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Character Study - Ving Rhames Talks His Role As Dr. Jorge Villanueva On 'Monday Mornings'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 30, 2013 at 12:49PM

As previously noted, Ving Rhames is one of those dudes who just keeps working - in studio films, indie films, TV, even commercials.
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Monday Mornings

As previously noted, Ving Rhames is one of those dudes who just keeps working - in studio films, indie films, TV, even commercials.

And we'll be seeing more of Rhames on TV in TNT's new medical drama series titled Monday Mornings, from Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, on whose book the project is based.

Ving Rhames stars in the drama, along with Alfred Molina, in a series which is set in a fictional Portland, OR hospital called Chelsea General, and follows the lives of doctors as they "push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings."

The series uses as a backdrop, the hospital’s Monday Morbidity and Mortality conference, considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine, where doctors gather for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten (Molina), the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva (played by Mr Rhames), the hospital's trauma chief, described as a "physically imposing former professional football player who now is the most celebrated trauma chief in the country."

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), round out the cast.

This should be a steady paycheck for Ving as TNT has picked up 10 episodes for a premiere on Monday, February 4, at 10 pm.

TNT has released a series of new videos labeled "Character Study" in which each star talks about the characters they play. Here's Rhames on Villanueva.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Ving Rhames


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