Cultursmag – Gripping New NBC Medical Drama Steeped In History

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New Amsterdam is an American medical drama television series set to premiere at 10 pm Eastern, September 25 on the NBC television Network.

New Amsterdam was the original Name for New York City, and the series is inspired by Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York. Founded in 1736, Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in America. The 25 story, multi-block behemoth houses a fire department, an outpatient care facility and much more, as shown in this fast-paced, all-encompassing drama. The series is based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital–a memoir from Eric Manheimer, who was the Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital from 1997 to 2012.

This show up-ends the traditional medical drama, focusing on the very human and ultra humanistic Dr. Max Goodwin (played by the Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold) as the institution’s newest medical director. It’s Goodwin’s mission to eliminate hospital bureaucracy and provide exceptional patient care. With a mantra of “How can he help?” at the ready, he works to disrupt status quo. According to show runners, “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.”

With producers, writers and directors from notable shows including Emerald City, Grey’s Anatomy, The Handmaid’s Tale and GLOW, along with a formidable cast, the network clearly has put some power into this production.

Apparently, NBC has invested in tissue company stock, as it’s placed this heart-tugging emotional rollercoaster of a drama immediately after the equally tear-jerking “This is Us.” Tears aside – audiences will not be disappointed.

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