Nothing like a little sorcery to quell a fiery backlash. Code Black, which last week fired to series regulars amid a Season 2 cast shakeup, is introducing a new doctor with (admittedly very loose) ties to the Harry Potter universe.
The character, “Charlotte Piel,” is described a former child star of an iconic movie franchise — “think Hermione Granger in Harry Potter,” reads the casting notice — who gave up acting to go to medical school. Now a resident at Angels Memorial, Charlotte struggles to be taken seriously by her new colleagues. The recurring role carries with it a series-regular option.
Charlotte is one of two major new additions to the Code Black cast. As TVLine reported on Monday, the CBS drama is also introducing a new male co-lead for Marcia Gay Harden in the form of fortysomething ex-combat doctor “Colonel David Willis.” Described as heroic, blunt, irreverent, and rule-breaking, Willis lands at Angels to teach the attendings and residents new war-tested techniques.
Casting for both roles is underway.
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Last 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 last Saturday, 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.