“Do No Harm” is the latest drama NBC is trying out in the post-comedy bloc of 10 p.m. on Thursday nights, a spot NBC has not had a hit in since “ER” went off the air. So, maybe a new medical drama is the way to go?
Not so much.
Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Jason Cole (J. Cole, get it? Say it fast, we’ll wait), a neurosurgeon who is leading a double life because every night (at exactly 8:25 p.m., what is that about?) he turns into Ian Price, the evil Mr. Hyde side of his personality.
Even if that has you hooked, it’s all downhill from there. But don’t worry, this show won’t be around long enough for anyone to ask too many questions.
Questions like why does Ian Price spend his nights ruining Dr. Cole’s life, especially when his actions will affect the Price side of the personality as well? And again, why at 8:25 pm every night? And how does a surgeon magically only work days, leaving his Mr. Hyde free to wreak havoc in the nighttime?
The Cole/Price problem just continues to come across as ridiculous, rather than serious. It doesn’t keep the viewer invested in the character at all. What is a shame is that last year’s Thursday-at-10 offering, “Awake,” while still a rather out-there concept, was tightly written and interesting, getting us invested in the fate of the characters.
“Do No Harm,” on the other hand, is a poorly-written show, with dialogue so cheesy you could use it for fondue. The actors do their best with what they’re given, but that’s not saying much.
Do yourself a favor and watch NBC’s comedy lineup (we’ll miss you, “30 Rock,” but welcome back, “Community”!) and then find a better use of your time.
“Do No Harm” premieres Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.