The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC. The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the late night shift in the emergency room at San Antonio Memorial Hospital.
On November 17, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on June 22, 2017.
The series follows the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital, where three of the doctors have a connection to the U.S. military. Dr. TC Callahan is an ex-Army medic who initially exhibits PTSD-type symptoms, having watched his brother die right in front of him on the battlefield. He tends to go his own way at the hospital, frequently breaking rules and butting heads with his ex-girlfriend and newly-appointed head of the night shift, Dr. Jordan Alexander, and the hospital's administrator, Michael Ragosa. Dr. Topher Zia is a private-sector surgeon who previously spent a lot of time on the battlefield as an Army Ranger, while Dr. Drew Alister is a gay Army medic still active in the reserves who initially tries to hide his sexual orientation for fear of backlash. Dr. Krista Bell-Hart is a young surgical resident trying to work her way up the ranks, while fellow resident Dr. Paul Cummings works hard to emerge from the shadow of his father, a famous surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Jordan is initially in a relationship with Dr. Scott Clemmens, which complicates things when Scott becomes the Chief of Surgery at the hospital and sees that Jordan still has feelings for TC. After a cancer scare, Ragosa finds that he can no longer tolerate the stresses of his administrator job, and he quits that position in order to pursue his original dream of becoming a doctor.
Cast and Characters Edit
- Main article: List of The Night Shift episodes
The series first appeared as part of NBC development slate in October 2011. However, NBC decided to not go forward with a pilot order. In August 2012, NBC decided to revisit the pilot script for the series, then known as The Last Stand. On October 8, 2012, NBC placed a pilot order, with the new name After Hours. The pilot was directed by Pierre Morel and written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.
On April 18, 2013, NBC ordered four additional scripts under a third and final title, The Night Shift. On May 10, 2013, NBC officially ordered The Night Shift to series.
Production on season one of The Night Shift began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in late August 2013, and ended filming in mid-November. Production on season two commenced on November 10, 2014. Production on season three took place from February to June 2016. Filming for season four began in April 2017.