CW pulls the plug on "Emily Owens"

Emily Owens holds an x-ray in front of her chest

Somebody call a code blue! Whoops, it is a little too late I guess for The CW’s medical drama “Emily Owens, M.D.”, which has officially been cancelled. This has not been a good week for medical shows apparently.

Following in the footsteps of Fox’s drama “Mob Doctor”, the less than popular “Emily Owens” is no longer going to be on the air after the network finishes airing the 13 episodes that were initially ordered for the season. The drama starred Mamie Gummer, the daughter of legendary actress Meryl Streep, as a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital where she attempts to navigate her complicated love and social lives on top of the increasing demands of her job.

With a disappointing debut at only 1.7 million viewers last month, the medical drama didn’t really seem to have a chance from the beginning. Right from the start it was in competition for ratings with the “American League Championship Series” and the second presidential debate. That is some stiff competition considering the hype surrounding this year’s elections.

In its latest episode this past Tuesday, “Emily Owens” pulled in only 1 million viewers and a rating of 0.3 among 18-49 year olds. It seems that The CW has decided to ditch the downward spiraling drama and focus its attention on its multitude of other new series, including “Arrow” and “Beauty and the Beast”.

- Mamie Gummer
- Emily Owens, M.D.
- CW

Written by: harrisr
Nov 29th, 2012, 5:33 am


Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 9:43 am
I liked (ish) and watched every episode of 'Off the Map' (and was especially fond of the amazing camera work) -so long it wasn't 1st-World-ing-ing with the subtlety of an atom bomb, as it was prone to do- but I mostly could not stand this particular show. The cast was decent enough, but I found the writing and tone to have been just so incredibly patronizing, and misogynist, even. I found myself frequently feeling embarrassed for the cast (Gummer, especially). *** It almost seems as if it was a stereotype of the CW's own assessment of its target audience: "we're the CW, our target demographic is women 18-35, and we think they are f--ing morons with IQs and EQs of children." After three episodes, I was done. Done, done, done. *** Again, I actually felt bad for Mamie Gummer for having to act as such a f--ing imbecile. All those times where she would have the most ridiculous and unrealistic lapses of impulse control, with teenage-like awkward outbursts --yet, somehow, she has an MD and is a decent enough physician. (That's right, the 21st Century, where women can be doctors -even good doctors- but emotionally, they're still inherently damaged individuals: hormonal and irrational and childish.) Absurd. Offensive. And uncomfortable to watch.

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Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 7:26 am

"Emily Owens MD" seemed to finally be finding its legs, and it was a funny and even uplifting show. Too bad. It reminds me of Made in Jersey, which got even less of a chance. Maybe I'm a sucker for the wide-eyed heroine.

I also didn't know about her being Streep's daugther, and yes, you can see it. Hopefully we'll keep seeing her in other shows.

It is frustrating how shows get killed off after seconds on the air. I get it is hard for shows to grow their audience (few shows actually grow, since once people skip one or two episodes, they're not likely to come back), but this way of thinking seems to be flawed (it is a dogma that made business sense before, but that might need some tweaking in the Internet age when people are storing shows in their DVRs to watch during the off-season or watch the shows on the Internet). There is far too much waste in pilots and shows that go nowhere (sometimes don't even get aired) and too many shows that could grow if given time (Firefly, anyone). Not to mention that half the year we get reruns because of some 50s notion of when people watch TV (based on a farming schedule and the auto-industry ad cycle).


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Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 6:26 am

I totally did not know she was Meryl Streep's daughter.  I can see it though.  I feel bad 'cause I kinda liked both shows she was on in the last couple of years that got cancelled pretty quickly, "Off the Map" and now this.  Neither show was GREAT, but I liked 'em.  I liked "Off the Map" a little better than this though.

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