Carol's Second Act

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Carol's Second Act
Carol's Second Act Title Card.jpg
Created byEmily Halpern
Sarah Haskins
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2019 (2019-09-26) –
present (present)
External links

Carol's Second Act is an American sitcom television series created by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, which premiered on September 26, 2019 on CBS. It stars Patricia Heaton along with Ito Aghayere, Lucas Neff, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees, Ashley Tisdale, Kyle MacLachlan, and Cedric Yarbrough in supporting roles.


After raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Kenney embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor by beginning an internship at the Loyola Memorial Hospital.



  • Patricia Heaton as Dr. Carol Kenney, the oldest member of the newest group of interns at Loyola Memorial Hospital. Carol is divorced and has two adult children. Before medical school, she used to be a high school science teacher.
  • Ito Aghayere as Dr. Maya Jacobs, chief resident at Loyola Memorial with a reputation as a strict disciplinarian and perfectionist.
  • Lucas Neff as Dr. Caleb Sommers, one of the members of Carol’s group of interns who secretly feels he doesn't deserve his position due to having gotten in through family connections. He has a complicated relationship with his superior, Dr. Stephen Frost.
  • Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Dr. Daniel Kutcher, another member of Carol's group of interns. He graduated from Harvard in 2014 and from Harvard Medical School in 2018 and has already been published in The New England Journal of Medicine—twice. Nevertheless, he is insecure and overly idealistic about his profession, seeking glory for himself through his work.
  • Sabrina Jalees as Dr. Lexie Gilani, another member of Carol's group of interns who is under immense pressure due to having been the first in her family to attend college. She has no patience for doctors who fail to take their jobs seriously.
  • Ashley Tisdale as Jenny Kenney, Carol's big-hearted daughter who works as a pharmaceutical representative. Jenny loves and is supportive of Carol, and her practical and outgoing demeanor is a buoyant counterpoint to her mother's neurotic medical colleagues. Despite Carol having told him that she is off-limits, Daniel has a crush on her.
  • Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Stephen Frost, senior attending physician and department chair at Loyola Memorial. He takes an immediate shine to Carol, in contrast to the more merciless Dr. Jacobs.
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Nurse Dennis[1], the hospital's merciless nursing supervisor who insists on giving and receiving respect.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Prod.
code [2]
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Pamela FrymanEmily Halpern & Sarah HaskinsSeptember 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)CSA1015.97[3]
Following a difficult divorce, Dr. Carol Kenney reports for her first day at Loyola Memorial Hospital alongside her fellow interns Daniel Kutcher, Caleb Sommers, and Lexie Gilani. Carol immediately clashes with her supervisor, Dr. Maya Jacobs, who disapproves of her cheerful attitude and disregard for the hospital's strict hierarchy, and punishes her by assigning her to collect stool samples for the rest of the day. Lexie discovers that Caleb only became an intern after his family intervened, which offends her and they argue; Carol forces them to reconcile using her experience as a former teacher. Maya discovers that Daniel violated protocol by allowing Carol to speak to his patient about his test results, and commends her for handling difficult news well. Carol meets Dr. Stephen Frost, a senior physician at the hospital who takes a liking to her.
2"You Give Me Fever"Pamela FrymanEmily Halpern & Sarah HaskinsOctober 3, 2019 (2019-10-03)CSA1025.68[4]
Carol is assigned her first patient: an elderly woman complaining of fevers. When no obvious problems show up in the patient's tests, Dr. Jacobs orders Carol to discharge the patient in accordance with hospital protocol. Instead, Carol defies her by exploiting a loophole to keep the patient for a few extra hours so she can run further tests, which turn up nothing. Daniel is tasked with drawing blood, which he keeps putting off until Lexie realizes that he doesn't know how. Dr. Frost arranges for Nurse Dennis to teach Daniel how to draw blood, which Lexie turns into a humiliating short video. Carol finds suspicious pills in her patient's bag, and has her daughter Jenny identify them, which allows her to determine that the patient has been prescribed the wrong kind of medicine. Dr. Jacobs then punishes her for insubordination by making her do additional paperwork.
3"The Zebra"Phill LewisJohn Blickstead & Trey KollmerOctober 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)CSA1044.95[5]
The hospital receives a potential "zebra", a patient with an extremely rare condition that will give the attending physician the chance to write an article for a medical journal. The interns take to fighting amongst themselves for the chance to treat the zebra, with Caleb and Lexie persuading Dr. Jacobs to assign Carol to another patient to better their odds. As it turns out, Carol's patient is the zebra, and she exacts revenge by refusing to let either of them assist her. Only when the patient suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction does she swallow her pride and let them help. Carol subsequently decides to let Caleb and Lexie co-author her article. Meanwhile, Daniel accidentally eats Dr. Jacobs' blueberry muffin and is forced to ask Nurse Dennis for a new one. In return, he has to dress up as a clown and entertain sick patients for the nurse's amusement.
4"Marathon Day"Pamela FrymanAndy RothOctober 17, 2019 (2019-10-17)CSA1055.08[6]
Dr. Jacobs arrives late for work after running a marathon and collapses. Dr. Frost assigns Carol to be her attending physician while the rest of the interns are working on other injured marathon runners; Carol decides to take it as an opportunity to prove to Dr. Jacobs that she is deserving of her respect. Daniel and Lexie discover that Caleb has an irrational fear of feet, preventing him from helping them deal with the massive backlog of patients. They put him through exposure therapy, which allows him to overcome his fear. Carol finds that Dr. Jacobs is stubborn and refuses to take her advice or let her help, which she takes as a sign that Jacobs is unwilling to acknowledge her as a doctor. However, Dr. Jacobs explains that, being a black female physician, she has to hold herself to higher standards in order to be taken seriously. She then tells Carol that she does, in fact, respect her.
5"The Nightfloat"Pamela FrymanAri BerkowitzOctober 24, 2019 (2019-10-24)CSA1065.10[7]
Carol has her first "night float", being the only physician on duty for the night. The position comes with enormous pressure, and having already been warned by Dr. Jacobs not to call her, she instead asks Dr. Frost to stay for a few extra hours to assist. Jenny takes the interns to a bar, and she and Daniel try to help Lexie and Caleb flirt with some single women; after they leave, Daniel admits to Jenny that he has a crush on her. Nurse Dennis informs Carol that she can't expect other doctors to bail her out on the night float, so she sends Dr. Frost home and attempts to finish the night herself, finally calling Dr. Jacobs when she suspects a patient has a rare heart condition and needs a second opinion. The other interns taunt Carol for "caving", but Dennis stands up for her, giving Carol a new-found level of respect from her peers.
6"Game Changer"Angela Barnes GomesDarrin BraggNovember 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)CSA1075.00[8]
Celebrity athlete Darrin Alexander is admitted to the hospital with a broken rib; tests reveal that he has a serious medical condition that could potentially cause his heart to give out at any second. As his doctor, Carol advises him to stop playing football, but Darrin, his coach, and even his mother support his decision to keep playing. Carol is furious that her advice has been disregarded, but Dr. Frost tells her that even if she can't force her patients to live perfectly healthy lives, her concern for them is what makes her a great doctor. Daniel pretends to have erectile dysfunction to help Jenny meet her quota for selling a new drug. Even though she had previously told him she didn't date doctors, she offers to take him out to dinner as a friend instead. When Carol asks why he lied, however, Daniel chooses not to tell her about their relationship.
7"Dr. Mom"[9]Pamela FrymanBecky Mann & Audra SielaffNovember 14, 2019 (2019-11-14)CSA103TBD
8"Sick and Retired"[10]Pamela FrymanMargee MageeNovember 21, 2019 (2019-11-21)CSA109TBD



