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I hate the Red Sox, but I do like ‘Boston Med’

I’m not bashful in telling anyone who’ll listen that I don’t do reality TV.Boston

Unlike my daughter, who watches it all, I’m not interested in dancing shows, celebrities gone wild, dating skeins or seeing hoarders turn there houses into firetraps. Admittedly, I still watch “American Idol” — after the early auditions — but, minus Simon, I can’t promise how much longer that will last.

What I can say, however, is that ABC’s “Boston Med” is a show worth watching. Catching the first one on my DVR this morning, I can’t wait for the following seven episodes to unspool.

From Terence Wrong, who also produced the similar Baltimore-based “Hopkins” in 2008, “Boston Med” looks at the inner workings of three Beantown hospitals: Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s. We’re introduced to the nurses, doctors and patients who interact there, all of whom can see their lives change in a nanosecond with anything from a gunshot to an errant scalpel.

Too often reality offers us the inane and ridiculous, all for the point of ratings. That’s not to say that ABC isn’t trying to win the 18-49 demo with “Boston Med,” but if it doesn’t win that race — and Thursday’s decently watched premiere indicates it probably won’t — all involved can still hold their heads high with a show that can make a difference in a summer season where the best entertainment usually comes from reading a good book.

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