3 LBS – Season 1, Episode 1

I’m getting much less tolerant in my old age. I used to give most new shows at least 3 episodes to decide if it was worth my time. With so many shows that I like and a growing queue of TV on DVD to watch, one episode was enough to tell me that this show isn’t worth my time. I like Stanley Tucci and have been a fan since his brilliant work on Murder One and he’s pretty good on the show. The problem is the dialogue is terrible: “I can’t cut into someone’s brain until I cut into their soul”. Yeah, that’s pretty much a direct quote. The characters are at this point cliched for TV – the tortured, cold, brilliant doctor. The formula is also likely to follow the brain surgery patient of the week like all procedurals.

Don’t just believe me, here’s a link to a bunch of reviews aggregated at Aint it Cool News that concur with my opinion.

Here’s the other reason why I’m not giving this show a bit more of a chance. CBS cancelled the innovative Smith in favour of this formulaic 3 LBS thereby keeping the network’s strategy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as it becomes the all procedural network. I do take pleasure in the show having ratings down 8.33% in households and 17.14% in adults 18-49 from where Smith was. Take that CBS.

Avi’s Episode Rating: C+


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