Treat Williams, the hunky doctor dad from the WB's cult show Everwood, is set to play a different type of doc in a TNT pilot, according to Hollywood Reporter. In Heartland, Williams plays an intense heart transplant surgeon.
In Heartland, Williams will play an angsty, driven character who focuses on his job to the detriment of his personal life. The series comes from The Gaurdian creator David Hollander.
Heartland comes at a time when viewers seem to be craving medical dramas. Fox's House burned up the ratings last season, and ABC's Grey's Anatomy went from retaining its Desperate Housewives lead-in to surpassing it.
Also announced today is news that Everwood creator Greg Berlanti has split from his producing partner, Mickey Liddell, and renamed their production house Berlanti Television. Berlanti will remain at Touchstone TV.
Berlanti TV has two projects at ABC. One comes from ex-Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright, and the other is a legal drama called Eli Stone, which has a pilot commitment from the network.
"It's a character law show about a lawyer who finds out he might be a prophet," Berlanti said of Stone. "The show will explore law and spirituality in a humorous and heartfelt way."
Berlanti has hired ex-Sony TV executive Melissa Berman as president of Berlanti TV.
"I consider myself enormously fortunate to be on Greg's team, and I know this company is going to create the most compelling television," Berman said.