Code Black 2.0 continues to take shape.
The CBS medical drama — which on Friday announced a major Season 2 cast shake-up that saw two actors promoted and another two fired — is adding a male co-lead opposite Marcia Gay Harden, and TVLine has procured intel on the newbie MD.
The character, Colonel David Willis, is a onetime combat doctor who has served three tours in Afghanistan. Described as heroic, blunt, irreverent, and rule-breaking, Willis lands at Angels Memorial to teach the attendings and residents new war-tested techniques. Per the casting notice, he’s a “says-what-he-thinks veteran who doesn’t suffer fools and puts the patient first over all else, including your precious feelings. Possessed with a roguish charm, gallows humor and willingness to take risks, he’s sexy to women and compelling to men.”
Producers are looking for an actor in his late 30s/early 40s to fill the ethnically diverse, series-regular role.
On Friday, news broke that cast members Bonnie Somerville (Christa) and Raza Jaffrey (Neal) would not be returning in Season 2. Recurring players Boris Kodjoe (Will) and Jillian Murray (Heather), meanwhile, will be back as full-fledged series regulars.
In an impromptu Q&A with fans Saturday night, series creator Michael Seitzman conceded that losing Somerville and Jaffrey “sucks for sure,” before adding that he’s “excited about the new characters” joining the team.
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