Watch out Grey's Anatomy, there is a new medical drama on air. It is "real, gritty and relentlessly human", according to its executive producer Michael Seitzman. The show, premiering this Wednesday 30 September, takes place in an overcrowded and understaffed emergency room in Los Angeles.
The official description of season one reads:
Code Black 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's controlled chaos is Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish, renowned for successfully performing high-risk procedures in Center Stage, the trauma area reserved for the most critical cases.
Expect the pilot episode to introduce all the key characters and establish the setting for what promises to be a pretty intense take on medical dramas. "Doctors and nurses fight to save lives in the country's busiest ER. In the opener, four new first-year residents are immediately put to work by the ER's tough-minded residency director Dr Leanne Rorish," reads the episode 1 synopsis.
Talking about the approach and overall treatment to the new series, Seitzman claimed that despite the chaos and multiple storylines, the audience will not lose track or get confused. "You get a sense of what viewers can tolerate. They seem to be very adept and acrobatic in the way that they experience storytelling," the executive producer told Observer.
"We have anywhere from five to eight different patient storylines in our episodes and no one seems to lose track or get confused. In a way, I think audiences have become sort of almost insatiable in their thirst for more; more action, more storytelling, just more overall."
Where to watch live online
Code Black season 1 premiere episode airs this Wednesday at 10pm ET/9pm CT on CBS. Click here to watch it via live stream online. Below is the official synopsis of episode 2:
"Christa saves a woman's life and then pleads with Neal to perform a surgery that will save the patient's reproductive future. Meanwhile, Mario gets into a fight with a patient after he delivers a diagnosis that could end the man's hockey career."