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Three Rivers (TV series)

Three Rivers
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Genre Medical drama
Developed by Carol Barbee
Written by Carol Barbee
Starring Alex O'Loughlin
Katherine Moennig
Daniel Henney
Justina Machado
Christopher Hanke
Amber Clayton
Alfre Woodard
Composer(s) Richard Marvin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Carol Barbee
David Amann
Ted Gold
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Fixed Mark Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) – July 3, 2010 (2010-07-03)

Three Rivers is an American television medical drama that aired on CBS from October 4, 2009, to July 3, 2010, and starred Alex O'Loughlin in the role of an infamous transplant surgeon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3] On November 30, 2009, after just eight episodes of the season had aired, CBS announced that Three Rivers had been pulled from its schedule with no plans to have it returned,[4] and the series was later officially cancelled.[5] However, the series later returned to the network on June 5, 2010, to burn-off the remaining unaired episodes.[6]

Development

With the long running NBC drama ER coming to an end, CBS executives put out a call for a new medical show to fill the void. Carol Barbee was introduced via Curtis Hanson to a pitch by Steve Boman, a former transplant coordinator and Chicago newspaper reporter, for a drama about a transplant hospital.[7] Barbee decided to undertake the project telling it from three points of view of the donor, recipient, and doctor. The location for the show's setting in Pittsburgh was decided based on a determination that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was the world's leading transplant center with the coincidence that the dominant topographical feature of the city, the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, would provide an allegory to the show's three points of view.[8] Barbee did her research for the show at The Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, who also tutored the show's lead star Alex O'Loughlin. Dr. Robert Kormos, co-director of heart transplantation at UPMC, also provided input. Transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl, who visited the set, is the inspiration for the fictional transplant pioneer who is revealed to be the father of character Dr. Miranda Foster.[8]

The pilot for the Pittsburgh-set medical drama was filmed in western Pennsylvania in March and April 2009, using the closed Brownsville Tri-County Hospital and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for hospital interior scenes.[9] Post-pilot recasting resulted in actors Julia Ormond and Joaquim de Almeida departing and Alfre Woodard and Amber Clayton joining the series.[10][11] Ultimately, the pilot was dropped and a new episode was shot for the television premiere. A high-tech, more visually appealing hospital set for the ER and ICU was built on soundstages 19 and 20 at Paramount Pictures where interior scenes have thereafter been produced, although location shooting still occurred in Pittsburgh for exterior shots.[8]

Cast and characters

Episodes

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