The Res­i­dent

med­i­cal Drama Uni­ver­sal HD, 9pm

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The Good Wife’s Matt Czuchry takes the ti­tle role of a gifted but cocky third year hos­pi­tal res­i­dent, while Re­venge’s Emily Vancamp co-stars as a ded­i­cated nurse prac­ti­tioner.

‘Con­rad knows that if he wants to help his pa­tients he’s go­ing to have to work with Bell’ matt czuchry

Tues­day, Uni­ver­sal Hd, 9pm

MATT CZUCHRY SWAPS be­ing a sharp-suited lawyer in The Good

Wife for be­ing a scrubs-wear­ing doc­tor in the new US med­i­cal drama The Res­i­dent, which be­gins on Uni­ver­sal this week.

Czuchry plays Dr Con­rad Hawkins, a third-year res­i­dent at the Chas­tian Park Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in At­lanta. Although tal­ented, he is also ar­ro­gant, rude and a rule-breaker.

‘He wants to save every pa­tient, and he’s will­ing to go up against the sys­tem to make it hap­pen,’ says

40-year-old

Czuchry.

Con­rad’s ap­proach does not en­dear him to all his col­leagues. Ide­al­is­tic new in­tern Dr Devon Pravesh (Man­ish Dayal) is as­signed to Con­rad, who tells him on his first day: ‘Ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about medicine is wrong.’

It’s not a great start to the stu­dent-men­tor re­la­tion­ship, which doesn’t get any bet­ter as the se­ries pro­gresses.

CLASH OF THE TI­TANS

‘They have dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on medicine,’ ex­plains Czuchry. ‘But Con­rad is try­ing to im­part his wis­dom to Devon.’

While Con­rad sees po­ten­tial in Devon, he only has con­tempt for the hos­pi­tal’s chief of surgery, Dr Ran­dolph Bell (Bruce Green­wood). Feted for be­ing a bril­liant sur­geon, Bell is hid­ing the fact that he has a hand tremor and is putting his pa­tients’ lives at risk.

In this week’s opener, a pa­tient un­der­go­ing a straight­for­ward ap­pen­dec­tomy dies on the op­er­at­ing ta­ble af­ter Bell nicks an artery, but he bul­lies the rest of the sur­gi­cal team to cover for him.

THE SCALPELS ARE OUT!

Con­rad, though, is aware of Bell’s short­com­ings and isn’t afraid to con­front him – but ex­pos­ing him will not be so easy.

‘Con­rad knows that if he wants to help his pa­tients he’s go­ing to have to work with Bell in some ca­pac­ity,’ says Czuchry. ‘You’ll see over the course of the sea­son that he has some dirt on Bell, and Bell has some dirt on Con­rad. They use that to ma­nip­u­late each other to get what they want.’ Mean­while, nurse prac­ti­tioner Nic Nevin (Re­venge’s

Emily Vancamp) also knows that Bell is un­fit to wield a scalpel and, like Con­rad, she is pre­pared to chal­lenge her su­pe­ri­ors.

‘She will go to any lengths to pro­tect her pa­tients to the point where she is will­ing to lose her job,’ says Vancamp, 31.

Nic and Con­rad may see eye to eye over Bell, but they are not so in tune when it comes to each other. The pair are in an on-off re­la­tion­ship, with Nic un­sure that Con­rad can give her what she needs.

‘Her feel­ings for Con­rad are in­cred­i­bly com­pli­cated,’ says Vancamp. ‘There is a deep con­nec­tion be­tween these two, but he’s got a mil­lion walls up, whereas she is very open. But I al­ways root for love, so who knows what will hap­pen.’

MATT CZUCHRY, MAN­ISH DAYAL, EMILY VAN­CAMP AND BRUCE GREEN­WOOD AS CON­RAD, DEVON, NIC AND BELL

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