NBC has ordered a second season of summer series The Night Shift, which is in the back half of its eight-episode first season. The second-season order is for a bulked up 14 episodes; no scheduling was announced. The Night Shift is the No. 1 new scripted series on broadcast TV so far this summer in the demo and total viewers, with a 1.7 rating and 7.9 million viewers. It’s tied for 12th place among broadcast primetime shows on in the demo and ranks No. 4 for the summer among broadcast networks in overall audience.
Originally ordered as a midseason show in spring 2013, the series got pushed to this summer. Back in April, The Night Shift exec producer Jeff Judah insisted he loved the idea of his big ensemble medical drama running on the broadcast network in the summer. “There are not as many shows on the networks,” he told reporters at NBC Press Day. “It may not get lost as much, maybe get a chance to be seen by more people — we love it.”
The Night Shift, about the men and women who work graveyard at San Antonio Memorial, got its series order as part of a four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV in May 2013 that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken in the lead as adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan who, after a grueling tour of duty in the Middle East, now works in the ER. Creators Gabe Sachs and Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given an off-cycle pilot order to a medical drama from writers/executive producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (90210). The deal for the pilot with producer Sony Pictures TV is currently being finalized. The untitled project 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. Referred to as After Hours or The Last Stand, the Sachs/Judah project was one of several medical dramas NBC put in development last season. It picked up two of them, County and the Jekyll & Hyde-themed Do No Harm, to pilot and one, Do No Harm, to series for midseason. But NBC held onto the Sachs/Judah project after the upfronts and in August ordered a second script with an eye toward a pilot order.
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Last season, NBC ordered two medical drama pilots, County and the Jekyll & Hyde-themed Do No Harm, one of which, Do No Harm, was picked up to series for midseason. Now I hear NBC is revisiting another medical drama it developed last season. Referred to as After Hours or The Last Stand, the project, from writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah and 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. I hear NBC held onto the project after the upfronts and has ordered a second script. Additionally, I hear Sony TV is looking to attach a director, a move that often improves a project’s chances.