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In the past year, Ryan Eggold has lost his Blacklist spinoff series and dealt with his character getting killed off the flagship show, so it's nice to see the actor may soon have another project to dive into. This time around, the former Tom Keen is joining an untitled hour-long medical pilot from NBC. The project, which is based on the memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, will place Eggold in the series lead role of Max Hollander.
Max Hollander draws focus within NBC's medical pilot as a specialist in internal medicine who was just promoted to be the medical director of the hospital he works at. This means he'll have to regularly undergo an exhausting amount of work, all while demanding the same from others on his quest to restore the hospital to its former glory. Or lose his job in the process, that is. Deadline also reported Hollander's wife has recently separated him as the tale begins, but it doesn't appear as though this separation was caused by him working as a double agent, which is what complicated things for his character's family life on The Blacklist.
Ryan Eggold joins the NBC pilot as a newcomer in a cast that is already composed of Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, and Anupam Kher. The pilot hails from David Schulner who has worked on a fair amount of projects for NBC, including the short-lived 2013 medical drama Do No Harm. This new untitled project, which had to change its former name of Bellevue likely due to the WGN America thriller of the same name, will be produced by Dr. Eric Manheimer, who was the medical director of New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He's also the scribe of the memoir upon which this new project is based, and while Eggold's character doesn't share the same name the doctor, it sounds as though his performance and storylines will be based in part on Manheimer's experiences.
While there's no guarantee Ryan Eggold's new project will see a series order, its a good move by NBC to try and line the actor up for another show on its network. Eggold was a solid talent on The Blacklist, and he's also locked in for Spike Lee's upcoming feature Black Klansman, so his profile in Hollywood can only keep rising. It will undoubtedly be weird to see Eggold brandishing a medical chart as opposed to a gun, and a distrust of Red Reddington, but NBC fans will quickly adapt should the pilot end up getting a series order.
Stay with CinemaBlend for any updates regarding Ryan Eggold's NBC pilot, and for a list of shows that are set to air in 2018 and where to find them, head on over to our midseason premiere guide. Any fans of The Blacklist who wandered in to see what Tom Keen is up to next should check out why the show finally decided to introduce Liz to her family.