Why You Won’t See New Amsterdam’s “Lost” Influenza Outbreak Episode


While New Amsterdam battles COVID in season 3, the pandemic flu episode of the NBC medical drama from last season (mostly) remains invisible.

Last March, the show decided to skip an episode about an influenza outbreak following the real global coronavirus crisis. “The world needs a lot less fiction and a lot more facts now,” wrote the series’ creator, David Schulner, in an essay for Deadline at the time. “We showed what happens when our hospital has to pitch tents in the parking lot because every bed is occupied. Today we woke up to pictures of military tents serving as makeshift morgues outside Bellevue Hospital as New York prepares for a possible surge in coronavirus casualties. Sometimes what the mirror reflects is too terrible to look at. “

But even a year later, Schulner and executive producer / director Peter Horton tell TVLine that the “lost” hour will not make it onto television. “It’s a great episode. I hate that we can’t show it, ”complains Horton, adding that the coronavirus pandemic“ is so loud and violent that I just don’t see any justification for writing a story about another outbreak. Nothing will compare to what we’ve all been through and what we’ve already shown. So it won’t be broadcast. “

Instead, the EPs opted for “cannibalization” [the episode] and make it part of season three, “using some of the footage from this week’s season opener,” shares Horton.

“In this [Season 2] As a result, Kapoor caught the influenza virus and [having the character contract COVID] gave us the opportunity to use the footage we shot, some of it in our large Bellevue atrium, which we obviously can no longer shoot, ”Schulner explained in TVLine’s premiere post mortem. Also, “we even used some of the footage on Iggy because it was so good,” adds Horton.

New Amsterdam fans, are you disappointed that the episode won’t air? Or are you satisfied with this compromise?

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