Coming to TNT: The New Medical Drama Monday Mornings

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Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Chicago Hope, House M.D., Trapper John M.D. . . . . TNT is hoping to add their new show Monday Mornings to that list, but medical shows are a tough sell these days. Fox’s The Mob Doctor and the CW’s Emily Owens M.D. both failed, then again, they weren’t the best examples of the genre.

Monday Mornings is a classic hospital drama with a stellar cast and a powerful pedigree. The series was created by David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice) and it’s based on a book by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Here’s TNT’s take:

Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon, 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.

Ouch. That’s a touchy subject and one that could make this show very groundbreaking and / or very controversial.

Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) leads the staff as Dr. Harding Hooten. The trauma chief  is Dr. Jorge Villanueva  played by Ving Rhames (ER, Pulp Fiction).

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Jaime Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) and Jennifer Finnigan play up and coming neurosurgeons. Bill Irwin is the antagonistic Dr. Buck Tierney. Keong Sim (Glee) plays a “socially challenged” doc and Sarayu Rao is the tiny gal who needs to be twice as strong to make up for what she lacks in stature.

The pilot, which airs Monday, February 4 at 10 on TNT includes a car accident that might have been a suicide attempt, a young teen whose soccer injury leads to the discovery of a bigger problem and deep brain stimulation for a patient with hand tremors.

Sounds like classic ER to me. The question is, how deep will we get into the lives of the surgeons. David E. Kelley is known for his quirky take on serious subjects. Skimming the episode guide for the season, it appears that he’ll be sticking to the medical and moral dilemmas doctors deal with every day. Which hopefully means we won’t be getting any Grey’s Anatomy style romantic antics.

On the contrary, Monday Mornings’ downfall could be its take on controversial subjects such as spending enormous amounts of time and money on patients who don’t want to be saved and dealing with a seriously ill child whose religion forbids medical intervention.

Here’s a look at Monday Mornings from TNT.

A hit or a miss?


by Cynthia Boris on December 18th, 2012

Cynthia is a TV fanatic who turned her obsession into a living when she became an entertainment reporter. She loves all kinds of TV but has a special place in her heart for brother shows and anything paranormal. Follow her on Twitter @TV_ofthe_Absurd and on Google+

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