As I’ve mentioned a few times, the NBC medical thriller series Do No Harm filmed for the last few months in a building directly across the street from our offices in Philadelphia. I never saw any of the actors, but there were trailers out all up and down the block for several months, and I walked by the craft services table most mornings.
Looks like my commute is going to have fewer donuts. NBC announced Friday that Do No Harm has been canceled, after only two episodes aired, the Hollywood Reporter said. The first was the lowest-rated in-season premiere of a network TV series in history.
The series, based on the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” legend, starred Steven Pasquale as a brilliant surgeon with a split personality, whose alternative personality is a sociopath who only appears at night. The series also starred NBC Thursday veteran Phylicia Rashad, Alana de la Garza, and Samm Levine.
I watched one episode and while I was pretty unimpressed, I wouldn’t describe it as one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen or anything. The series did sort of overuse its shot of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street and City Hall, shot from the North; I counted that about five times in just the pilot.
In the meantime, after the failure of Prime Suspect, The Firm, Awake and now Do No Harm, NBC will need to keep looking for a successor for its legendary Thursday-at-10 timeslot.