David E. Kelley New TNT Drama Monday Mornings
I’ve been a fan of David E. Kelley for years, not to date myself, but all the way back to LA Law in 1986 when Arnie Becker and Michael Kuzak were the wittiest men on television. David has brought us 30 years of fantastic television like Doogie Houser, M.D., Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and of course Boston Legal. Now David E. Kelley brings us the new TNT drama Monday Mornings. Once again providing us a fascinating look into the lives of surgeons standing on the cutting edge of medicine all while balancing complicated personal lives.
The premise of Monday Mornings is the all too uncomfortable and yet necessary medical recurring conference commonly referred to as the M&M (Morbidity and Mortality Conference) in which doctors review poor or unusual outcomes within the medical center where they practice. The M&M is a way for our doctors to learn from each others mistakes, be it technique or bed side manner. It also makes for a great foundation on which Kelley has built a witty and intelligent script for a cast of fantastic actors to portray.
Like all David E. Kelley productions, casting is an essential part of his story telling. He manages to find the best new relatively undiscovered talent to play his characters and then he peppers the show perfectly with some of the best known actors in the business. The seasoned actors manage to elevate the newbie’s performances and thus hatch stars the likes of Calista Flockheart and Neil Patrick Harris. Monday Mornings is no exception. Unknown actors like Jamie Bamber and Sarayu Rao are working alongside Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina. There are a lot of cast members in this ensemble who are sure to rocket to the top of their profession if they continue to grow with the characters Kelley has provided.
This show documents what doctors go through after losing a patient as much as it does saving one, not only uncommon cases but those that may hit a little closer to home for many. It’s a fact that if you don’t take care of yourself and make bad choices the doctors might not be able to save your life when you have a heart attack. Monday Mornings doesn’t sugar coat those kinds of issues and thus is not only entertaining but responsible and intelligent. There is no shortage of hospital dramas on TV; Monday Mornings stands out because of the exceptional writing talents of David E. Kelley coupled with a raw talented cast. Monday Mornings can be seen on TNT (check your local listings) on Monday nights following another terrific TNT drama, Dallas. I look forward to years of Monday Mornings to come.