TNT has given the greenlight to the new medical drama series “Monday Mornings” from award-winning producer David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope”) and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D., according to a news release.
“Monday Mornings,” based on Gupta’s book, stars Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″), Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jennifer Finnigan (“Better with You”), Bill Irwin (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Keong Sim (“Glee”), Sarayu Rao (“Lions for Lambs” and Emily Swallow (“Southland.”)
The series, formerly known as “Chelsea General,” is produced by TNT Originals and David E. Kelley Productions, with Kelley and Gupta serving as executive producers.
The pilot episode was written by Kelley and directed and executive produced by Bill D’Elia (“Boston Legal, “The West Wing”).
The 10-episode first season of “Monday Mornings” is scheduled to premiere in summer 2013.
TNT has partnered with Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. to produce the global series, which will air on TNT and Turner networks around the world and will be distributed by TBS International outside of the U.S. and Canada.
A summary of the show, provided by TNT, is as follows:
Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore., “Monday Mornings” follows the lives of doctors 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.
Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten (Molina), the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge “El Gato” Villanueva (Rhames), the hospital’s trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wilson (Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Finnigan); the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney (Irwin); the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park (Sim); the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur (Rao); and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux (Swallow).
Follow me on Twitter: @MelissaHayer