TV Reviews: ABC introduces two winning dramas

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ABC, which until this season has had little luck launching new drama series, has become unexpectedly successful. "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" are huge hits and two more dramas, if not in the same league as those breakouts, are worthy additions to the prime-time schedule.

'Eyes'

   

'Eyes'
When: 10 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
Starring: Tim Daly.
'Grey's Anatomy'
When: 10 tonight on ABC.
Starring: Ellen Pompeo.    

With its swift, urgent pace, the first episode of ABC's new private eye drama, "Eyes" (10 p.m. Wednesday), is a twisty-turny thrill ride. Subsequent episodes aren't quite as juicy, but the pilot, with its guaranteed to make you come back for episode No. 2 ending, is a real kick.

Tim Daly stars as Harlan Judd, a so-cool-he's-chilly investigator and owner of Judd Risk Management.

"Nothing in my line of work is ever what it seems," he says. "There's always a story under the story."

In Wednesday's premiere, Judd is being sued by a former employee and enlists lawyer Leslie Town (Laura Leighton) to help with his defense. The pair have a certain spark.

"Do you have a boyfriend?" Judd asks.

"God," says an exasperated Town.

"That's kind of a weird answer," Judd, the smart aleck, replies.

In addition to work on multiple cases, the premiere episode of "Eyes" does an admirable job introducing its cast of characters, including two employees engaged in an adulterous affair, a newbie (A.J. Langer) and one investigator with a mental breakdown in his past.

A future episode sent for review was less compelling, but the pieces are in place to make "Eyes" a show you might want to see.

'Grey's Anatomy'

Certainly an improvement on ABC's most recent medical drama effort, "MDs," "Grey's Anatomy" is a mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.

When likable intern George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) promises a woman her husband will sail through bypass surgery, you can just about see the grim reaper skulk by in the background. When he learns of the ill-timed promise, Dr. Preston Burk (Isaiah Washington) shows off a bark that's also doctor drama pat.

"The only one who can make a promise like that is God," Burk growls, "and I haven't seen him holding a scalpel lately."

"Grey's Anatomy" follows the medical (mis)adventures of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), daughter of a famous surgeon. Other interns include competitive Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh); former model Izzie (Katherine Heigl), who's trying to live down her past; and an arrogant jerk, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers).

Among the doctors, the most intriguing is no-nonsense Miranda Bailey, a training doc nicknamed "The Nazi," who gets the show's best and most realistic dialogue. She lays out rules for her new interns, including rule No. 3, "If I'm sleeping, don't wake me unless your patient is actually dying. Rule No. 4, the dying patient best not be dead when I get there. Not only will you have killed someone, you would have woke me for no good reason."

There's not a lot here that viewers haven't seen and heard before, but at least it offers a few rewarding moments alongside the typical crash cart chaos.


TV editor Rob Owen can be reached at rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Ask TV questions at www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Q&A.


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