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Jamie Bamber Cast in TNT's "Chelsea General"
Via Deadline.com, Jamie has just been cast in David E. Kelley's TNT medical drama, "Chelsea General". More from the site:

Based on CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings, the project follows the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. Bamber will play one of them, Dr. Tyler Wilson, supernova vascular neurosurgeon who has a fling with a fellow neurosurgeon (Jennifer Finnigan). Kelley and Gupta, who is a practicing neurosurgeon, are executive producing the pilot; Kelley’s frequent collaborator Bill D’Elia is set to direct.

The very good news: the pilot is for TNT, which picks up the majority of their pilots to series. The network is willing to nurture a series that isn't exactly a ratings blockbuster (See: Southland). And cable networks, unlike the broadcast networks, won't air all the episodes they've ordered. Also, TNT must have liked what they saw in Perception. :)

On the possibly negative side: David E Kelley. Some of his work is better than others. But Sanjay Gupta's involvement makes me think they will be aiming for realism that has been lacking in some of Kelley's previous shows.

Bottom line......time to celebrate! Oh, and Jamie, Tricia and Mary all have shows in development at TNT right now? Someone is a BSG fan!

ETA: We have our first (slightly spoilery) look at the pilot script. The Hollywood exec (if you believe his blog title :), lived it and loved Jamie's character, Ty. Most importantly, it looks like he'll get the opportunity to play another flawed, complicated character. Woo!


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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 3rd, 2012 03:33 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Agreed, I am not the world's biggest David E. Kelley fan. At all. AT. ALL. But, TNT does tend to have a lower threshhold for schmaltz/corn than the networks, and I'm interested in the fact that Gupta's book is providing solid source material. Also, maybe having had the Wonder Woman experiment blow up in his face so spectacularly will help him stay focused on... Not going off the god damn rails. ;)

Also... Doctor. SCRUBS. Excuse me while fan the flames of my fetish. ;)
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: February 3rd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I can't wait!
falconer17 From: falconer17 Date: February 3rd, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
OMG! This is soooo cool! *fingers crossed like crazy that this one gets picked up*
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 4th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
TNT cancelled three series last year (and Southland continues to be on the bubble) and have ordered four pilots. And the network has talked about expanding original programming. I think the chances are pretty good it gets picked up. Still, crossing fingers won't hurt. ;)
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: February 3rd, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Exciting. He'd be the lead? That's so great. The ETA link is certainly interesting as well. Wonderful!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 3rd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I think it's one of those things where he's *a* lead (the book description also notes that it follows five doctors), but in essence he's the focus of the pilot and so our intro to the show. So while it's technically an ensemble, it's a) a tight one and b) he's at the forefront. ;)

Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: February 3rd, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
and 3)He will clearly be the most marketable based on both looks and ability, and thus end up the star of the show.
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: February 4th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes! I'm convinced he'll be the next George Clooney (Doctor Ross from ER) and he and Ioan Gruffudd will do an Ocean's Eleven-esque movie in the near future.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 4th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC) (Link Me)
You know, there's a very strong chance at this point that Ringer might not get a second season. As long as it's early days for Chelsea, we can afford not to be too serious; might as well wish-fulfill a guest arc at the very least for Ioan. He'd make a great consulting specialist or sumfink ;)

(He wouldn't fit the only other roles we know of from links and comments so far: From the blog asta77 posted above: Sung Park, "Korean doctor... who's great at what he does but because of his laser-like focus on his craft, has the worst bedside manner imaginable."; and a Hispanic doctor called George Villanueva (mentioned in the Deadline comments) who sounds like the elder statesman of the group.)
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: February 4th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm a little embarassed to admit that I watch Ringer. It's soapy cheese but I've kinda enjoyed it some. I'd be sad if it didn't come back. In fact my DVR didn't catch this past week's ep and I'm a bit upset.

So we know of four characters, right? Wilson, Park, Villanueva, and the female. I wish the book was already out. I'd be at B&N right now.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 4th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Tee hee. I watch Ringer too. It is patently ridiculous soapy trifle, indeed. I can't say I'd be crushed if it got cancelled, but it's oddly still watchable despite all it's flaws, there's something about it that *knows* exactly how ridiculous it is and that makes a big difference from shows which clearly think they are SRS BSNS but are, in fact, just as cheesy. Somehow I can't stop watching. (Though that daughter really tempts me sometimes. The "Shut UP, Juliet!" moments are many. XD)

I totally pre-ordered the book last night. It's out March 10, so we won't have to wait too long! I'm sure it's possible they'll change a few things and diverge away from the conclusion of the book so they can keep a long-term story arc going, but seeing as how Gupta is an exec producer, they're probably keeping the principles intact.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 4th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, and the commenter who mentioned Villanueva suggest Alfred Molina for the part. Despite having not read the book, I am firmly in favor of Alfred Molina in anything, so thumbs up.
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: February 4th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Spot on!
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: February 5th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I like your thinking.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Body of Proof
John Doe
Potential new series Chelsea General

