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Ioan Gruffudd to Guest Star on "Monday Mornings"
In other words.....HORNBLOWER REUNION! SQUEEEEE!!!

Retribution: Archie & Horatio


This best sums up my immediate reactions upon learning the news....

Iron Man - OMG

Despicable Me Minions


OK, enough of that (but everyone else feel free to abuse the GIFs in comments :). Getting back to the actual VERY EXCITING Monday Mornings news, TNT released a bunch of press material today. All of the information can be found at the TNT Newsroom. Some of the 'new' information, such as Jamie's bio, I think we know pretty well. ;) The best of the press pack is the descriptions for all of the first season episodes. Which, thankfully, included upcoming guest stars so we weren't forced to endure a looooooong wait as to who the very exciting guest star we'd be uber excited about would be that Kerry hinted at some weeks ago. And, yes, Kerry was right to use "uber excited" in reference to Ioan! :D

Now, for the sake of those wishing to remain unspoiled, I'm putting the episode descriptions behind a cut. If you choose to read them, do feel free to discuss in comments since, if you also read the book, it's interesting to see how DEK & Co. are approaching the material in the series. As for the non-spoilery bits about Ioan's guest turn, he'll play Dr. Stewart Delany in episode 107, "Truth or Consequences". A Doctor! We can only hope there will be some heated discussions between he and Ty. And if there are no TNT pre-emptions, the episode should air in late March.



Series Premiere: "Pilot"

Chelsea General is home to some of the top surgeons in the world, thanks in large part to the hospital's notorious Monday morning morbidity and mortality – or "311" – conferences. In these legendary meetings, Chief of Staff Harding Hooten (Alfred Molina) leads a harsh, closed-door review of the complications encountered and mistakes made during the course of patient care. As the series opens, Trauma Chief Jorge Villanueva (Ving Rhames) treats what appears to be an attempted suicide by car only to discover that the crash victim suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ty Wilson (Jamie Bamber) is shaken by the case of 11-year-old Quinn McDaniels (guest star Mason Cook), whose soccer injury reveals a much graver problem. Workaholic Dr. Sydney Napur (Sarayu Rao) solves a case that had the rest of the hospital staff stumped. Meanwhile, Dr. Sung Park (Keong Sim) performs high-tech deep brain stimulation on a patient with uncontrollable hand tremors. Jennifer Finnigan, Emily Swallow and Bill Irwin also star.

Directed by Bill D'Elia

Teleplay by David. E Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

101: "Deus Ex Machina"

Sung, Hooten and Villanueva join forces to convince Trisha Miller (guest star Cozi Zuehlsdorff), a 13-year-old girl with an advanced brain stem glioma, to try surgery one last time before giving up. Shaken from losing a patient, Ty turns to Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan) for support. Meanwhile, Dr. Buck Tierney (Bill Irwin) tries to bully resident Michelle Robideux (Emily Swallow) into pronouncing a potential organ donor brain dead. And Sydney enlists Villanueva's help diagnosing a patient under the care of internist Dr. John Lieberman (guest star Jonathan Silverman).

Directed by Bill D'Elia

Written by David E. Kelley & Sanjay Gupta

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

102: "Who's Sorry Now?"

Sung is forced to meet with Risk Management's Fran Horowitz (guest star Valerie Mahaffey) after refusing to apologize to the wife of a patient who died on his table. Ty and Michelle face a moral dilemma when a seemingly schizophrenic homeless man cannot provide the informed consent needed for life-saving surgery. Sydney and Lieberman can't leave work behind during their date. And Buck is forced to evaluate his callous behavior after being named in a lawsuit by malpractice attorney Mitch Tompkins (guest star Anthony Heald).

Directed by Bill D'Elia

Written by David E. Kelley & Karen Struck

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

103: "Forks Over Knives"

Tina's proposal to use an unorthodox procedure to treat a young man with extreme O.C.D. divides the surgeons at the 311 conference. At the same time, Villanueva must find a way to treat a girl with critical internal bleeding who refuses care because of her religious beliefs. Sung discovers that no good deed goes unpunished when a former patient sues him after her successful surgery creates an unforeseen side effect – abnormally increased sexual appetite.

