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Code Black - Season 3 - Melanie Chandra Exits; Tyler Perez to Recur

Some of you have noticed that I'm not on set filming season 3 of Code Black with my fellow cast mates. I'm sad to say that CBS had decided not to continue Malaya's storyline. I know Malaya was very important to many of you out there. She stood for something and as an LGBTQ minority woman represented a group that is not often represented on network TV. She was strong, resilient, empathetic, and I will miss her, as I'm sure many of you will too. Sadness aside, I leave this experience with so much appreciation to the execs at CBS, CBS TV, and ABC TV Studios, and our show creator Michael Seitzman for giving me such an incredible opportunity in my first ever series regular role. I have made some life long friends from Code Black and I've learned so, so much. To the Cast and Crew, I will miss working with you DEARLY. You've become family to me. I've learned so much from you and alongside you. Just know I'll be rooting you on from afar! #codeblack

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TVLine has learned exclusively that series regular Melanie Chandra, who has played lesbian resident Malaya Pineda since the CBS drama’s first season, will not be returning for Season 3.

Helping to fill the void will be Tyler Perez (Scream), who is set to recur as Diego, a rich and privileged charmster who has been handed everything in his life — including his first year residency at Angels Memorial. The hospital is even allowing him to make a documentary film of his experiences in the hospital. As EP Ryan McGarry explains to TVLine, “This is an interesting point since this is where the show originated, in a documentary made by a resident at county.”

Additionally, Nashville alum Chaley Rose will guest star in the Season 3 premiere as Pepper, a new resident who’s smart enough to get into the Angels residency program, but possibly not fully equipped for the intensity of the busiest ER in the nation. Terrified of making a mistake, she makes many and has much to learn. In fact, her first mistake is on her very first day and very nearly kills her.

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