The Mob Doctor (2012–2013)

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The Mob Doctor (TV Series 2012–2013)

A young thoracic surgeon becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a mob doctor, while also working full time at Chicago's most prominent hospital.
USA
IMDb   6.5 /10
TheMovieDb    6.2 /10
RottenTomatoes  21 %
FilmAffinity   5.1 /10
Creators
Creator Josh Berman
Creator Rob Wright
Information
Release Date2012-09-16
Runtime
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery
Content Rating
AwardsAwards1 nomination
CompanyOsprey Production Group, Rooney McP Productions, Sony Pictures Television
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Dr. Grace Devlinas Dr. Grace Devlin
Constantine Alexanderas Constantine Alexander
Leoni Francoas Leoni Franco
Dr. Brett Robinsonas Dr. Brett Robinson
Dr. Stafford Whiteas Dr. Stafford White
Nurse Rosa 'Ro' Quinteroas Nurse Rosa 'Ro' Quintero…
Dr. Olivia Wilcoxas Dr. Olivia Wilcox
Daniella Devlinas Daniella Devlin
Nate Devlinas Nate Devlin
Stavos Kazanas Stavos Kazan
Dr. Ian Flaniganas Dr. Ian Flanigan
Jonathan Coffin
Jonathan Coffin
Paramedicas Paramedic
Bobbyas Bobby
Paul Morettias Paul Moretti
Doctoras Doctor
Devyn Mangin
Devyn Mangin
6 Year Old Graceas 6 Year Old Grace…
Agent Owen Yorkas Agent Owen York
Mike Anesas Mike Anes…

The Mob Doctor

The Mob Doctor is an American television drama that aired on Fox from September 17, 2012 to January 7, 2013 as a part of the 2012–13 network television season. The series was created by Josh Berman and Rob Wright and is based on the book Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor by Ron Felber. Berman, Wright, Michael Dinner, and Carla Kettner serve as executive producers.

On November 28, 2012, Fox cancelled the series after one season.


Premise

The series follows Grace Devlin, a surgical resident, who juggles her hospital duties with protecting her brother from the Mob. Grace works off her brother's debt by helping anyone they demand.


Cast

Main

  • Jordana Spiro as Grace Devlin; well-educated doctor surgical resident who took on her brother's debt to the mob.
  • William Forsythe as Constantine Alexander; returned Chicago Outfit boss and Grace's Protector.
  • James Carpinello as Franco Leoni; Constantine's enforcer and Grace's ex-boyfriend. Undercover FBI agent working to bring down the Chicago mob.
  • Zach Gilford as Brett Robinson; Grace's boyfriend to whom she has to lie at times to protect her secrets.
  • Željko Ivanek as Stafford White, Chief of Surgical Department; supervises Grace, favors her as a promising surgeon.
  • Floriana Lima as Rosa "Ro" Quintero; nurse at the hospital and friend of Grace.
  • Jaime Lee Kirchner as Olivia Watson; rival doctor working in the same surgical unit residency as Grace.
  • Wendy Makkena as Daniella Devlin, mother of Grace and Nate; She has a past history with Constantine.
  • Jesse Lee Soffer as Nate Devlin, Grace's brother; Owed a debt to mob boss Paul Moretti but his sister took it on for him. Works in Constantine's crew after Moretti is overthrown.

Recurring

  • Michael Rapaport as Paul Moretti, former leader of the mob until Constantine takes over.
  • David Pasquesi as Ian Fanagan, a senior colleague of Grace's, who Grace frequently disagrees with.
  • Kevin J. O'Connor as Stavos Kazan, personal attorney to and consigliere of Constantine's mob family.
  • Adam J. Harrington as Owen York, an FBI agent investigating Constantine.
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo as Jayana Baylor, a senior doctor at the hospital.
  • Kevin Corrigan as Titus Amato, an acquaintance of Constantine and new business partner in the poker machine business.
  • Terry Kinney as Donte Amato, brother of Titus, friend of Constantine, and knew Grace's father.
  • Jennifer Beals as Celeste LaPree, a madame proxying for a mob boss in Constantine's underground circle.
  • Mike Starr as Al Trapani, a member of Constantine's underground circle.
  • Michael Madsen as Russell King, an associate of one of Constantine's former rivals, who attempted to take over Downtown Chicago, before being outmuscled by Constantine.

