The Night Shift (TV series)

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This article is about the NBC series. For the General Hospital spinoff, see General Hospital: Night Shift. For other television series, see Night Shift (disambiguation).
The Night Shift
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Genre Medical drama
Created by Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Starring
Composer(s) Fred Coury
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Sachs/Judah Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27) – present
External links
Official website

The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC.[1][2] The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the late night shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center.

On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed The Night Shift for a third season.[3]

Plot Summary[edit]

The series follows the overnight shift at San Antonio Medical Center, where three of the surgeons have a connection to the U.S. military. Dr. TC Callahan is an ex-Army medic who initially exhibits PTSD-type symptoms, having watched his brother die right in front of him on the battlefield. He tends to go his own way at the hospital, frequently breaking rules and butting heads with his ex-girlfriend and newly-appointed head of the night shift, Dr. Jordan Alexander, and the hospital's administrator, Michael Ragosa. Dr. Topher Zia is a private-sector surgeon who spent a lot of time on the battlefield overseas, while Dr. Drew Alister is a gay Army medic still active in the reserves who initially tries to hide his sexual orientation for fear of backlash. Dr. Krista Bell-Hart is a young surgical resident trying to work her way up the ranks, while fellow resident Dr. Paul Cummings works hard to emerge from the shadow of his father, a famous surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Jordan is initially in a relationship with Dr. Scott Clemmens, which complicates things when Scott becomes the Chief of Surgery at the hospital and sees that Jordan still has feelings for TC. After a cancer scare, Ragosa finds that he can no longer tolerate the stresses of his administrator job, and he quits that position in order to pursue his original dream of becoming a doctor.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main
Actor Character Episode Count Seasons
1 2 3
Eoin Macken Dr. TC Callahan 22 Main N/A
Jill Flint Dr. Jordan Alexander 22 Main N/A
Ken Leung Dr. Topher Zia 22 Main N/A
Brendan Fehr Dr. Drew Alister 22 Main N/A
Robert Bailey Jr. Dr. Paul Cummings 22 Main N/A
Jeananne Goossen Dr. Krista Bell-Hart 22 Main N/A
JR Lemon ER Nurse Kenny Fournette 22 Main N/A
Freddy Rodriguez Dr. Michael Ragosa 22 Main N/A
Daniella Alonso Dr. Landry de la Cruz 8 Main
Scott Wolf Dr. Scott Clemmens 12 Recurring Main
Recurring
Actor Character Episode Count Seasons
1 2 3
Esodie Geiger Nurse Molly Ramos 17 Recurring N/A
Alma Sisnero Nurse Diaz 17 Recurring N/A
Catharine Pilafas Nurse Bardocz 16 Recurring N/A
Luke MacFarlane Rick Lincoln 5 Recurring N/A
Merle Dandridge Gwen Gaskin 13 Recurring N/A
Adam Rodriguez Dr. Joey Chavez 6 Recurring N/A

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27) July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)
2 14 February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The series first appeared as part of NBC development slate in October 2011, however, decided to not go forward with a pilot order.[4] In August 2012, NBC decided to revisit the pilot script for the series, then known as The Last Stand.[5] On October 8, 2012, NBC placed a pilot order, with the new name After Hours.[6] The pilot was directed by Pierre Morel and written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.

On April 18, 2013, NBC ordered four additional scripts under a third and final title, The Night Shift.[7] On May 10, 2013, NBC officially ordered The Night Shift to series.[8]

Casting[edit]

Casting announcements began in October 2012, with Eoin Macken first cast in the role of TC Callahan, a doctor who has recently returned from the Army, who constantly disagrees with his superiors and does things his own way.[9] Freddy Rodriguez was the next actor cast in the series, in the role of Michael Ragosa, the hospital's administrator who originally wanted to be a doctor.[10] Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen were then added to the cast, with Leung cast in the role of Topher, an emergency room doctor who previously helped soldiers that were injured in battle. Goossen signed onto the role of Krista, a beautiful resident at the hospital.[11] In early November, Robert Bailey Jr. joined the series as Paul Cummings, a young, but squeamish resident at the hospital.[12] Jill Flint later signed onto the role of Jordan Alexander, the newly promoted Chief of the Night Shift, who once dated T.C.[13] Daniella Alonso was the last actor cast in the series. Alonso will play the role of Dr. Landry de la Cruz, the lone psychiatrist working the night shift.[14]

Filming[edit]

Production on season one of The Night Shift began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in late August 2013, and ended filming in mid-November.[15] Production on season two commenced on November 10, 2014.[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Lowry of Variety said "The Night Shift is still an awfully weak blip creatively speaking".[17] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show three out of five stars.[18]

On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds an overall 20% approval rating based on 20 reviews, with a rating average of 4.3 out of 10. The site's consensus is: "Calculated and cliche-ridden, The Night Shift is DOA."[19]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 0–100 reviews from critics, the series has a rating score of 45 based on 16 reviews as of June 30, 2014, indicating mixed or average reviews.[20]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Tuesday 10:00 p.m.
8
May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)
7.67[21]
July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)
6.05[22] 2013–14 N/A 8.50[23]
2
Monday 10:00 p.m.
14
February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)
5.52[24]
May 18, 2015
5.20[25] 2014–15 #86 6.67[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick, Porter (March 26, 2014). "'The Night Shift,' 'Food Fighters' and more NBC summer 2014 premiere dates". Zap2it. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for New Season". The Futon Critic. June 21, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2015). "'The Night Shift', 'Undateable' & 'The Mysteries of Laura' Renewed by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: Monday, October 3". The Futon Critic. October 3, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: Friday, August 3". The Futon Critic. August 3, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ O'Connell, Michael (October 8, 2012). "NBC Orders Medical Drama Pilot from '90210' Writers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 18, 2013). "NBC Orders Backup Scripts Of ‘After Hours’". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (May 10, 2013). "NBC Orders James Spader Drama, Medical Series Night Shift and Mike O'Malley Comedy". TV Guide. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 26, 2012). "Eoin Macken To Star In NBC Pilot ‘After Hours’". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Development Update: Friday, November 2". The Futon Critic. November 2, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Rawden, Jessica (November 6, 2012). "Lost's Ken Leung And Jeananne Goossen Join NBC's After Hours Pilot". Cinema Blend. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 8, 2012). "Pilots ‘Those Who Kill’ And ‘After Hours’ Add Regulars". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Roots, Kimberly (November 9, 2012). "Pilot Scoop: Royal Pains' Jill Flint Signs on to NBC Medical Drama After Hours". TVLine. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 24, 2013). "'Revolution's' Daniella Alonso Joins NBC's 'Night Shift' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ Gomez, Adrian (August 6, 2013). "NBC's 'Night Shift' to begin filming in ABQ". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Adam Rodriguez Joins ‘The Night Shift’ As Recurring". Deadline.com. October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 26, 2014). "TV Review: 'The Night Shift'". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hinckley, David (May 27, 2014). "'The Night Shift': Television review". Daily News (New York). Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Night Shift:Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Night Shift - Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 29, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: No Adjustments to 'America's Got Talent' or 'The Night Shift'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 16, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Extreme Weight Loss' & 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Adjusted Up; 'The Night Shift' Adjusted Down + Final MLB All Star Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ Levin, Gary (September 3, 2014). "Summer 2014 Ratings". USA Today. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  24. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 24, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Gotham' Adjusted Up; 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  25. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 19, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Stalker', 'Mike & Molly' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  26. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 22, 2015). "Full 2014-15 Series Rankings". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 

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