Jason Isaacs plays one of the best bad guys in the business. His turns as Colonel William Tavington in "The Patriot" and Lucious Malfoy in the Harry Potter series were delightful in their villainy. Tavington in particular was particularly punchable - I absolutely wanted to swing on that guy.
Isaacs' luck with various projects since those films has not been stellar. Last year his Awake series on NBC was loved by critics but failed to catch on with the general public and was cancelled, despite a fan campaign to save its life.
That series did nothing to dim his television star, though, as he had four offers for different dramas this pilot season, on both broadcast and cable networks. The winner was The Surgeon General, a CBS series that will focus on Isaacs as Dr. John Sherman, the surgeon general of America.
Sherman, a retired military medic who is injured in the line of duty, returns home a hero and is rapidly appointed to the office of Surgeon General. His character is witty and full of resolve and humanity. Additionally, he is a widower raising two daughters. He has no interest in playing politics, instead choosing to focus on the nation's overall health.
I hate medical dramas, but Isaacs is the man. If this goes to series, I am in. Are you?