New Amsterdam Shelves Flu Epidemic Episode Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawrence Kim
March 26, 2020

The creator of the medical drama has made a decision to shelve an episode which features a fictional pandemic taking over New York City. David wrote the episode in 2019 about a flu pandemic overtaking our fictional hospital in NY. "Being sensitive to the current climate, the producers, network and studio have decided that the episode will not air on NBC on April 7 as previously scheduled". The show will instead shift into reruns before airing its season finale, which has already been shot and produced, on April 14.

According to Deadline, the episode was originally titled "Pandemic" and later renamed "Our Doors Are Always Open", but was scrapped once the fictional plot became a bit too real.

Daniel Dae Kim, a recurring guest star on the NBC medical drama, announced last week that he had tested positive for the disease.

As the coronavirus has sickened hundreds of thousands of people and killed more than 20,000 worldwide, NBC has chose to put an episode of its medical drama "New Amsterdam" that's eerily close to real events on hold.

"The world needs a lot less fiction right now, and a lot more facts", New Amsterdam creator David Schulner told Deadline.

"We showed what happens when our hospital has to erect tents in the parking lot because every bed is taken".

"Sometimes, what the mirror reflects back is too horrifying to look at", he wrote. When people are quarantined.

Despite production being shut down, New Amsterdam was able to assist New York's effort to combat the coronavirus spread.

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