David E. Kelley has adapted CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta‘s novel Monday Mornings for TNT, with worthy results. Kelley is best known as bringing to screen more procedurals than Dick Wolff, from Chicago Hope to Ally McBeal, and Monday Mornings definitely falls in step with the medical drama formula. Still, there’s something undeniably likable about the series. But it takes a few episodes to really get started, and if viewers just base on its by-the-books pilot, it may not last beyond its initial ten-episode run (which it should). Hit the jump for more about why it’s worth tuning in, not at least for the return of Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) to our screens, and the unexpected and welcomed presence of Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible).
Based on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s acclaimed novel, the TNT drama series Monday Mornings, from award-winning producer David E. Kelley, follows the lives of doctors at Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. The show stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow.
During the TNT portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked about how this show came about, what makes this medical series different, how everything on the show will be a potential clue for the weekly meetings, how they will collaborate as a team, that there will be longer arcs along with more episodic stories, having to shoot the episodes in seven days, and how close these meetings are to the ones that really go on in hospitals. Hit the jump for the interview.
It’s been thirty years since Robin Williams starred in a television series (Mork & Mindy), but the veteran comedian is looking to make his way back to the small screen. It looks like his comedy vehicle will be a single-camera comedy series written by none other than David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice). CBS is currently eying the series which sets Williams up as a brilliant ad executive who ends up working alongside his daughter. The half-hour episodic comedy would reunite Kelley with CBS, where his drama Picket Fences picked up his first Emmy. Deadline further reports that Williams has recently wrapped shooting on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and is moving onto The Angriest Man in Brooklyn which also stars Peter Dinklage, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones.
Since it seems like House M.D. might be on the way out, the time is coming for a new medical drama to step up to the plate. Perhaps Alfred Molina will be a good substitute for Hugh Laurie as Deadline reports the Spider-Man 2 star will lead David E. Kelley’s TNT medical drama Chelsea General. The new series is based on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s forthcoming novel Monday Mornings, a story that follows five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings (sound familiar?) The series takes place during the hospital’s Monday Morbidity and Mortality conference, considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine, where doctors gather for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. More details after the jump.
Following his ill-fated Wonder Woman reboot, David E. Kelley is headed to cable. The television veteran is teaming up with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on a medical drama series called Chelsea General. Deadline reports that TNT has greenlit a pilot for the show, which is based on Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings. The book follows the lives of five surgeons “as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.” The namesake comes from the hospital’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference on Mondays. M&M’s, as they’re called, serve as a place for physicians to review cases with poor outcomes (ie. death) in order to assess complications and errors that occurred during the patient care.
Kelley has long been a standard in network television, but he decided not to renew his overall deal with Warner Bros. TV in May in order to pursue passion projects in different areas (like cable). He’s no stranger to the medical genre, as he previously created the CBS drama Chicago Hope that ran from 1994-2000. While I was a huge fan of Kelley’s The Practice, it’ll be interesting to see how his take on medicine has changed since Chicago Hope. Gupta’s Monday Mornings will hit bookshelves in March.
When NBC released the first official image of Adrianne Palicki in costume for David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman, the response to the costume was scorn and derision. But NBC was listening and the costume has been partially re-designed. The top-half still looks plastic and shiny, but the pants have been changed to resemble actual pants and a nifty pattern of gold stars runs up the sides. The color of the boots has also been changed from blue to the traditional red.
Hit the jump to check out the improved costume. I still think the show will be a disaster, but that’s only because I think Kelley is absolutely the wrong person to be working on this show (or really any show).
We now have our first look at Adrianne Palicki in costume for David E. Kelley’s upcoming Wonder Woman TV series. The look? None more pleathery. While I assumed that the TV show would go with a more natural looking costume along the lines of Jim Lee’s recent redesign, it appears that the show will go with a more old-school/we-bought-this-off-the-rack-at-Party-City approach. However, unlike the traditional Wonder Woman costume, this one will have pants. They’re tight, clearly uncomfortable pants that probably squeak every time she moves, but it’s a step up from the granny panties of Lynda Carter’s costume of the 1970s TV series. The costume for the new TV series also, ahem, “lifts and separates.”
Hit the jump to check out Palicki in costume. The pilot, which also stars Elizabeth Hurley and Carey Elwes, is currently filming.
It is definitely pilot season. Casting agents are working furiously to fill out the casts of the countless TV pilots getting ready to go into production, and today two high profile projects added castmembers. Cary Elwes has joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot for NBC. Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) is set to star in the update which finds Diana Price balancing life as a corporate executive and a crime fighter. Deadline reports that Elwes will play the loyal and trustworthy CEO of the company she works for. Elizabeth Hurley was added to the cast yesterday as the villain (she plays the head of a rival pharmaceutical company).
