If you can't stomach another damn debate tonight, fear not, there are other television options at 9pm. And, odd as it may sound, we recommend you check out the series premiere of The CW's Emily Owens, M.D., a cloying on the surface, charming on the inside little series about a young doctor. Yes, shows about flibbertigibbet young doctors mooning around hospitals are totally old hat, and sure that poster art with the butterflies in the chest X-ray are a bit manic-pixie, but the actual show, at least the pilot that we've seen, is quietly smarter than all that, and is worth giving a shot, at least.
The premise is pretty standard: A first-year intern at a Denver hospital (Denver of all places!) named, duh, Emily Owens is excited to embark on her new post-school adult life while still crushing on her hunky med school classmate Will, who's also just started at the same hospital. But her new grownup self is of course almost immediately thwarted by the presence of a fellow first-year named Cassandra, who, it turns out, was Emily's former high school bully. So, Emily can't escape the awkwardness and teasing persecution of high school, even though she's supposed to be a grownup doctor who's mature and calm and collected and all that. She's still flustered around her dream guy, the pretty mean girl still terrifies her, and she still sweats profusely when nervous, a habit that earned her the icky high school nickname "Pits." It's all setup for a lot of wacky, flighty gal stuff, and there is certainly some of that in the pilot, but there's also a little more grain and shading than the basic romcom framework implies.