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Rob Lowe Joins Code Black as New Regular Amid Season 2 Shakeup

Rob Lowe Code Black

Dr. Vegas is trying his luck at Angels Memorial.

Rob Lowe is joining CBS’ retooled Code Black as the medical drama’s new co-lead, TVLine has learned. The actor, fresh off his one-season run on Fox’s The Grinder, will play Colonel Ethan Willis, a doctor in the U.S. Military’s prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program who has been pulled out of a combat hospital in Afghanistan and embedded at Angels Memorial to teach what the military has learned about combat medicine. His aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted enthusiastically by Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but not by all the other doctors.

Lowe made the MD rounds on CBS back in 2004 as the star of the short-lived dr. vegas.

Lowe’s casting is part of a larger Season 2 overhaul at Code Black, which, as TVLine reported on Friday, is also adding Heroes alum Noah Gray-Cabey, Flesh and Bone star Emily Tyra and One Life to Live alum Nafessa Williams in recurring roles. Lowe & Co. are intended to help fill the void left by departing series regulars Bonnie Somerville (Christa) and Raza Jaffrey (Neal).

Look for Lowe’s Dr. Willis to make his Angels debut in Code Black‘s Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c.

What do you think? Is Lowe just what the doctor ordered? Sneak a peek at him below on his first day of work and then deposit your thoughts in the comments!

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