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NBC's The Night Shift Pilot Leaves Us Smitten And Begging For More

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06/02/2014 4:08 pm
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NBC's The Night Shift Pilot Leaves Us Smitten And Begging For More
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Kay Ziegler

Staff Writer


Call 9-1-1. The Night Shift killed the Tuesday-night lineup. Starring Eoin Macken, Danielle Alonso, Brendan Fehr, and Freddy Rodriguez; this prime-time drama centers around a San Antonio hospital that struggles to stay afloat while continuing to treat its patients. While underrated, it’s probably one of the best pilots I’ve seen in a long time. The dynamics of the program are vibrant. Because of such fine casting, it’s as if these veteran actors have been on this show for years. The actors play off each other’s timing with ferocity and ease, thus making each person believable and relatable even if we don’t want to like them. Macken plays Dr. TC Callahan, an ex-soldier who’s brashly defiant against authority and has a drinking/gambling problem. He is wading through life with the burden of PTSD. Drew, Fehr’s character, is Callahan’s best friend and a fellow soldier with a very surprising secret. We also meet Callahan’s ex-girlfriend, Dr. Landry De La Cruz who is both flabbergasted and awed by him. She also heads the night shift department so it’s her goal to rein everyone in and keep the order. Rodriguez’s Michael Ragosa (De La Cruez’s boss) is sleazily trying to run the hospital all the while cutting as much as he possibly can and having his own secrets. In the pilot, viewers are treated to the best and worst of TC (as he’s called). After leaving a jail cell - battered, bruised and hung over - he hops on his bike and heads home. Before too long, he runs into paramedic’s treating an injured man. Jumping in, he helps save the day and continues on his merry way. Back at the hospital, trouble soon arrives. He and his colleagues are blocked from treating a patient because she has no insurance. Does that stop them? Of course not, although they have to jump through hoops to do the tests on the sly. TC is also barred from tending to a newborn just because Ragosa sees her as stable. Again, does this stop him? No, he treats the baby and nearly gets fired. One of the few patients that does get approved treatment ends up dying. What should that tell boss-man. Just listen to TC and his crew! There are many funny moments intermixed with the drama. Most of it is at the expense of the interns as they are hazed into night shift. Although, Leung’s character (a seasoned doctor no less) must jump through humorous hoops to help a poor girl. There were also tender scenes between TC and his ex; they both really care and even love each other. Drew and TC shared some heart-felt acceptance scenes that revealed their vulnerable bond. Will The Night Shift last more than a season? I hope so; it has a lot of promise. Like ER and St. Elsewhere, this program is a beautiful homage to the men and women in medicine. What did you think? Sound off below! Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!



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