Mum’s the word at Angels Memorial. How will the Code Black TV show on CBS handle the absence of Bonnie Somerville’s Christa Lorenson and Raza Jaffrey’s Neal Hudson? By not mentioning the characters, at all, according to EP Michael Seitzman. Code Black season two premieres Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS.
The showrunner told TV Line, “We just never found a good way to address it.” The writing staff felt jamming in a line about Christa and Raza moving on was too much exposition, according to the report. The medical drama stars Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jillian Murray, Boris Kodjoe, and William Allen Young. Rob Lowe is joining in the second season.
The actors were let go after the first season, as part of a re-tooling needed, to secure a second season renewal from the Tiffany Network. It was a difficult task for Seitzman to let the pair go. Here is more from TV Line:
Although the actors were let go, “You have to remember these are friends of ours,” Seitzman sighs. “This is tough. Raza and I became good friends. We’re still good friends. He lives right up the street from me, and my wife and I have dinner with him and his wife. We have a personal relationship. That was the hardest phone call I ever made. It was awful for me. I hated making the phone call to Bonnie, too, but Raza and I are really tight.”
What do you think? were you a fan of the Christa and Neal characters? Do you plan to watch the second season of the Code Black TV series, even though Sommerville and Jaffrey will not be returning? Tell us.