I’m actually doing better than usual: I’m just a day behind on the latest entertainment news. Last night, CBS premiered a TV show called 3 Lbs., which focuses on the tensions in a world-class neurosurgery unit of a major hospital. Most promising aspect of the show: it stars Stanley Tucci. If you missed it, you can catch the entire first episode on the show’s web site. I haven’t watched it yet, but if I have a free 40 minutes later in the day, I’ll post an update with my thoughts about the show.
If you’re not ready to commit that sort of time to the show just yet, you might watch this CBS news interview with Tucci. Four minutes still too much time to devote? You can probably read this CNN report on the show in under 2 minutes. Or quicker still, just read the excerpt I’ve posted below from the show’s web site.
Not your average medical drama, 3 Lbs. … is a show where hard science collides with the intricacies of personality, logic, emotion, and faith as modern day heroes on the cutting edge of their profession explore the last mysterious frontier of medicine: the human brain.
The group is led by Dr. Doug Hanson (Stanley Tucci), a brilliant, sharp-witted neurosurgeon who compares the workings of the brain to wires in a box. On the other hand, his thoughtful, highly skilled protégé, Dr. Jonathan Seger (Mark Feuerstein), honors the mysteries of the mind, and feels that in order to operate on someone’s brain he needs to know a little bit about the person as well.
While Dr. Hanson prefers to focus on the intricacies of peoples’ craniums instead of the people themselves, Dr. Seger uses his charm and intuition to balance the emotional and psychological needs of his patients. However, this doesn’t get in the way of their shared obsessions about the brain, and their growing, sometimes secret mutual respect for each other’s talents and approaches.
Oh, and one more thing: I mentioned it to Greta this morning, and based solely on the show’s premise, she proclaimed that it’s extremely unlikely they’ll get the science right: “They’ll probably vastly overstate what we know about the brain.”
If you have seen the show, feel free to post your impressions in the comments section.
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