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.
We liked this show because of the excitement of the emergency room and how all the doctors interacted to get things done. Will miss the ones that were killed off.
I love the show!! I do miss Neal, Christa not so much, the new redhead Dr should not have made it out of med school (pretend med school). The new head should be sent on out, he’s rigid and has no compassion in him,surprising when his daughter is so ill. Bring Neal back!!
Very disappointed! The 2 actors who were dismissed added a maturity level of belief in the script which brought balance to youthful error in other characters of the drama. I’ve watched the first 2 in the second season .. love the believability of Rob Lowes character. Your first season was very believable but there are 3 new actors and the script written for them isn’t great. They don’t seem mature enough or old enough to hold those positions which is unfortunate for the drama. This is an expectional drama, writing is fast and interesting. Please don’t degrade it by choosing… Read more »
I totally disagree. Cutting Christa/Dr. Lorenson was a super great move. She was way too emotional. There’s no way that that level of emotion going on should be coming from any doctor inside an actual trauma unit. The chic was crying in every episode. She cried in the break room, she cried in the locker room, she cried in the bathroom, she cried in damn center stage while on top of a stranger, while giving CPR , REALLY!!! It was terrible writing for her part which made her character so unlikeable. I wanted to smack the bitc#
I was so sad to read that Christa and Neal will not be back. I loved those characters!!! I kept waiting for them to return!! I could do without the red headed Dr. I think you would do the show a service by reintroducing them again. I love this show, but I miss them. They added heart to the show. Please reconsider this decision.
I really don’t care for Rob Lowe on Code Black and I feel it was unnecessary to let go Raza Jaffrey. Throughout this Season 2 I kept hoping Raza Jeffrey would re-appear in an episode. He has not. In my opinion, I wish they would get rid of Rob Lowe and bring back Raza Jeffrey.
There is absolutely no way these 2 characters were a problem with the viewers or the show. It makes no sense! Great actors, brilliant back stories and storylines. My guess is something went down which we will most probably never find out about…
I love the show . Ive followed it since the first episode . If I miss a show , I record it to watch later . I was a fan of the christa and Neal duo, and it saddens me to not see them on the show . I thought the story line of their relationship added a flair . I’m not a fan of the new female doctor , the redhead . I don’t even know her name , but I new Christa and Neal . I would love to see them return .