I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve been forced to perform an emergency tracheotomy with a pocketknife and ballpoint pen. And yet it’s so common on television that it’s a trope. Even though it’s not a medical show per se, FOX’s new The Cleaning Lady leaps right to it. Elodie Yung (Daredevil, Gods of Egypt, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) is Thony, a Cambodian doctor who immigrates to the US because her ailing son needs better medical care than she can get in her own country. But when her visa expires, she’s forced to take a job as cleaning staff. She comes to the attention of an organized crime family and soon begins working for them in exchange for enough money to properly care for her son.
It doesn’t look good, but apart from Bob’s Burgers, what on FOX does? At least it’s not more reality TV. It’s a pretty good concept, at least. If nothing else I expect fun news stories about incompetent criminals cleaning up after themselves with tips learned from the show. It’s like the anti-CSI. Also starring Adam Canto, Martha Millan, and Jay Mohr — who I didn’t realize was still acting — The Cleaning Lady begins tonight on FOX, and presumably on Hulu tomorrow.