The CW’s new medical drama, Emily Owens, M.D., centers on the titular woman (Mamie Gummer) who is still very much a “work in progress.” She was a geek in high school who is now starting her surgery residency– only to find that there are cliques in hospitals just like high school.
“It’s always more fun to write a work in progress…and I identify with people who aren’t quite put-together,” series creator Jennie Synder Urman said during the CW TCA session earlier today in Los Angeles.
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“It’s that time in your life where you look like an adult, you act like an adult, but you feel like a kid,” she pointed out. “Emily is great at her job. In those moments, she’s confident because if she’s so insecure elsewhere, you need something to latch onto. If that’s what she does, she does it well…a lot of us can relate to that because the person you put out at work is not necessarily what you feel on the inside.”
Emily Owens, M.D. will focus on the “bizarre merging” that occurs when one’s life is not fully together, yet you find yourself in a position of professional authority. Urman called hr new series a medical procedural, noting that there will be a case of the week each week for Emily and her other colleagues to tend to.
“Eighty percent will take place in the hospital,” Urman explained. “But every episode starts with this memory of high school or growing up and the episode will reflect back on that.”
The first episode after the pilot starts at Emily’s house, with her preparing to go to work. In that sense, we will get a physical sense of her world outside of her work. However, the majority of the way that insight will be brought into the show is through the voice-over narration, the thought bubbles from Emily’s mind that Urman previewed will be kept a constant theme.
Per Urman, the narration serves to bring the audience deeper into Emily’s point-of-view, as well as call out comedic or otherwise emotional moments. For Gummer as an actor, she admitted that it also serves to deepen her relationship with the character and make her feel more fully fleshed out, right from the opening moments.
“Icommit everything to memory and learn the inner monologue stuff so not only am I speaking and moving like the character, but I also have to think like her,” Gummer noted.
As Emily Owens, M.D. episodes unfold, Urman is excited to play with two love triangles– each with Emily at the center. There is Will (Justin Hartley)/Emily/Micah (Michael Rady), and then there is Emily/Will/Cassandra (Aja Naomi King). But because this is a procedural, Urman is not in a rush with the relationships– romantic or otherwise.
“It doesn’t have to move so fast, which sometimes if you’re just doing a pure soap, it does because you need a certain sense of drama in each episode,” Urman, the self-proclaimed fan of “slow-burning love triangles” admitted.
Besides, Emily may have a long way to go before she is confident enough to enter into such a relationship anyway…
Emily Owens, M.D. premieres on October 16th 2012 at 9 p.m. Stay tuned right here for an advance review of the pilot!
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