Thursday’s Top TV Picks
It would do the broadcast networks well to remember that we have other options, even in summer.
Then again, even if "The Listener" (NBC, tonight, 9 p.m. ET/PT) were the only choice around, this half-baked Canadian import still wouldn't be worth choosing. Badly acted and cheaply made, "The Listener" follows a telepathic paramedic (Craig Olejnik) as he devotes what is clearly a slow day to just one patient and the murder mystery she's stumbled upon. Take my advice: Stumble into something else.
Happily, you have a much more promising place to land: At USA 's "Royal Pains" (10 p.m. ET/PT), a light comedy/drama the network is pairing with the returning "Burn Notice" (9 p.m. ET/PT). Mark Feuerstein, who has been the best thing about a number of TV flops, stars as a hot-shot doctor who gets blackballed from a New York hospital for being too noble. With a boost from his brother (a likeable Paulo Costanzo), he lands in the Hamptons as a "concierge doctor" for the rich.
Tonight's episode works a bit too hard to establish the premise, but luckily, the worst moments are all in the set-up and we'll never have to go through them again. What's left is an amusing series that is well-served by Feuerstein, who may have finally found a role that keeps him suitably employed.