Melissa George has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ben McKenzie in the new medical drama pilot “The Hurt Unit.” George also joins previously cast Michelle Ortiz, Augustus Prew and Jaime Lee Kirchner (Bull).
“The Hurt Unit” was ordered to pilot last December at ABC and follows a highly skilled team of trauma surgeons and nurses led by Danny (McKenzie), a self-made surgeon, who race into the field to treat the patients who won’t make it to the hospital in time. When the sick and the injured can’t get to the ER, the Hurt Unit (Hospital Urgent Response Team) brings the ER to them.
According to Deadline, George will play Dr. Ashcroft, the Head of Psychiatry and Deputy Chief of Administration at Nashville’s City South Hospital. In that latter capacity she gets into frequent and epic clashes with Dr. Danny Marsh (MxKenzie). A brilliant and intuitive psychotherapist, Rachel plays a crucial role in the ongoing care of the badly traumatized patients of the Hurt Unit — and on occasion, in counseling the deeply flawed doctors themselves.
The project comes from Matt Lopez (Promised Land) and John Glenn ( SEAL Team). Director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, (500) Days of Summer) will helm the pilot.
Lope and Glenn will write and exec produce with Webb also exec producing.
If “The Hurt Unit” gets a series order, the show will air on ABC and stream on Hulu in the United States. We also expect the show to arrive on Disney+ internationally.
George’s credits include Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s medical drama Heartbeat, Apple TV+’s Mosquito Coast, and Mulholland Drive.