Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan
Last week, NBC's ludicrous insta-flop Do No Harm (about a Jekyll-Hyde neurosurgeon) pushed TV's medical genre beyond its melodramatic limits. Taking the completely opposite tack, and likely to get a much longer leash (this being cable), TNT's Monday Mornings (Monday, 10/9c) is a surprisingly mellow drama set at a hospital, about doctors forced to face up to their shortcomings, with an ensemble led by (trend alert?) gorgeous and flawed — though decidedly not bonkers — neurosurgeons, played by Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan.
Almost everyone involved with Monday Mornings, the new TNT medical drama from David E. Kelley, knows the audience might be hesitant to scrub into another hourlong TV program set in a hospital.
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"That's the first question that we asked: How this is different than what we already did in Chicago Hope many years ago?" executive producer and frequent Kelley collaborator Bill D'Elia tells TVGuide.com. "But you wind up watching this show differently than you watch any another medical drama...
There are hot doctors who may have unrequited feelings for one another. Colleagues call one of the docs 007. Another doc is definitely McDreamy — and has the hair to prove it.
No, we're not talking about Grey's Anatomy. We're describing TNT's new medical drama Monday Mornings, a near carbon-copy of ABC's Seattle-based series. In David E. Kelley's new take on the medical world, doctors — including those played by Jamie Bamber, Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames and Jennifer Finnigan — in a Portland-based hospital face life-and-death decisions every day as they fight against often-impossible odds to save their patients.
It's only been a year since NBC rejected David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman series, but now The CW is trying its hand at the headbanded and cuffed crusader.
Well, actually, scratch the headband and cuffs.
Vulture reports that the latest attempt to bring Wonder Woman to the small screen will focus on Diana of Themyscira just discovering her role as a crime-fighter, not as a full-out superhero.
Shazbot! Robin Williams could be making a return to TV, where he famously got his start 30 years ago as the lovable alien from Ork on Mork & Mindy. The actor is in talks to team up with writer David E. Kelley to develop The Crazy Ones, a comedy about an aging but brilliant advertising exec.
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Ving Rhames, Scott Caan
Hawaii Five-0's Danno better watch his back!
Mission: Impossible's Ving Rhames will go toe-to-toe with the Hawaii cop, played by Scott Caan, on an upcoming episode, CBS announced Thursday.
Rhames will play a man from Danno's past named Billy who appears in flashbacks to Danno's time working the beat in...
Newly promoted TNT/TBS president/head of programming Michael Wright made a few new friends when he sealed a deal to pick up fan favorite comedy Cougar Town from ABC. After a quick negotiation, TBS ordered 15 episodes of the show, which will premiere its fourth season next winter. The network will also start airing Cougar Town repeats. Wright, who previously saved Southland after NBC canceled it, says there will be no changes to the sitcom. Meanwhile, over at TNT, Wright says he's eager to change the perception that the network's dramas only dabble in "self-seriousness or earnestness." Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir isn't ready to be ordered as a series, but Wright expects to air it on Sundays, where the network is specializing in genre shows like Falling Skies.
David E. Kelley
TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, the network announced on Tuesday.
Based on the eponymous book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the series chronicles the professional and personal lives of five Portland, Ore., surgeons. 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.
Battlestar Galactica alum Jamie Bamber has scored the lead role in the TNT medical drama Chelsea General.
The pilot, from David E. Kelley, chronicles the professional and personal lives of five surgeons. Bamber will play Dr. Tyler, a vascular neurosurgeon who has a fling with his colleague (Jennifer Finnigan). The project is based is on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's upcoming book, Monday Mornings.
Knock knock. Who's there? Chelsea. Chelsea who?
No, make that Chelsea why? The answer to the question posed in NBC's squalid new sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? (8:30/7:30c) is "not really." Based on late-night spitfire Chelsea Handler's potty-mouthed party-girl memoirs — but dropping the Vodka from the title because that might be, you know, offensive — this smutty but toothless misfire puzzlingly reduces Handler to a supporting role: that of a mousy, whiny born-again sister to the fictional Chelsea, played by That '70s Show's Laura Prepon with a one-note husky-voiced crassness that grows stale long before the first scene (in a women's jail cell) ends with Glee's Dot Marie Jones leering at Chelsea. Which is maybe the only sexual advance Chelsea spurns. As long as she can be on top. Which she mentions a lot.