TNT Greenlights Medical Drama

TNT Tuesday announced it has greenlit a new medical drama series produced by David E. Kelley.
The "drama network" has ordered 10 episodes for Monday Mornings, based on a book by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which stars Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2,), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You), Bill Irwin (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Keong Sim (Glee), Sarayu Rao (Lions for Lambs), and Emily Swallow (Southland).
Monday Mornings, produced by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) follows the lives of doctors as they come to terms with their strengths and failings, according to TNT. The title refers to the hospital's weekly "morbidity and mortality conference" where they review complications and errors in patient care.
"Monday Mornings is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. "David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT's stable of high-profile dramas, and we're very proud to have it on the network."

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