Indian American actor Manish Dayal is ready to take over TV on Fox’s new medical drama, “The Resident,” which premieres Jan. 21.
Last seen as one of the leads in Gurinder Chadha’s film on India’s partition, “Viceroy’s House,” and in a recurring role in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” in “The Resident,” Dayal plays the starring role of Dr. Devon Pravesh, an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor.
Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident,” according to Fox, is a provocative medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country.
Matt Czuchry of “The Good Wife” fame plays Dr. Conrad Hawkins, one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Pravesh (Dayal), and turn them into real-life doctors.
With Conrad’s help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred. Nothing, not even the best medical school in the country, could have prepared him for what he’s about to learn.
As Devon accompanies Conrad through the hospital’s halls, he meets distinguished chief of surgery Dr. Randolph Bell, played by “Mad Men’s” Bruce Greenwood, the face of the hospital and its most sought-after doctor, whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered up with the help of allies under his command.
While Conrad opens Devon’s eyes to the stark realities of hospital life, the once-optimistic young doctor soon realizes that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other. Not all patients are angels and not all doctors are gods, but one thing’s for sure: expectations are meant to be shattered.
This interesting and fast-paced story about the darker side of medicine is written by Indian American writer and physician Roshan Sethi, Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore.
Sethi, a Harvard-trained physician, earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Yale University. Currently, Sethi, according to his LinkedIn profile, is a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sethi has also had writing gigs on other medical shows like CBS’ “Code Black.”
Watch the trailer of “The Resident” here: