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TV Tonight: New Amsterdam

I truly have no idea if New Amsterdam, which premieres tonight on Fox after American Idol, is going to be a huge hit or a huge flop. It has quite a few things working in its favor: an attractive star (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), an intriguing premise (detective will remain immortal until he finds true love), and a plum time slot for its premiere.

On the other hand, I found the first episode of the show to be utterly ridiculous. Again, that's not necessarily a bad thing; as I noted in my Pilot Watch last Summer, the show didn't work for me as a drama, but I thought it was an outstanding comedy. Or, upon further reflection, maybe I should have called it an outstanding soap opera. Every plot twist was so telegraphed, and every development so utterly unrealistic, that I couldn't help but be sucked in. Really, the guy's been living in New York for 400 years and nobody's realized that he still appears to be a strapping 40-something for all eternity?

The show has been compared to Pete Hamill's novel Forever, and while I haven't read the book, I can see some similarities between the two — most notably the degree to which you must suspend disbelief to make the story work. As a visual work, New Amsterdam is fairly impressive (noted film director Lasse Hallstrom, who directed the pilot and is one of the show's executive producers, probably has something to do with that). As a drama, it probably depends on how much you can take. Can you laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of a plot twist or premise and still enjoy a show? If so, New Amsterdam might be one for you; I admit I'll be watching for a while.

To watch a couple of clips from tonight's premiere — including one where Amsterdam nearly dies, but doesn't, because he's still yet to find love — just

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Photo courtesy of Fox

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Snowfox Snowfox 8 years
I LOVE IT... I ahve always been a fan of "Highlander" :-).... and I watched New Amsterdam since it started ... I guess 4 Episodes (right now) and I like it :-)
suzietv suzietv 9 years
it's not as procedural as cold case and the other crime solver tv shows, at least this one strays from the cases and actual focuses on the stories of the characters them self!
EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
I tried watching it but didn't like it.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't think i'll watch it.
hope2be hope2be 9 years
He's so good looking to the point that I'm going to try and watch this tonight. :lol: But if the plot is unbearable...I may just tune in every 15 minutes or so to have some manjoyment.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
I love the premise of the show and I've been excited, i'm sad to hear it is so ridiculous but i do love ridiculous tv so maybe i will still enjoy it!
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
I have to admit, I've had a bit of a crush on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ever since seeing him in "Nattevagten". Not sure how I feel about this show though...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I'm curious about this show; I'll give it a try for a few episodes at least.
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