Code Black Musical: The Hit Medical Drama Gets a Little Trippy This Week
CBS, Wednesday, May 2, 10/9c
By Barb Oates
Brace yourself for some fun, Code Black fans, as Angels Memorial is about to get a little trippy. Series creator Michael Seitzman surprises viewers in Season 3’s second episode (airing Wednesday on CBS) with some full-on singing and dancing. We asked the bossman himself, Dr. Will Campbell (Boris Kodjoe), to fill us in on what the heck is going on.
“When you’re working on a medical drama, the chances of doing a musical, or even just being able to sing or dance or do any of that, are very slim to none,” Kodjoe laughs, giving huge praise to Seitzman for continuously pushing the edge in the writers’ room. “The way he packaged it and told a story was just absolutely genius. So we were super hyped about getting started. And this was a serious undertaking. There’s 13 cast members, and we had a choreographer who was working really, really hard to support us in our strengths and not expose our weaknesses.”
In the episode “Better Angels,” the staff treat a self-proclaimed psychic who envisions them singing and dancing, and sees beauty amid the chaos at Angels Memorial. The cast performs to “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” by Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik.
Kodjoe’s no stranger to belting out a tune on social media, particularly with his wife of almost 13 years, Nicole Ari Parker, whom he met on the set of Soul Food. Dancing, however, he found a bit more challenging. “I’m a solid dancer. I’m a father of two, so when you become a father, your dance moves … I don’t know what it is, biology or something, because your dance moves sort of disappear,” Kodjoe laughs. “And then your go-to moves become the two-step, so I had to step out of my comfort zone and brush off the old bebop moves that I had.”
On a more serious note, last season we saw a more human side to Campbell’s character as we learned he was a single father with a special-needs child. “We started to understand who he was and that he wasn’t a one-dimensional a-hole. This season we are getting deeper into who he is, his disposition, his principles and values as it pertains to his daughter. And we also uncover that obviously there has to be a mother somewhere because clearly he didn’t give birth to her. So we are finding out some things about his relationship to the mother of his child, which is very interesting.”
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