Production

On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the drama for the 2012–13 television season.

In production, a working title for the show was Dirty Medicine.


Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Michael DinnerTeleplay by : and Television Story by:
Josh Berman & Rob Wright
September 17, 20125.11
Grace Devlin is a surgeon who made a deal with Paul Moretti (Michael Rapaport) to save her brother. She agreed to pay off her brother's debt, work it off, or do whatever she was asked to do to save her brother's life, but she did not realize the deal could include murder until Moretti orders her to kill a man in witness protection who requires surgery. With Moretti angrily pursuing her for not killing the man, she flees to Constantine, an old-time paroled 'retired' mobster, who shoots Moretti. Constantine tells her that he was plotting to come out of retirement and take over Moretti's turf and that she needs to leave Chicago because she knows too much. If she stays he'll try to protect her, but her debt to Moretti transfers to him.
2"Family Secrets"Michael DinnerJosh Berman & Rob WrightSeptember 24, 20123.85
Grace struggles with her double life, taking care of her family and working for the mob. Constantine sends Grace to treat Dante Amato (Terry Kinney), a former rival of Moretti's wanted by the CPD for murder, who is suffering from an undiagnosed life-threatening condition. A woman experiences heart-related mood swings just as she is about to get married. Grace tells Nate about her deal with Constantine, He later asks Constantine for a job.
3"Protect and Serve"Ken OlinCarla KettnerOctober 1, 20123.46
Grace is ordered by Constantine to treat the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident that involved a family of four and killed the youngest child. Morretti, who Constantine believes did not survive his gunshot wound, is still alive, due to Franco moving him to the mountains. There Morretti plots to take back his turf from Constantine.
4"Change of Heart"Michael DinnerMick BetancourtOctober 8, 20123.36
Traci Coolidge (Jurnee Smollett) is a woman who is pregnant with the child of a local alderman, David Ellis (Timothy Busfield). Traci is treated by Grace and later finds out that Traci made a deal with Constantine to give the child up for adoption in exchange for money. After Traci gives birth, surgery is necessary, causing Traci to be unable to have any more children, which affects Constantine's original deal to give the child to a Canadian couple. Moretti moves forward with his plans for getting rid of the informant who will get him convicted if he testifies.
5"Legacy"Thomas CarterCathryn HumphrisNovember 5, 20123.40
Constantine asks Grace to end the life of a convict who faked an illness, to give his heart to his estranged daughter who needs a transplant. Brett and Olivia treat two brothers who have similar diagnoses. Constantine asks Nate to go to different bar establishments to have electronic gambling machines installed.
6"Complications"Randy ZiskCarla KettnerNovember 12, 20123.01
Moretti kidnaps Grace to lure Constantine into a trap. A woman is hit by speedboat after swimming in a lake.
7"Turf War"Daniel SackheimAaron Helbing & Todd HelbingNovember 19, 20123.08
Two innocent women are caught in the crossfire of a shootout between Constantine and Moretti's crews.
8"Game Changers"David GrossmanErik OlesonNovember 26, 20123.99
Constantine seeks to unify Chicago's underworld while Grace aids an old friend in helping her heroin-addicted daughter. Grace continues to struggle with her double life and Franco reveals to her his status as an undercover cop.
9"Fluid Dynamics"Ken OlinLance GentileDecember 3, 20123.26
Russell King (Michael Madsen), an associate of one of Constantine's former rivals, shows at the hospital wanting medical care from Grace. Stafford takes care of a patient, who is admitted to the hospital after a toy store accident that reminds him of his stepson.
10"Confessions"Peter WellerMick Betancourt & Cathryn HumphrisDecember 29, 20122.07
A priest is admitted to the hospital after being bitten by woman while performing an exorcism. Russell King tries to takeover Downtown Chicago from Constantine. Nate calls Grace to help with a runaway teen who witnessed a robbery of one of Constantine's businesses.
11"Sibling Rivalry"Adam ArkinErik OlesonDecember 31, 20122.38
Constantine tries to find out who had a bomb delivered to him. Grace and Brett treat Brett's estranged brother who had a cycling accident.
12"Resurrection"Kate WoodsZachary LutskyJanuary 5, 20132.11
Constantine agrees to protect his estranged son from the Nogales cartel. Grace is asked to find out about Al Trapani's girlfriend's mysterious ailment.
13"Life and Death"Michael WatkinsJosh Berman & Rob WrightJanuary 7, 20133.27
Constantine and Daniella are admitted to the hospital after being shot in a drive-by shooting in front of the Devlin home. Agent York digs deeper concerning the Devlin family being connected to Constantine. Grace takes desperate measures to settle the score with the cartel Constantine has been feuding with.

