Rob Lowe joins the Angels Memorial Team on "Code Black"

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24 September 2016
Code Black
Photo: Paul Sarkis/CBS
"Code Black"
Season Premiere Wednesday, September 28 at 10 PM ET/PT
on CBS Television Network
          In the season premiere, Colonel Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe) joins the team at Angels Memorial from the Department of Defense and takes Dr. Mike Leighton on a harrowing helicopter ride to save shark bite victims in Malibu. Colonel Ethan Willis’ responsibility at the hospital will be to teach the staff new techniques and technologies used on the combat field.
          “CODE BLACK” is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all—creating a condition known as Code Black. At the heart of the ER are Dr. Leanne Rorish, a stop-at-nothing residency director whose job is to save lives in an often impossible environment, and who is known to by the group of residents as “Daddy.” Joining her is Col. Ethan Willis, who has been embedded at Angels Memorial by the U.S. Military’s most elite medical program to teach innovative medicine in a hospital that often resembles the combat zone he’s familiar with.
          Both doctors work under – and sometimes against – the iron-hand of ER and OR Director Dr. Will Campbell, a top-tier surgeon who was put in charge of both departments in an effort to save money and simplify administration. His oversight makes things challenging for everyone, including Dr. Heather Pinkney, an acerbic, aggressive surgical resident in his charge, whose confidence has both helped her get ahead and held her back. When the residents need a shoulder to cry on, they turn to Senior ER Nurse Jesse Sallander, known to them as “Mama,” whose stern hand guides them through their toughest trials.
          Mama’s children include second-year residents Dr. Angus Leighton, the sweet, in-over-his-head younger brother of a superstar doctor who got his position because he’s also the son of a hospital board member; Dr. Mario Savetti, the pulled-up-by-his-bootstraps kid from a messy family who got there literally by hook and crook; and Dr. Malaya Pineda, who is book-smart and learning to be street-smart. Dr. Rollie Guthrie is the avuncular, wise grandfather to all. In Center Stage, life is measured in seconds, and these heroic doctors and nurses operate with speed and skill within an overwhelmed system to heal people who are often there for one of two reasons: to die or to receive a life-saving miracle.
Marcia Gay Harden             (Dr. Leanne Rorish)
Boris Kodjoe                       (Dr. Will Campbell)
Melanie Chandra                (Dr. Malaya Pineda)
Harry Ford                          (Dr. Angus Leighton)
Benjamin Hollingsworth     (Dr. Mario Savetti)
Jillian Murray                     (Dr. Heather Pinkney)
William Allen Young           (Dr. Rollie Guthrie)
Luis Guzmán                     (Jesse Sallander)
Rob Lowe                          (Col. Ethan Willis)
Tommy Dewey                      (Dr. Mike Leighton)
Noah Gray-Cabey                (Dr. Elliot Han)
Emily Tyra                             (Dr. Noa Kean)
Nafessa Williams                 (Dr. Charlotte Piel)
Angela Relucio                    (Nurse Risa)
Emily Nelson                        (Hannah Reynolds)
Steven Culp                          (Mr. Leighton)
George Lako                         (Flight Medic #1)
Brandon Lynch                    (Flight Medic #2)
Emma Engle                         (Kaya)
Madalyn Horcher                 (Jaydin)
Nefe Iredia                            (Paramedic)
Robert Romanus                 (Henry Underwood)
Mike Erwin                            (Randall Underwood)
Bianca Collins                      (Chelsea Underwood)
Julie Ann Emery                  (Debbie Kobling)
Angela Fornero                    (Post-Op Nurse)
Kristina Guerrero                 (Field Reporter)


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