It's a complete bummer that I don't have Cinemax right now because there is nothing I enjoy more than a gritty period drama. The show has a stellar ensemble cast and looks to be thoroughly researched for historical accuracy, something I find can make or break anything that isn't complete fiction, just look at the WGN series Salem and all of Mary Sibly's gorgeous and stylish gowns that don't fit for a minute in Puritan America.
The Knick is a historical medical drama set at The Knickerbocker Hospital and Medical School and deals with the gory and gruesome procedures during the dawn of modern medicine. This isn't our usual paranormal fare, but something I'd like to watch nonetheless, reminding me a bit of the Murdoch Mysteries (The Artful Detective) with a focus on the medicine and not the crime. Aside from all that, the show stars Clive Owen, whom I think is awesome and sexy (that voice *sigh*).
Here's a description of the show from Newsday:
New York's Knickerbocker Hospital is the setting of the early-1900s Cinemax drama series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"), who directed all the show's episodes. Premiering Friday at 10 p.m., it stars Clive Owen as skilled but arrogant chief surgeon John Thackery, who uses primitive treatments -- even on himself, for his drug addiction -- while engaging in office politics.
Full article here.
Another good article describing the show can be found at the New York Times.