Both debuting tonight and both set in New York City, there is something both totally dependable and totally lacking about FBI and New Amsterdam. If you haven’t heard, the former is Law & Order and Chicago everything boss Dick Wolf’s flag-planter at CBS, while the Ryan Eggold-starring latter is another medical drama to add to NBC’s menu, joining the Wolf-co-created Chicago Med, which is back for its fourth season Wednesday.
Entirely predictable in the way far too many Big 4 shows are and straight off the Dick Wolf Assembly Line, the straight-to-series FBI, starring Rookie Blue alum Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki and Jeremy Sisto, at least holds out the prospect of spinoffs that could follow for CBS to mine every vein of viewership. Otherwise, from what I’ve seen, the self-described inner workings of the NYC offices of the bureau and its newbie agents mostly made me nostalgic for the old The F.B.I. series, which at least had some sharp elbows underneath the suits.
New Amsterdam is thankfully not a reboot of the short-lived 2008 Fox series about a detective-moonlighting immortal played by now-Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, but it sure feels like something you’ve seen before. Based in part on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, there is no new life in this show toplined by The Blacklist and Blacklist: Redemption actor that a run around any past season of the superior Grey’s Anatomy wouldn’t put the boots to.
With brand-name producers and recognizable leads, sticking to what they know might seem like a smart tactical move by the broadcast networks in this hyper-competitive era. However, at the same time, half-baked offerings such as FBI and New Amsterdam have a distinct tendency to quickly smell like they’ve passed their sell-by date.
As premiere week really gets going, with the Magnum P.I. reboot hitting the small screen last night, the Murphy Brown revival to come Thursday and openings new and old, click on my video review of FBI and New Amsterdam for more of my take. Will you be making the trip to the Big Apple tonight?