If you watched the Combat Hospital premiere (or even just saw the promo), you may have had a strange feeling that you were watching the cancelled Shonda Rhimes vehicle Off the Map, except in a war zone. That's because you were! But actually, Combat Hospital isn't a Shonda show at all. But it's got all of the elements, and not just of Off the Map -- we noticed striking similarities to Grey's and Private Practice.
Neurotic, over-achieving female lead
Combat Hospital: Rebecca Kincaid
Grey's Anatomy: Meredith Grey
Off the Map: Lily Brenner
Private Practice: Addison Montgomery
Sex-obsessed doctor who would obviously get fired on his first day for sexual harassment (but he does have a heart of gold!)
Combat Hospital: Simon Hill
Grey's Anatomy: Alex Karev, Mark Sloan
Off the Map: Tommy Fuller
Completely unusual circumstances
Combat Hospital: In a war zone
Off the Map: In a third-world country
Grey's Anatomy: Bomb attached to girl, shooter, ferry crash
Private Practice: A baby gets cut out of someone
Wise, no-nonsense older mentor with a gravelly voice who repeats platitudes like "Nothing prepared you for this place"
Combat Hospital: Colonel Xavier Marks
Grey's Anatomy: Chief Richard Webber
Off the Map: Otis Cole
Harmless Best Guy Friend who chokes under pressure during surgery
Combat Hospital: Bobby Trang
Grey's Anatomy: George O'Malley
Sleep-deprived doctors, who bitch about how sleep-deprived they are all the time
Off the Map
Female characters with relationships that ended in dramatic and/or tragic fashions
Combat Hospital: Rebecca Kincaid and nameless ex-fiancé who left her at the altar and possibly pregnant
Off the Map: Lily Brenner and nameless dead fiancé, whom she lost in an accident she blames herself for
Private Practice: Naomi Bennett and William White, who had ALS and was dying when her best friend and husband decided to hook up.
Grey's Anatomy: Izzie Stevens gets engaged to a sick patient, Denny Duquette, and then he dies, Cristina Yang leaves Preston Burke at the altar.
Off the Map
Former Degrassi cast member having seizures in the pilot episode
Eehhhh...just Combat Hospital.
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