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By Dean Robbins

‘Children’s Hospital’ rips dopey doctor shows

I hereby proclaim Rob Corddry America’s most underrated comedian. He killed on “The Daily Show;” he killed on the short-lived sitcom “The Winner;” and he killed in “Hot Tub Time Machine.” So what thanks does he get? A late-night extended-basic-cable timeslot for his latest series, “Children’s Hospital” (Sunday, 9:30 p.m., Cartoon Network).

But don’t expect Corddry to slack off just because relatively few people will see “Children’s Hospital.” He turns in a ruthless satire of TV medical dramas, based on his Web series. It’s an “Airplane”-style hit job that perverts the genre’s clichés, including the heroic surgeons, philosophical voiceovers and melodramatic relationships. Cast members Megan Mullally, Lake Bell and Malin Akerman play memorably stupid doctors and nurses, though Corddry himself steals the show as a Patch Adams type in clown makeup who believes — a little too much — in the healing power of laughter. “It used to be that I could pull a quarter out of a kid’s ear and — poof! — leukemia gone,” he says.
I don’t know if humor can cure leukemia, but “Children’s Hospital” is definitely curing my summertime blues.


‘Rizzoli & Isles’
Monday, 9 p.m. (TNT)

This new series begins with a disgustingly graphic scene of rape, torture and murder. Enter detective Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and forensic pathologist Isles (Sasha Alexander), who examine the corpse’s gory wounds. Then a hunky new FBI man appears on the scene. Rizzoli and Isles shoot him flirtatious looks, and… wait a minute. A vicious serial killer has just struck, and these two law-enforcement professionals are making goo-goo eyes at a hunky new FBI man? Welcome to “Rizzoli & Isles,” which can’t decide if it’s a gross-out criminal drama or a cute romantic comedy.

If you’re the kind of person who likes your cutesy romance served with mutilated bodies, check out “Rizzoli & Isles.” And then you might consider calling a psychiatrist. CV



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