Warning: The following story contains important details from Friday's episode of Miami Medical. If you haven't seen the episode, read at your own risk.
For a freshman drama like Miami Medical, putting a main cast member in mortal danger so early in the series' run is a risky move. But show creator Jeffrey Lieber tells TVGuide.com it was a necessary one.
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"One of the things we found out from doing research is that one of the particularities of trauma is that because there's so much violence involved, the rate of doctors and nurses who are harmed is much higher than in the ER and the regular medical profession," Lieber says. Because of that — and some contractual issues that required Omar Gooding to miss a few episodes — Lieber & Co. decided ...
Despite the title Miami Medical, creator and executive producer Jeffrey Lieber never had ambitions to create a medical procedural. "We never intended to do a medical show; we never intended to do a show set in Miami," Lieber tells TVGuide.com. "It just sort of happened."
Lieber found his inspiration in his wife's near-death experience 10 years ago, when she was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai trauma unit in a coma with a 107 fever. He became interested in the doctors that saved her life.