David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta Team Up for TNT Medical Drama CHELSEA GENERAL

     December 6, 2011

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.

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