The broadcast networks aren’t the only ones unveiling new programming plans next week in New York. Time Warner networks TNT and TBS on Tuesday will hold a dog-and-pony show at which TNT will announce it has picked up a new medical drama from David E. Kelley and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta’s CNN, like TNT, is owned by Time Warner; CNN is in need, ratings-wise, of all the corporate synergy it can get. Kelley, meanwhile, is based at Time Warner’s Warner Bros. TV. Ain’t vertical integration a beautiful thing?
Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore. — the Pacific Northwest being the hot hospital location (see “Grey’s Anatomy’s,” Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle) — “Monday Mornings” follows the lives of doctors as they “push the limits of their abilities” and “confront their personal and professional failings,” TNT said Tuesday.
The show’s 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. Alfred Molina stars as Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery; Ving Rhames plays Dr. Jorge “El Gato” Villanueva, the hospital’s trauma chief.