Back in December, we noted that TNT had ordered a TV drama pilot based on CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s novel, Monday Mornings. Today the network officially picked up the show to series, and will debut it in Summer, 2013.
Originally titled “Chelsea General,” the series will now also be called “Monday Mornings,” and will be executive produced by Gupta, along with television drama legend David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope”).
The cast of the series includes Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber as doctors at Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Like Gupta’s book, the series will be set around the Monday morning morbidity meetings, where the doctors reflect on what went wrong the previous week.
More information after the jump.
TNT Greenlights Powerful New Medical Drama Series Monday Mornings From Award-Winning Producer David E. Kelley
TNT has greenlit Monday Mornings, a powerful new series from award-winning producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D., on whose book the series is based. The medical drama stars Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, TNT’s The Company), 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 (TNT’s Southland).
Monday Mornings (formerly known as Chelsea General) is produced by TNT Originals and David E. Kelley Productions. Kelley and Gupta both serve as executive producers. Kelley penned the pilot episode, which was directed and executive-produced by Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal, The West Wing). TNT has ordered a 10-episode first season of Monday Mornings, which is set to premiere in summer 2013. TNT has teamed up with Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. to produce this global series. The show, which will air on TNT and Turner networks around the world, will be distributed by TBS International outside of the United States and Canada.
“Monday Mornings is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT’s stable of high-profile dramas, and we’re very proud to have it on the network.”
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).
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, the network is home to such high-profile original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Southland, from Emmy®-winning producer John Wells, as well as the upcoming series Major Crimes, Dallas, Perception, Monday Mornings and The Great Escape. TNT also is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas and Law & Order, starting this year, Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.
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