A Gifted Man returns with all-new episodes tonight with a twist. Instead of Michael (Patrick Wilson) saving someone else’s life, it is his life that is in jeopardy and he requires immediate surgery to stay alive.
“Luckily, I have been very fortunate not to have any near-death experience yet. So no, this is a first for me and it was great,” says the 38-year-old Norfolk, VA-born actor. What’s been really exciting is to learn about all the surgeries and then be the recipient of one. I finally empathized with all the characters that have to sit on the operating table for many hours at a time while the camera gets set up, but it was a dose of my own medicine there.”
Being a Friday night series comes with drawbacks. There is less TV audience available to tune in, but the happy news for A Gifted Man is that they have not had any decrease in their ratings since the series premiered.
That said, executive producer Neal Baer, who is also a doctor in real life, got on the phone to talk to reporters to urge viewer tune in, saying, “I think it’s a show that explores areas of medicine that we haven’t seen before on television and it’s all the processes of healing, not just the doctor shows that we’ve seen in the past but the other side of healing, the spiritual side, the side that can’t be explained.”
The series will also feature Christina Milian in an upcoming episode. Baer says, “The singer and actress plays a really interesting role as a pretty spoiled young diva who has some very unusual medical problems and symptoms that Patrick’s character is trying to figure out.”
A Gifted Man airs on Friday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.