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Melissa George and Don Hany to star in US medical drama Heartbeat | @Foxtel

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Melissa George as Dr. Alex Panttiere
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The Universal Channel on Foxtel has confirmed it will broadcast the US medical drama Heartbeat.

The series features Australian actors Melissa George and Don Hany in lead roles. An airdate for Heartbeat is yet to be confirmed by NBC in the US, but Universal has promised it will air in Australia in “early 2016”.

Based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, this character-driven medical drama follows Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George) an outspoken world-renowned heart transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. Stubborn and fearless, Alex always operates on her own terms. She revels in a racy personal life that's a full-time job in itself, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.

Don Hany in Heartbeat
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Don Hany stars as Dr. Jessie Shane, Alex’s former flame and mentor who returns to Los Angeles’ Saint Matthews Hospital as Head of Surgery and Alex’s new boss. Tensions rise as Alex now has to battle with her head and her heart.

Both George and Hany have achieved local and international success with combined roles in Mulholland Drive, Alias, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Tangle, Offspring, East West 101 and the critically acclaimed Devil’s Playground.

Other cast includes Dave Annable, Shelley Conn, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, JLouis Mills and Joshua Leonard.