Directed by Mike Listo

Written by Amanda Johns & Karen Struck & David E. Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

104: "The Legend And The Fall"

Hooten's mentor, Dr. Arvin Wayne (guest star Hal Holbrook), walks into the wrong procedure on the wrong day, leading the surgeons at Chelsea General to question the cognitive abilities of one of the hospital's elder statesmen. When a top competitive swimmer suffers a seizure in the emergency room, Villanueva follows his gut – leading to a surprising diagnosis. Tina must perform a risky transvenous thrombolysis with Ty and Michelle's help. And Sydney implies that Lieberman (guest star Jonathan Silverman) might be a crummy doctor for missing the signs of bacterial endocarditis in a former patient.

Directed by Greg Hoblit

Written by Amanda Johns & Sanjay Gupta & David E. Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

105: "Communion"

When paramedics rush in with a stabbing victim, Villanueva is stunned to realize that the patient is his own son, Nick (guest star Denzel Whitaker Now it's up to Sydney and Hooten to save the young man. With Ty's help, Sung attempts to restore a concert violinist's perfect pitch by removing an astrocytoma that is pressing on the musician's brain. And Buck receives a strange request from the donor in a failed kidney transplant.

Directed by Colin Bucksey

Written by Karen Struck & David E. Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

106: "One Fine Day"

Ty and Tina receive a late night call from Afghanistan, where Corpsman Jacob Gold (guest star Reiley McClendon) desperately needs help when his fellow Marine suffers a traumatic head injury. Sydney believes a happy infant's unnatural laughter is related to an undiagnosed neurological problem. And Sung and Hooten attempt to reconcile the husband and sister of a brain-dead gay patient, only to find themselves caught in the legal crosshairs of the situation.

Directed by Mario Van Peebles

Written by Sanjay Gupta & Amanda Johns & David E. Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

107: "Truth or Consequences"

During Monday's 311 conference, Hooten calls Dr. Stewart Delany (guest star Ioan Gruffund) to explain how a careless mistake killed Delany's young patient. But the outcome of the conference leaves the hospital's surgeons conflicted. Sydney and Villanueva operate on Keith Harriman (guest star Lukas Behnken), a young man with extensive injuries from an apparent suicide attempt. Sydney and Buck wonder about the resources wasted on those who cannot or do not want to be saved. And Mark Ridgeway (guest star Eyal Podell) returns, determined to make Ty and Tina pay for their adultery.

Directed by Arlene Sanford

Written by Karen Struck & David E. Kelley

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

108: "Wheels Within Wheels"

Ty and Hooten believe Supreme Court hopeful Judge Beverly Nathenson's (guest star Merecedes Ruehl) facial pain is the result of a brain tumor; upon operating, the surgeons discover a diagnosis much more shocking. Michelle struggles under pressure when a difficult E.R. case proves to be more than she can handle. And Sung and Tina disagree over the course of treatment for an obsessive writer suffering from a rare form of epilepsy.

Directed by Mike Listo

Written by Amanda Johns & David E. Kelley & Karen Struck

Created by David E. Kelley

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.

109: "Family Ties"

Hooten and Buck find themselves facing off in court against attorney Mitch Tompkins (guest star Anthony Heald) after a grieving son refuses to comply with his mother's final wishes. Sydney's outrage over the health of a morbidly obese 16-year-old boy further strains her relationship with Lieberman (guest star Jonathan Silverman). And a seemingly harmless patient (guest star Kenneth Mitchell) puts one of Chelsea General's own in grave danger.

Directed by Bill D'Elia

Teleplay by: Amanda Johns & Karen Struck & David E. Kelley

Story by: Amanda Johns & Karen Struck

Based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta M.D.




