Mask wearing is nothing new for first responders but with COVID 19 in their story lines medicos' and firefighters' eyes do the acting

By Vickii Byram

Station 19: Born to Run 

Seven Network, 11.30pm, Monday

Rocky road: Firefighter and PRT physician Ben Warren in conversation with his wife, chief of surgery Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) in Station 19. BELOW: Beau Ryan takes over the co-host role on Studio 10.

Rocky road: Firefighter and PRT physician Ben Warren in conversation with his wife, chief of surgery Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) in Station 19. BELOW: Beau Ryan takes over the co-host role on Studio 10.

The Station 19 crew responds to a drunk driver scene, which you could be forgiven for thinking comes from the same playbook as 911's storyline of last week which also involved a drunk driver. Unfortunately it's an all-too-often scenario based on real life.

This series is a spin-off from its highly successful mother ship Grey's Anatomy and often involves crossover story lines.

After all, it makes perfect sense to see firefighters and paramedics deliver rescued patients to a hospital, where former surgical resident Ben Warren (Jason George) - now firefighter and PRT physician - converses with his wife, chief of surgery Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson).

It is the same premise which has spawned many a franchise - Law and Order, CSI, NCIS, and the current trilogy Chicago PD, Fire and Med.

Meanwhile, Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) is given sage advice, following the birth of his child, from former Captain Pruitt Herrera (Miguel Sandoval, who doesn't seem to have aged since his role as District Attorney Manuel Devalos on Medium, 2005-2011).

Throwing another curve into his multi-layered character, new station Captain Robert Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe) seeks help for an opioid addiction (post surgery following an accident in the Aid Car) from Grey's Anatomy neurosurgeon and former drug and alcohol addict Dr Amelia Shepherd.

Poor Wandering One, Tuesday, 11.15pm. When an Army veteran threatens to blow up a pawn shop, Sullivan reflects on his time as a Marine to deescalate the situation.

Studio 10

Ten Network, 8am, Monday to Friday 

While host Tristan MacManus is on parental leave Beau Ryan is keeping his seat warm at Studio 10.

Fresh from traipsing around the country forThe Amazing Race Australia, Ryan's trademark charisma, unpredictability, and hosting skills will add some spice to the Studio 10 panel.

Steering the ship and trying to keep Ryan in line is co-host Sarah Harris with Angela Bishop dishing the entertainment goss and Narelda Jacobs delivering the headlines.

"I'm super pumped to be joining Sarah and the gang as well as helping out my good mate Tristan. Studio 10 have been great to me so I can't wait to see what we'll get up to," Ryan says.

New Amsterdam: Pressure Drop

Nine Network, 9.30pm, Wednesday

When it came to dealing with unprecedented challenges of the pandemic in the third season of this medical drama, it has been handled with sensitivity and a basis in what is the new normal.

This unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr Max Goodwin, the institution's medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. His mantra is: "How can we help?".

This episode proves the show isn't out of hot-wired issues to throw at the doctors just yet.

Max implements sweeping changes to the hospital's sustainability practices. Bloom returns from a much-needed vacation and Reynolds treats a young patient with deadly heat stroke.

Meanwhile, resident psychiatrist Iggy, himself in need of therapy, discovers a dangerous situation with a former patient.