Fox Broadcasting Company has picked up "Mental," a new one-hour medical-mystery drama. The first of three Fox TV Studios international co-productions, "Mental" stars Chris Vance (Prison Break) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos).

"Mental" follows the story of Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance), a dynamic, young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital. There he must reconcile his effective, yet highly unorthodox treatment methods with his conservative boss, hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra), a woman with whom he shares a romantic past.

As Gallagher takes on new cases, he is confronted with patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed conditions. Gallagher delves inside their minds to gain a true understanding of who his patients are, allowing him to uncover what just might be the key to their long-term recovery.

The series first 13 episodes were shot at Fox TeleColombia, in Bogot, Colombia, in 2008. The series will premiere in summer 2009.

After making its U.S. debut on FOX, "Mental" also will air across 35 countries within Fox International Channels territories.