Pilot Scoop: Jason Isaacs Is Surgeon General

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Surgeon General Pilot CBS Jason IsaacsAwake‘s Jason Isaacs has landed the title role in CBS’ Surgeon General drama pilot, TVLine has learned.

The project, which will revolve around “America’s doctor,” is being written and produced by Lie to Me creator Samuel Baum.

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Isaacs’ top doc is described as “a man of solid build and solid character” who has the rare mix of resolve, humanity and dry wit.

The part is Isaacs’ first major TV role since NBC put Awake to sleep in 2012.



Comments (20)

  • While I adore him as an actor, why do they keep casting British actors for American roles? They butcher our accents as much as we do theirs. Just STOP!

    Comment by GS – February 14, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Isaacs does a pretty good accent.

      Comment by Superhero – February 14, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • issacs did a fantastic american accent in awake; and i didnt even know hugh laurie was english when i first saw him in house and believed he was american for about 2 years afterwards. dont base everything on a few bad accents. at least you arent irish, every american who attempts an irish accent give a new meaning to butchering for me and practically the rest of the country; you guys have it easy with portrayals of your accent believe me.

      Comment by Alan – February 14, 2013 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh. Such a talented actor shouldn’t be saddled with a CBS show. I was hoping he would get the male lead on Tyrant on FX. Sounds like there would’ve been a fit there. Well, here’s hoping this doesn’t go to series and he gets a better role down the line.

    Comment by Superhero – February 14, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! He’s such a great actor and I loved him in Awake. And I loved Lie To Me, so I have high hopes for this show. Plus he’s HOT!

    Comment by Jackson – February 14, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree with everything said here.

      Comment by Nessie – February 14, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree for all three reasons!

      Comment by Carol C – February 15, 2013 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Jason Issacs, and would watch him on any show. I’m excited to see this.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch (@mkroggasch) – February 14, 2013 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show might turn out to be a success, but that sounds like a generic character description for most cops/lawyers/middle-age male characters on television.

    Comment by Addison – February 14, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love him. He is so sexy.

    Comment by Margie – February 14, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love him too. I’m so happy he picked a network show and I hope it makes it on air and stays. I was afraid he’d be on HBO or Showtime again. (channels I don’t get)

      Comment by Auntie J. – February 14, 2013 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love him!

    Comment by Gillian – February 14, 2013 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fantastic actor. He was the best thing about ‘Awake’. Looking forward to this and hoping it gets picked up.

    Comment by The Unassigned. (@Tha_Phoenix) – February 14, 2013 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved him in Awake (mumble mumble shouldn’t have been cancelled mumble mumble jason robbed of an emmy mumble mumble) and it’ll be great to have him back on the TV.

    Comment by Eliza – February 14, 2013 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the best pilot news I’ve heard yet!

    Comment by Linderella – February 14, 2013 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This could be even worse than his last series Awake on NBC. Don’t let the ratings fooled CBS.

    Comment by Tran – February 14, 2013 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Super to see the amazing Emmy-denied (Awake) Jason Isaacs may be back in the TV game. Wish one of the edgy cable or HBO/Showtime networks had a great leading role for him; I don’t doubt that’ll come in a fairly short time. Meanwhile, Jason can kick ass over all of CBS’s procedurals until “Surgeon General”s ratings dip and they yank another original, interesting series off the air. Best wishes, Jason!

    Comment by steve m – February 14, 2013 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The medical pilot centers on America’s doctor: the surgeon general of the United States, with Isaacs set to play Dr. John Sherman, a man of solid build and character. He’s got a rare mix of resolve, humanity and dry wit. When he’s injured during his service as a military medic, he becomes a national hero and is appointed to the office of surgeon general upon his return to the U.S.

    Sherman is a widower who is raising two teen girls on his own, with a bit of help from his mother-in-law, and doesn’t take kindly to the political aspect of his position. All he wants to be concerned with is the nation’s health, but he can’t ignore the politics that come with the job. – (Hollywood Reporter)

    Comment by M. – February 15, 2013 06:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even with the most banal of discriptions, Jason Isaacs Is such a talentd actor with standards in the stratosphere. He will take this part and put his very elegant ‘John Hancock’ on it like no ones business! Hello to ya Jason!

    Comment by ln419 – February 15, 2013 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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