Why Is “New Amsterdam” Ending With 13-Episode Season 5?

The last season of NBC’s medical program New Amsterdam will be it’s last. The show, which is presently in its fourth season, has already been picked up for three more seasons, through 2022–2023. The fifth and final season of New Amsterdam will be the smallest, with only 13 episodes. The series will then have 92 episodes overall.

Ryan Eggold plays Dr. Max Goodwin in the television series New Amsterdam, which was created and executive produced by David Schulner, directed and executive produced by Peter Horton and distributed by Universal Television. Dr. Max Goodwin is the medical director of one of the nation’s oldest public hospitals, New Amsterdam, and his mission is to improve patient care by tearing down the hospital’s bureaucracy.

The story of Max Goodwin, and his never-ending commitment to patients at New Amsterdam, has been inspiring,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “We’re so grateful to David Schulner, Peter Horton, and our cast and crew for their incredible dedication, talent, and collaboration.”

The first four seasons of New Amsterdam have broadcast every Tuesday at 10 p.m. in the same time slot. The medical drama emerged from NBC’s first development cycle after This Is Us became an overnight success and shares a similar emotional storytelling DNA, earning it the coveted time slot after the leading family drama.

“When I first read the pilot script for New Amsterdam, I knew we had a winner. We cheered Max’s disruption of the status quo and applauded when he asked his patients the simple yet profound question, ‘How can I help?’,” said Erin Underhill, President, Universal Television.

“Over the last four seasons, David, Peter, and our incredible cast have tackled important and thought-provoking stories that have touched on the human condition, but also made us laugh and imbued hope. We’re so proud of this series and are indebted to everyone involved in bringing New Amsterdam to life. Bravo!”

Why Is New Amsterdam Ending
Why Is New Amsterdam Ending

After a strong start during the 2018–19 season, New Amsterdam has slid in the ratings and is currently ranked behind most long-running NBC dramas, which presents a difficult financial situation given its expense. Despite air-pattern issues, it managed to average a 1.13 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million people in Live+7 and multi-platform viewing this season. In January, New Amsterdam made a comeback for four episodes before taking a month off for the Winter Olympics.

To make way for the State of the Union and Renée Zellwegger’s true-crime limited series The Thing About Pam, the drama then broadcast one original episode on February 22 before taking a second break that lasted until April 19. It is planned for May 24 to be the Season 4 finale. Schulner discussed New Amsterdam’s legacy, which goes beyond money, popularity, and accolades.

“As my emotions swing from sadness to pride, I’d like to share New Amsterdam‘s recognition by the World Health Organization, which makes us more proud than any award or non-linear 30-day rating curve ever could,” he said.

Schulner is alluding to a letter Christopher Bailey, the WHO’s head of arts and health, sent to him and his crew last year, in which he expressed “how much many of us at WHO value your work and your show.”

New Amsterdam received praise for its efforts to “fold in public health issues and approaches that don’t often make it to the hospital or medical television shows,” such as environmental harm caused by hospitals and how to make them environmentally sustainable, nutrition, and access to affordable health care.

The Covid montage from the show and “Dr. Max’s occasionally quixotic forays into community engagement” also received high marks, according to Bailey, who also suggested that Max’s letters to WHO requesting the inclusion of racism in the upcoming International Classification of Disease are being taken seriously.

“But perhaps the most important aspect of the show, an aspect of health that we hold centrally to our mission, is the ‘person centered’ approach to health the show takes,” the letter said.

When the program was not even halfway through its second season, New Amsterdam secured a three-season pickup in January 2020, one of the strongest votes of confidence ever for a fledgling series.

When the pandemic started just two months later, New Amsterdam suddenly found itself curiously fusing fiction and reality. The show had just finished filming an episode portraying a devastating flu pandemic in NYC and was set and shot in New York, the initial epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the U.S.

The episode was first written in 2019 under the working title “Pandemic,” however it was subsequently changed to “Our Doors Are Always Open.” One of the earliest coronavirus outbreaks on a TV production affected a writer, three New Amsterdam staff members, and Daniel Dae Kim, a recurrent guest star who made his debut in that show.

A few weeks into the flu pandemic, NBC ultimately decided to postpone indefinitely the flu pandemic episode that had been scheduled for April 7. In the end, Season 2 included 18 episodes. The pandemic delayed the start of season 3’s filming, and new sets had to be constructed because Covid patients were being admitted to the real hospital the show had been using. Season 3 ended up having 16 episodes. (There are 22 episodes in each of seasons 1 and 4.)

In the gloomy early days of the pandemic, New Amsterdam, the only medical drama filming in New York, also sprang into action and sent PPE, masks, gloves, gowns, and face masks to the New York State Department of Health when the city was critically low on medical supplies due to the pandemic’s overwhelming number of rapidly spreading new infections.

Max, who resigned from his position as New Amsterdam’s medical director to join Dr. Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) in the UK, has returned to the show’s fourth season to take on his replacement, the bureaucratic Dr. Veronica Fuentes (Michelle Forbes), who has been rolling back the changes Max had fought to implement.

The principal cast of New Amsterdam also features Tyler Labine, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, and Eggold. Dr. Elizabeth Wilder, a deaf doctor who is played by deaf actor Sandra Mae Frank, joined the cast of the program this season as a new recurring character. Throughout its tenure, New Amsterdam has received praise for using disabled performers as medical experts, with Rachel Handler, an amputee, serving as one past example.

Along with Michael Slovis, David Foster, Shaun Cassidy, Aaron Ginsburg, and Erika Swafford-Green, executive producers on the project are creator Schulner and director Horton.

Universal Television, Pico Creek Productions, and Mount Moriah are the producers of New Amsterdam. Dr. Eric Manheimer, the former medical director at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and the author of the series’s inspiration, Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, serves as producer.

Ending Lines

NBC canceled New Amsterdam… The network has announced that Season 5 will be the final of the medical drama. Season 5 of the Ryan Eggold drama will be the shortest, with just 13 episodes to wrap up Dr. Max Goodwin’s battles against hospital bureaucracy. This will be its 90th episode.

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