The Resident promises to go where no medical drama has before.
In a world where there is no shortage of medical dramas, The Resident sets its sights on bringing a new perspective to this genre. Showrunners Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi have brought forth a television show that will reveal the reality of modern medicine, the good and the bad. The Resident will bring together a phenomenal cast including The Good Wife’s Matt Czuchry and Revenge’s Emily VanCamp playing Senior Resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins and Nurse Nic. The premise of this medical drama is based on Czuchry’s character who takes it upon himself to expose and educate his first-year residents about what actually goes down behind the closed doors of a hospital. Bruce Greenwood will be playing Dr. Solomon Bell, the Chief of Surgery, who will use his position of power to intimidate and instill fear to get his way and cover up his wrongdoings. Playing the optimistic, hopeful first-year resident is Dr. Devon Pravash, played by Manish Dayal, who will quickly learn that this job isn’t as ideal as he anticipated.
As The Resident hopes to peel back the intricate, complicated layers of a medical setting, it will also tackle topics of sexual harassment in its premiere season. With this topic being front and center in Hollywood today, it is sure to resonate with the audience and reflect on the current awareness of this issue. What will make The Resident special in its approach is being daring and unapologetic about discussing issues that truly do exist, ranging from sexual harassment to increasing awareness to the public about situations they may not know even exist. The combination of the plot, intriguing storyline, and the cast will set The Resident apart from the myriad of medical dramas that we are accustomed to. So let’s dig into the top 5 reasons why you should be checking out The Resident!
1. Female empowerment
In recent days, Hollywood has been front and center when it comes to advocating for female empowerment. The Resident has incorporated this into their show within its storyline, created by a staff of female writers and directors. While the foundation of The Resident relies heavily on girl power, we will also see a solid representation of this through Emily VanCamp’s character. She plays ‘Nurse Nic’ who is a strong, dedicated nurse that despite her personal losses due to irresponsible medical care, still shows up to work to advocate for the doctors and nurses that try and do the good thing. Not only does her character possess an unwavering love for her profession, but will prove to encompass the meaning of female empowerment. In fact, VanCamp’s character is based on the story of a real-life nurse that called out an oncologist for misdiagnosing his cancer patients but unfortunately lost a great deal in the efforts to expose him.
“I loved the pilot and thought it was relevant to what’s happening today. I get to be a champion for all nurses who are so undervalued, underpaid and who do most of the work.” –Emily VanCamp (actress)
The Resident has taken a step in the direction the rest of the world is beginning to take notice to. As it tackles controversial topics and situations, it may very well become a voice of reason and inspiration for those watching.
With a strong female lead and a staff of female writers/directors, we have reason enough to be excited about The Resident!
2. The unseen, ugly truths in the world of medicine
While it may come as no surprise that patients aren’t always aware of what goes on during their medical visits, it will be jarring to see just how much we don’t know. The Resident will pull the curtain back on such truths by presenting situations that are handled in questionable ways. Greenwood’s character, Dr. Solomon Bell, will the spearhead of such debatable behavior, as he handles situations a bit differently than the conventional doctor. Whether it’s covering up the mistakes of a surgery gone wrong or using a position of power to get his way, the character of Dr. Bell will represent the secrets of modern medicine.
“We’re trying to show the general audience what they don’t know that goes on in hospitals so you can protect yourself.” – Amy Holden Jones (showrunner)
As showrunner Jones explains, the purpose of The Resident is to shed light on issues that we aren’t even aware of. Almost in the form of a public service announcement, this show will use its platform to help others realize and become cognizant of this issue.
3. Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp as an on-screen couple, duh.
Will Czuchry and VanCamp become the next hot and steamy ‘It’ couple of television? Of course they will! A medical drama is not without its complicated relationships and ‘on-call’ sex scenes and The Resident is no exception. While the hospital staff will have more than its share to deal with, Czuchry and VanCamp’s relationship will be an interesting storyline to follow. While we do not know much about the nature or inception of this relationship just yet, trailers have revealed there is a romantic connection there. VanCamp’s character, Nurse ‘Nic’, will be Czuchry’s character, Dr. Conrad Hawkins’s, emotional and professional support, and then some.
“Anything to get you back here.” –Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) to Nurse Nic (Emily VanCamp)
Whether it’s the longing glances, the romantic hand-holding, or the pull into a call room for a quick make out, Czuchry and VanCamp are sure to be TV’s next hot couple to grace our screens.
4. The sexual harassment episode
The timing couldn’t be better to broadcast an episode highlighting an important and sensitive topic. While Hollywood bands together to speak out against sexual harassment, The Resident will have an episode based on it at some point during the inaugural season. The episode will revolve around VanCamp’s character, Nurse ‘Nic’, being a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Although details of this episode have not been revealed, we can be sure that the show will not hold back when it comes to portraying it on screen.
My take on the (topic of) sexual harassment was how my career was impacted. While I was never a victim, after four features they wouldn’t allow me to direct.” – Amy Holden Jones (showrunner)
The importance of bringing this issue front and center has become the voice of Hollywood in recent days and The Resident’s inclusion of it proves that this series is not afraid to face the harsh reality of it. What and how it will go down is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to assume that we should prepare ourselves.
5. A strong, diverse cast
What adds to the allure and intrigue of The Resident isn’t only in its controversial take on a medical setting, but also the diversity of its cast. Whereas in many medical dramas we are accustomed to seeing primarily a Caucasian group of doctors, The Resident will look to mix it up with different ethnicities.
Apart from Manish Dayal, who plays eager first-year resident, Dr. Devon Pravesh of South Asian descent, the cast will include Guyanese actress, Shaunette Renee Wilson (as Mina Okafor), Merrin Dungey (as CEO Claire Thorpe), and Israeli-American actress Moran Atias playing Renata Morali. The cast exudes individuality with every character who will each bring life to the story that surrounds The Resident.
The Resident looks to make its mark amongst a world full of medical dramas.
Ready to dive into the panic-inducing, eye-opening moments of The Resident? As we anticipate the premiere of this series, there is much to look forward to. Whether it is the hideous truths we are unaware of or the very necessary insertion of a love story amidst the drama, there is a lot to be excited and simultaneously nervous for. The Resident promises to dive into controversial topics and expose the secrets and truths of a workplace that people place their trust in. This premise is sure to shake things up and bring us a series worth watching.
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The core of The Resident lies in female empowerment, a strong female character, and a message that calls for bringing attention to topics worth discussing. This alone gives us plenty of reason to give this series our undivided attention. And with the two-night premiere just days away, we can’t wait to see it all come together!