Unsung ‘Hospital’

September 6, 2012

I can’t believe it took me four years to find out about “Childrens Hospital.” I recently heard series creator Rob Corddry talk about it on “The Daily Show,” tuned in, and developed a bad case of “Childrens Hospital” fever.

The show, which launched season 4 in August (Adult Swim, Thursdays, midnight), is, of course, set in a children’s hospital named for its founder, Arthur Childrens. The chief doctor, Chief, is a hunched woman in a walker. Her voice sounds so familiar. OMG, it’s Megan Mullally! When she isn’t awaiting the Rapture, Chief performs brain surgery, including a successful operation on herself to cure an ailment that made her spontaneously burst into song. Sadly, she was struck by a car while doing a celebratory dance.

This season, “Madonna” (portrayed by a broad-shouldered man in a wig) dropped by, hoping to write a song that transforms doctors from unsung heroes to “sung heroes by singing about them.”

Corddry plays Blake, above, a doctor with clown paint on his face and a butterfly-shaped blood stain on his scrubs. Thank you, “Dr. Blake,” for cooking up a hospital sitcomedydramedy that TV hospital show fans could never have dared dream of.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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