****A Gifted Man airs on the local CBS affiliate which is WBNS 10 TV and can be found on channel 10 . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ****
After more than a few episodes, I’ve come to the realization that A Gifted Man is an almost wonderful show that I can’t wait to watch week to week. There is only one thing holding me back. And it’s not star Patrick Wilson. Heck, Wilson, add on top of that a fantastic cast of actors, from Margo Martindale, Julie Benz, Rachelle Lefevre, Mike Doyle, and Eriq La Salle? No, the show is torn from being a compelling story of a doctor on a drink of a change, and a wannabe Ghost Whisperer.
With each passing episode, A Gifted Man seems to drift further away from it’s construct, which is a man is visited by his ex-wife in ghost form, as he becomes a better, and truly, a ‘gifted’ man, one who is based not only in talent to save lives, but a heart to match it. I know, that’s cheesy, but when you crack down all shows, they are cheesy. But A Gifted Man works. Or it is starting to.
Usually in a show like this, on a network like CBS, the series is quick to get into the general premise. But this show, Hawaii Five-O and Person of Interest are really taking their time. I remember lamenting a bit with concern how Hawaii Five-O may just quickly say that the new team is Five-O and all this other stuff. Five-O didn’t fully form until the third or fourth episode though, allowing the show, and it’s characters, while still doing a crime of the week case, to grow and come to the forgone conclusion a bit more naturally. And A Gifted Man seems intent on doing the same thing here as well.
The only qualm, as I said, is the ghost-portion of the show. With each week that the ex-wife is in it less, the show begins to become stronger, and it’s literally because they don’t know what to do with her, it seems. In a perfect world, the idea that each season a new ‘spirit’ guides him, or he helps them, somehow, and along the way, helps himself, is not a new one, but it’d be much better than keeping around the ex-wife at this point. Or have it seemingly make more sense. For a ghost who comes and goes, never knowing that she is going to just show up in moments of Dr. Holt’s life seems ridiculous. What is she doing in ‘Ghost World’? Wouldn’t that mean whatever she was doing there she’s in the middle of, so she should seem more lost and confused and befuddled when she shows up?
The show is created by Susannah Grant, who as per IMDB, makes movies for women, which I tend to disagree, I believe she makes films with strong female leads in an industry short of them, so maybe it’s studio interference that the ghost-story fails? Either way, for someone who has built a career making a strong male lead, and strong supporting cast, Jennifer Ehle as Anna, Michael’s ex-wife, still doesn’t pop. And I don’t blame Ehle for this either, as while I didn’t care for her performance in the pilot, she has grown on me.
And this is where the show falters, and I can’t blame them either because outside of the ghost-storyline construct, the show is solid on every level. And I hope Susannah Grant and companysincerely find a way to make the ex-wife ghost character to work, but as of now, it’s not doing it for me. Despite that little fault, I would still say that A Gifted Man is one of the finest new hours of television this season, followed closely by Prime Suspect, and sits nicely with other fantastic returning shows like Hawaii Five-O, Fringe and Chuck.
So make sure you check out tonight’s new episode of A Gifted Man.
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