*Eriq La Salle, who starred as Dr. Benton on NBC’s “ER,” is returning to both series television as well as a role set in a fictional hospital.
The actor has booked a multiepisode arc on CBS’ upcoming Patrick Wilson medical drama “A Gifted Man,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. La Salle will recur as neuropsychiatrist Evan Morrison, a physician who treats those with emotional and behavioral disturbances.
Morrison is described as a great medical detective who focuses on the nuances of human behavior. He’ll appear in at least four episodes of the series. The role reunites La Salle with “Gifted Man” executive producer Neal Baer, who also was an EP on “ER.”
“Gifted Man” revolves around Wilson’s Michael, a competitive surgeon whose world is turned upside down when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins teaching him the meaning of life from the hereafter.
La Salle, who helmed an episode of “ER,” also might direct at least one episode of the drama, which executive producers Baer and Sarah Timberman said will be equally about medicine and science with a touch of spirituality.
La Salle is currently directing an episode of the CW’s upcoming Sarah Michelle Gellar action drama “Ringer.”