Hit the jump for news on Jim Caviezel landing the lead in the J.J. Abrams/Jonah Nolan pilot Person of Interest.
We’ve already heard that Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has snagged the role of Wonder Woman for NBC’s new TV series adaptation of the DC Comics character, but who will she be facing off against? Now we have half of the answer as Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) updated her Twitter feed saying,
“Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait.”
Of course what we don’t know is what villain she would be playing in the series. She’ll certainly bring the sex appeal to whatever role she’s taking, but as far as I know, Wonder Woman doesn’t really have an arch nemesis in the way that Superman has Lex Luthor. In a quick search, I think my favorite choices would be Cheetah or Baroness von Gunther. Either way, I’m not all that familiar with the hero’s long line of villains, so I’ll leave it up to you guys. What villain do you think Hurley will play in the pilot? [Update: Deadline reports that Hurley will play "Veronica Gale, the beautiful, highly-educated head of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country who is afflicted with the serious deep-seated Wonder Woman envy."]
Her last television endeavor didn’t turn out all that well since Fox canceled Lone Star all too soon, but now actress Adrianne Palicki has landed a huge role on NBC. Deadline reports the Friday Night Lights star will be Wonder Woman in the new TV series adaptation that has been set up at NBC. The project was revealed with David E. Kelley behind it last October, and while it was said networks weren’t interested in January, NBC came in and picked up the series to pilot with Jeffrey Reiner at the helm. Since he was also a director/executive producer on Friday Night Lights, that may explain why Ms. Palicki got the job. Anyway, now that we have our Wonder Woman, all we can do is wait to see how the new series turns out. Any thoughts?
Director Jeffery Reiner is close to finalizing a deal to helm David E. Kelley’s bizarre Wonder Woman pilot for NBC. The reimagining of the comic book superhero will find Diana Prince balancing life as a corporate executive and a crime fighter (seriously). McG was in talks to direct the pilot episode but Deadline reports that thankfully he couldn’t fit it into his schedule. Reiner was a director/executive producer on Jason Katims’ astounding drama Friday Night Lights, and also helmed the pilots for Trauma and The Event, both going to series. After they shoot the pilot, NBC will take a look and decide whether or not to order to the project to series. Next stop: casting.
In a not-so-surprising trip around the rumor mill, reports are filing in that NBC wants McG to direct the David E. Kelley-penned pilot for their recently acquired Wonder Woman television series. Although the two parties have yet to meet with regards to the project, Tv Line is reporting that the director’s chair for Wonder Woman‘s first episode is McG’s to lose.
In addition to helming two feature adaptations of the classic ABC series Charlie’s Angels, McG also has extensive ties in the television world due to the fact that he produces four currently-running shows (Chuck, Nikita, Supernatural, and Human Target). While his television production credits run a mile long, though, his only TV directorial work has come via the Chuck pilot and the short-lived Fastlane. McG most recently directed the romantic-action-comedy This Means War starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine. He has also agreed to helm Universal’s board-game adaptation Ouija.
Wonder Woman will not die. David E. Kelly is a bizarre choice to run the show, and the networks seemed to realize this when they passed on Wonder Woman in unison. But where there’s a will (and a deeply troubled network), there’s a way: NBC has picked up Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot. I hope to see a live-action Wonder Woman in my lifetime, but not like this. Not like this at all.
This report comes among a flurry of pilot season news involving such talent as Steven Spielberg, Conan O’Brien, Ethan Hawke, Rob Thomas, Tim Kring, and more. Hit the jump for a recap.
There hasn’t been a prominent adaptation of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman since the 70′s TV series starring Lynda Carter as the title hero. Though there have been sporadic talks of a film adaptation from Joel Silver and Joss Whedon with names like Sandra Bullock, Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie being rumored to wear the golden bracelets, Deadline says the female hero will be flying her invisible jet onto the small screen courtesy of David E. Kelly (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal). The praised creator will write and produce the new series at Warner Bros. (the home of DC Entertainment) which is on the verge of being shopped around to networks. More after the jump:
All eyes are watching as the struggling NBC assembles its fall schedule, and Variety has some early insight into how it’s shaping up. The network announced an early pickup of the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers yesterday, and things are looking very good for The Rockford Files remake led by David Shore (House), the Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) fugitive-hunt procedural The Chase, and Kindreds, the latest legal drama from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal). Likewise, the conspiracy thriller The Event and the romantic anthology series Love Bites has impressed some key execs.
Among the half-hours, workplace sitcom Outsourced is looking for writers (“always a good sign”), and NBC has reacted positively to the quirky family tale This Little Piggy, the Friends-ian romantic comedy Perfect Couples, and Next, the latest from Paul Reiser (Mad About You). Though not without flaws, Beach Lane is still in contention thanks to star Matthew Broderick. Details on each project after the jump: