Casting News: Rob Lowe Joins Code Black, Blair Underwood Joins Quantico
A couple of new bits of casting news dropped into our inbox overnight. First up, the legend that is Rob Lowe will be joining the medical staff of Code Black as a series regular when it returns for it’s second season in the Autumn.
Code Black is a medical drama based on a documentary by Ryan McGarry, and is set in the hectic world of an understaffed and overcrowded LA Emergency Room.
Lowe is playing Colonel Ethan Willis, a military doctor from the prestigious Combat Casualty Care research program, who is sequestered to Angels Memorial to bring his experience of combat medicine from Afghanistan to the understaffed LA ER. His brash, ‘rule-breaking’ style is welcomed by Residency Director, Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), but less so by the rest of the team!
Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), Noah Gray-Cabey (Heroes), Emily Tyra (Flesh and Bone) will also be new additions to the cast in recurring roles next season. Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey won’t be returning from season one.
The second bit of casting sees Agents Of SHIELD’s Blair Underwood join the FBI as he heads to Quantico as new series regular for their second season.
The show follows a group of young FBI agents who have to deal with a terrorist attack on New York, which was seemingly carried out by one of their own. The story plays out in the present day, but with flashbacks to the groups time at the training academy in Quantico.
Underwood takes on the role of Owen Hall, an inspirational CIA officer (yes, CIA not FBI… This will make sense once season 1 finishes over here!). He’s intelligent, charming, and everything a new junior agent could ask for in a mentor… But is he as straightforward as he seems on the surface?…
Code Black airs on W in the UK, and we expect it to return in the Autumn. Quantico airs on Alibi in the UK, and we’d expect it back next year, although it’s possible it could arrive earlier. Keep an eye on the Code Black & Quantico air dates pages for the latest information.