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Jenna Kim Jones: Monday mornings just got worse

Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 3:40 p.m. MST

Ving Rhames as Dr. Jorge Villanueva in a scene from "Monday Mornings."

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For those of you with dreams of becoming a doctor, stay away from “Monday Mornings." Based on Sanjay Gupta's novel, "Monday Mornings," and created by David E. Kelley (executive producer of "The Practice," "Boston Legal," "Ally McBeal" and more), "Monday Mornings" is a doctor drama that makes "Grey's Anatomy" seem like a light-hearted comedy.

In most hospitals, particularly ones with residency programs, each week the doctors hold a Morbidity and Mortality Conference (aka M&M) where doctors review mistakes that were made on patients. It’s supposed to be a time to learn from mistakes, modify behavior and prevent future mishaps.

Like I said, that’s how it is supposed to be, but that’s not how it comes off in “Monday Mornings.” The M&M in “Monday Mornings” every Monday morning (hello repetition and alliteration!) is judgment day. And you thought you hated your Monday mornings!

(I promise to try and use the words Monday and mornings significantly less for the remainder of this article.)

In this show, the M&M is a dark and unforgiving place. If I were a doctor at this hospital, I’d be afraid to make any decisions for fear of being sent to the shame chamber. While I’m all for accountability, this unglamorous side of the medical profession is a little too hard for me to handle. I was a teenager when “E.R.” went off the air and I only lasted about three seasons into “Grey’s Anatomy,” so I may not cut out for this genre of television anyway.

The show follows five very different doctors at Chelsea General Hospital based in Portland, Ore. Each character is an excellent doctor, but like any human, each is flawed. The acting is decent but the show is just too depressing. In the first episode alone, the viewer is faced with brain tumors, bleeding out, failed marriages, broken engagements and stage 4 bone cancer.

While “Monday Mornings” has a lot of heart (both literally and figuratively) it requires an even stronger stomach. There’s a lot of blood, blood and, oh yeah, more blood.

If I haven’t made it clear already, there is no funny business in this show. No McDreamy or McSteamy to lighten the mood. No sassy nurses. When TNT says they know drama, they aren’t messing around. Truth is, I’m more of a TBS girl anyway. I’ll just stick to watching reruns of “Scrubs.”

If you love drama, check out “Monday Mornings” on TNT, Monday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

Jenna Kim Jones is a writer and comedian in the Los Angeles area. Contact her at jkj@jennakimjones.com and visit her website at www.jennakimjones.com

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