Wendy Crewson plays mother to ‘Good Sam’

Canadian acting veteran co-stars in CBS medical drama

Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson is happy that “Good Sam” has cast her as an atypical mom.

Though the Canadian actress is portraying the mother of Sophia Bush’s head-surgeon title character in the Wednesday CBS drama series, Crewson’s Vivian also is the medical chief of the hospital in question, and her charges also include her doctor ex-husband Griff (Jason Isaacs) … whose frequent clashes with their daughter force Vivian to play mediator more often than she’d like.

The friendly Crewson says, “after I had finished ‘Saving Hope’ — a Canadian medical series that we did for five years, I said very distinctly to my lovely manager that I would not be doing another medical show. It was fun, but I’d done it, and it was just too hard to learn that dialogue. And then, the audition for this came up.”

That was three years ago, before “Good Sam” was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic … and though Crewson turned it down at first, her manager urged her to look at it. “I said, ‘It’s going to have to be wildly different for me to want to do it,’ and he said, ‘You’re the chief medical officer, but it’s mostly going to be family stuff and not hospital stuff.’ And that’s exactly what it’s been, and I am so grateful.”

In fact, Crewson was grateful for “Good Sam” well before now, since knowing it was waiting for her helped her get though the early phases of the pandemic. “They held us for almost a year before we did the pilot,” she reflects, “then they picked us up. I feel like during a very difficult time, this show has persevered.”

Wendy Crewson

Birthdate: May 8, 1956

Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont. 

Current residences: Los Angeles and Toronto, Ont.

Marital status: Divorced from actor Michael Murphy; they have two children together

Other television credits include: “Titans,” “Superman & Lois,” “When Hope Calls,” “Frankie Drake Mysteries,” “Good Witch,” “Workin’ Moms,” “Slasher,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Ascension,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Saving Hope,” “Revenge,” “Alcatraz,” “CSI : Crime Scene Investigation,” “Rookie Blue,” “The Bridge,” “Flashpoint,” “24,” “Due South,” “Street Legal,” “Tanner ‘88,” “Hard Copy,” “Adderly,” “Night Heat,” “The Littlest Hobo,” “Home Fires”

Movie credits include: “On the Basis of Sex,” “Death Wish,” “Room,” “The Vow,” “Winnie Mandela,” “The Santa Clause,” “The Santa Clause 2,” “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” “Air Force One,” “Away From Her,” “A Home at the End of the World,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Bicentennial Man,” “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” “The Good Son,” “Folks!,” “The Doctor”

Jay Bobbin

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