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Emily Owens M.D. (The CW) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review

Updated on February 21, 2013

‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ is the new medical drama series on The CW. The shows centers around Emily Owens, a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Owens is portrayed by Mamie Gummer (‘Off The Map’), whom we all know from her great accomplishment of being Meryl Streep’s daughter. Her high school nemesis Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King, ‘Four’) and Emily’s med-school crush Will Collins (Justin Hartley, ‘Smallville’) are also first-years.

Emily finished med school and now she starts as an intern at the Denver Memorial Hospital. Emily wanted to work at this particular hospital because her idol, Gina Bandari (Necar Zadegan, ‘24’) works there too. In fact, Bandari is the attending physician. She quickly realizes however, that Bandari isn’t a really nice person. On top of that, Cassandra hasn’t forgotten who Emily is, and Cassandra didn’t plan on being nice this time around. Emily quickly discovers working in a hospital is just like going to high school, and of course Emily is once again the girl who doesn’t fit in.

Emily’s very first patient is a young girl who has fainted during gym class. The case seems straightforward and the girl is about to be discharged. Emily is chit-chatting with the girl about her crush on Will while she finishes up the paperwork. Suddenly the girl experiences heart failure and faints again. Emily (Owens, M.D.) calls out for a doctor, but as one of the nurses rightfully points out, she IS the doctor. Emily finally realizes that she’s the one in charge and that she has to help the girl. Emily is able to save the girl’s life just before Bandari storms in, with the other interns hot on her heels. When Emily leaves the room all the interns tells her she did an amazing job, except of course Cassandra who looks more jealous than pleased.

Later that day Cassandra and Emily have to work together on the same patient. Within 2 seconds they are bickering and they have lost their patient. Not that the woman died, she simply walked out of the room while the girls were arguing. If that isn’t enough drama for a first day, Emily finally decides to tell Will how she feels about him (thank God, otherwise she would have kept whining about it all season). He however, would rather stay friends because he doesn’t feel the same way. Later, Emily catches him flirting with Cassandra. Surprising, right?

‘Emily Owens’ is a medical drama series that basically is a mix between ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Mean Girls’. This sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but it really isn’t. Like both Will and Cassandra have pointed out, the hospital is just like high school. Maybe that is why the characters act like they’re 14 years old? Even though they have apparently graduated medical school, I wouldn’t want to be treated by doctors that seem this stupid and childish. Even though they work in a fictional hospital, you have been warned, Denver!

One thing in particular that I really didn’t like about this show was that Emily keeps doing these voice overs. It makes it all so predictable, for example Emily tries to encourage herself in a voice over to talk to Will, saying “Tell him, tell him!”. Of course, she doesn’t tell him how she feels. In my opinion that scene would have been much better without the voice over. It would have been clear that Emily wanted to tell Will she’s in love with him, and it would have been a lot less annoying.

This show is a perfect fit for The CW, it is clearly aimed at girls and young women. However The CW’s girly shows such as ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Hart Of Dixie’ have been doing awful in the ratings lately. Perhaps it is time for the network to direct more of their energy towards their fantasy shows, the ones that do get some decent ratings, such as ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’ and their newly debuted ‘Arrow’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast’.

What did you think of 'Emily Owens M.D.'?

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      5 years ago

      So disappointed to see emily Owens be cancelled. Thought it was a great show!

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi angel,

      It's true, if a promo or preview doesn't look like fun there is no way your show gets a high rating. Everything has to be perfect from the beginning or the show's likely to get cancelled. And even when the pilot is great, the next episodes have to deliver what the premiere episode has promised. Awake, for example, had a great premiere but the next few episodes were a little weak. After that, when the main plot was revealed, it was quite amazing, but many people had stopped watching by then.

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      Cindy Pierre 

      6 years ago from Nevada

      I used to be dedicated to Chicago Hope, ER and daytime General Hospital. Now I really need to be enticed to even give a show a chance. Marketing is everything and as writers we know that if we don't grab people with our first paragraph we chance losing them. It's the same for me with commercials and previews. Your review just sealed the deal for me.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Angel,

      If you are really in to this genre you might like the show. Otherwise I think it was the right decision not to watch the show.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Rosie,

      I'm glad you liked the show! I do think Mamie and the others did a good job portraying their characters, but I just didn't like the characters. In general this is not a genre I really like anyway.

      Let me know what you think of next week's episode!

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      Cindy Pierre 

      6 years ago from Nevada

      Thanks Robin. I saw the commercial for it and was immediately turned off. Your review sealed the deal for me. I don't have time to waste on this kind of nonsense. Great hub!

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      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Robin, I watched "Emily Owens, M.D." by accident last night. I was flipping through the channels and there it was. I don't even remember what time it was, but I had heard about this new show and I was interested to see Merryl Streep's daughter. So, I watched it. And guess what? I loved it!

      Mamie Gummer did a good job portraying an insecure but talented first year intern. Her character - Dr. Emily Owens - is lovable. I always root for the underdog, and I felt that the other characters were really in to make her life miserable.

      I am going to watch it again next week and see if I still like the show. But for now, I voted "I loved it." Good review. Voted up and definitely useful and interesting. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Hi Alecia,

      I don't think it will be picked up either. I think it's a bad medical drama and the fact that it's on the CW won't save this show. After all, a network can only have so many bad shows.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It's one thing to be Meryl Streep's daughter and another to be Meryl Streep's daughter who acts. I read the Entertainment Weekly review and the reviewer called it Felicity's Anatomy. Which pretty much sums it up. Not only that but the CW has another doctor show which seems to be along the same lines. It may work since it is the CW but I'm leaning more toward the fact it will get canceled.


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