September 17, 2012 9:00am PT by THR Staff
'The Mob Doctor' Cast, Creator Take THR's Fall TV Poll
She's a doctor with an ethical dilemma of the worst kind.
Welcome to Fox's freshman drama The Mob Doctor, in which Jordana Spiro stars as Dr. Grace Devlin, who in a bid to pay off her brother's debut winds up working for the Chicago mob where she must balance a game of good doctor vs. bad doctor.
Created by Drop Dead Diva's Josh Berman and Rob Wright, Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford co-stars as Grace's boyfriend and a fellow doc attempt to juggle a demanding career with a complicated family and a big secret.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with co-stars Spiro and Gilford as well as executive producer Berman to challenge the trio to take our Fall TV poll where they discussed complicated family dynamics, an affinity for Breaking Bad and a résumé that may or may not include porn.
The Hollywood Reporter: Fill in the blanks: If you like X, Y and Z, you'll like my show.
Josh Berman: If you like The Sopranos, ER and House, you'll like my show.
Jordana Spiro: If you like The Departed, because that goes into the family obligation and being from a certain neighborhood part of it; House; and August: Osage County, you'll like our show. They all have some type of complicated family dynamic thing.
Zach Gilford: If you like the mob, medical shows and if you like me, you'll like the show.
If you weren't working on this show, which series would you want to be a part of?
Berman: A McDonald's in the Midwest. (Laughs)
Spiro: I'd want to be on Mad Men or Breaking Bad and cook some meth in a garage somewhere.
Gilford: I'd want to be Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) on HBO's Game of Thrones.
If you could remove anything from your résumé, what would it be?
Berman: There's nothing I'd scrub off because warts and all, it is who I am. (Laughs.)
Spiro: Oh, there's so much porn, how do I choose?! I'll leave it at that. My grandma will be like, "shame on you!" (Laughs)
What's the most bizarre network note you've received?
Berman: I recently received a note to make sure the urine in the first episode of The Mob Doctor would not be too yellow, it can be clear to pale but not pale to yellow. The other note I got on the pilot of Drop Dead Diva, they were concerned that the heaven I wrote heaven was too unrealistic; they wanted it to be more realistic. When I asked what that means, they said, "You know," and I really didn't know. (Laughs)
What was the funniest thing that happened while shooting the pilot?
Gilford: We had iPads that had medical charts on them. I found this weird picture of a Japanese live anime-looking thing and handed it to Jordana during a scene. (Laughs)
What are three essential things you need to write?
Berman: Caffeine -- my low-acid organic coffee; music from my Sonos system and inspiration from my family and friends.
If you could add anyone to your writers' room, who would it be and why?
Berman: Newsroom's Aaron Sorkin, just for the conversation. My second choice would be David E. Kelley (L.A. Law).
Who's your dream guest star on this show?
Spiro: Alfred Molina.
Gilford: Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.