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2008 Winter TV Preview: New Amsterdam

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


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. He’s 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 Fox’s press release. She told Amsterdam that he wouldn’t 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. He’s led an interesting life over three centuries, but apparently, hasn’t found the one true love, because everyone grows old and dies, while he remains young, lonely and isolated. Eternal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. His current confidant is jazz club owner Omar (Stephen Henderson). He knows all about Amsterdam’s 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 he’s found his soul mate, who is it?

Life, death, true love…sounds like my kinda show. Ok, so it’s yet another show about a NYC homicide detective (we really needed another one!), but I’m 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 hasn’t 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 dream…

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