It’s back to the one-hour grind for Rob Lowe, who joins CBS’ Code Black this fall as Dr. Ethan Willis, a character who — judging by this exclusive photo — looks about as intense as the faux attorney he played Fox’s The Grinder.
Of course, unlike the overly-earnest Dean Sanderson, Lowe’s Code Black MD has been to hell and back. As we previously reported, Willis is a seasoned combat surgeon who is coming off a stint in war-ravaged Afghanistan. He gets placed at Angels Memorial to teach the staff what the military has learned about combat medicine, and, while his aggressive, rule-breaking style is greeted positively by Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), the other docs are not quite as smitten.
Series creator Michael Seitzman is confident viewers will take a shine to Willis. “Two of Rob’s many remarkable qualities are the same traits we needed in Willis,” the EP tells TVLine. “He makes you want to know him and at the same time makes you feel you’ve known him your whole life.”
Lowe’s Dr. Willis make his Angels debut in Code Black‘s Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c.