Medical drama Code Black Season 2 premieres Wednesday, September 28 on CBS. With two major characters–Bonnie Somerville?s Christa Lorenson and Raza Jaffrey?s Neal Hudson–leaving the show, questions remain as to how the plot will proceed.
Plot Ignores Season 1 Characters
Executive producer Michael Seitzman, however, revealed that Lorenson and Hudson?s departure will not be addressed in the upcoming episodes. He said the Code Black Season 2 won’t be addressing the reason why Christy & Neal no longer work at Angel’s Memorial Hospital.
?We pride ourselves on the show on being as authentic as possible. By not mentioning it at all, it felt like the least offensive way to deal with it. We just never found a good way to address it,? Seitzman told TVLine.
He even teased that by not killing off the characters there was always a chance that both Lorenson and Hudson could return in the future.
New Cast Joins Code Black
While Christy and Neal will be missed, Code Black Season 2 adds a whole new cast for the series. The former West Wing star Rob Lowe has been brought in to revitalize the drama.?Lowe?s character, Col. Ethan Willis, is a doctor in the Combat Casualty Care research program who gets pulled out of Afghanistan to teach combat medicine at the series? Angels Memorial Hospital.
The very first trailer featuring Lowe?s character has been released. The two-minute trailer re-highlights the high-stakes environment of what a “code black” status means for the hospital. A new case comes and Doc Willis set forth to help.
Willis? first case involves taking a trauma helicopter to rescue a patient on the beach. On the ride back to the hospital, one of his interns falls from the helicopter. It’s going to be an injury that hits Willis hard and will set a serious tone for his new tenure at the hospital.
?I feel responsible for what happened,? he tells the man?s angry brother, who responds, ?You are responsible.?
Others on the new cast include Heroes alum Noah Gray-Cabey, who will play the role of Elliott Han, a sweet and smart doctor at Angels Memorial Hospital. Gray-Cabey will be joined by Emily Tyra as Dr. Noa Kean, and Nafessa Williams as Charlotte Piel.
Code Black Season 2 premieres Wednesday night?10 p.m on CBS.