CBS has purchased a scripted drama project based on the book "Your Medical Mind," written by renowned physicians Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. The interesting thing about the purchase is that the order is for a scripted drama but Groopman & Hartzband's book is nonfiction; the authors are a husband & wife medical duo who wrote about how to make difficult medical decisions that suit the reader's individual needs.
Here's where the brilliant television minds step in. Feature film producers James Mangold and Cathy Konrad have teamed with 'Reaper' creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters to develop a drama based not only on the book purchase, but on the authors themselves. Groopman & Hartzband are both in medicine--one a surgeon, the other an internist--who end up working in the same hospital. Their unique approaches to medicine and different perspectives on complex ethical issues will drive the drama of the series, not to mention the inevitable marital strife entailed in such a stressful workplace relationship. Neal Baer ('Law & Order: Special Victims Unit') has partnered with Konrad & Mangold on the project and he discussed how the series will center on the authors as well as the themes of the nonfiction text. "It’s about how they navigate their marriage now that they’re working together for the first time," Baer said, adding that he would "love to see the medical world through the prism of marriage."
After partnering on the development of CBS' new series 'Vegas,' Konrad & Mangold had the door held open for them to pitch another project. The pair isn't coasting on past success, however: they specifically reached out to Baer due to his background as a doctor himself and his several years working on the medical drama 'ER.' It was then Baer who tapped Fazekas and Butters, as they were his senior writers on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' for several seasons. This commitment puts Fazekas and Butters back at the writing desk, adding to their duties as consulting producers on 'Hawaii Five-O.' And like that, the team was formed and a drama project is born.
Stick with TVRage.com as casting information rolls in about this husband and wife project.