PORTLAND – A new TV medical drama will be set in Portland.
The TV show is called “Monday Mornings” and focuses on a group of surgeons at a fictional Portland hospital called Chelsea General Hospital. The show will not, however, be shot in Oregon.
Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow will star in the show, as it follows the lives of five surgeons. It will be broadcast on TNT starting next summer.
The medical series is based on the book by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
David E. Kelley wrote the pilot which has been cleared for at least 10 episodes. Gupta and Kelley will executive produce the project. Kelley's most-known credits include Harry's Law, Boston Legal and Ally McBeal.
This new drama will follow three popular TV shows already based in Portland - "Leverage," "Portlandia," and "Grimm."
TNT's "Leverage" stars Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton. The premise of the show is a that a team of con artists have come together to become modern Robin Hoods.
NBC's 'Grimm' is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales. Criminal profilers known as "Grimms" are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.
IFC's "Portlandia" stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. It has featured a broad skewering of Portland and pop culture quirks, even featuring Portland Mayor Sam Adams as a guest star.