David E. Kelley, Dr. Sanjay Gupta Team for TNT Medical Drama
TNT is trying its hand at another medical drama.
Mere months after pulling the plug on HawthoRNe, the Turner network has ordered a pilot for Chelsea General, a new medical series from producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
Kelley penned the pilot, which is based on Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings. The book follows the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. It uses as its backdrop their hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. Kelley and Gupta will executive produce.
“Chelsea General promises to be a smart, witty and extremely powerful medical drama, the kind of series David E. Kelley is renowned for making,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “We look forward to working with David and Sanjay in bringing the doctors’ fascinating stories and characters to television.”
Kelley, whose Harry Law is in its second season on NBC, is repped by WME, Original Management and Gendler & Kelly.