That kind of maudlin touch is what we expect … and live for.
The program manages to avoid the maudlin, in part because these patients are trained entertainers.
The death of Little Nell may be the most famous of Victorian death scenes, but it is hardly the most maudlin.
c.1600, "tearful," from Middle English fem. proper name Maudelen (early 14c.), from Magdalene (Old French Madelaine), woman's name, originally surname of Mary the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii:37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she often was shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality" is recorded by 1630s.