Three Rivers (2009-2010)
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Spotlighting the emotional complexity that comes with organ donation, THREE RIVERS looks at the medical field from a unique and brave angle as it follows both doctors and patients. Set against the backdrop of the preeminent transplant hospital in the country, a group of surgeons is lead by the highly skilled, workaholic Dr. Andy Yablonski (Hawaii Five-O's Alex O'Loughlin). His team is made up of the rebellious Dr. Miranda Foster (L word's Katherine Moennig), the womanizing Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), the inexperienced Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke), and the head-strong operating assistant Pam Acosta (Justina Machado). The surgical department is supervised by Dr. Sophia Jordan (Alfre Woodard), a brilliant surgeon whose world experience enriches the team as they navigate the emotionally trying landscape of the operating room.
In their world of organ transplants every second is more precious than the next. It takes more than a steady hand with a scalpel to meet the needs of donor families in their darkest hour and manage the fears of the organ recipients. Available for the first time on DVD, this special edition set contains all 13 episodes of the memorable series as well as an Entertainment Tonight interview with Alex O'Loughlin.
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I found the writing to be of a very good quality, the characterizations were very believable and the plots were involved enough to keep the mind occupied. The writing, acting, and direction showed the entire gamut of the hopes, fears, and emotions of people involved in the drama of organ donation and transplants. At the same time, the shows weren't dark, they also showed just enough humor to keep you from wanting to end it all after watching the show.
Over all, this was a great series that should never have been canceled.
P.S. As of October 19th, 2009 Network Ten in Australia has pulled the plug on "Three Rivers" after airing only one episode. A VERY disappointing move indeed!!!! After singing the network's praises in the past for airing such great quality programming as "Picket Fences" and "NYPD Blue", I am VERY disappointed that they haven't given the people behind creating the "Three Rivers" concept more credit. Not only is it an insult to the real life transplant surgeon (whose life Alex O'Loughlin's character "Andy Yablonski" is based on), but it is an insult to those who are trying to support the public health message of organ and tissue donation, and the future possibilities of transplantation medicine. I can only hope that CBS in America give "Three Rivers" the credit it deserves, and in its wisdom, a DVD release of the series for those who are genuinely interested in its subject matter.
P.S. As of November 25th, 2009 I am so thankful CBS still regards "Three Rivers" highly enough to include it on its schedule through to the conclusion of its 13 episode order. In an almost limitless landscape of television choice "Three Rivers" truly deserves to stand proudly as "the new engine on the block that could", as the comparable viewer totals during sweeps for it and other highly regarded dramas, such as "Cold Case", "Law & Order", "Brothers & Sisters", and the new "FlashForward" are pretty much on par with each other. Keep it up "Three Rivers". I, for one, am very proud of what you stand for.
P.S. As of December 2nd, 2009 I have learned that CBS has removed "Three Rivers" from its December schedule, and some entertainment news sites have announced that the show has been officially cancelled. This is indeed sombre news - but a little beam of light illuminates the fact that "Three Rivers" is still in production to complete CBS's 13 episode order. This will give the high quality drama a chance at a high quality conclusion. I will be lining up with a whole legion of admirers to purchase "Three Rivers - The Complete Series" on DVD.
P.S. As of April 28th, 2010 it appears CBS has signed Alex O'Loughlin on to head its new version of "Hawaii Five-O". Presumably, this high-action crime drama will be marketed as one of CBS's most anticipated new series for its Fall 2010 Season launch. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope that this can work, in marketing terms, in favour of a DVD release of "Three Rivers - The Complete Series", as I would like, so very much, to see this significant series in its entirety.
Not only is Three Rivers informative and important in educating people about organ donations, but the writers are quickly weaving stories around the various characters, and making me more and more anxious to see each episode. The entire cast is excellent, but I am glad to see that we are finding out more about Dr. Andy and his past and personal life. A doctor with a dark past to deal with along with work that keeps him too busy to keep his marriage together makes for a fascinating hour.
The writers have woven the three parts of this show so skillfully - the doctors, the donors and the families of the donors. There is action to keep your attention the entire hour and it leaves you wanting more. This show is touching, dramatic and has just the right touch of humor.
Three Rivers has a very tough spot. Where I live, the football on CBS has consistently pushed it later than many people want to watch TV on a Sunday night, with school and work the next day. It has been on against football on NBC, and it even had the World Series to contend with on FOX. This week, while I watched one of the best episodes yet, ABC was airing the AMAs - and again, football on NBC. I am glad to see that CBS seems to be trying to give this marvelous show the chance that it so richly deserves, and I hope that they appreciate the show and the stellar cast enough to try airing it on another night during the week.
I love Three Rivers. Alex O'Loughlin, as always, is brilliant - and I look forward to seeing much more. I am praying for a DVD!
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Time spent watching that will go unrecompensed. Repetitive and unrealistic storyline.