TNT Orders ‘Monday Mornings,’ New David E. Kelley Medical Drama [Updated]
What, you thought the abysmal failure of ‘Wonder Woman,’ or the tepid reception of NBC’s ‘Harry’s Law’ would keep writer/producer David E. Kelley down? Guess again! Continuing the trend of ordering new series this week, TNT has just green-lit David E. Kelley’s all new medical drama ‘Monday Mornings,’ based off the acclaimed book of the same name by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. But what of the star-studded cast?
The medical drama will star Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber (‘Battlestar Galactica‘), Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin (‘CSI‘), Keong Sim (‘Glee‘), Sarayu Rao, and Emily Swallow, and follow the lives of Portland doctors as they “push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.” The title itself refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather for a review of complications and errors in patient care.
According to the release, Molina leads the cast as Dr. Harding Hooten, the “steely-eyed” chief of surgery, along with Rhames’ trauma chief Dr. Jorge “El Gato” Villanueva. Their subordinates include cocky neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wilson (Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Finnigan), along with the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney (Irwin); Sim’s socially challenged Dr.Park, unassuming Dr. Sydney Napur (Rao)and lastly inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux (Swallow).
“’Monday Mornings’ is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today,” says Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM. “David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT’s stable of high-profile dramas, and we’re very proud to have it on the network.”TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, set to debut in Summer 2013, with the pilot episode written by Kelley himself. Kelley and Gupta themselves will serve as executive producers.
Boy, another medical drama? Well, something’s got to fill the void left by ‘House,’ and whatever five people are still watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy, right? So what say you? Does TNT’s latest pickup sound like it has a pulse, or will wind up DOA? Give us your prognosis in the comments!
UPDATE – Now we have our first look at photos from the series, featured below with Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Ving Rhames and Jennifer Finnigan.