Tom Gliatto and Cynthia Wang
January 24, 2011 12:00 PM

Off the Map

ABC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


This enjoyable series from the Grey’s Anatomy team is a sort of Doctors Without Borders-who are also without too many clothes. It’s set at a tropical South American clinic staffed with young physicians played by Mamie Gummer (Evening), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) and Martin Henderson (The Ring). They’re all attractive and firm of flesh, yet-in the Grey’s tradition-register enough real emotion to hook us. That’s especially important here, because these characters have left home following personal disasters. Their search for redemption gives the show an effective undertow of regret: It’s Lost with a hospital. If the production never creates a strong sense of place-plenty of fronds, but so what?-there are at least novel medical details. It’s good to know that in a pinch you can use fresh coconut milk as a blood substitute in the operating room.

Harry’s Law

NBC, Jan. 17, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


Kathy Bates’ surly gravity can’t prevail over the silliness of this new series from co-executive producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal). It’s like watching a grand public statue vanish beneath a swarm of pigeons and chickadees. She’s Harriet “Harry” Korn, a famous but bored patent attorney who starts over with a private practice in a poor Cincinnati neighborhood. Her office, in a touch typical of the show’s cuteness, also sells designer shoes left by a previous tenant. The trial scenes devolve into windily predictable political lectures that probably weren’t written by anyone affiliated with the Tea Party.

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