Exploding Egg

Miami Medical: Post-Cancellation Interview With Jeffrey Lieber

Jeffrey Lieber, executive producer of Miami Medical, was nice enough to talk to me again to wrap up some nagging questions about the show, now that CBS has decided to cancel it. I plan to keep in touch with him in the future and follow his career, so stay tuned!

Jeffrey Lieber

Great show and all too short of a run. Is there any chance that another network could pick Miami Medical up? Or is the CBS cancellation pretty much the final word?

The cancellation is pretty much the final word UNLESS… like 15 million people show up to the last 6 episodes. ๐Ÿ™‚

What happens to the five episodes you filmed that aren’t going to air? Will fans get a chance to see them someplace?

They will air, which I’m thrilled about. That said, some of the five are going to take some explaining because they will feel very much out of order. See, we were well into the shooting of the first 13 when we realized/were told we’d only be able to air 8 in the first season. We decided then that we’d adjust the order of what had and then — when we got to season #2 — we’d do some reshooting to the additional 5 to make them part of the new flow. Now that they are going to get tacked on to the end of season #1, we’ll have to blog a little blurb on the first couple to explain when they were supposed to go.

I’ve seen speculation that Jeremy Northam could get another series pitched at him soon by CBS (or is he under contract at Warner Brothers?). Do you know anything about his contract or if that’s likely? Would you like to work with him again?

I think the how will prove to various networks that Jeremy is a legit draw on American television. Whether or not he does another TV show is really about whether or not he WANTS to dive back into that kind of grind or not.

Can you talk a little about what was going on behind the scenes with CBS through the show’s time and anything you might know about the decision to cancel?

There are always behind the scenes reasons. ๐Ÿ™‚ That said, the two people I dealt with on a day to day basis… Pamela Soper and David Brownfield… were both active supporters and collaborators of the shows and we got no complaints.

You said the whole project was a great experience for you. What were the highlights of that?

It was just… incredibly stimulating. All of it. Even the bad days were better than doing just about anything else and the part I will miss most… really… was the honor of employing people. Being some part of giving other people a job… best feeling I’ve ever had.

What did you learn from putting the show together?

What didn’t I learn. Mostly it reinforced my respect for the crew. Any five years old can think up a car crash or a man with a DNR tattooed on his chest, but making those things happen… cars on caster wheels… explosives that go off on time… make up that looks real… that’s COOL BEYOND BELIEF. For a first year series, we had surprisingly little chaos and confusion, especially considering we were only doing seven days of production per episode.

What would you do over and what wouldn’t you do over if you had a chance to remake the series?

There are a thousand little things… lines here… choices, but the truth is: given the restrictions of the network we were on (and all the broadcast networks have their quirks) we made the show we wanted to make. That said, if we could have gotten a different title — and we tried like hell — that would’ve helped. Miami Medical is about as generic as it comes.

What’s next for you? I saw you said something about another Bruckheimer show? Any details?

I’m going back to work for JBTV on a couple of fronts. I’m going to write for The Whole Truth (ABC, Wednesday, 10PM starting in the fall) created by Tom Donoghy and I’m developing another pilot for next season. What will it be about… stay tuned.

Thanks for a great ride. Too bad it was all too short. I’m looking forward to seeing what you tackle next.

Thanks for being so much a part of the show. Its been a pleasure writing for our audience.

Cheers. And I’ll get those explanations of the new episodes up here once I get them.

Update: Gill over at The Jer Blog has two great posts up. The first is another interview with Jeffrey that pairs nicely with mine:

Jeffrey Lieber is sanguine about Miami Medicalโ€™s cancellation

The other is one about Law of Numbers, a band that will be featured on Miami Medical on Friday:

Miami Medical finale sounds fabulous, thanks to Law of Numbers.

May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Miami Medical | , , , , , ,


  1. Great job Sue, and thanks Jeffrey. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by henrysmummy2003 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Many Thanks Suvo and Jeffrey Lieber for the Interview

    Comment by Mary | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thanks Guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by SueVo | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. […] Sue at The Exploding Egg also spoke with Jeffrey today, you can read her interview here. […]

    Pingback by Jeffrey Lieber is sanguine about Miami Medical’s cancellation « The Jer Blog, all about Jeremy Northam | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thank you for this interview and your interesting questions, Sue!

    It’s interesting that the five remaining episodes are out of order and will need explication. Sounds as if they couldn’t even imagine that it could be canceled after only one season of eight episodes.

    I wonder if “Miami Medical” will come to german or spanish TV. In both countries everything is dubbed – could be considered too much effort for a series of only a few episodes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I agree with Jeffrey Lieber about the title. The title didn’t draw much attention and was not very distinctive.

    After all I’ve read I think that someone wanted “Miami Medical” to die from the very beginning, for whatever reason.

    However, I think Jeffrey Lieber did a great job and I hope that he gets more support for his next projects.

    Comment by Glaros | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. The show is set to air in Canada, Australia and Sweden, that we know of, so it may air in other countries too. We’ll try to keep people updated on that.
    I agree the title was pants…

    Comment by henrysmummy2003 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • The Swedish have the advantage that there is no dubbing except for children as far as I know. So they will be able to see the original version.

      By the way, it’s interesting that Jeremy Northam hasn’t got an own german dubbing voice, it is always somebody else, depending on the film. In “The Winslow Boy” f. e. they gave him the german voice of Richard Gere. That makes it more difficult for an actor to be recognized – especially when he is as versatile as Jeremy Northam is.

      Comment by Glaros | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  7. Does anyone know whether there is a possibility of Miami Medical being picked up by another network? I’m still hoping….

    Comment by Jennifer | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    Jeffrey didn’t seem to think so, unfortunately. Be nice if that would happen, though.

    Comment by SueVo | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  9. Do you know what the other titles were that they were trying to get? Golden Hour, perhaps?

    Comment by jennythenipper | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  10. I heard that Golden Hour was one of them. Not sure of the others. Miami Medical, and Miami Trauma, which was the working title for a while, both seem awfully generic.

    Comment by SueVo | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  11. Loved the show! I so hope it hadn’t been cancelled ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Comment by Mandy | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  12. It was a great show, but it was on a bad night! Not many families watch tv on friday nights – they usually rent movies and have family night or they go out – i think that they should bring it back on a different night and give it another try – they didnt give it a chance before they cancelled it –

    Comment by Carolina | July 31, 2010 | Reply

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