The Resident Staffs Jane Leeves as New Series Regular

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Hot in Cleveland and Frasier star Jane Leeves is donning a white coat and presumably a stethoscope to play a doctor on Fox's popular drama, The Resident.

The news comes hot on the heels of the promotions of two characters who were promoted to series regular status for The Resident Season 2, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Glenn Morshower.

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The three new series regulars will make up for the absence of departing The Resident Season 1 stars Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey and Melina Kanakaredes.

Leeves character will be playing Dr. Kitt Voss, a star Orthopedic Surgeon.

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She will be a kick-ass new mentor for the residents.

Kitt attracts the roving eye of Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) while butting heads with larger-than-life Cardio-thoracic surgeon AJ Austin (Warner).

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The Resident centers on the tough, brilliant senior resident Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) who guides the idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) through the beginning of his own residency, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

At the end of the first season, the residents had uncovered a conspiracy by Dr. Lane Hunter (Kanakaredes) whose arrest newly appointed hospital chief Bell took all the credit.

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Bell is an egotistical and rather unpleasant sort, but Hunter made him look soft.

With the addition of Leeves, who has a background forged in comedy, it's hard not to wonder if she'll be adding some levity to what had become one of the darker medical dramas on the air.

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Warner's Dr. Austin was already infusing some of that and as the two are going to butt heads, perhaps their argument will be lighter in nature than what we witnessed with the deaths of patients and Feds ultimately raining down on Hunter.

We can only hope, right?

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The Resident also stars Emily Van Camp as heroic nurse Nicolette Nevin and Shaunette Renée Wilson as the brilliant Mina Okafor.

Get to know them all when you watch The Resident online before the premiere of the sophomore season.

The Resident is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and was created by Amy Holden Jones, Roshan Sethi, and Hayley Schore. Executive producers include Holden Jones, Todd Harthan, Rob Corn, Antoine Fuqua, David Boorstein, Oly Obst, and Phillip Noyce.

For those of you Frasier fans, this casting news provides a bit of a reunion as both Frasier and Daphne now make their new home on the network. Who else might join them??

What do you think of this news? Do you expect Leeves might bring some tension release with her new character? Might Dr. Kitt even tone down the apparently excited Dr. Bell?

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The Resident Quotes

Conrad: Everything you thought you knew about medicine is wrong. All the rules you followed will break. I have only one rule, it covers everything. I'm never wrong. You do whatever the hell I tell you, no questions asked.
Devon: Do you want me to speak now?
Conrad: That's a question.

Bell: I'm Chief of Surgery, and it's the end of a 30-hour shift. What did you see?
Doctor: We're all on the same side here. Maybe he had a heart attack.