1 Updates
TNT's Monday Mornings: David E. Kelley Brings the Courtroom Into the Hospital
Photo Credit: TV Guide

TNT's Monday Mornings: David E. Kelley Brings the Courtroom Into the Hospital

Feb 3 2013, 6:06pm CST | by

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....

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

TNT's Monday Mornings: David E. Kelley Brings the Courtroom Into the Hospital

Feb 3 2013, 6:06pm CST | by

Jamie Bamber | Photo Credits: Doug Hyun/TNT

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. Winter TV: Get scoop on all the must-see new shows "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. Most of them are about, 'Are they going to save that patient? How are they going to deal with that? Is the doctor flawed? Heroic?' That happens here, but [whether or not] the case is solved successfully ... the difference truly is the morbidity and mortality conference, where the doctors are called to task." Indeed, the show's title, which it shares with the novel by Dr. Sanjay Gupta upon which the show is based, refers to those weekly "M&M" meetings, during which doctors — from hotshot neurosurgeon Tyler Wilson (Jamie Bamber) to trauma chief Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva (Ving Rhames) — gather in Chelsea General's Room 311 to discuss and defend their shortcomings and successes before Chief of Staff Dr. Harding Hooten (Alfred Molina). It's in those scenes that the show diverges from a typical medical drama and more closely resembles another time-honored TV genre that Kelley favors a bit more. "Suddenly when I was in that room 311 for the first time, I realized, 'Oh my God, this is a courtroom on steroids,'" D'Elia says. "This is no-holds-barred courtroom, and [Molina] is the Grand Inquisitor. Having done all that courtroom stuff, it greatly informed how to pace and shoot those scenes." Hot, hot, hot! Check out the sexiest winter TV eye candy The doctor on trial in the premiere episode (Monday at 10/9c on TNT) is Bamber's Dr. Wilson, whose failure to ask for a full medical history endangers his 7-year-old patient during surgery to remove a brain tumor. "I was intrigued as to how someone who's supremely confident, who is the very, very best at what he does, then unravels as a result of making such a fundamental mistake," Bamber says of his character. "His sense of self really is eroded through that. ... I think this is forever part of his DNA from there on in. Once your confidence has been cracked, that fissure is there and it can be reopened." Dr. Wilson is particularly hard on himself because of his own tragic past: His brother also died during a brain surgery when Dr. Wilson was very young. "His whole life has been this slightly immature attempt to put back those pieces that were shattered when he was so young," Bamber says. "His whole medical career is a search for redemption. Ty is in this game to put people's lives right... and that's what he bases his whole self-esteem on." During this stressful time, Bamber's character will turn to Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan), a colleague whose own struggling marriage portends some possible outside-the-OR consolation time between the duo. But don't expect hanky panky in the on-call room. "It's not really a show about their personal lives as some other shows might be," D'Elia says. "We get a little bit involved in that relationship between Ty and Tina, but our show is mainly with the doctors at work." Winter preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows Adds Bamber: "The beauty of their relationship is that it is there in glimpses and touches, and the audience will decide. Whatever is going on between them, they're very aware of the perceived image of each other and they don't want to compromise that. We were very serious about making sure that this thing is not overt, whatever it is." But Bamber argues that perhaps the biggest difference between Monday Mornings and other recent medical dramas is the portrayal of the doctors as humans, not surgical superheroes.  "The normal trope is that these people are flawless at work, but flawed personally," he says. "Our show is fundamentally trying to do a different thing. We're trying to show that these surgeons, yes, they're brilliant, but they are flawed in the professional work as well. They make mistakes. The mistakes are actually the things that are highlighted in the show. ... For the first time with these M&M meetings, you get to see that sort of honesty." But could highlighting a doctor's flaws each week scare some viewers from ever going to the hospital again? "I'm reminded of Bill Cosby's old routine: You don't want your doctor to say, 'Oops,'" D'Elia says with a laugh. "We're showing you some of the 'oops.' There is an element in watching this show where if I go to a hospital, I'm going to ask some different questions than I might have asked. And I think that's a great thing. People look at doctors as very god-like. ... But if a doctor makes a mistake, what happens? That's what we're showing." Monday Mornings premieres Monday at 10/9c on TNT.

View original TNT's Monday Mornings : David E. Kelley Brings the Courtroom Into the Hospital at TVGuide.com

Other Links From TVGuide.com

Source: TV Guide

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in The Game of Thrones recently discussed some last-minute changes in the popular series.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

MH17 crash: Malaysian police team in Ukraine
The Hague , July 31 (IANS) A team of 68 Malaysian police personnel arrived in Kiev Thursday to work together with Dutch and Australian teams to help secure access to the Malyasia Airlines crash site, Prime Minister...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Cook all praise for Moeen Ali, England's new bowling hero
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook Thursday praised Moeen Ali and said the part-time spinner had improved "leaps and bounds" -- thanks to his stint with Worcestershire where he bowls with...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Indian killed in Oman road accident
Muscat, July 31 (IANS) An Indian expatriate died in a road accident in Oman, media reported Thursday. Mohammed Ali, who was travelling along with three other friends, suffered severe injuries in a head-on collision of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian divers fail to qualify for men's 3m springboard final
Edinburgh, July 31 (IANS) Indian divers Siddharth Pardeshi and Ramananda Kongbrailatpam failed to qualify for the men's 3-metre springboard final at the Commonwealth Games here Thursday. However, Ramananda has been...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Jihadis impose restrictions on women's clothes in Syria
Beirut, July 31 (IANS/EFE) The extremist Islamic State (IS) has imposed restrictions on women's clothes in the areas they control in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor, bordering Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Ishant to miss fourth Test, says Dhoni
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday confirmed that India's hero in the historic win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma, who was ruled out from the third Test, will miss the crucial fourth Test at...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
OPEC daily basket price closes lower
Vienna, July 31 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.21 a barrel Wednesday, against $105.44 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Moeen Ali spins a web as England tie series with big win (Roundup)
Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Moeen Ali's maiden six-wicket haul in India's second innings helped England tie the five-match series 1-1, beating the visitors by 266 runs in the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ankle tag monitoring for binge drinkers in London
London, July 31 (IANS) London mayor Boris Johnson Thursday launched the first scheme in Britain that will enforce alcohol abstinence among offenders who binge drink through compulsory use of ankle tags. Aiming to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Algerians observe minute of silence in solidarity with Gaza
Algiers, July 31 (IANS) Algerian officials Thursday declared their country's solidarity with the distressed population in the Gaza Strip by observing a minute of silence, a symbolic gesture of support for Palestinians...
Read more on Politics Balla