Buono, whom 'Mad Men' fans will recall had a recurring season 4 role as psychologist and advertising consultant Faye Miller, will play a very different kind of professional woman in an October episode of 'A Gifted Man.' Like Miller, her character is self-assured and strong, but on the CBS show, she's a charter-jet pilot who meets neurosurgeon Michael Holt at a cocktail party, and he first thinks she may have carpal-tunnel syndrome but finds that there may be more going on.
The medical drama 'A Gifted Man' is one of my favorite pilots for fall. You might find that surprising, given the description of the show, which could be summed up -- without giving too much away -- in this way: "Top New York doctor has a very unusual relationship with his ex-wife."
But I'm cautiously optimistic about the show -- the pilot is very, very good, and the show's cast, which includes Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle and Margo Martindale, is stellar. I can say that of all the fall pilots, it's the one that moved me most.
At a Television Critics Association press tour panel, executive producer Neal Baer said the show would examine Holt's personal journey and the difficulties of practicing medicine in a world where access to the best care isn't easy to find.
"This is a doctor at the height of his career, in the lofty reaches of concierge spa medicine, the very best that the United States can offer," Baer said. "Just blocks away, his ex-wife ... is running a clinic that provides care for ... [people who] are not insured. So this is the first show of its kind to show the upstairs/downstairs of medicine and a doctor really at the crossroads of his life."
I did interviews with Wilson, Martindale and executive producers Baer ('Law & Order: SVU') and Sarah Timberman ('Justified') this week, so look for more from them in coming weeks. For the full list of my favorite fall pilots, go here.