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New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam (TV series).png
intertitle of New Amsterdam
Genre Drama
Created by Allan Loeb
Christian Taylor
Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Alexie Gilmore
Stephen Henderson
Zuleikha Robinson
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Allan Loeb
David Manson
Christian Taylor
Leslie Holleran
Steven Pearl
Lasse Hallström
Original channel Fox
Original run March 4, 2008 –
April 14, 2008
External links
Official website

New Amsterdam is an American television drama, which premiered March 4, 2008 on Fox, and ended after its eighth episode. The series was created by Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor, who also served as executive producers alongside David Manson, Leslie Holleran, Steven Pearl and Lasse Hallström. The latter also directed the pilot.[1]

Produced by Laha Films, Regency Television, Sarabande Productions and Scarlet Fire Entertainment, the series was greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007.[2] The series was scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2007,[3] consequently airing on Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c on Fox, but it was held as a mid-season replacement and began airing in March 2008.[4]

On Tuesday, October 16, 2007, an article in The Hollywood Reporter stated that production on New Amsterdam had been stopped for an indefinite period, with "seven episodes of the series in the can". The article also mentioned that Fox decided to review the series and then decide whether or not to order new episodes, something that the article writer asserted was considered to be unlikely.[5] A pre-air version of the Pilot episode was leaked onto internet file-sharing services on December 2, 2007.

On January 23, 2008 FOX resumed airing commercials for the show stated "coming soon". Following the premiere another preview episode aired on March 6, 2008 (at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM Central), before the series moved to its regular timeslot on March 10, 2008. The series also aired on Global in Canada.[6] Global ran the first episode one-hour before the U.S. broadcast, and the second episode one day before the U.S. broadcast.

On May 11, 2008, it was announced that FOX had decided to cancel New Amsterdam.[7] The show was nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award for Main Title Design, but lost out to Mad Men.



The main character is John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who is immortal. At the beginning of the series, he is 400 years old, but his body structure is that of a 35-year-old. Amsterdam was a Dutch soldier in the year 1642 when he stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native American girl during a massacre of her tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam by weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. It was also prophesied that he would not age until he finds his one true love, and only then will he become whole and ready for mortality. His immortality has resulted in Amsterdam spending more than three centuries marked by loss as his friends, lovers, children (63), and dogs (which John numbers—his current dog is named "Thirty Six") gradually grow old and die while he is forced to remain alive. Amsterdam is also a recovering alcoholic who regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, having remained sober since 1965. In his lifetime he has joined the Army three times, in addition to the Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. He stated that he never joined the Air Force because he "doesn't like heights". He has taught history at King's College, served as a physician during the American Civil War, was a furniture maker at the turn of the century, a portrait painter just before the outbreak of World War I, and by 1941 an attorney. At some point he attended Brown University and spent ten years in the CIA.

Cast and characters

New Amsterdam cast (L-R)
Henderson, Robinson,
Coster-Waldau & Gilmore
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as John Amsterdam, a New York homicide detective (badge number 9298)E-4 who will become mortal again after he finds his one true love. As a side effect of the immortality ritual, John has a rare Native American blood type (RZRZ), with lethal levels of lead (120 μg/dL),E-1 likely from living through periods in which lead was used in plumbing and many other facets of life. His blood clots quickly, with a platelet level ten times normal, despite very low levels of factor VIII.E-4 Later Dr. Dillane speculates that he may have pluripotent stem cells.E-8
    He was born Johann van der Zee on June 1, 1607 in Amsterdam, Holland.E-2 Amsterdam is only the last of the aliases John has used, changing identities as often as once a decade.E-4
  • Alexie Gilmore as Dr. Sara Millay Dillane, a Cornell graduate who lives in the West Village, within walking distance of St. Francis Hospital where she is an emergency room physician.E-3 Dr. Dillane pronounces Amsterdam dead after a heart attack, and he is convinced that she is "the one" (his soulmate). This is complicated by the revelation that she has been married for four years to Robert Camp, although they are currently separated.E-4



