Looking to build on the success of original series like Hawthorne, Franklin & Bash, and Southland, TNT just has just given the go ahead for a new medical drama series, from legendary TV hit maker David E. Kelley. The show is called Monday Mornings, and has been given a ten episode order, which seems to be the standard for original programming on TNT. Kelley (producer of such popular series as Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, and Picket Fences) is teaming up with CNN's well known chief medical correspondent (and literal brain surgeon) Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an effort to give the new venture levels of authenticity not always seen on other hospital set dramas.
The relatively star studded ensemble cast will include Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Dawn Of The Dead), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, the recent Law & Order:LA), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica, Body Of Proof), and Jennifer Finnigan (star of the recent sitcom Better With You, and the two season CBS legal drama Close To Home). Actors Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, and Emily Swallow fill out the roster.
The official network logline for the series is thus - "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." On the surface, this sounds like most medical dramas on TV, but never underestimate David E. Kelley's ability to take a familiar genre and give it his own special spark that makes it successful. Even if going to a "weekly morbidity and mortality" conference sounds like just about the most unappealing thing in the world. Although it might be a good name for an ironic rock band.
Will you tune into this series, when it presumably airs on Mondays? Or do we already have too many doctor shows?