Most of us know the sensation of being back at your grandparents' house for a holiday, and suddenly you feel as if you're a kid again. That can be both positive and negative.
“That's exactly what this show captures,” said Enrico Colantoni, star of the new Canadian medical series Remedy, which debuts Monday, Feb. 24 on Global. “They're saving lives, but they're still wounded.
“They're still operating in a dysfunctional world. Dad's watching them, and you have to prove to dad that you're good, what is dad going to think, dad always liked you more. They become kids again. In a nutshell, that's what this show is.”
Colantoni plays Dr. Allen Conner, acting chief-of-staff at Bethune General Hospital. His three kids all end up working there: Surgeon Melissa, played by Sara Canning; nurse Sandy, played by Sarah Allen; and wayward son Griffin, played by Dillon Casey. Griffin had promise in the medical field, but he squandered it and is back at the hospital as a porter, for reasons you'll see in the first episode.
Colantoni, best known for Flashpoint and Veronica Mars, described Remedy as a family drama with a lighthearted touch that happens to be set in a hospital, rather than a hardcore medical procedural.
My personal evaluation is that while Remedy does not reinvent the genre, it does shine a light on the inner workings of a hospital at the support-staff level, which is both interesting and rare. Obviously if you're sick of medical shows, then that's the end of that. But if you're open to a new one, and can get past the occasional cliche, Remedy is quite well done.
“The cast is wonderful, they're pretty and extremely talented - I'm the old guy, I'm just going along for the ride, man, for real,” Colantoni said. “Flashpoint was exhausting, it was tiring. So for me to come back to television, it would have to be a real ensemble.
“But I like to work, you know? For me it's never a matter of saying, 'I don't want to go back and do TV.' I like to work. And the clincher was they extended an episode to direct. So getting to do that and still be part of an ensemble was like, wow, how do I say no to that?”
Speaking of not being able to say no, the Veronica Mars movie is due out on March 14. Colantoni, of course, plays Keith Mars, father of Veronica, who is played by Kristen Bell. Colantoni still can't get over the very modern path that led to a Veronica Mars film.
“It's DVD and social media, for sure,” Colantoni said. “I think at the height of our run on CW-UPN, we got maybe three million (viewers)? But then with DVD and word of mouth, next thing you know we're raising $6 million on Kickstarter with 91,000 contributors. It's pretty cool.
“You're absolutely right, it used to be when a show was dead, it was dead. But it's all going to end one day, so I'll take it while I can.”
Luckily for Enrico Colantoni, there's no Remedy for a likeable actor who wants to work, be it as a cop, a doctor or a dad.