On April 7, 2020, the premiere of the penultimate chapter of the second season of New Amsterdam. It was titled PandemicIt was about a flu epidemic that was hitting New York and had been written and recorded months before the whole world locked themselves in their homes and hospitals collapsed as a result of Covid-19. Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.
Days before, the American television network NBC and the producer of this series inspired and shot at the Bellevue public hospital in New York, decided to save that chapter, rename it with a hopeful title Our doors are always open and end the second season moving away from that well-known reality. “The world needs a lot less fiction now, and more facts,” wrote the creator of the Show David Schulner.
However, they immediately set to work to write a third season that could not evade reality inside and outside the doors of their fictional hospital. The new normal is the title of the first episode of the third season that will premiere on June 2 exclusively on FOX. Doctor Max Goodwin (played by Ryan Eggold) and the entire New Amsterdam team will show up wearing masks and exhausted. “We have gone through hell, we are tired, we are suffering, but the sacrifice begins to change the situation,” he tells them in one of his now habitual encouraging speeches to the rest of the doctors and nurses.
Put the focus on social debates
Based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, written by Dr. Eric Manheimer, who was the director of that New York center and is now a producer on the show, New Amsterdam has become one of the series with the most followers in the world since its premiere in 2018. That medical dramas are almost guaranteed success is unquestionable, from Grey’s Anatomy and its 17 seasons to the also long-lived and Spanish Central Hospital, but seldom the message behind these shows it is as real, committed and optimistic as the one displayed by Max Goodwin. At the helm of one of America’s oldest public hospitals, he doesn’t want to “fix the system, he wants to destroy it.”
What’s exciting about the production is that you can get into some social issues and reflect on why people end up in the hospital. I like episodes that are close to issues that are actually happening
Ryan Eggold, star of ‘New Amsterdam’
Wrapped in romantic and family plots and moving forward with complex clinical cases to add episodic tension, New Amsterdam it gives the same prominence to social debates around the American health system or racial and economic inequalities. Precisely, the diversity of its cast has been one of its strengths.
“The exciting thing about the production is that it can go into some social issues and reflect on why people end up in the hospital, whether it has to do with education, poverty, mental illness or any kind of social reason,” explained its protagonist, Ryan Eggold, at its launch. “I like episodes that are close to issues that are really happening.”
Health insurance, the inability to pay medical bills, the problem of weapons and violence in the US or hatred of the recent Asian community are just some of the topics that David Schulner’s writing team has addressed and will continue to include. in fiction with responsibility, seeking empathy with his increasingly numerous legion of international fans.
The covid-19, protagonist of the third season
In the third season, covid-19 will run through everything. The extreme difficulties in which the hospital finds itself due to the global pandemic will push the team led by Max to the limit, who, in addition, will have to deal with his own personal problems between his illness and the care of his daughter, Luna. Still reeling from resource shortages and saturation caused by the pandemic, in the first episode a plane crashes into the East River and Dr. Iggy (Tyler Labine) will fight against the clock to help the pilot discover the truth about the accident.
The fiction says goodbye to Anupam Kher, who played Dr. Kapoor, and incorporates new faces: actor Daniel Dae Kim will be Dr. Cassian Shin, and Frances Turner, Dr. Lyn Calvo
The pandemic has also marked the filming of the series. First, they had to detain him for positive covid cases and subsequent lockdowns. And then they adapted the filming schedule so as not to interfere with the complicated medical situation, since the series is shot in real hospitals.
The new season of New Amsterdam It will also include new characters and say goodbye to some veterans. Anupam Kher, who played Dr. Kapoor, head of the neurology department, said goodbye last April in an emotional Instagram post and leaves the show to take care of his wife.
Among the additions, one already introduced at the end of the second season, a well-known face on television: actor Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, The Good Doctor) who will be Dr. Cassian Shin, a new surgeon at the hospital. And Frances Turner (The Man in the High Castle) she joins as Dr. Lyn Calvo, head of Gynecology, who will not make things easy for Max.
The third season of ‘New Amsterdam’ can be seen exclusively on FOX on June 2 at 10pm. From Monday, May 17, the first two seasons are available on the channel from Monday to Friday, every afternoon at 7.15pm.