Preview: Heartbeat (NBC) - A brilliant but stubborn surgeon with a mysterious personal life
By Daniel Redford on March 1, 2016
Originally titled Heartbreaker, NBC’s newest medical procedural is based on the real life of Kathy Magliato, as she wrote down in her book Heart Matters. Melissa George () stars as main character Alex Panettiere, a world-renowned heart surgeon who struggles to balance her professional and personal lives. In a case of life imitating art, the show, which was originally scheduled to premiere this fall, had to be pushed back to midseason to accommodate Melissa George’s pregnancy.
The show revolves around the outspoken and stubborn Panettiere, who has recently become her hospital’s Chief Innovations Officer, and is tasked with bringing cutting-edge technology to the operating theaters. At the same time she has a racy personal life that is a full-time job in itself. The rest of the hospital staff include love-interest Dr. Harrison (Dave Annable, Brothers & Sisters), boss Dr. Shane (Don Hany, ), colleague Dr. Hackett (D.L. Hughley, ), and hospital chief of staff Patel (Shelley Conn, Terra Nova).
Where CBS’ rather unimpressive medical procedural revolved around the emergency room at an understaffed hospital, is a character-driven show that mainly focuses on Panettiere, her outstanding medical insight combined with her stubborn persona, and her personal life. This could make for a very interesting series, but if it is not executed subtly enough, it can become annoying very quickly. The trailer solely focuses on the hospital stuff, which looks fine (albeit a little over-dramatic), so whatever she does in her personal life that is supposedly a full-time job in itself remains a mystery for now.
Starting March 23rd, will air in the Wednesdays at 8/7c timeslot, which it will take over from once that show concludes its short second season on March 2nd. will have to compete with ABC comedies and , FOX crime procedural , CBS reality entry , and The CW superhero show . Competition is not too heavy for Heartbreaker, but self-starting on Wednesdays at 8/7c is not easy, especially for freshman series. It can really go either way for .
Heartbeat premieres on Tuesday, March 22nd at 9/8c. After that, it will move into its regular timeslot on Wednesdays at 8/7c.