Checking up on 'Mob Doctor'
Posted July 23, 2012
It's about a young female doctor who, because of family complications, is forced to work for the Mob. And, despite what you might think, it's not an SNL skit.
And lest you think the idea has no relation to reality, co-creator Josh Berman insists it does. True, he says, actual Mob doctors usually do their jobs willingly for the money — but they do exist.
The woman playing doctor is Jordana Spiro, who is probably best known as the star of TBS' comedy My Boys. It is, as you can imagine, a dramatic shift for her.
"I fell into comedy and I really loved doing comedy but I never sought out to be a comedic actress. ... I fancied myself really a dramatic actress, so this was just a really extraordinary opportunity for me."
An opportunity, says co-creator Rob Wright, to star in a show with both literary and TV roots. "You can say it's a re-imagining of Doctor Faustus, someone who sold her soul to the devil."
All right then.
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