2012 is shaping up to be the year of Jamie
chingadoll From: chingadoll Date: February 3rd, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
that's horrible. another medical drama.
jamieaddict From: jamieaddict Date: February 4th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yay, good for him!
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: February 4th, 2012 11:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Well this is promising news indeed! I have no objections to him being in medical drama/cop show/hard hitting drama about the trials of clown college as long as it's good. It's of course too early to tell if this will be but a postive review from someone who has read the script is better than a negative one! Regardless I'm delighted he's gotten work so regularly since the end of BSG and continues to do so.

Is Ringer really in danger of being cancelled? :( I quite enjoy watching Buffy and Horatio's madcap farce hour.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 4th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
hard hitting drama about the trials of clown college

Heeeeee! Well, as someone who has an intense dislike of clowns, I'd prefer the medical drama. ;)

Jamie's been really smart in regards to his career and is where I thought he would be post L&O:UK (I've referred to it as the two year plan). And I've been very pleased with how well so many of the BSG actors have been doing since the end of that series. Sci-fi doesn't quite have the stigma to it that it once did, but some actors known for sci-fi roles can still struggle.

With Ringer being on the CW, it's somewhat hard to tell what it's fate will be. The network has such a small audience and, I believe, the ratings are down for all their series this season. They had hoped Ringer would be the next Buffy and bring them a lot of new eyeballs, but it has failed to do so. So, in that respect, it's been a disappointment. I have to admit I quit watching after episode 10 (I think). I like Sarah and Ioan, but they just aren't enough to hold my interest.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 4th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Ringer is definitely on the bubble, but a lot of it depends on what they decide to do with their other shows. Vampire Diaries is their biggest hit by far, Supernatural has its fierce fan base... other than those two, the rest are down across the boards.
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: February 4th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
So, are we assuming an American accent? Also, does anyone know if TNT streams? I'm anti-cable TV, so I have to get creative sometimes to watch vital programs. I have yet to find "Survivor's Guilt," which I would very much like to watch, now that I've gotten through most of the stages of grieving.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 5th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC) (Link Me)
As far as I know, TNT only streams episodes on their site and you need to be a cable subscriber in order to access the streaming. Interestingly, commercials have recently popped up for TNT shows on Hulu, which does not stream TNT series. I'm wondering if this may be a first step to a deal between Hulu and TNT. The only other major network that I can think of that doesn't have some sort of streaming deal with Hulu is CBS.
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: February 5th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link Me)
anamarya From: anamarya Date: February 4th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Good news! Personally I'm not opposed to medical drama especially if I have some added bonus to the series like it will here. I'm known to prefer cop related/procedurals and or sci-fi but medical sounds ok especially if it's done correctly.

I'm curious about how this will look especially if the character does make a big mistake at the beginning. and more Jamie on TV is always a good news especially if he'll get the opportunity to play another flawed, complicated character.

shoelesslucy From: shoelesslucy Date: February 5th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
ohh exciting! Jamie doesn't seem to have too much trouble finding work, pretty early on in pilot season, isn't it? I was prepared to wait much longer for news.

I used to love ER and I have to admit I watch Grey's too, although I rage as much about it as I enjoy it. I think there is an endless possibility for drama in medical shows and I'm kinda glad it's not yet another crime show, I tend to get bored with those.

As for David E Kelley, I'm an Ally McBeal fan (especially the RDJ season), so I'm cautiously optimistic. He can write some good dialogue and we'll probably see some romantic entanglements and some funny moments, so that will be interesting to see Jamie do. As long as Kelley reigns in the quirkiness, we'll be good. (I hated Boston Legal)

Though I have to admit I would have loved to see him on that Darabont show and my absolute dream casting would have been on Ewan McGregor's Corrections project, but that was always a long shot...
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 6th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Cable series tend to be a bit ahead of the broadcast networks in ordering pilots to series and casting them. Actually, Tricia's pilot for TNT has already been filmed.

I think Kelley's worst instincts in regards to quirky will have to be toned down for TNT. I'd say some of their series have had quirky elements, but not to the extent of Kelley's previous work. And he still is trying live down the disastrous Wonder Woman script and pilot.

I watched Ally McBeal early on, then drifted away, and then drifted back when RDJ joined the cast. His season was by far the best. Just his mere presence seemed to focus the show more and tone down Ally's more irritating characteristics. His season is the only season I own on DVD. ;)
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: February 5th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
This is great news and the thought of Jamie playing a doctor *swwwoooonnn**
I hope it gets picked up
eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: February 12th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Jamie in scrubs! Jamie with steth and Dr coat! Jamie palpating and looking into eyes with a light!
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