And we're not sure where this originated from, but here is a brief scene from the Monday Mornings pilot:


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anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: December 18th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I have no gifs but I am still SQUEEEING like there is no tomorrow XD
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC) (Link Me)
See below. ;)
anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: December 18th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Just posted the news to [Bad username: following _sea] and linked back here. I am still squeeing like a bat here!!!!! Really have to go to bed now though, it's after one in the morning :}
asta77 From: asta77 Date: December 18th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)
May you dream of doctors making house calls. ;)
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: December 18th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Definitely squee-worthy! :)

Also ridiculously happy to see Mario Van Peebles is directing an episode. (I worked with his dad, Melvin, on a film a million years ago that Mario was also involved with. Gotta love a man who accidentally spills a 32 oz diet Coke on you first thing in the morning. :))
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Aw, did you really? Fantastic. :D
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: December 18th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, I was assistant editor on Identity Crisis. Awful low-budget film, but it was a great experience. Mario was the star of it -- only met him towards the end, but he was lovely and absolutely gorgeous. :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Very cool. I took a blaxploitation film class in college (seriously) and have been a Melvin fan ever since. ;) Was pleased to see Mario was on the director's roster as well.
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: December 18th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Melvin was awesome -- a total character, but a really fascinating guy. I was a film major in college and grad school, so I knew some of his work, so it was like working with a legend. It came about completely by chance -- I was working at the editing house, and he just came in at some point to do the film with my then-boss. Mostly we did documentaries and educational films so not sure how it came about, but it was fun.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm afraid this calls for more Hornblower GIFs. POST REQUIRES HORNBLOWER GIFS. ;)





Also this shot, for reasons...


That calls for two of these:



More actual substantive discussion of the episode descriptions (no, really) when I have time to do so. And I am done doing this...



anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: December 18th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yep. That's me! XD
asta77 From: asta77 Date: December 18th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
OK, updated with Hornblower pic since I finally found one. I'm not a bad fan! I just didn't want to dig out the drive with all my old photos. ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I just hit the Hornblower tag on Tumblr. It is a wealth of loveliness. XD And breeches. All the breeches.
anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: December 18th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Breeches? Breeches? Who mentioned breeches?

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
HELLO, GOOD SIRS.
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: December 18th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, the horror! The pain of being forced to look at pretty sexy Hornblower gifs! XD
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 18th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Okay, I did say I was going to leave a substantive comment about the episode guide, I guess I should try and live up to that. ;) I'm doing it in bullet points though. For once, I'm too tired to be too wordy...

• We already knew because of an actor who was cast recently and the description of his character, but nice to see them bringing Park's storyline with the woman with tremors who ends up a nympho after surgery from the book. Provided they don't overplay the hand, it should be an interesting mix of humor + SRS BSNS sticky legal wranglings.

• Hal Holbrook's arc sounds quite similar to an LOUK episode from Season 5 (with the revered veteran doctor held accountable on account of his old age making him negligent.) Rather looking forward to it anyway, though, because OMFG Hal Holbrook. ♥ (There are some good guest stars here, beyond His Gruffuddness. Mercedes Ruehl! Anthony Heald!)

• So in episode 1.06, Ty and Tina are talking a soldier through treating a grievous head wound...by remote?! AWESOME.

• Interesting that they are going down a much more dramatic arc with Villanueva's son, although they certainly could touch on the uneasy relationship stuff from the book leading up to that. (Important to remember these are just bare bones capsule synopses, there'll be plenty per ep that doesn't get mentioned here...)

• Also interesting that Tina's husband sounds much more aggressively wronged in the show than he does in the book.

SPOILERS...

• Given the final chapters of the book, the "one of Chelsea General's own" bit in the finale is probably Tina. Although there is no mention in any of this of the free clinic work she did in the book, which of course was the situation in which she was assaulted, they may very well have moved it to CG if they decided to eliminate that plotline (or move it to a later season, if they get more?). Of course, there are no guarantees, it could be someone else...

More thoughts, anyone? I have a meeting, gotta run...

Edited at 2012-12-18 07:41 pm (UTC)
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: December 19th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Squueeeeeee!!!! That is all I have to say
Now if they would just hurry up and announce a UK air date.
Ladies I'm loving the breeches porn.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 20th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I was intrigued by the description of the sixth episode: "Ty and Tina receive a late night call from Afghanistan ..."
In the book there is this story?

Sanjay Gupta is a prototype of Dr. Ty?)))
(See page Sanjay Gupta on IMDb:"In 2003, he traveled to Iraq and performed emergency surgery on both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians.")
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