[FoRK] Its almost programmer's time

Elias Sinderson elias at cse.ucsc.edu
Thu Sep 9 22:00:06 PDT 2004

It's times like this that I'm thankful that I don't own a television - 
Thanks, Owen, for reminding what I'm (not) missing.

Seriously though, I think a show about a rag tag group of brilliant 
engineers struggling against impossible deadlines and misguided 
management would (could?) be a big hit. Think Dilbert meets the A-Team. (!)


Owen Byrne wrote:

> Having spent some time working with *epidemioligists*, - I have to say 
> - programming is more exciting - someday someone will figure out
> how to make a TV show about programmers. Perhaps sometime after we 
> have a union to rival the AMA.
> Owen
> http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-24271/
>> Welcome to the
>> *Medical Investigation *
>> guide at TV Tome.
>> Neal McDonough 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-26257/>(NBC's 
>> "Boomtown 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-9581/>") 
>> and Kelli Williams 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-1517/> 
>> ("The Practice 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-223/>") 
>> return to series television as members of a mobile medical team from 
>> the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who are summoned in a 
>> heartbeat to scope out -- and hopefully snuff out -- outbreaks of 
>> unexplained and fearful diseases. These specialists drop out of the 
>> sky anywhere and have government carte blanche to take charge when 
>> people start dying, which requires them to medically re-construct 
>> grisly events to prevent the next epidemic, plague or contagion.
>> McDonough stars as Dr. Stephen Connor, the leader of the team whose 
>> take-charge attitude has enabled him to save the lives of millions, 
>> but in the process, has sadly cost the separated Connor his family. 
>> Williams portrays Dr. Natalie Durant, who specializes in pathology 
>> and epidemiology and works under the supervision of Connor, a man 
>> whom she respects, but is willing to stand up to in any 
>> life-threatening situation.
>> The elite team also includes Troy Winbush 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-2290/> 
>> ("John Q. 
>> <http://www.movietome.com/movietome/servlet/MovieMain/movieid-810/>") 
>> as specialist Frank Powell, a quiet but intense medical inspector who 
>> is friends with Connor. Likewise, Powell works well with Dr. Miles 
>> McCabe (Christopher Gorham 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-703/>, 
>> "Jake 2.0 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-16751/>"), 
>> the newest and youngest member of the team who tries to prove his 
>> "wunderkind" reputation is deserved -- but struggles to mature and 
>> keep pace with his colleagues in the big leagues. Anna Belknap 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-29056/> 
>> ("The Handler 
>> <http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-19534/>") 
>> also stars as the NIH's publicity liaison Eva Rossi, a woman who uses 
>> unconventional methods to keep the media at bay in the middle of a 
>> crisis.
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