Freshman medical drama New Amsterdam, starring Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Freema Agyeman (Law & Order: UK), has been picked up for a full season order by NBC. With the formal back-nine order, the show’s first season will now consist of twenty-two episodes. New Amsterdam is the first new show of the 2018-2019 broadcast seasons to score a full season order.
New Amsterdam follows Dr. Max Goodwin, Bellevue Hospital’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. 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.
The drama series, which is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir “Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital” and his fifteen years as Medical Director at the hospital, is produced by Universal Television, Pico Creek Productions and Mount Moriah and stars Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine. Series creator David Schulner serves as executive producer alongside Peter Horton. Kate Dennis directed and executive produced the pilot.
“It’s thrilling to come out of the gate this season with a series that has resonated so well with audiences. The show hits the sweet spot of the NBC brand – positivity, emotion and incredible storytelling,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to our fantastic cast, executive producers, Universal Television and everyone who has worked so hard in getting the show off to such a terrific start.”
While New Amsterdam does not presently have a UK broadcaster, I hear that a deal is being hammered out between international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution and a prominent UK buyer that has a “long-standing relationship” with the studio. It’s worth noting that at this stage only three new series from the 2018-2019 broadcast season (Charmed, Happy Together and The Rookie) have secured UK deals.