2008 Winter TV Preview: New Amsterdam

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New Amsterdam - Season One
Premieres: Tuesday, March 4, at 9 p.m. EST
Network: Fox
Creator(s):David Manson, Lasse Hallstrom, Allan Loeb, Christian Taylor
Starring:: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alexie Gilmore, Stephen Henderson, Zuleikha Robinson
Website: Fox.com

John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a whip-smart New York homicide detective, but he brings something to the job that none of his peers can. Heís immortal.

The year was 1642, and Amsterdam, then a Dutch soldier in the colony of New Amsterdam (later to become New York City), stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native American girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl then rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him, according to Foxís press release. She told Amsterdam that he wouldnít age until he found his one true love, and only then would be become mortal once again.

As you might imagine, this particular spell has been a mixed blessing for Amsterdam. Heís led an interesting life over three centuries, but apparently, hasnít found the one true love, because everyone grows old and dies, while he remains young, lonely and isolated. Eternal life isnít all itís cracked up to be. His current confidant is jazz club owner Omar (Stephen Henderson). He knows all about Amsterdamís secret and has a few of his own.

Still, Amsterdam is one of the NYPD's best homicide detectives, sparring with his strong-willed partner Eva Marquez (Zuleikha Robinson) as they solve difficult murder cases.

But when he suffers what appears to be a massive heart attack while chasing a suspect, Dr. Sara Dillane (Alexie Gilmore) pronounces him dead, he wonders if the prophesy has come true. And if heís found his soul mate, who is it?

Life, death, true loveÖsounds like my kinda show. Ok, so itís yet another show about a NYC homicide detective (we really needed another one!), but Iím hoping the immortality twist will be enough to make it different and interesting.

I also love that I know virtually nothing about anyone in this cast. So many shows try to nab mega-stars to front the cast, and maybe what we need is a talented cast who hasnít broken out to the American public. In a sea of less-than-wonderful new shows this winter, maybe this will be the one to draw viewers in and keep us hooked. A girl can dreamÖ

Hereís a preview:

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