Mob Doctor Title Called Worst in TV History by its Own Network!
Fox boss Kevin Reilly told reporters that he thought the title, “The Mob Doctor,” was the “worst in the history of television.” Obviously this guy has never seen any Lifetime movie titles, not to mention “Snooki & JWOWW,” but let’s be fair. A lot of people liked “The Mob Doctor.”
And we don’t think the show was even given a fair shot. It was being panned by the “critics” before it even aired. How does that happen? Well, easy. Some smartass watches a screener and skewers the show with witty barbs. That influences others to follow suit and even outwit the witty barbs, if they can, and that’s how a show can be DOA.
“The Mob Doctor” starred Jordana Spiro as Grace, a doctor who gets caught up with the mob because her brother got in over his head. She is on call every time some mobster is in need of private medical attention. William Forsythe played Constantine, the mobster who always had a soft spot for Grace but was basically an s.o.b. — an s.o.b. who turned out to be Grace’s father.
Grace had a boyfriend in the hospital but she still had feelings for her former boyfriend, Franco, who she thought was in the mob, too. But Franco turned out to be an undercover cop, still madly in love with Grace. How can they get out together? Well that is neatly wrapped up in the series finale, Resurrection, and Grace and Franco ride off into the sunset — to Mexico, after Grace sends Constantine to his just reward.
So whatever they may say about the show, we’ll say this — at least they wrapped it up with Franco and Grace still together and without Constantine doing Franco in, which would have sucked. And that’s a lot more than we can say for Lifetime’s cop drama, Against the Wall, from 2011, when the first season ended with a cliffhanger and then got cancelled.
What else can we say? Well, we were already fans of William Forsythe and will of course continue to watch whatever he is in. We are now fans of Jordana Spiro. We don’t know what she’s going to be in next yet, but we’ll keep a lookout. And we are now fans of James Carpinello, who plays Johnny Stomp in Gangster Squad (2013).
Now back to that worst title in history remark — c’mon! How about 1987’s “Star Cops”? No, uh, 1993’s “The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer” tops that, but the prize really must go to The Discovery Channel for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
And don’t get us started on movie titles. We were just talking about that last week. So far, topping our list is “Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator” (1989), “Pinocchio’s Revenge” (1996) and “Rage of the Werewolf” (1999).