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"Pure Genius" review by Eva Diaz  10/29/16
Airs Thursdays, 10/9c on CBS

Pure Genius is a medical show, but unlike other medical shows we've seen; it's unlike the other shows on television. I'd say itss more of a fantasy then reality because the premise is that a tech billonare builds a state-of-theart hospital and employs the best medical team to treat patients for free.  Also, the technology they use is not just cutting edge, but it's not really anything used in real life.

James Bell (Augustas Prew) regularly tells his staff that he didn't build the hospital to give bad news, so they must find a way to cure their patients. Walter Wallace (Dermit Mulroney) is hired by James after being fired from where he worked because he treated an 8 year old boy with an experimental treatment without permisson from the hospital, and the little boy died. This show is fun to watch because it shows the viewers the "next big thing" in medical technology and how lives can be saved with new technoloyg. The viewers also root for the patients to get better, and for now, it seems like they always have a happy ending. It's a show that really focuses on the positive.

 I wonder if, in future episodes, they will show some patients that don't survive and whether the show will become a little more realistic. Time will tell.  The show has a great cast; it will tug at your heartstrings and give you hope that someday cures will be found to terrible diseases that now have no cure.

The show is a bit slow at times, but if you like medical shows, you will like this one.  It's truly a feel-good show. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars. If it picks up the pace a little bit, I think it will be a hit for CBS.


PURE GENIUS is a cutting-edge medical drama about a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists an exceptional veteran surgeon with a controversial past to run a state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine. Billionaire genius James Bell built Bunker Hill Hospital determined to revolutionize health care and treat the rarest and most challenging medical mysteries, at no charge. Bell persuades maverick surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace to be his Chief of Staff; Dr. Wallace believed medicine was a human endeavor, not technological, until a eureka moment at the hospital convinced him otherwise. Bellís team of trailblazers includes Dr. Zoe Brockett, an exceptional, fearlessly frank physician; Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra, an idealistic, maddeningly literal neurosurgeon who believes the hospital is a beacon for change; Dr. Malik Verlaine, a former gangbanger now spearheading efforts to provide 24/7 health monitoring in poor neighborhoods via computer; Dr. Scott Strauss, an intense neurologist with an Ivy league pedigree; and Angie Cheng, an enthusiastic 3-D printer programming whiz. At Bunker Hill, Bell pairs the most brilliant minds in medicine with the most forward thinkers in technology and cuts bureaucracy out of the equation, all in the interest of saving lives, including his own. 

Premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

ON AIR: Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)


FORMAT: Drama (Filmed in HD)

STARRING:     Dermot Mulroney (Dr. Walter Wallace)

Augustus Prew (James Bell)

Odette Annable (Dr. Zoe Brockett)

Reshma Shetty (Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra)

Aaron Jennings (Dr. Malik Verlaine)

Ward Horton (Dr. Scott Strauss)

Brenda Song (Angie Cheng)

PRODUCED BY: Universal Studios in association with CBS Television Studios

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee, David Semel (pilot only)


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CBS Twitter: @cbstweet

Cast on Twitter:

                      Augustus Prew: @AugustusPrew

Odette Annable: @OdetteAnnable

Reshma Shetty: @ReshmaShetty

Aaron Jennings: @aarontjennings

Ward Horton: @thewardhorton

Brenda Song: @BrendaSong

Cast on Instagram:

Augustus Prew: @augustusprew

Odette Annable: @odetteannable

Reshma Shetty: @reshmashetty

Aaron Jennings: @aarontaylorjennings

Ward Horton: @wardhorton

Brenda Song: @brendasong

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