14 Hours: new TV Movie on 4/3/05, 8PM dealing with mistreatment of nurses by doctors
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Rick: What's up, doc?
By MARISA GUTHRIE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
Rick Schroder wants to be Mr. Nice Guy.
His "NYPD Blue" character self-destructed in a hazy spiral of booze and strippers. And in the TNT movie "14 Hours" - premiering April 3 at 8 p.m. - he plays an egotistical surgeon who treats the nursing staff like the hired help.
"I'd prefer not to play a jerk," said Schroder. "But if he starts out a jerk and ends up a good guy, I can live with that."
"14 Hours" is based on the devastating events surrounding Tropical Storm Allison, the 2001 storm that dumped 30 inches of rain on Houston over a 14-hour period. Schroder's Dr. Foster is the attending surgeon at Memorial Hermann Hospital, where the storm has flooded the hospital's generators, knocking out power and putting critical patients in peril. Kris Kristofferson co-stars as the city's emergency management chief, and JoBeth Williams plays the nurse Schroder takes on.
"He's arrogant," said Schroder of his character. "He's a surgeon. I understand surgeons are very confident people with healthy egos and that doesn't come off in a nice way sometimes."
In his first scene, Schroder's Foster cuts himself a huge wedge of cake, spoiling the confection for the intended recipient, one of Williams' nurses who is leaving the hospital for a new job.
"I've actually heard that from nurses," said Schroder, "that doctors are all ego. They're very arrogant. They're just not particularly kind. They're very selfinvolved."
But, said Schroder, he is eventually humbled by the situation.
"He changes and he learns the value of the nurses," he said. "They're the glue. They keep everything together."
Since leaving "NYPD Blue" in 2001 - Schroder credits the police drama for giving him an "adult career" - he has turned up in a slew of TV movies. Last year, he wrote and directed the feature "Black Cloud," a coming-of-age story about a troubled Navajo teenager who finds redemption in a boxing ring. The film has played at festivals, but Schroder is still working on getting it a wider release. "Making the movie was the easy part," he said.
He has also joined the cast of the Lifetime drama "Strong Medicine," which will start its sixth season in June. He'll direct some episodes of the show as well as a Lifetime TV movie.
In "Strong Medicine," which also stars Patricia Richardson and Janine Turner, Schroder will be the lone male member of a team of tough female physicians.
So will he have a better bedside manner in that series?
"Absolutely," he said, "I'm going to be Casanova over there."
Mar 26, '05
From the press releases I've seen and flyers Johnson and Johnson gave out at the PA Nursing Gala I attended, nurses will be quite prominent and Main character is Jeanette Makins RN, played by JoBeth Williams---featured larger than others on card...will try and find picture to post.
Crossing Fingers and hoping for more but it is only being shown on TNT at present.
"14 HOURS is based on the harrowing events of June 2001, when Tropical Storm Allison stalled over the Houston metropolitan area, pouring nearly 30 inches of rain on the city within a 14-hour period. The story begins as Allison seems to be moving away from Houston. Jeanette Makins (Williams), a nurse at Memorial Hermann Hospital, arrives ready for what she expects to be a normal day. But Allison's rains return, quickly turning a normal day into a nightmare. As floodwaters inundate the lower levels of the hospital, a brilliant young surgeon, Dr. Foster (Schroder), makes the decision to move the patients to safer ground, including a young couple whose premature baby is struggling for life, as well as a girl and her mother, severely hurt in a car accident. With the resourceful thinking of Chuck Whortle (Kristofferson), chief of Harris County Emergency Management, the hospital staff and volunteers race against the clock to get all patients to safety."
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 26, '05