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The Resident Season 5 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

The hit series "The Resident" stars Matt Czuchry of "Gilmore Girls" fame as Conrad Hawkins, a senior and later chief resident at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, who is constantly trying to do what's right in an often frustrating healthcare system. The show follows Conrad and other employees of Chastain Park — including Nic Nevin (Emily VanCamp), Conrad's future wife — as they try to save lives, tangle with the hospital bureaucracy, and connect with one another. Based on the book "Unaccountable" by surgeon Marty Makary, the show also stars actors Bruce Greenwood, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, and Morris Chestnut, among others.

So far, the show has aired 71 episodes, having recently concluded a fourth season, and a fifth season is on the way (per Deadline). With the Season 4 finale having only just aired, however, fans may be hungry for information about the next season and where the story will next take the characters.

Here's what we know so far about the upcoming fifth season of "The Resident."

What's the release date for The Resident Season 5?

FOX only recently greenlit "The Resident" for another season, so the premiere date for Season 5 is currently unknown. Usually an official date is announced later in the year prior to each show's return from sabbatical.

However, "The Resident" is part of FOX's fall schedule, meaning it will almost certainly return in September or October alongside the new series "Our Kind of People" (per TV Line). When it does, the show will also stick to the timeslot from previous seasons: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (7 p.m. Central). The series is FOX's biggest scripted series outside the 9-1-1 shows, and naturally the network wants consistent viewers.

While Season 2 and 3 were released in the fall, Season 4 was delayed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead premiering in January with only 14 episodes getting made and released. Hopefully this won't be a problem by September and viewers can expect "The Resident" to return in time for the appearance of orange and yellow leaves.

Who's in the cast of The Resident Season 5?

While lead actor Matt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood, and Emily VanCamp are almost certain to return for the next season of "The Resident," at least one cast member left the show for good last season, while another is dropping in status from a regular to a recurring actor.

Actress Shaunette Renee Wilson and her character Mina left "The Resident" in the Season 4 Episode "Into The Unknown," with Mina returning to Nigeria voluntarily rather than be deported, putting a halt to her romance with A.J. — Wilson herself requested to leave the show, and the characters incorporated her departure into the story onscreen. Meanwhile, Anuja Joshi, who was introduced last season as Dr. Leela Davis, will now be a regular starting with Season 5 (per TV Line). 

Actor Morris Chestnut as Dr. Barrett Cain has been the character you often hate to love, but fans will have to get used to seeing less of him. Having been cast as the lead in fellow FOX series "Our Kind of People", Morris Chestnut is going to be pretty busy. The actor isn't entirely leaving "The Resident," but he'll instead become a recurring cast member and make less appearances than he did as a regular.

What's the plot of The Resident Season 5?

Season 5 of "The Resident" will likely follow up on any number of plot threads from the previous year. This includes Nic giving birth at Chastain to her and Conrad's daughter, Georgiana, as well as Chastain CEO Kip doing business with Big Pharma, much to Conrad's dismay.

It seems that parenthood will be a major theme of "The Resident" this season. With the birth of their child, Conrad and Nic will be juggling the responsibilities of parenting alongside their medical careers. Jake and Greg similarly adopted a child together, Sammie, at the end of the season. The families and lives of the characters are expanding even as others deal with tragedy.

Thus, it's likely that the show will also grapple with the full ramifications of A.J.'s recent struggles. Not only did his girlfriend leave the country thanks to his coworker, but his adoptive mother went through near-terminal lung cancer. Hopefully A.J. will be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel soon enough.

If you want to catch up on previous seasons before the fall, you can stream all four seasons of "The Resident" on Hulu.