‘Code Black’ Season 2 Casting News: Who Will Replace Raza Jaffrey As Lead Role?

By Nicole Earll, Parent Herald June 19, 12:30 am

There is so much going on for the upcoming season 2 of "Code Black," with CBS making a lot changes to the show's structure and casting. With Raza Jaffrey, along with Bonnie Somerville being let go, the show is looking for new lead roles.

Possible Male Lead Recast

"Code Black" has not announced who is going to replace Raza Jaffrey to be the male lead. Fansided listed five actors who would be great to join the show's reboot, with Tommy Dewey being its top one bet. Dewey could be the best fit for the character of Mike Leighton, however, Dewey might not be available because of his starring role in "Casual" on Hulu.

Next on Fansided's list is Jeff Hephner who would be great to be promoted to full time. Hephner played the role of hospital CEO Ed Harbert in the last few episodes of season 1. But he is also in a recurring role in "Chicago Med" so his availability could also be an issue, in addition to exploring a storyline that would make having him on full time reasonable. Also making it to the publication's bets are Ben Bass ("Rookie Blue"), Jamie Bamber ("Monday Mornings"), and Coby Bell ("Burn Notice").

Other Cast Changes

Jillian Murray (Dr. Heather Pinkney) and Boris Kodjoe (Dr. Will Campbell), who were in recurring roles last season, have been promoted to regular, Deadline reported. Four new residents and a male lead for Marcia Gay Harden (Dr. Leanne Rorish) are expected to join the cast as recurring roles, which would eventually be turned into regular.

While fans were outraged by the major changes, "Code Black" creator and executive producer Michael Seitzman said they are purely creative and not a sign of cutbacks. "The concept of the show is for each season to begin on the first day for incoming freshman residents, just as in real life there is a cycle of residents coming in and residents either graduating or moving on," he told the publication.

"The goal is to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, wondering if the jeopardy is real, and the only way to do it is to make it real," Seitzman added.

"Code Black" Season 2 is expected to premiere this fall on CBS.

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