New Amsterdam

2008, TV Show


Exclusive: New Amsterdam Immortal No More

It's been a bad weekend for Fox's bubble shows. Just hours after word leaked that the network had sacked Back to You, sources confirm to me exclusively that New Amsterdam has been euthanized as well.On the bright side, 'Til Death will be back![Crickets]Remembrances of John Amsterdam (1607-2008) are currently being accepted in the comments section below. More Fall TV news:• Ausiello's "Bubble" Show Status Report• Death Lives On, Back to You Won't Be Back• CW Axes Aliens in America• CW "Outsources" Sunday Night; Two Dramas, Two Comedies Coming read more

Ratings: Monday Missteps for Everyone!

Dancing With The Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Monday's highlights (as it were):8 pm/ETDancing with the Stars was the night's most watched show (17 million total viewers), but stumbled to the tune of a 12-percent week-to-week drop. (Too uneven a competition this season? Discuss.) Bones placed second in the hour, returning to an audience of 8.5 mil (down 1.12 mil from its last fresh eppy). Big Bang (7.69 mil, down a mil) and Mother (7.99 mil, down 17 percent) both took hits.9 pmCBS' combo of Men (13.84 mil, slipping 600K) and Rules of Engagement (welcomed back by 10.32 mil, down 15 percent) topped the hour. Samantha Who? made a date with 10 mil, losing a mil from last week. The season finale of New Amsterdam dipped 700 thou to 6.77 mil. One Tree Hill scored 2.72 mil on its new night, giving The CW its best ever Monday-at-9 numbers in the 18-34 demo.10 pmTrailing a CSI: Miami repeat, Medium delivered 9.58 mil (sliding 1.1 mil), while The Bachelor held steady at about seven mil.In other ratings news: The Memory Keeper's Daughter on... read more

Is there any news on the ...

Question: Is there any news on the future of Fox's New Amsterdam? I've heard conflicting reports (some saying it's already been canned, others saying that it's fate is still up in the air), so it would be nice to get a definite answer.
Answer: You probably won't get a definite answer until Fox reveals its new schedule next month. The only thing I can say with any certainty is that New Amsterdam's season finale airs tonight, and that this has the best chance of returning of any of Fox's scripted midseason shows (next to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, that is.) Which, of course, isn't saying much. But it wasn't a disaster, ratings-wise, and Fox left it alone on Mondays to build its cult following, and there is definite buzz about it. On this one, it's anyone's guess. ... read more

New Amsterdam has an ...

Question: New Amsterdam has an intriguing concept that I find enjoyable to watch. Amsterdam seems like a genuinely nice guy and interacts well with his adult son. It's great to see a male character on television searching for his true love, too. I liked the reference to Leaves of Grass and the witty way they introduced the history of the book to people. The second or third episode had an interesting view on why people remember traumatic events so vividly. I like entertainment that also makes me think a little bit, so I hope this show does well. Is it just me or have we seen most of New Amsterdam's guest stars on Law & Order? Answer: Not just you. New Amsterdam actually films in New York, which is one of its main assets, in that it gets to tap the New York acting pool (much like Law & Order) for its guest and recurring roles. But I should have known better than to have mentioned last week that my mail on the show has been predominantly positive. Because you know what that means: Backlash ... read more

As a huge fan of Moonlight, ...

Question: As a huge fan of Moonlight, Lost and now Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I am so glad FX is repeating it on weekends or I never would've found and adored this show!), I love sci-fi. That's why I wanted to try New Amsterdam. Sorry to disagree with some of your other readers, but I am not a fan in the slightest. The first episode showed a tinge of promise — I thought it was interesting the way they were handling the immortal aspect, showing potential to become an original show. But by the second and third episodes, I was bored to tears. Some of those were tears of laughter because, honestly, some of the dialogue is just terrible! It's essentially a crime procedural with the slightest haze of a supernatural element. This is more for the CSI fan than the sci-fi fan, and even then, it is easily predictable and poorly acted. The twist with Omar came as a surprise, but then turned sour for me as I found the whole aspect of John's numerous children to be badly executed. Where is the pain ... read more

Reader's Cheer of the Week: Hot Amsterdam!

