|Kelly McCreary as "Dr. Tyra Granger"|
But when a show has more than one token Negress, I have to pay attention.
Emily Owens, MD is basically the bastard love child of Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs. It toys with the idea that working in hospital is just like being back in high school.
The show focuses on the awkward (and I do mean awkward) Dr. Emily Owens, plain and tall. Her plainness, her awkwardness, and the comical willingness of the actress make her downright lovable. And I might be willing to watch the show for her...except I don't trust the CW.
So let's start with Dr. Tyra Granger, portrayed by Kelly McCreary. Granger is the daughter of the Chief of Surgeons. She's witty, spunky, and a lesbian (Daddy doesn't know). If the show doesn't get canceled, I hope we'll get to see her dating exploits. If we do get to see her (and Kopelson) engage in flirty adventures and hot flings, then I will hereby dub this show Grey's Anatomy's Redemption.
I really hope they don't cram Granger into some boring monogamous relationship with a conveniently invisible significant other. That alone will be grounds to cease watching the show.
|Aja Naomi King as|
"Dr. Cassandra Kopelson"
Kopelson is Owens's archnemesis from high school (seriously). She's sleek, polished, professional, and nefarious as hell. I don't like the Black girl being the bitch, because I think it's been done way too much (and very badly), and because American society insists all Black women are angry bitches with attitude problems.
But Kopelson is a step up from previous Black bitches on the CW. She's not angry, and she's not bitchy for no reason. While Owens envied Kopelson in high school for being the pretty, popular girl, Kopelson envied the fact Owens was a nerd. Being a Black Girl Nerd myself, I wish the writers could've come up with something else, but hey...nerds rule and I guess that's what's important.
What do y'all think?
(h/t Lori Smith)