In today’s edition of our Fall TV Preview, we’re talking about one of the most notable medical dramas coming up in New Amsterdam.
At the moment, it’s pretty clear what this show has going for it, starting of course with the name at the top of the call sheet in Ryan Eggold. He is coming off of a series in The Blacklist that he had a big part in for many years; here, he’s got a chance to lead a very different show and play a super-ambitious new character: Dr. Max Goodwin, a man intent on changing the culture at one of the most-established hospitals in all of America. He’s got a tough job, but he’s ambitious and ready to take it on … while hiding a pretty significant medical secret of his own. That’s something that you can learn more about at the end of the trailer; we don’t want to give everything away here, even if NBC clearly does not have that much of a problem with it.
That’s actually our biggest issue with New Amsterdam right now — the show has a trailer that feels like it gives too much of the story away. Why do that?
Anyway, what New Amsterdam has going for it, first and foremost, is an excellent timeslot — it’s airing after one of TV’s most-watched shows in This Is Us, and we think that it has the same optimistic tone from start to finish. It’s almost reminiscent in some ways of The Resident and that show has accumulated a nice audience for itself. The two are still different enough to coexist so we’re not too worried about that.
In between a great supporting cast (see Janet Montgomery and Jocko Sims) plus also having a good promotional campaign behind it, we’re optimistic about New Amsterdam. It certainly helps that we already saw how Chicago Med fared in this timeslot last year and that gives us a little more optimism that this is going to perform well. One of the only questions that remains is if the premiere does enough to keep people hooked — that’s the thing with medical dramas. The characters need to grip you almost right away.
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