NBC is giving its new drama a powerful lead-in, as the Do No Harm premiere date is scheduled immediately following the hourlong series finale of 30 Rock on Thursday, Jan. 31. The dark Jekyll and Hyde-esque medical drama has Stephen Pasquale (Rescue Me) playing both Dr. Jason Cole, a highly respected neurosurgeon, and his alter ego Ian Price, a reckless playboy determined to ruin Jasonâ€™s life.
Waking up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amid several near-naked women he’s never seen before is just one example. Ian can be seductive, devious and brutal. While Jason works to medicate himself and suppress Ian from resurfacing, Ianâ€™s hell bent on making sure his personality becomes dominant, jeopardizing everything and everyone Jason cares about.
â€śIt seems that every adventure that Ian goes on involves some sort of threesome or orgy â€“ he lives a pretty lascivious life,â€ť Pasquale tells me. â€śIan is much more fun than Jason.â€ť
Playing Jason, however, poses different challenges. â€śThe dialogue is so hard. Every time they give me a hard brain-surgeon word I call [executive producer]Â David Schulner and say, ‘I’m so pissed at you. I got to spend all day saying a 14-syllable word.’ I would be the worst doctor ever in real life.”
The series also stars Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), Michael Esper (A Beautiful Mind), Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show).