NBC picks up Ryan Eggold’s New Amsterdam; Chicago Med implications

NBC logoTonight, NBC officially picked up one of their first pilots for the fall in medical drama New Amsterdam. Want to know more about it? It stars Ryan Eggold of The Blacklist as Dr. Max Goodwin, and the official logline for it is below:

Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map.

So what is there to know about this series? For starters, it has two other actors we love dearly in Jocko Sims and Janet Montgomery. Medical dramas are also very hot at the moment with The Good Doctor taking off and with The Resident getting better and better every single week.

What does this mean for Chicago Med?

Deadline speculates a number of different things, including that Chicago Med could be a midseason replacement if New Amsterdam runs in the fall. For now, though, we don’t think that one hospital drama has much bearing on the other. NBC at one point had both Heartbeat and Chicago Med on the schedule, and that was before we even got to The Night Shift in the summer. That was three hospital shows over the course of the year; with Chicago Med and New Amsterdam, that’s just two.

We would be stunned if anything actually happened to Chicago Med, given that it has averaged a 1.2 rating and that is just about even with what it drew in season 2. We do think that Med doesn’t always get the love that it deserves from network executives, but we still feel confident about its future.

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