We just discovered that actor Eriq La Salle will be returning to television again, this time to CBS as a Doctor on a new show titled A Gifted Man. After several conversations with La Salle in the past year we were told by him that he was not that interested in coming back to television and was more interested in working behind the scenes, possibly as a director or producer since he has done both. Wonder what changed his mind? We are gonna have to ask him! In the mean time read below.
The Hollywood Reported has the scoop;
Eriq La Salle is playing doctor again.
ER’s Dr. Peter Benton has booked a multiepisode arc on CBS’ upcoming Patrick Wilson medical drama A Gifted Man, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
La Salle will recur as Evan Morrison, a neuropsychiatrist — a physician who treats those with emotional and behavioral disturbances. Morrison is described as a great medical detective who focuses on the nuances of human behavior. He’ll appear in at least four episodes of the series.
The role reunites La Salle with Gifted Man executive producer Neal Baer, who also was an EP on ER.
“I’m thrilled to be working again with Eriq La Salle,” Baer told THR. “I have very fond memories of our time together on ER and look forward to having Eriq portray another unforgettable character on A Gifted Man.”
Gifted Man revolves around Wilson’s Michael, a competitive surgeon whose world is turned upside down when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins teaching him the meaning of life from the hereafter.
La Salle, who helmed an episode of ER, also might direct at least one episode of the drama, which executive producers Baer and Sarah Timberman said will be equally about medicine and science with a touch of spirituality.
La Salle, who is currently directing an episode of the CW’s Sarah Michelle Gellar action drama Ringer, is repped by APA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Fred Toczek.
A Gifted Man premieres Friday, Sept. 23 on CBS.