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Was 'The Mob Doctor' the worst title in TV history?


Joking with reporters is always a risky venture. At Fox’s Tuesdays press junket, the network’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly was huddled with a gaggle of writers after his executive session and candidly referenced “stumbling out of the gate” with the ill-fated fall drama The Mob Doctor. He then quipped, “which, by the way, was the worst title in the history of the world.”

Sure enough, that quote popped up in online reports yesterday. And make no mistake — The Mob Doctor was a stinker title (though after the upfronts last year, we actually thought CBS’ upcoming drama Golden Boy was a tad worse — it sounds like a watersports fetish video instead of a cop drama). And neither of those are as as bad as what Fox originally titled The Mindy Project (that would be It’s Messy — perfect for a show about an OB-GYN!).

But I’ll defend The Mob Doctor (a little bit), because at least you knew what the show was about. READ FULL STORY

It's alive! 'Mob Doctor' coming back to Fox

Who says all the zombies are on AMC?

Fox just announced its November programming plan includes The Mob Doctor returning to Monday nights. The low-low rated new medical drama might be a dead show walking, but it’s gonna continue shambling and moaning into winter. Mob Doc is slated to resume its run starting Nov. 5.

So far CBS’ has cancelled Made In Jersey and NBC has rid the world of Animal Practice, though many predicted Mob Doc would be first to go (the last episode delivered 3.4 million viewers and a 0.9 rating). Fox still intends to air all 13 episodes, unless the show goes from really-bad ratings to really-really-bad ratings.

'Made In Jersey' cancelled


Somewhere, The Mob Doctor is smiling.

CBS is pulling Friday night legal drama Made In Jersey from its schedule after only two episodes. That makes Jersey the first cancelled TV show of the fall. Undercover Boss will join CBS’ Friday night lineup starting Nov. 2, with CSI: NY advancing to 9 p.m. Until then, repeats of NCIS and Hawaii Five-0 will help fill the night.

Made in Jersey debuted to weak reviews and low ratings, premiering to 7.7 million viewers and a very slight 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Last week, the┬áJanet Montgomery drama dropped to 5.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating. Undercover Boss has proven to be a solid Friday performer and having the reality show in the 8 p.m. slot should help CBS’ surviving dramas on the night.

CBS’ other new dramas Vegas and Elementary are considered likely to get full-season orders later this week. No clear sense yet of the fate of new comedy Partners.

Most predicted Fox’s The Mob Doctor would be the first cancelled drama (including us). But there’s a rumor going around that Fox has quietly decided to air all 13 episodes. Fox hasn’t confirmed this, however. With Fox’s baseball coverage and a presidential debate pre-empting Mob Doc in the short term, we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do you think will be the next new fall show to get the boot?

UPDATED: Fall TV Death Watch 2012

Zach Gilford talks morality and the mafia in 'The Mob Doctor' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The Hippocratic Oath and mob ties don’t seem like they’d make for a good mix, and that’s exactly where Fox’s upcoming series The Mob Doctor derives its drama. In the upcoming Sopranos-meets-ER drama, Chicago thoracic surgeon Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is forced to use her unique skill set to pay off her brother’s debt to a local crime boss (William Forsythe). Without spoiling too much, it’s safe to say there will be screwdrivers lodged in heads and infirmed horse races involved. And those are just Grace’s nights! During her day job, Grace works alongside her blueblooded boyfriend Brett Robinson, played by Zach Gilford. The Friday Night Lights alum talked exclusive to EW about what to expect when the mafia infiltrates the O.R. READ FULL STORY

Fox's 'Mob Doctor' gets trailer on 'Dark Knight Rises' -- VIDEO

Fox’s The Mob Doctor is getting a strong new trailer in front of the ultra-anticipated Dark Knight Rises. The medical-Mafia drama (a medfia drama? A mafical?) stars Jordana Spiro as a young surgeon working to pay off her debt to the Chicago Mob. Below is Fox’s big-screen trailer, scored to the song “Control” by Garbage. It’s going to play in about 600 theaters on about 4,600 screens in front of many of the showings of Dark Knight Rises and other titles this weekend. Mob Doctor premieres after the return of Bones on Monday, Sept. 17.

Here’s the trailer, first on READ FULL STORY


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