NBC Calls For Fourth Season Of ‘Night Shift’

By November 21, 2016
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NBC has ordered a fourth season of its medical drama The Night Shift, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That adds more episodes to a show that might not be a household name, but which finds way to hold its own in a busy television lineup.

The series stars an ensemble cast that includes Eoin Mackey, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr. and J.R. Lemon.

Night Shift is part of NBC’s summer slate that hails from Sony Pictures Television. It’s set in a Texas hospital where a group of Army veterans have to work critical late-night hours at the facility. It was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the writing duo who also developed the 90210 resurrection series for The CW.

diary112116They also wrote the screenplays to two teen-friendly films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2010 and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules in 2011. The two films combined to gross $150.6 million worldwide.

Sachs and Judah also are working on the family fantasy Magic Camp with Adam Devine, Gillian Jacobs and Jeffrey Tambor.

The series, which should not be confused with the General Hospital SoapNet spin-off from 2007, has had a bit of a storied beginning. NBC had expressed interest in late 2011, but took a pass. A year later, they were intrigued by the concept again to the point they ordered a pilot.

In the pilot stage, it was called The Last Stand and then later After Hours. When NBC picked the pilot up for series in May 2013, the name had moved to The Night Shift.

The fourth season will debut following the conclusion of NBC’s main television season this coming May with a 13-episode order.

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