We have the first official pilot-to-series order this upfront season. NBC, the first network to present its fall schedule on May 14, has picked up its medical drama New Amsterdam (fka Bellevue), which comes from sister studio Universal TV.
NBC has yet to renew the bulk of its current drama series, including all four Dick Wolf shows. The youngest of them is medical drama Chicago Med, now in its third season. New Amsterdam’s pickup brings up questions whether it might take Chicago Med’s spot as NBC’s flagship medical drama, though the network has had multiple medical series at the same time before, including Chicago Med and The Night Shift, the latter of which never had a full-season September-May run.
Chicago Med has not been in particular danger as it’s on par with the other two Chicago shows as NBC’s strongest dramas behind This Is Us in adults 18-49.
Traditionally, the networks first pick up the new series they are considering for the fall schedule, so if New Amsterdam launches in the fall, Chicago Med could be a midseason replacement should NBC opt to keep both shows but looks for minimum overlap. The network could also go all in on both shows — ABC has two medical dramas, veteran Grey’s Anatomy and newcomer The Good Doctor — happily co-existing as the network’s top drama series.
Written by Schulner and directed by Kate Dennis, New Amsterdam has been one of NBC’s hottest pilots this season. It brings The Blacklist and The Blacklist: Redemption star Ryan Eggold back to the network.
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, the medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin (Eggold), the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. (you can read full description below).
The cast also includes Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.
Schulner executive produces the series with Peter Horton for Universal Television, Pico Creek Productions and Mount Moriah. Serving as producer is Dr. Eric Manheimer, the former medical director at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital and author of the memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, which inspired the series.
For TV trivia lovers, New Amsterdam also was the name of a Fox drama series starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as an NYPD homicide detective who is 400 years old, which had a brief run on Fox exactly 10 years ago.
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.