How NBC’s ‘Heartbeat’ Sprang To Life

“I wasn’t looking to produce,” Amy Brenneman said about Heartbeat, the upcoming NBC medical drama she’s executive producing

“But I know what makes a good role,” said the actress who couldn’t even consider the lead in Heartbeat as a female cardiothoracic surgeon given her obligations to HBO’s The Leftovers. Heartbeat sprang from Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book Heart Matters: A Memoir Of A Female Heart Surgeon. Upon
coming away from a meeting with Magliato, Brenneman said to her filmmaker husband Brad Silberling, who also serves as EP, “That woman is a TV show.”

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