Max Orders Medical Drama The Pitt to Series


Max has given a 15-episode straight-to-series order for The Pitt, a new medical drama from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Starring and executive produced by Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian, Falling Skies), the series will provide a realistic examination of the challenges facing healthcare workers in America today through the lens of those working in a hospital in Pittsburgh. R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles, ER, JAG) will pen the first episode and serve as showrunner.

In addition to Wyle, other executive producers include Gemmill, John Wells (Animal Kingdom, Shameless, The West Wing, ER) and John Wells Productions’ Erin Jontow (Animal Kingdom, Maid, Shameless), Simran Baidwan (Manifest, Ordinary Joe, The Good Doctor, Chicago Med) and Michael Hissrich (Shameless, The West Wing, Third Watch).

John Wells Productions is currently under an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

“Collaborating with the visionary talents of John Wells, R. Scott Gemmill and Noah Wyle to develop this new series has already been an exhilarating process,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of Max original programming. “Their passion, creativity and dedication to storytelling elevate every aspect of the project, and together, we’re poised to deliver a compelling and authentic portrayal of today’s medical world that will captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact.”

Gemmill, Wyle and Wells commented, “We are grateful to Warner Bros. Television and Max for giving us this opportunity to return to the world of urban medicine. The myriad of challenges facing the doctors, nurses, technicians, patients and their families who work in the trenches of modern medicine have become only more pronounced in the decade and a half since we last visited their stories. We’re thrilled to be able to return to this world with the support of our partners and are looking forward to pushing the boundaries of dramatic realism and medical accuracy in following the lives of these heroic men and women.”

“It’s no secret Scott, Noah and John know how to make great television,” added Channing Dungey, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Television Group. “When they came to us with the idea of reinvigorating the medical TV genre with a fresh, realistic look at today’s modern hospitals, we knew we had to jump on it. Their all-star collaboration, along with their impeccable storytelling and the unwavering passion they bring to every project, is the perfect prescription for this show to become the next great medical drama. We are thankful to our partners at Max, and we can’t wait for audiences to see this show.”