Season 1: 2008

# Title Writer Director Original airdate Code
1 "Pilot" Allan Loeb & Christian Taylor (Story),
Christian Taylor (Teleplay)
Lasse Hallström March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) 101
The series premiere introduces a brilliant New York homicide detective with a profound secret: he is immortal. In response to a heroic action, John Amsterdam will not age a day until he finds "the one." He has had many lives as he has roamed the city of New York for the past 400 years searching for his one true love. Amsterdam's new partner, Eva Marquez, can't wait to be transferred out of homicide, but in the meantime she has to put up with a truly know-it-all partner. Omar is the only one who knows Amsterdam's secret and he's got one of his own. In this episode, a murdered socialite causes John Amsterdam to cross paths with his past and it nearly kills him. 
2 "Golden Boy" David Manson John David Coles March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06) 102
Amsterdam and Eva investigate the suspicious death of a student at a prestigious New York City private school which leads to the revelation of a twisted "affair." One of Amsterdam's biggest secrets is revealed, when Amsterdam flashes back to 1941. 
3 "Soldier's Heart" Eric Overmyer Bobby Roth March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10) 103
A homeless Gulf War veteran confesses to the grisly murder of a controversial psychiatrist, but Amsterdam is skeptical. While reviewing the psychiatrist's soon-to-be published book, Amsterdam contemplates the reliability of memories and the reasons people bury them. Could the motive for this murder lie in the psychiatrist's own research? The murder also brings Amsterdam closer to finding "the one" who he believes will unlock his heart and make him mortal. Though he's certain the sparks he feels are real, he encounters the unexpected. 
4 "Honor" David Manson Ken Girotti March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17) 104
John Amsterdam is called in to investigate the rape of an Indian fashion designer, Amartya Vikram, who is reluctant to testify against her attacker. She finally does so over the objections of her conservative family, but the rapist, Phillip Long, is freed on a technicality. After Long apparently murders Amartya for revenge, John must ensure the killer is brought to justice while dealing with memories of his own past and another time he confronted a rapist in the year 1813. 
5 "Keep The Change" John Manckiewicz Jim McKay March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24) 105
John and Eva investigate the death of a homeless man whose best friend believes that his overdose was actually a homicide. They uncover a mysterious connection between the new homeless shelter and an expensive guitar (a Gibson L-00 once belonging to Robert Johnson) the dead homeless man kept in his locker. Meanwhile, John remembers when he struggled with addictions and entered a 12-step program back in 1964 after passing out drunk one too many times and ending up in the psych ward. Also, Sara begins to believe that John is hiding a secret from her. Guest Stars: Susan Misner as Sergeant Burnett, Bridget Regan as Daphne Tucker, Nick Sandow as Frank. 
6 "Legacy" Barry Pullman John David Coles March 31, 2008 (2008-03-31) 106
When police find a bullet-ridden body in an apartment in Chinatown, John and Eva are called to investigate. The deceased young man's striking similarity to Roosevelt, a lost son of John's from the year 1913, prompts him to take a personal stance on the case. The search for the killer leads John to the Spoors, a violent crime family headed by Roosevelt's kin. The discovery makes John question the actions of his past and the reverberating consequences they have on those around him. 
7 "Reclassified" Eric Overmyer Jean de Segonzac April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07) 108
John becomes fixated on granting the dying wish of his first partner, Andy Gleason, who is slowly wasting away from leukemia caused by a bullet lodged in his heart. Andy wants the unknown shooter brought to justice before he dies, but the case is more convoluted than anyone originally believes. Memories of John's beginnings as a homicide detective help him not only piece together clues to his friend's case, but also prompt John to realize he may be nearing the end of his quest for love and mortality. However, he embarks down a precarious path as his investigation leads to altercations with the Russian mafia and culminates with a shocking end. 
8 "Love Hurts" David Manson & Ashley Gable (story),
David Manson (teleplay)
Matthew Penn April 14, 2008 (2008-04-14) 107
In the season finale John, still recovering from his recent gunshot wound, and Eva investigate the death of a drowned woman. The death might be related to a string of robberies of wealthy men linked to a dating service. The case causes John to flashback to his life in 1927 when as a grifter, he stole jewelery from his lover. Upset over still being apparently immortal, John breaks it off with Sara Dillane. 


