Night owl charms in Night Shift

Night owl charms in Night Shift
Television still of The Night Shift.

Girls, there is a new Doctor McDreamy on TV. On new medical drama The Night Shift, Irish hunk Eoin Macken plays TC Callahan, a doctor so charismatic that he is sure to give the famous McDreamy character of Grey's Anatomy (as portrayed by Patrick Dempsey) a run for his money.

Not that Macken himself is particularly impressed with the comparison.

He deadpans in a telephone interview with Life! and other regional reporters: "McDreamy sounds like a new burger from McDonald's or something.

"There's something edible about it. But it's fun, it's a fun title. My grandma likes it."

The 31-year-old actor is promoting his new show, which is centred on the antics of a group of medical staff who do the graveyard shift at a Texas hospital.

Macken is an army doctor who has just returned to the United States after serving in Afghanistan. He is brash and never goes by the rules, but is nonetheless well-liked for his brilliant mind and magnetic demeanour.

In person, the actor sounds every bit as charming and down-to-earth as the character that he plays, going by his numerous quips throughout the media interview and the way he chats to reporters as if they were a longtime friends.

He gushes about New Mexico, the American state in which the series is filmed in, before proceeding to give a list of places to visit there, including White Sands National Monument, which is "really, really cool and beautiful - you've got to go there".

Later, when he discusses what he does on his days off, he talks excitedly about a sport called paddle tennis, which he repeatedly declares to be "just so awesome, you really have to try it".

Another reporter comments that the actor is so charming that it appears that he is simply playing himself on the show.

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