Dave Annable

NBC's new doctor show 'Heartbeat' has a pulse but not much else going for it


Premiering Tuesday before it moves to its official time slot on Wednesday, "Heartbeat," a doctor show from NBC, comes on like a longing look at ABC's indomitable "Grey's Anatomy" — a semi-comical medical drama where the sexual tension counts for as much as the medical challenges and ethical conundrums.

Indeed, Melissa George, who plays central character Alex Panttierre, a spiky, spunky, saucy cardiothoracic surgeon and "chief innovations officer" at a Southern California hospital, spent time on "Grey's" in 2009 and almost became a series regular. As a bonus, if that's the word, she's also a little reminiscent of Katherine...