NEW AMSTERDAM Boss David Schulner Shares Even NBC Didn't Believe the Show Would Go Through With its Biggest Twist - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

NEW AMSTERDAM Boss David Schulner Shares Even NBC Didn’t Believe the Show Would Go Through With its Biggest Twist

December 21, 2021 by  

New Amsterdam Max leaves

NEW AMSTERDAM — “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe — (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)

When NEW AMSTERDAM picks up in 2022, the medical drama will be splitting its focus: Part of its storytelling will follow Max (Ryan Eggold) and Helen (Freema Agyeman) in London, while the other portion will follow the remaining doctors at New Amsterdam.

“We’re telling two medical [stories]—like a tale of two cities,” NEW AMSTERDAM executive producer David Schulner teased after the midseason finale aired. “We get to talk about socialized medicine in the UK, and we get to juxtapose it with American healthcare. We get to talk about how in the UK healthcare is a human right…Where in America, and we show this with Veronica Fuentes, healthcare is run like a corporation. And when you run healthcare like a corporation, wealthy come out on top and those with no money come out on the bottom. And, unfortunately, that means death or chronic illness. So it’s really fun for us to be able to tell two different kinds of medical shows in one.”

It’s just the latest of big swings the medical drama has taken—something Schulner is excited about.

“In season 4 of a broadcast, procedural drama where we do 22 episodes a year, I feel it’s our responsibility to subvert those expectations,” Schulner says. “And, honestly, I don’t think we do them enough. We try to blow up the show every year [like] with Georgia’s death, with Iggy not seeing patients anymore. We really tried to blow things up as much as possible every season, so the audience comes back not knowing what to expect.”

But he does acknowledge where the show is at now, splitting the focus between two countries, is the fallout of “our biggest bomb.”

“It was all created by the fact that we knew Max had to give up New Amsterdam to follow Sharpe,” Schulner says. “That’s Max’s biggest obstacle: his two loves—which would he choose? So we knew if Max and Sharpe were really gonna make it, then he had to give up New Amsterdam. That was the only way to prove his mettle.”

“So character dictated the story, in a great way, and NBC was skeptical, but receptive,” he continues. “Because I remember that Lisa Katz [President, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming], who has been our biggest cheerleader since the [initial series] pitch, was like, ‘Max isn’t really leaving New Amsterdam, is he?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, he’s really leaving.’ And she was like, ‘Okay. All right.’ She was totally skeptical. Not to say that our audience didn’t believe Max would actually leave, but the president of NBC couldn’t believe he would actually leave. So it was just a great way for us to surprise everyone. But it was the inevitable thing that had to happen to prove his love for Sharpe.”

NEW AMSTERDAM, Tuesday, January 4, 10/9c, NBC


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4 Responses to “NEW AMSTERDAM Boss David Schulner Shares Even NBC Didn’t Believe the Show Would Go Through With its Biggest Twist”

  1. Carma on December 22nd, 2021 7:42 am

    Max did not have to go to London but if they wanted to make a point about the two Healthcare Systems then yeah that’s why Max went to London. After Helen discovered the truth about her mother and father, she never had that discussion with Max. She could have clearly felt there was nothing left for her in London and therefore decided to stay at New Amsterdam (her home & family) and then they both could get into the “good trouble” with Veronica–which never happened. This is a disappointed fan with Season 4

  2. Bonnie on December 22nd, 2021 2:20 pm

    And this is why I stopped watching.

  3. Cheryl on December 23rd, 2021 11:22 am

    Not happy with the new twist, can’t you leave things alone!

  4. alea on December 27th, 2021 2:13 am

    I love the actors and storylines of NEW AM. I am optimistic about NEW AM
    stateside and in London. I would gladly follow Sharpwin (Helen and Max)