Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Global series offers dose of Canadian drama relief

  • Print

It's pretty good medicine, but there's nothing in the way of a miracle cure happening here.

Global TV's new homegrown drama Remedy, which premières Monday at 8 p.m., is a well-cast and generally likable series that -- at least, based on the two episodes that were made available for preview -- fully deserves the coveted spot it has been given in the regular-season prime-time lineup.

It's a solid but by no means groundbreaking effort that combines a familiar and reliable TV-series setting -- a big-city hospital -- with the always-fruitful framework of a multi-layered family drama.

Veteran Canuck actor Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Just Shoot Me) leads a sizable ensemble cast playing Dr. Allen Conner, acting chief of staff at a large downtown (Toronto) hospital. Also on call at the health-care facility are his two daughters -- Melissa (Sara Canning), a surgeon, and Sandy (Sarah Allen), a nurse. The family's hallway-medicine dynamic is completed early in the series première when prodigal son Griffin (Dillon Casey), once a promising medical student but now a dropped-out, burned-out, perhaps-in-recovery drug addict, turns up in the hospital's emergency room suffering from a machete wound to his back after a brawl in a local strip club.

Having not been seen by his relatives in more than two years, Griffin's arrival in the ER causes quite a stir. And when it soon becomes apparent that his wound is much less serious than the one suffered by the other combatant, and that Griffin's injury is far less threatening than the trouble he's facing with the police, it's time for the Conners to set aside their differences, close ranks and protect their own.

Luckily, Allen's estranged wife, Rebecca (Martha Burns), is a lawyer who, despite an apparent fondness for daytime drinking, might be able to conjure up enough legal loopholes to keep Griffin out of the slammer.

Just how this storyline plays out doesn't become apparent until Episode 2, but the series première does a pretty good job of establishing the Conners as a rather interesting clan.

And while they're sorting out their various problems and power struggles, there's a lot of other stuff happening at the hospital. Zoey Rivera (Genelle Williams), a member of the maintenance/medical cleanup staff, suffers getting pricked by a needle because someone -- most likely a doctor or nurse -- carelessly disposed of a hypodermic needle in a treatment room and finds herself facing the trouble, stress, tests and preventive treatments that follow such a mishap.

Meanwhile, outgoing hospital orderly Bruno Dias (Diego Fuentes) is teaching ER physician Brian Decker (Matt Ward) -- who also happens to be Sandy's fiancé -- a thing or two about bedside manner, and the facility's head of transport and housekeeping, Frank Kanaskie (Patrick McKenna), demonstrates that most of the really important decisions get made in the hospital's basement.

Remedy hits the ground running, and its first couple of episodes do a better-than-average job of creating dramatic momentum while at the same time establishing a bunch of characters worthy of viewers' investment of time and emotion.

There are a few notes that don't ring true in the early going, as one might expect when a storyline is contrived to get all the members of a family working under the same roof, but Remedy's earnest effort at storytelling makes them mostly easy to overlook.

It might not make you feel completely better about the state of Canadian TV programming, but Remedy is good enough to offer at least a pleasant level of temporary relief. Twitter: @BradOswald

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 22, 2014 G3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


NDP MLAs pitch their ‘Pledge of Solidarity’ in attempt to heal caucus

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY
  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Should NDP MLAs sign the "pledge of solidarity"?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google