On January 28, 2019, it was announced that CBS had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins who executive produces alongside with Heaton, Aaron Kaplan and David Hunt. Production companies involved with the pilot include FourBoys Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.[11] On February 12, 2019, it was announced that Pamela Fryman would direct the pilot.[12] On May 6, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[13] A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Thursdays night entry in the 2019–2020 television season at 9:30 P.M.[14] The series debuted on September 26, 2019.[15] On October 22, 2019, the series received a back order of five episodes.[16]


In March 2019, it was announced that Bonnie Dennison, Ito Aghayere, Kyle MacLachlan and Jean-Luc Bilodeau had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[17][18][19] On June 7, 2019, it was announced that Ashley Tisdale had replaced Dennison in the role of Jenny.[20]



On May 15, 2019, CBS released the first official trailer for the series.[21]


Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 58% approval rating with an average rating of 5.63/10, based on 12 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 26, 2019 0.7/4 5.97[3] 0.5 2.41 1.2 8.38[24]
2 "You Give Me Fever" October 3, 2019 0.7/3 5.68[4] 0.4 2.02 1.1 7.71[25]
3 "The Zebra" October 10, 2019 0.6/3 4.95[5] 0.4 1.79 1.0 6.75[26]
4 "Marathon Day" October 17, 2019 0.7/3 5.08[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Nightfloat" October 24, 2019 0.7/3 5.10[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Game Changer" November 7, 2019 0.7/3 5.00[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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  19. ^ Petski, Denise (March 8, 2019). "'Carol's Second Act': Jean-Luc Bilodeau To Co-Star In CBS' Patricia Heaton Comedy Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 7, 2019). "Ashley Tisdale Joins New CBS Comedy Series 'Carol's Second Act' In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (May 15, 2019). "CBS New Series Trailers: 'Bob Hearts Abishola', 'Carol's Second Act', 'Evil', 'All Rise', 'FBI: Most Wanted', More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
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