Date Event
1607 June 1 Johann van der Zee is born on June 1, 1607, in Amsterdam, Holland, in the Dutch Republic.E-2
c. 1621 Johann comes to the New World at age 14.E-5
(John says 1620 and age 14, the latter would make the specific year 1621 or 1622.)
1642 Johann is stabbed through the heart saving the life of a native girl. She and the women shaman of her LenapeE-3 village (sited in what would become New York's Times Square) save his life, and in so doing make him immortal. He will not die or age until after he finds "the one", his soul mate. Throughout much of the next 365 years he uses the first name John.E-1
c. 1760s John taught history at Columbia University during the period it was called King's College.E-3
c. 1776–1781 John serves with Whitcomb's Rangers during the Revolutionary War.E-4
1812 The Ursulines arrive in New York from Cork.E-4
1813 John is a coachman in the Bronx for Andrew Durst who forcibly deflowers his female servants; including Fanny, who had been saving herself for John. After John kills Durst in a duel, he abandons his current identity as Durst was a "gentleman" and John was not. Due to this his life was in danger from Durst's peers.E-4
c. 1850 John takes the first of around 160 pictures—each dated with the year taken—covering the development of what is later called Times Square.E-7
Pictures shown include: 1878–80, 1890, 1893, 1899–1903, 1906–07, 1911–12, 1915, 1925–26, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1959, 1977–78, 1980–1982, 1985, 2006, & 2007. Years specifically missing include: 1891–92, 1908–10, 1913–14, 1933–34, 1936, 1942, 1946–47, 1949.E-1
1862 Sept. 17 John is a Union Army surgeon at the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. He is assisted by Walt Whitman, who gives John a first edition of Leaves of Grass.E-3
1865 April John helps chase down John Wilkes Booth.E-5
late 1800s John had a relationship with Emily Dickinson.E-5
late 1800s or early 1900s As J. G. Benoit, he is a well known furniture maker.E-1
c. 1891 John marries ("50 years" before 1941); they later have a daughter named "Em" (short for Maggie).E-2
1893 John takes on the alias "Dutch" Amsterdam, a painter, and gets married to Samantha.E-6
1894 Roosevelt "Rosie" Amsterdam, son of Dutch and Samantha, is born.E-6
1900 During the wars between the Hip Sing Tong and the Four Brothers, a Mr. Chen was a police informant.E-6
c. 1900 Stanford White designed the Dillane mansion, the biggest private house on Park Avenue.E-5
c. 1900 John knows the actress Sarah Bernhardt at the "turn of the century."E-1
1912 / 1913 Dutch and his family are living in Greenwich Village. His wife and son leave Dutch after he has an affair with one of his models, Alice Crayborn.E-6
(John's family tree says they left in 1912, an on screen title dates the event to 1913.)
1913 Lily Rae Brown is born.E-2
c. 1917 John fought in France during World War I.E-5 He was wounded and underwent contrology therapy—now known as the Pilates exercise regimen—in his recovery and rehabilitation.E-8
1920s The Penmar is a speakeasy during prohibition, and John is a regular.E-1
1927 “Johnny on the Spot” is running scams near Hell Gate as a grifter, and his thieving destroys a budding relationship with the actress Olivia Behrendt (formerly Paula Dorn from Grand Rapids, Michigan).E-8
1930s John, using the name Charlie, is dating a painter named Julianne. She paints his image into a mural named The Lover's Sacrifice in the Presidential Suite at the Davenshire Hotel.E-1
1941 As John York, Esq. ("born" January 6, 1904, in New York City), he is practicing law, and having a secret relationship with Lily Rae Brown. John's secretary is his daughter Em. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is one of his favorite books, and his dog is named "Twenty nine." Under pressure from her father, Lily later breaks off the affair. York joins the army and is assigned to the "Big Red One".E-2
1942 John and Lily have a son they name Omar, and they get married.E-2
1944 June During the Invasion of Normandy John temporarily lost his hearing when a shell exploded "too close for comfort."E-1
1945 Lily Rae York dies.E-2
c. 1950s During the Cold War John blackmailed his superior in a government agency.E-5 This was possibly the CIA which John served in for 10 years.E-6
1957 Thelonious Monk buys one of John's desks, after a show with Coltrane.E-1
1964 February John, working as a night club comedian, drinks enough to kill a normal human and ends up in a mental institution. After leaving, he enters Alcoholics Anonymous, and when his AA sponsor Frank dies unexpectedly of a heart attack (93 days after Ruby shot Oswald), John confesses his secrets to Omar instead.E-5
1965 John has his last drink, beginning 15,495 days of sobriety as of the pilot episode.E-1
1967 July 17 Coltrane dies, still mad at John.E-1
2002 February John takes on the John Amsterdam alias.E-5 He joined the NYPD because of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and becomes a detective in the shortest time in NYPD history.E-7
(Month is shown on his medical file)E-4
2003 Dec. 19 Dr. Sara Millay Dillane, daughter of Mary Dillane and Franklin Dillane was married Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 to Robert Camp.E-4
2007/2008 As of the pilot, John has had 609 girlfriends, a few wives, and 63 children. His current dog is Thirty-six.E-1/E-5
  • John has a detailed family tree of all his wives and known descendants.E-6
    • Omar York owns Omar's: Bar–Grill, Wines–Liquors.E-1 Omar has a daughter named Hallie, who herself has a son named Corey.E-2
    • Theo Spoor—John's grandson through Rosie—is the retired boss of one of New York's mob families.
      • Nicholas Spoor—Theo's grandson—is the current boss. He murdered his brothers Piers and Alex to try and hide his status as an FBI informant. The Spoors own Dutch's Painting of Alice, which they keep at the Spoor Brewery.E-6
  • Sara Dillane is divorcing her husband because he was having an ongoing affair.E-6/E-7
  • John states his military service to include "the army three times, marines, navy, coast guard; not the air force, don't like heights."E-3
  • Donald Chen—great-grandson of the police informant—leads New York's Tong gang.E-6

