Production has begun on "Monday Mornings," a new medical drama set in a fictional Oregon hospital, TNT said Thursday.

The show was created by producer David E. Kelley and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on whose book the series is based. The drama stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of "Monday Mornings," which is to premiere in early 2013.

"It is so realistic! I think I could actually perform surgery in the operating room here on our set ... It is mind-bending to see the words from the book come to life here on this amazing 'Monday Mornings' set with these superb actors. We are going to take people into a world of medicine they have never seen before," Gupta said in a statement.