode ofGifted Man. Even it is placed in medical context it is not like any ofmedical drama shows on TV. Many of them are so popular, and some ofthem are very good made, but they are all almost the same and areoriented only in character relations and melodramatics in everydaylife.So I don't watch them. If I would be medical professional I wouldprobably watch them all. On the other hand everything that is differentfrom conventional, and have a bit of mystery in it always attracts me.And that medical part here, looks serious and professional.With that in mind I was happy to see what Gifted Man will tell me. Iwas not disappointed at all, at least with pilot. Not some masterpiecebut overall, it is very good and even in medical context not like anywell known medical show we know.First we have very good actors in it, like it is Patrick Wilson andJulie Benz, and second, the spiritual world. I am interesting to seehow they will develop this, maybe the hardest and questionable aspect.So it is not an easy task. It must be presented somehow believable. Ifthey fail in in it the whole show will fall. For now the segment indealing with what me missed through life was very good and it fitsright. I don't know much about Shaman's ritual, but I hope they present it incorrect way.So with first very good impression, I am happy to see where it will go,and I hope I will not be disappointed.
Jason Bassford 21 April 2013
*** This review may contain spoilers *** I was intrigued by the firstepisode, right up until the point when I realized that the doctor'sex-wife was going to remain a regular character. After the secondepisode, I was confirmed in my belief that that the show would end upbeing nothing more than a tired re-hash of the Topper theme, where notmuch happens week-to-week except for some nice moral messages. (Don'tget me wrong, I loved Topper. It handled the theme far better.) All ofthis has been done before, and there isn't anything to grab you or makeyou want to watch the next episode.Even the writing around the doctor's personality is handled poorly. Hestarts off being somewhat arrogant, he doesn't treat his staff well,and he doesn't really seem to connect with people much. But then wehave other scenes, later on, where he gets along just fine with familymembers (dead or otherwise) and he also suddenly switches into having agood bedside manner with patients of his that he's already treated. So,the way he acts doesn't really have any consistency, and there's nokind of story arc that would let us see his personality slowly changefor the better as the series progresses - or have us care about thetransition.Here are some things I would have liked to have seen happen - any oneof them would be an improvement.1. He doesn't just keep seeing his wife over and over again. Eachepisode should be about him seeing somebody different. The episodesshould focus on the investigation of those issues that keep themaround, and his practice should be a backdrop. Not the other wayaround. As it is, there's no reason for the premise of the show in thefirst place - the fact that he sees his wife is just a silly gimmick -a MacGuffin - for getting a grumpy doctor to gradually humanizehimself.2. In some episodes the dead should leave on their own, but in othershe should have the other character come in to help "extract" them. Heneeds to feel put upon and very upset by the fact that he's having thishappen to him - and he should want to get rid of them. That would addan additional emotional element whereby it's shown that if they don'twant to leave, forcing them out causes them grief. So, he needs toweigh his own well-being against theirs.3. He should have a brain tumour himself and it should be diagnosed asinoperable and terminal. While that may not be what's causing hisvisions, it would at least offer a possible explanation. It would alsoadd a lot of dramatic weight to the fact that he's a brilliant brainsurgeon who's unable to save himself. As the series progresses, and hegradually gains more empathy for the people who haunt him, it wouldalso set up a tension between him thinking of his being able to see andhelp them as a gift, and his terminal illness as a curse. At some pointlater on, he would be given the option between being able to curehimself after all (and at least believing that would get rid of thevisions) - or continuing to help others in need at the cost of his ownlife.I don't mind the shows production values, or the acting, but I feel thewriting to be severely lacking. It's as if the scripts are just being"called in" and there's nothing of any value to keep anybody continuingto watch the show as something unique and different. Even the fact thathe's actually seeing his dead wife is being treated as almostinconsequential and nothing to worry about - it's all handled in alight-hearted, comedic way. If they'd wanted to make a comedy (likeTopper) then they should have done it right; if they'd wanted to make aserious drama then they should have done *that* right. Instead, it's astrange hybrid between the two that can't make up its mind and neitherthe funny nor the serious scenes pay off.In short it was an intriguing premise, but it fell flat and there wasno pay-off.