Encouraging news for NBC‘s off-cycle drama pilot After Hours, which is now titled The Night Shift. I hear the network has commissioned four backup scripts from the project, produced by Sony Pictures TV. The Night Shift, an ensemble medical show about a group of Army doctors who return to work the night shift together, was one of two drama pilots NBC ordered off-cycle, along with soapy mystery The Secret Lives of Husbands And Wives. The Night Shift, created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, was originally developed by NBC last season. The network didn’t pick it up to pilot back then but kept it in contention with an order for a new script. The Night Shift was ordered to pilot in October with Pierre Morel directing and Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Freddy Rodriguez, Ken Leung, Jeananne Goossen, Robert Bailey Jr and Brigid Brannagh starring. The project heated up at the beginning of the year with talk of a potential early series order.
EXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz) are set to co-star opposite Eoin Macken and Freddy Rodriguez in the hourlong NBC pilot After Hours. The Sony TV project revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Leung (Rush Hour) will play Topher, a flip-flops and shorts-wearing Emergency Room doctor who was previously a surgeon on the battlefield, where he became hardened and jaded. Goossen, repped by Greene & Associates and Magnolia Entertainment, will play a beautiful and stylish resident at the hospital. Leung also is filming arcs on NBC’s Deception, CBS’ Person Of Interest and ABC’s Zero Hour.
Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) has been added to the cast of FX drama pilot The Bridge. An adaptation of a Scandinavian format, The Bridge centers on two detectives from the U.S. and Mexico — El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Rios, repped by Domain and Kass Management, will play the recurring role of Adrianna Perez, a young, diligent reporter who works at the El Paso Times.
EXCLUSIVE: Freddy Rodriguez is set as a lead in the hourlong NBC pilot After Hours. The Sony TV project, written/executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah and to be directed by Pierre Morel, revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Rodriguez will play hospital administrator Michael Ragosa who is the new Comptroller for the Night Shift. A wannabe doctor who had to drop out of med school because of vision problems, Ragosa is a real bureaucrat for whom the bottom line seems to be everything. Rodriguez joins recently cast Eoin Macken.
EXCLUSIVE: Pierre Morel, the French director who helmed the 2008 sleeper hit Taken starring Liam Neeson that spawned an even more successful sequel, is set to direct NBC’s drama pilot After Hours, from writers/executive producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. The project, produced by Sony Pictures TV, is an ensemble medical show about a group of Army doctors who return to work the night shift together at a hospital in San Antonio. Last season Morel made his pilot directing debut with ABC’s thriller Zero Hour, which went to series.