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TNT’s Supernatural Summer Series ‘Proof’ Debuts Tonight. Here’s What Critics Are Saying About It (Jennifer Beals, Joe Morton, Edi Gathegi)

TNT's Supernatural Summer Series 'Proof' Debuts Tonight. Here's What Critics Are Saying About It (Jennifer Beals, Joe Morton, Edi Gathegi)

Summer hasn’t yet officially begun (June 21), but the summer TV season is in full swing.

Tonight, you’ll get your first look at one of TNT’s summer offerings – a supernatural drama series titled “Proof,” which premieres tonight, June 16th, at 10/9c. 

Jennifer Beals stars as a brilliant but somewhat jaded female surgeon, still struggling with the devastating death of her son, who begins investigating cases concerning reincarnations, hauntings, out-of-body experiences, and other supernatural phenomena. 

Joe Morton (on vacation from “Scandal”) co-stars, playing the tough and intimidating chief who runs the hospital where Beals’ character works.

And Edi Gathegi plays a Sudanese hospital intern tasked with finding proof of life after death.

Ahead of its premiere, here’s a sample of what critics who’ve seen episodes of the series, are saying about it:

From Variety: “Proof” explores the mother of all mysteries — what happens after we die? — in the most uninspired and banal of ways. Filled with cliches, the TNT series benefits from the casting of Jennifer Beals in the central role, but handcuffs her with a drab character and dead-end (pardon the pun) concept, which, as executed, demonstrates what would happen if a medical procedural and “The X-Files” had a baby. In theory, there’s an interesting and provocative show here; it’s just not the one that’s been made.

From The Hollywood Reporter: On paper, frankly, it sounds like a disaster: A new hour-long dramatic series starring Jennifer Beals (she of the Irene Cara-accompanied frolic in Flashdance) as a chilly, tormented physician tasked with searching for evidence of an afterlife. In execution, however, the bluntly named ‘Proof’ reveals itself as a highly beguiling object — an unabashed melodrama that, based on the three episodes sent out for review, uses its high-concept hook as a way to explore some all-too-earthly longings […] Whether ‘Proof’ can continue to walk this fine line between the silly and sublime remains to be seen, especially as Carolyn gets closer to the answers (sure to be unsatisfying) that she seeks. But so far, so good.

From Entertainment Weekly: Well-trod TV ground, but Beals bring a a sensitive, magnetic depth to an otherwise slow-moving drama.

And from Newsday: Beals and company (including Joe Morton as her remarkably flesh-and-blood boss) breathe life into this tale the way their characters restore life to patients, with skill and guts and, crucially, souls that radiate precisely what this show is about.

Overall, a mixed reception. 

I’ll admit that the previews I’ve seen so far just haven’t hooked me, but I’ll still be checking out tonight’s premiere, and will share my thoughts some time afterward. I might be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s a trailer:

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