Morris Chestnut Joins The Resident As Series Regular

Morris Chestnut Joins The Resident as Series Regular

After leading two series that were short-lived, Morris Chestnut (Rosewood, The Enemy Within) is trying his hand at the TV world again by joining Fox’s hit medical drama The Resident in a series regular role, according to Deadline.

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The upcoming third season will see Red Rock Mountain Medical being taken over Chastain Memorial Hospital and as the doctors are faced with the biggest corrupting influence of money in health care, with the courageous young physicians putting their futures and careers on the line to stop “profit over patients.”

Chestnut will portray Dr. Barrett Cain, an intimidating neurosurgeon who believes himself to be a superman physician and is hired by Red Rock Medical to turn around Chastain’s finances. He’s described as  “charming when he wants to be but utterly ruthless in his quest for money and power,” with his ability to exact swift revenge on any who oppose him putting the good doctors at Chastain in jeopardy.

The Resident is a powerful medical drama focusing on the final years of a young doctor’s training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Starring Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Revenge), Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire), Moran Atias (24: Legacy), Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (Billions) with Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, Providence) and Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Mad Men), the series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (Rosewood), Amy Holden Jones (Mystic PizzaIndecent Proposal), Rob Corn (Grey’s Anatomy), Antoine Fuqua (SouthpawTraining Day), David Boorstein (Level 26: Dark Revelations), Oly Obst (The MickGhosted) and Phillip Noyce (Patriot GamesThe Bone Collector), who also directed the pilot.

The new renewals, which mark the first of the live-action series to get renewals, come shortly after the merger in which the newly independent Fox worked hard to acquire all of its original series from Disney/20th Century TV, some of which are still being worked out between the two studios. Fox recently renewed its long-running animated hits The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy to new seasons, but given it was prior to the Disney deal, their futures are unclear.

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New episodes of The Resident can be watched on Fox, Fox Now and Hulu, with the debut seasons currently available to stream on the latter service. The third season of The Resident will debut on Fox on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Purchase Season One here.

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