Dermot Mulroney on new medical drama, "Pure Genius"

Actor Dermot Mulroney’s first acting role was in the 1986 CBS television movie “Sin of Innocence.” He’s starred in more than 70 movies since then, and now, 30 years later, he’s returning to CBS in the new drama series, “Pure Genius.”

Mulroney plays a surgeon, Dr. Walter Wallace, enlisted by a tech billionaire to work in a free, cutting-edge hospital that takes on patients with interesting or rare cases.

The actor said he “guarantees” people will watch what happens on “Pure Genius” and look into whether it can be applied in real life.

“We’ll be on Thursday nights at 10 for the foreseeable future, and Friday morning, people are going to be calling their doctors and saying, ‘Hey, can we get that for my grandma?’” Mulroney said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

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Silicon Valley tech titan James Bell enlists Dr. Walter Wallace, an exceptional veteran surgeon with a controversial past, to run his state-of-the-art hospital with an ultramodern approach to medicine, on the series premiere of the new drama, “Pure Genius.” Pictured L-R: Odette Annale as Dr. Zoe Brockett, Brenda Song as Angie Cheng, Augustus Prew as James Bell, and Dermot Mulroney as Dr. Walter Wallace. 

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The show was created by writer and producer Jason Katims, known for “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” among other notable projects.

“As far as I’m concerned, Jason Katims [is] the best or one of the best that pulls people’s characters out in his stories,” Mulroney said, adding that they’re “in great hands.”

“You’ll of course be absorbed by the medical drama, and you’ll be intrigued by the tech angle. But really, what you’ll be watching is human stories with these great characters he’s created,” Mulroney said. 

Watch CBS’ “Pure Genius” starting this Thursday, 10/9 p.m. CT.