#SaveCodeBlack and Give Dr. Ethan Willis His Own Show
Posted by John J. Falco on 12th July 2018
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Fans and the Actors on the show are trying to #savecodeblack. On Code Black Rob Lowe plays one of the most complex and relevant characters currently on TV.

Willis is a rather new addition to Angels Memorial Hospital. Fresh from war with U.S. Army instincts and all the problems associated with PTSD. It’s very rare that we get such a complex and believable character with a complicated past, overbearing father, and a girl he’s not ready to love. I was very upset that Lowe didn’t get an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the good doctor.

“Second Year” — Colonel Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe) joins the team at Angels Memorial from the Department of Defense and takes Dr. Mike Leighton on a harrowing helicopter ride to save shark bite victims in Malibu, on the second season premiere of CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Sept. 28 (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Rob Lowe (Col. Ethan Willis) Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Rowe’s character is often so seperate from the events that happens inside the Hospital (half the time due to his own doing) that it almost seems tragic that there isn’t already a show based on Willis. Yet, the very last episode of Code Black is still officially next week. Despite Lowe’s efforts to save it from coding.

Now that Willis’ PTSD is catching up to him. He is seeing and talking to his dead brother, the story line is getting even more interesting. This character shouldn’t be buried or forgotten. You can tell Rob Lowe loves the character and that he puts 110% into each and every performance of the troubled Veteran on Code Black.

The Numbers Don’t Add Up:

I do not think that they can properly wrap up Code Black in just one more episode, let alone Willis’ complex story. That’s why fans are rallying to #savecodeblack, since for some reason CBS decided to cancel it. The case for a #savedodeblack and the Willis Spin-off is clear. As Rowe often shares on twitter, Code Black routinely averages 5-10 million viewers a week, in the summer.

Simply put Lowe’s powerful performance really shines a light on the struggles that Veterans go through all the time and that often does not get portrayed on TV. Even most cops are written as unwavering tough guys who are never bothered by all the people they kill. The Willis show could also focus on the problems at the VA.