ABC News debuts its newest summer series tonight. “Boston Med,” which chronicles the lives of doctors, nurses and patients, has been getting some good write-ups of late:
• Associated Press: “…a bittersweet reminder of what broadcast news divisions can do at their best.”
• New York Daily News: “It’s the best of what television can offer, by far, and a model of what the medium should strive to be.”
• Variety: “…it’s another welcome respite from the summer stupids… Whatever the Nielsen chart might finally indicate, consider ‘Boston Med’ another successful operation by Mr. Wrong.”
• Newsday: “Nothing seems wasted, nothing is superfluous. As a result, the hugely important work these people do is honored in every shot.”
Of the feedback, EP Terry Wrong tells TVNewser, “I think this is our best series yet so it’s gratifying that a group that watches so much TV, of all stripes, gets the nuances in the crafting and appreciates what they are seeing.”
At a press screening last month, Wrong said ABC’s future commitment to the medical docudrama might depend on the ratings of “Boston Med.” Phyllis McGrady ABC News SVP of Creative Development tells TVNewser she’s just looking toward the next eight weeks: “‘Boston Med’ continues the ABC News tradition of supporting long-form series — invigorating the documentary genre and bringing as many people as we can to watch each week is a part of our mission,” says McGrady.
• Earlier on TVNewser: World’s Second Face Transplant Patient Featured on ABC’s ‘Boston Med’