Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Did You Catch "New Amsterdam"?

I was more than a little bit intrigued by Fox's new drama New Amsterdam which premiered last night after American Idol. There will be another episode on tomorrow night (Thursday), and then the show moves into its regular slot next Monday at 9pm.

Starring suave Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as John Amsterdam, it's a supernatural-themed drama (sort of in the same vein as CBS' Moonlight) about a New York police detective with a big secret -- he's immortal. Sentenced to eternal life by an olde world Native American girl, he's on the lookout for his one true love, the attainment of which will allow him to join the ranks of the rest of us with an expiration date and finally shuffle off this mortal coil.

Coster-Waldau is definitely appealling, and we'll see how the producers try to figure out whether they want this to be a police show or a show about a man who lives forever. I've read some squawking that there's too much police work in it, but hang in and maybe it will find a balance. Though New Amsterdam's premise is endlessly cool, Fox seems to be waffling a bit on its committment to the show -- cutting down the episode count, burning off a couple of episodes this week before the actual premiere on Monday, but then can hardly argue with an American Idol lead-in. I'm sure the producers aren't complaining.

If you missed yesterday's pilot, tune in tomorrow for the second episode at 9pm after AI. Now, either it's too early or Fox is messing up, but the show doesn't seem to be among the ones available for online viewing at the moment. Hope this changes!

Check out the New Amsterdam website for more information!


Jane said...

Wow, thanks for the heads up Lis-o-matic! I missed all TV last night, but I'm back on board tonight. Can't wait to see NA after AI.

Karen said...

I did see the debut of NA and was intrigued. Have not yet viewed the Thursday episode so can not comment on that.
There seems to be a proliferation of detectives/PIs with a supernatural or dark twist. Being an X Files fan, this is right up my alley. I hope that NA developes into more than just a show about a "really old detective".