The medical drama is the fall's first newbie to get more episodes.
October 10, 2018
NBC likes what it has seen so far from New Amsterdam, today topping up its freshman order with nine additional episodes. That brings the medical drama's first-season total to 22 and makes it the fall's first new series to earn a full-season pickup.
The good news comes a day after the show's third episode, which again garnered solid viewership for the network in its 10:00pm time slot. In the early weeks of the 2018-2019 season, its ratings rank it as second-best of the new fall class, topped only by network-mate Manifest.
New Amsterdam stars Ryan Eggold in his first lead role in a TV series since playing Tom Keen on The Blacklist and its failed spin-off, The Blacklist: Redemption. Eggold stars as Max Goodwin, a brilliant doctor who is New Amsterdam Hospital's newest medical director. Wanting to disrupt the status quo, he sets out to bypass bureaucracy and focus on providing patients with exceptional care.
Neither show is bogged down with negativity yet has the right amount of heartfelt angst and emotion to keep them bittersweet and entertaining.
I have read that 'death knell' Sendhil Ramamurthy has been cast as a recurring cast member so I hope he doesn't bring the show down. I call him that as every half decent show he is cast in seems to get cancelled (Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Covert Affairs, Beauty & The Beast, Reverie etc. - OK, some shows Ramamurthy was in had good runs so it might be a coincidence).