We’ve got a couple more TV casting stories to share with you today. First up, casting for David E. Kelley’s (The Practice) new medical pilot Chelsea General is moving quickly. Just yesterday Alfred Molina signed on to star in the series which centers on “the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings,” and now Ving Rhames has been added to the cast. Deadline reports that Rhames will play “a physically imposing former professional football player who now is the most celebrated trauma chief in the country.”
Additionally, Stephen Root has signed on for the impending third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The Live Feed reports that Root is set for a recurring role as “a forger, swindler, and murder suspect who became a Special Investigator for the US Department of Justice.” No word on whether or not his character has the potential to become a regular. Hit the jump for news concerning two recurring characters being promoted to series regulars on Showtime’s Homeland.
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.