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First Look At Ving Rhames As Dr. Jorge 'El Gato' Villanueva As Production Begins On 'Monday Mornings'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 20, 2012 4:42 PM
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As previously noted, Ving Rhames is one of those dudes who just keeps working - in studio films, indie films, TV, even commercials (he's pushing Buicks now).

And it looks like we'll be seeing more of Rhames on TV with news today that TNT has officially begun production on its 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."

So Marsellus Wallace is about to go medieval on some trauma room asses.

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 in summer 2013. 

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  • starry118 | September 20, 2012 10:34 PMReply

    This sounds interesting...looking forward to checking it out.

  • ALM | September 20, 2012 9:01 PMReply

    Great to see him in a different type of role

  • urbanauteur | September 20, 2012 4:47 PMReply

    Luke Cage meet's Ben Casey/2012

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