Michelle Ortiz (This Fool) has been cast as a series regular in the new medical drama pilot “The Hurt Unit.” Ortiz joins previously cast Ben McKenzie.
“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, Ortiz will play Ruth, a trauma nurse on the Hurt Unit, helping Dr. Danny Marsh (McKenzie) perform surgeries in the most dangerous situations imaginable. A veteran nurse who has seen it all, Ruth combines a bone-dry wit with the ability to remain unfazed under pressure. If Danny is the leader of the team, then Ruth is the glue.
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.
Ortiz’s credits include the Hulu comedy series This Fool, Mr. Corman for AppleTV+ and TruTV’s Tacoma FD.