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.
Molina, who recently teamed with Kelley for an arc on Harry’s Law, will be playing Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed Chief of Surgery at Chelsea General, known for his punishing and outwardly-uncaring ways. Each week Dr. Hooten leads a meeting where doctors are either praised for their good work or belittled, sometimes even fired, for their mistakes. Unlike Dr. Otto Octavius, this doctor likely won’t be driven crazy by artificial intelligence powered metal arms The cast also includes Bill Irwin (CSI), Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan. Stay tuned as more on this potential new series becomes available.