International broadcasts

  • In Canada, The Mob Doctor was broadcast on Sunday nights at 9:00pm on CTV, premiering on September 16, 2012.
  • In Mexico, Televisa started showing The Mob Doctor from June 5, 2013 Monday to Thursday at 11:30pm on Canal 5 under the title La Doctora de la Mafia.
  • In the United Kingdom, Sky Living have obtained first run premiere rights to the first and only season of The Mob Doctor. Originally, the series was billed to air on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm from August 6, 2013. However, the premiere was moved to Friday nights at 10:00pm from August 9, 2013.

Home media

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released The Mob Doctor - The Complete Series onto DVD on March 12, 2013 on a 3-disc set.


Reception

Critical response

The show has been met with "mixed or average" reviews, with a collective score of 42/100 from Metacritic. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times gave the show a neutral rating, observing that 'Despite the frantic and at times clunky initial execution, there are times when The Mob Doctor shows signs of transcending the typical doc-with-something-extra medical procedural'. Linda Stasi of the New York Post gave the show one and a half stars, saying, "They tried for the tried and true, hoping they'd get The Sopranos meets Grey's Anatomy while filling the hole House left in the schedule. And, like a camel, they ended up with an animal made by committee." David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the show a 0 rating, saying, "The two-taste-treats-in-one thing worked for Hostess Ding-Dongs, so maybe Fox figured it would work for this ding-dong of a dud for the masochists in the crowd".

A few critics, however, had favorable reviews. Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald praised the concept of the show, saying, "Devlin's complex relationship with the gangsters is what elevates The Mob Doctor into something a cut or two above a Grey's Anatomy rip-off". Diane Werts of Newsday noted that "No, it's not exactly House. But it isn't like any other show, either, with its mad mix of moral dilemmas, medical crises, family ties, double-life-living and, y'know, rubouts 'n' stuff"

Ratings

No. in
Series
EpisodeAir DateTimeslot (EST)18-49 (Rating/Share)Viewers (m)
1"Pilot"September 17, 2012Mondays
9:00 P.M.
1.5/45.11
2"Family Secrets"September 24, 20121.3/33.85
3"Protect and Serve"October 1, 20121.0/23.46
4"Change of Heart"October 8, 20120.9/23.36
5"Legacy"November 5, 20121.0/23.40
6"Complications"November 12, 20120.8/23.01
7"Turf War"November 19, 20120.9/23.08
8"Game Changers"November 26, 20120.8/23.01
9"Fluid Dynamics"December 3, 20120.8/23.26
10"Confessions"December 29, 2012Saturday 9:00 P.M.0.5/22.07
11"Sibling Rivalry"December 31, 2012Monday 9:00 P.M.0.4/12.38
12"Resurrection"January 5, 2013Saturday 9:00 P.M.0.6/22.11
13"Life and Death"January 7, 2013Monday 9:00 P.M.0.9/23.27