New Amsterdam's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau by Barbara Nitke/Fox

Posted by Eric2542...Cheers to New Amsterdam for being one of the best new shows on TV. In a post-writers'-strike TV-viewing world, this is a cop show with a twist, which is what viewers need — something refreshing and new. I was watching the latest episode, and I realized this is perhaps the best cop show ever.• For more Cheers & Jeers, check out the new vodcast.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

In response to Andrew's ...

Question: In response to Andrew's recent complaint about Fox's scheduling of New Amsterdam, I must admit that I can't fathom why someone would write to a columnist on to complain about how difficult it is for them to find out when a show's going to come on. All you have to do is scroll up to the unbelievably easy-to-use search function at the top of the page. It's a no-brainer. Answer: Bless your heart for the shout-out to our listings search function. I completely agree (I use it all the time), but one thing you learn when you're in a job like mine is that most people don't want to even have to go to that much effort to figure out a show's comings and goings. As MK noted above, most people simply want to relax with TV and would rather not have to think about when something's on or whether it's being stunted on whichever night. This is the point where someone usually chimes in to announce that they haven't worried about time periods since getting their DVR/TiVo, and the ... read more

I think the recent letter ...

Question: I think the recent letter comparing New Amsterdam unfavorably to Moonlight is a little unfair, considering the only episodes out at the time were the pilot and the second episode. The pilot of a new series is never the best episode and it usually takes a few episodes for me, at least, to really become a fan of a show. I watch Moonlight, and it wasn't until Coraline entered the picture that I thought the show was better than mediocre. I've now seen the first three episodes of New Amsterdam and think that it has definitely improved over the pilot and people should give it a shot (especially the fans of fellow immortal crime-fighter show Moonlight). I don't have high hopes that New Amsterdam will get renewed, given Fox's treatment of it so far, but any small smidgen of hope that it will indeed get more episodes? Also, do you think Moonlight fans are becoming the new Supernatural fan girls? I absolutely love Supernatural, but even I am scared of its fandom (and a friend of mine ... read more

I finally got to watch the ...

Question: I finally got to watch the first two episodes of New Amsterdam, and I enjoyed them. I read your responses and reviews before I saw them, so I was expecting a lot of historical flashbacks. Those were pretty cool, but I really loved the way we got to see the nuts and bolts of John's daily life throughout history. Seriously, what would you do for 400 years? Most vampire/immortal hero shows sort of gloss over the practical aspects of such a long life. Careers, marriage and kids are all really interesting to me when I think about a person living for hundreds of years. I love hearing about dog No. 36, having kids older than he is (so didn't see the Omar thing coming), learning that he's been married a few times and watching him forge a birth certificate. I'm not sure these more mundane aspects of "immortal life" have been explored so well in a TV show before, and I'm really enjoying it. What do you think? Answer: What you like about the show is what I like. That and the charisma of ... read more

Why does Fox put so many ...

Question: Why does Fox put so many supernatural shows on its schedule but then never give them a fighting chance? I was a big fan of Dark Angel, Tru Calling, John Doe, Wonderfalls — I could go on and on — only to see them get the axe. Now I am really interested in New Amsterdam, but I fear it won't last despite the fact that it is a darn good show that shows promise. Any insights to share with us? Answer: No concrete signs, yay or nay, about New Amsterdam's future at this point. It got a boost out of sneak-peeking after American Idol, and did OK (not great, not horrible) on its first Monday airing. Competition is about to get a lot worse on Mondays, with the return of Dancing with the Stars on ABC and new episodes of CBS' strongest sitcoms. We'll have to see if Fox has some patience with this one, which seems potentially more mainstream (by genre standards) than some of what they've done before. And the fact that it isn't airing on Fridays has to be seen as a small plus. The main ... read more

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Premiered: February 23, 2008
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Premise: A New York detective---who is immortal---seeks the true love that will lift his lifelong curse, bestowed on him as a 17th-century Dutch soldier after saving a Native American girl.



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