Fall TV: ‘Chicago Med’ follows a successful formula

Brian Tee as Ethan Choi in NBC’s “Chicago Med.”
Brian Tee as Ethan Choi in NBC’s “Chicago Med.” Elizabeth Sisson/NBC

New show: Chicago Med

Watch: 9 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC

Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Colin Donnell

Premise: The latest in TV franchise master Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Trilogy” (if he stops at three, that is!) follows a group of doctors in an emergency room in Chicago (expect lots of crossovers with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD”). It’s your basic hospital ER drama with nothing really new to offer the genre. But like most, if not all of Wolf’s shows (he’s the creator of “Law & Order”), it’s well done and has a strong cast. Merkerson, who played Lt. Van Buren for 17 seasons on the original “Law & Order,” is the head of the hospital and always a pleasure to watch; Platt, who happens to be one of my favorite actors, is a staff psychiatrist who spends a good bit of time in the ER; and Donnell is the requisite hottie/hotshot whose first day on the job as the new trauma fellow involves a deadly commuter train derailment (that he happens to be a passenger on). The rest of the cast is also solid and the stories in the pilot hold your interest. Like I said, nothing groundbreaking here, but it’s exciting and at times quite moving (and by my estimation, better than CBS’ frenetic ER drama “Code Black”). I think this will be a hit for NBC. The Wolf knows what the people like and knows how to deliver it.

Staff writer Brooke Cain