Seitz on Do No Harm: This Dual-Personality Tale Could Use More Jekyll, Less Hyde

NBC’s Do No Harm (NBC, Thursdays, 10 p.m.) is a show that practically cries out to be on cable. It manages to be as nutty and sleazy as can be within network content limits, but it's still not special enough to stand out. Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Jason Cole, a hotshot Philadelphia surgeon who, unbeknownst to almost everyone, has a secret alter ego named Ian who’s very, very bad. I don’t want to get into too many details high up, in case you’re planning on watching tonight’s pilot; suffice it to say that Do No Harm is neither as trashy nor as clever as it needs to be to make a strong impression, and that Pasquale is the main (maybe only) reason to watch it, aside from a few blackly hilarious lines. Most of the latter are amusing because the star’s "Ian" incarnation is delivering them. Ian’s one of my favorite kinds of characters: one that, on some level, knows he’s in a drama and feels tremendously liberated by that fact. Read More...


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