We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re suckers for a well-done medical drama. Where else do you get high-stakes, life-or-death situations and a steamy romp or two in the on-call room every week? TV doctors are all kinds of awesome, and now there’s another new fall series proving as much.
If you haven’t been watching The Resident, which returns for a second season Monday on CTV, it’s probably time you did. Because if you’re anything like us this may just be your new fall addiction. Here are a few reasons to check in on Sept. 24.
It features a ‘Gilmore Girls’ love interest
Yeah so we’re totally still waiting to see whose baby Rory’s having, but in the meantime at least we get to see what Logan Huntzberger, a.k.a. Matt Czuchry has been up to. Hot off his equally impressive run on The Good Wife he stars in The Resident as Conrad Hawkins, an idealistic, hot-shot surgeon who isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it. Believe us when we say the act is plenty endearing—this guy oozes charm, as per usual.
Our favourite Canadian TV sweetheart has a leading role
Know who Dr. Conrad Hawkins has the hots for? Canada’s very own Emily VanCamp, who notably stole all our hearts in Revenge and Brothers and Sisters. She plays nurse Nicolette “Nic” Nevin, and when the second season picks up, she and Conrad will be exploring their newly-rekindled relationship. Translation? Things are about to get steamy.
A former ‘Cosby’ kid is one of the show’s new doctors
We’ve seen Malcolm-Jamal Warner tackle a lot of roles since his time as Theo Huxtable, but usually he’s in some kind of a supporting role. That was certainly the case when he joined The Resident last season in a recurring role as the no-BS surgeon Dr. AJ Austin. Fortunately for Warner though, fans really responded to his character and heading into the second season he’s a newly-minted series regular.
Magic Mike’s ex is also a new player
We’re still in mourning after Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s divorce because sometimes a couple is just so cute that you can’t help feeling invested in their success. But, that small tangent aside, we’re pretty pumped that Dewan is joining The Resident in a full-time role this season, as a sales rep with a shady past. Apparently her character has some experience with dancing, which means we may even see her bust a move a la Step Up. We can only hope.
Another famous Canadian is kind of kick-ass in this
You may not recognize Quebec-born Bruce Greenwood’s name, but if you saw his face you’d totally say, “Oh, that guy.” Well That Guy is in charge of the ragtag group of medical professionals on this show, and we never know what he’s going to do next. He manages to add a whole new layer to the drama in a way that amps it up each week, because you’re never really sure whether or not to root for him. And frankly, aren’t those the best kinds of characters?
It could be the next ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Sure, you could try and compare tones, cases and the fact that both series are medical dramas. But realistically the shows themselves are apples and oranges. Where The Resident reminds us of Grey’s Anatomy though is behind-the-scenes. When Grey’s first debuted, it was this little mid-season offering that no one really knew about. And then it exploded. The second season was bumped up to fall, where it’s been a staple ever since. The Resident has a fairly similar origin story, having debuted last January and becoming an unexpected hit in the U.S. If it performs well this fall, we could definitely have another hit like Grey’s on our hands.
There’s nothing else quite like it on TV right now
In a TV world where 400-plus shows are debuting this year, it’s hard to be original and to stand apart from the pack. Especially if you’re a medical drama. But what’s unique about this one is that it digs deep into the corruption and finance involved in running a hospital, and proves that sometimes even the most well-intentioned doctors are tied up by the bureaucracy of it all. It certainly makes you think twice about the medical mantra “first do no harm,” and how that saying can mean different things to different people depending on their roles at the hospital. It’s kind of haunting to think about, to be honest, but that’s precisely why we love it.