Miami Medical premieres on TV2

10:30pm Monday, May 9 on TV2

Miami Medical is TV2’s brand-new drama about one of the top ‘trauma-only’ facilities in America, which boasts a dedicated team of surgeons and staff, the Alpha Team, who deal exclusively in the kind of life-and-death medicine seen only in one other place – the area of war.

Together, this team of doctors excels in the golden hour – the 60 minutes immediately following a critical injury in which a patient’s life or death hangs in the balance. Which way the pendulum shifts is determined by the intervention of these trauma doctors. They must be swift, smart and confident. But above all, they must work together.

Lana Parrilla (24, Spin City) who plays Dr Eva Zambrano in the drama – a workaholic and third-generation surgeon – is thrilled to have landed such an exciting role. “I was very, very lucky,” she told Hollywood 411.

The excitement of landing the role aside, Parrilla believes Miami Medical offers audiences something different and that viewers can look forward to getting to know the new faces of the Alpha Team. “There’s a wonderful dynamic between the characters and you’re going to fall in love with them,” explains the actress.

Her co-star Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), who plays playboy Dr Christopher Deleo, also believes the show is set for success. He says, “Visually and aesthetically it has a look that sets it apart from everything that’s been on at this point.”

With fast-paced medical drama at every turn, Parrilla says getting some real-life experience was essential for playing her role accurately. “I did actually shadow three trauma surgeons at a trauma centre in Miami,” she revealed.

But nothing could have prepared her for what lay ahead. “I saw many deaths and that was crazy. And I saw someone’s glute that was completely torn off their body, and that was very hard to see.”

In the season premiere of Miami Medical, one member of the team learns a secret about Dr Proctor’s (Jeremy Northam, The Tudors) past while treating the victims of a hotel shooting. Meanwhile, Dr Deleo is offered a prestigious career move. Guest starring Michael O’Neill (The West Wing).

Missed an episode of Miami Medical? Full episodes will be available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

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