that ran for two or three episodes
during the early spring of 2000 on ABC
. It was supposed to be the replacement to the critically acclaimed
series Homicide: Life on the Street
. It was good enough to fill that role, but it was canned shortly after it started airing, sue due poor ratings
, I suspect. There was also some small outcry about stigmatizing
mental patients, which is a ludicrious claim.
The show was about Bellvue psychiatric ward, and the lives of the staff and patients there. Written and directed by Peter Berg (of Chicago Hope fame), the episodes are eccentrically filmed and brilliantly paced. It was powerful, intellectual, and complex. The acting had courage and depth, rather than casting a bunch of cardboard cut-out, beautiful people. I loved this show from the second it started. I should have known it was doomed.