Upfronts 2012: Watch previews of CW's 'Emily Owens, M.D.' and 'Arrow'
Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, stars as Owens, a first-year medical intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. But just like high school, there's her med school crush, played by Justin Hartley, as well as her high school nemesis, played by Aja Naomi King. And now both girls are competing for the hunk's heart.
Furthering the medical world as high school analogy, the series posits that the old school cliques never quite go away: The jocks become orthopedic surgeons, the mean girls go into plastic surgery and the rebels are in the ER. Of course, there's more than just popularity at stake now, there's people's lives.
The series was created by former "90210" co-executive producer Jennie Snyder and is to air Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
"Arrow" fills the CW's superhero gap now that "Smallville" has ended its lengthy run. Greg Berlanti (whose "Golden Boy" is a midseason series for CBS) co-created the series with Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. It recounts the adventures of a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who becomes the secret vigilante Arrow at night.
The series is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, who also had an appearance on "Smallville." And yes, he sounds quite a bit like Batman. Right down to the chauffeur/bodyguard, reminiscent of Alfred the Butler. The "Arrow" version is named John Diggle and is played by David Ramsey.
Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Susanna Thompson also star in the series, which is to air Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: The cast of "Emily Owens, M.D." Credit: The CW