TNT has picked up David E. Kelley’s medical drama pilot Monday Mornings (AKA Chelsea General) to series with a ten episode order. The series is being produced by TNT Originals, David E. Kelley Productions and Turner Broadcasting International, with David E. Kelly, Bill D’Elia and Sanjay Gupta serving as executive producers. The show’s ten episode first season is due to premiere on TNT in the summer of 2013.
Based on the book written by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Monday Mornings is set in the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and 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.
The drama series stars Alfred Molina as Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery; Ving Rhames as Dr. Jorge “El Gato” Villanueva, the hospital’s trauma chief; Jamie Bamber as Dr. Tyler Wilson; Jennifer Finnigan as Dr. Tina Ridgeway; Bill Irwin as the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney; Keong Sim as the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park; Sarayu Rao as the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur and Emily Swallow as inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux.
Speaking of the series, Michael Wright, President and Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), said: “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. 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.”