The Bachelor (2.3/5) was back for its 17th season last night with a two-hour premiere on ABC. Starring former Bachelorette suitor Sean Lowe, the search for love reality series dipped 4% from its season 16 debut on January 2, 2012. While the fall is small, and 6.81 million viewers watched the premiere last night, it does result in The Bachelor’s lowest-rated season debut to date. Also debuting on Monday was NBC’s Deception (2.0/5). Though the new soap drama’s one-hour pilot pulled in 680,000 fewer total viewers than the network’s Chicago Fire garnered when it debuted on October 10, 2012, Deception did manage to slightly exceed the 1.9/5 rating that the fire fighting series delivered. The show also won its time slot among the 18-49 demo last night. Following up on its Sunday season debut, The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) kicked off NBC’s primetime with another two-hour original show debuting in its regular time slot. The weight-loss reality show was down 17% from Sunday’s airing but still was the ratings topper for the night. The first new Castle (1.9/5) in five weeks followed The Bachelor debut on ABC last night. The most watched show of the night with 8.58 million viewers, the crime-based comedy-drama’s rating was up 12% from its December 3, 2012 show, which was a series low. With 7.402 million watching, ABC won the night for total viewers while …
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At today’s TCA panel on Fox’s new drama series The Mob Doctor, show co-creators/executive producers Josh Berman and Rob Wright said they were looking to create in their lead character Dr. Grace Devlin a female lead akin to Breaking Bad’s Walter White, played by multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. That is, someone seduced into a moral gray area. The inspiration for her character is Rob Feiber’s book Il Dottore, based on a real-life physician who came to treat such mob leaders as John Gotti and Carlos Gambino, they said. Although they had the idea for a mob doctor before becoming aware of the book, “it helped convince us that this could actually happen”, Wright said.
In the series, shot on location in Chicago, Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) plays a doctor torn between the physician’s Hippocratic Oath and her own family’s mob ties. The idea, the producers say, is to test her morality as much as possible. Wright called it a show for “highbrow and regular people too. It’s a re-imagining of Dr. Faustus, but also ER meets The Sopranos”.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Bones writer-producer Carla Kettner has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, she will join the studio’s new Fox drama series The Mob Doctor as an executive producer and will develop new projects. On Mob Doctor, a fast-paced medical drama starring Jordana Spiro as a brilliant young female cardiothoracic surgeon juggling her promising medical career with her lifelong debt as a doctor to Chicago’s Southside mob, Kettner will serve as an executive producer alongside creators Josh Berman and Rob Wright and director Michael Dinner.
WME-repped Kettner spent the last five years on the Fox dramedy Bones, rising to an executive producer this past season. Mob Doctor reunites her with Berman. Kettner served as co-executive producer/exec producer on Berman’s two previous series for Fox, Killer Instinct and Vanished, and the two also worked together on Bones. Additionally, Kettner co-wrote with Berman an episode of his Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva, which also is produced by Sony TV.