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Dr. Jon "JD" Daniel, chief resident in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, operates with ABC producer-videographer Gena Konstantinakos standing over his shoulder.

The two shows ABC is premiering on Thursday are nothing if not a study in contrasts.

"Rookie Blue" is a run-of-the mill, fictional cop show that wasn't good enough for ABC to risk running during the regular season.

"Boston Med" is an extraordinary, true-life medical drama that was too good for ABC to risk running during the regular season.

ROOKIE BLUE (Thursday, 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) hauls out pretty much every cop-show cliché in the book. As a matter of fact, it looks like it was stitched together from pieces of old TV shows.

Sort of a cop-show Frankenstein, only way more attractive. Because all five of the rookie cops in this show are, of course, TV attractive.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym, "Reaper"), the daughter of a cop, is at the center of the five new police officers — who, predictably, have to deal with hazing, condescending partners and a complete lack of experience.

Andy's friends include Traci (Enuka Okuma), the street-smart woman who's hiding a tender heart and a young son; Dov (Gregory Smith, "Everwood"), the thrill-seeker who takes too many chances; Chris (Travis Milne), the by-the-book straight arrow; and Gail (Charlotte Sullivan), the overly ambitious climber who'll step on anyone to get ahead.

In Thursday's premiere, all the rookie cops make mistakes. Andy makes a big one, which ruins an investigation and threatens her career.

You don't think she's going to fired in the first episode, do you? Do you think she'll find a way to redeem herself?

No surprises here.

BOSTON MED (Thursday, 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is a new series that's not altogether new. It comes to us from the producers of "Hopkins," and the format is the same.

Cameras follow real-life doctors, nurses, patients and family members at three Boston hospitals — Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Children's Hospital.

We're there as the doctors make life-and-death decisions. We see them agonize over those decisions. We see them have to choose between their jobs and their personal lives.

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We see their patients put an amazing amount of trust in them.

In Thursday's premiere, one doctor tries to pull off a tricky double-lung transplant. Another doctor — an expert in facial reconstruction — tries to pull off the nation's second face transplant.

And another doctor — in her fourth and final year as a resident in an emergency medicine training program — questions if she's cut out for the job.

It's amazing stuff. Totally engaging. And completely worth watching.

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