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NBC cancels 'Do No Harm' after 2 episodes

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What took so long?

NBC has pulled the plug on medical drama Do No Harm.

Sure that might seem like it happened really fast. The series just premiered last Thursday. But the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-themed medical drama was the lowest-rated in-season broadcast scripted series debut in modern history. Last night’s second episode (which the writers ironically titled “Don’t Answer the Phone”) declined even further, down 22 percent in the demo to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers. It didn’t take a brain surgeon — especially one with an evil alter-ego — to figure out this title wasn’t going to stay on the air.

Do No Harm will be replaced by encore broadcasts of Law & Order: SVU for the next two weeks. It marks the second third medical drama to get the ax this season. The others are Fox’s The Mob Doctor and The CW’s Emily Owens MD (actually there’s four if you want to count the conclusion of ABC’s long-running Private Practice). READ FULL STORY

'Rescue Me' alum to star in NBC medical drama pilot

A familiar face from Rescue Me has signed up to save lives in a new NBC project.

Steve Pasquale, who was a series regular in the FX hit, has landed the starring role in NBC’s upcoming pilot Do No Harm. He will play neurosurgeon Jeffrey Kohl and his Hyde-like alter ego Ian Price.

The show, from writer David Schulner (The Event) focuses on Kohl as he wrestles with his dangerous alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Shulner and Pasquale briefly worked together on NBC’s The Playboy Club, where the actor played a young Hugh Hefner.

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