ABC has extended its documentary series Hopkins and added a seventh episode, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET and concludes the show’s run, right after So You Think You Can Dance 4‘s finale ends on Fox.
The ABC show is sort of real-life Grey’s Anatomy, and a follow-up to Hopkins 24/7, which aired in 2000. ABC says the four-month-long production “had unparalleled access to this legendary hospital and to more than a hundred caregivers and patients who gave their consent to be filmed,” and “nearly 1500 hours of footage” result in “scenes that are remarkably raw and private.”
The show “was by no measure a hit, averaging 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49,” but “wasn’t a bomb either, sometimes winning its timeslot,” Media Life reports.
While the season is over tonight, you can watch all six episodes online, and it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend six hours. Each episode, shot in HD, focuses on three doctors or others at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. At first, I thought the show moved too quickly, especially shifting from patient to new patient, but it ends up doing an excellent job of connecting us to the doctors and their lives.