Producer Jason Katims is a bit of a remake whisperer, adapting films like “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” into critically acclaimed dramas. But his next show, CBS’ “Pure Genius,” is an original idea that comes from a very personal place.
Augustus Prew stars in the drama as James Bell, a tech billionaire who has built the state-of-the art hospital Bunker Hill – an unconventional facility that utilizes technology and modern tools to treat patients. In the series opener, famed surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace, played by Dermot Mulroney, is recruited to join the facility.
Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton and Brenda Song also star in the show, as part of the team enthusiastically charged with revolutionizing health care. Katims (who’s also behind Hulu’s “The Path”) and his producing partner Michelle Lee have been kicking around the show for several years, and finally got it on the air this fall. Katims recently told TURN IT ON that the idea for “Pure Genius” originated when he spent a great deal of time at hospitals because of two sick family members, including his wife.
Also on this edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On,” TruTV’s “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” defies classification. It’s a fake reality show about a celebrity who loves cool gadgets, but it includes segments with real people showcasing real cool gadgets. It’s heavily improvised, but with real scripted story tangents, as Glaser, playing an awful version of himself, watches the narrative unravel. Glaser recently told us that it’s quite awkward to play a douche-y version of himself.
Meanwhile, senior editor Hanh Nguyen dissects Netflix’s new “Gilmore Girls” trailer, and critic Ben Travers discusses the final season of Sundance TV’s “Rectify.”
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