As of episode seven, "Reclassified", all three of John's army stints (under different names) appear to be accounted for: the Whitcomb's Rangers during the American Revolutionary War, a Union Army surgeon during the American Civil War, and in the Big Red One during World War II. This suggests, albeit not conclusively, that John was a U.S. Marine during his service in France during World War I. In Episode 5, John recalls booby trapped corpses laid by the Vietcong suggesting that he was present in Vietnam - based upon process of elimination one can speculate he was with the Navy Seals.

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Weekly ratings
# Episode Air Date Rating Share Rating/Share 18–49 Viewers (m) Timeslot Rank Night Rank Overall Rank
1 "Pilot" Tuesday, March 4, 2008 8.2 12 4.5/11 13.47 1 2 6 [8]
2 "Golden Boy" Thursday, March 6, 2008 6.2 10 3.5/8 10.12 2 4 15
3 "Soldier's Heart" Monday, March 10, 2008 5.5 8 2.5/6 8.78 3 6 20
4 "Honor" Monday, March 17, 2008 4.5 7 2.3/6 7.30 4 10 37
5 "Keep The Change" Monday, March 24, 2008 3.8 6 2.0/5 6.19 4 11 52
6 "Legacy" Monday, March 31, 2008 4.3 6 2.1/5 6.63 4 10 43
7 "Reclassified" Monday, April 7, 2008 4.6 7 2.2/5 7.44 4 N/A 37
8 "Love Hurts" Monday, April 14, 2008 4.2 6 2.1/5 6.77 4 12 43

See also

The background idea behind the show, a present-day immortal who changes aliases to avoid detection, has been used elsewhere. After hearing about the upcoming series, author Pete Hamill alleged that the show has similarities to the plot of his 2003 novel, Forever, but producer David Manson claimed he had no knowledge of the book until after filming had wrapped.[9] Other recent stories with similar foundations are the 2007 film The Man From Earth (written in 1998), the ongoing Highlander franchise, which began in 1986 and Forever Knight, a Canadian 1992 show about a vampire detective (which includes in each episode a flashback to previous years). An unrelated 2007 book also called New Amsterdam, by the fantasy and science fiction writer Elizabeth Bear, features an immortal vampire detective partnering with a forensic sorcerer to solve occult crimes in an alternate universe. Many of the issues John deals with are covered by Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long series of books, specifically the melancholy of immortality and the sense of loss that accumulated through the death of loved ones (after Time Enough for Love).


Episode sources:

^E-1 "Pilot". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-04. No. 1, season 1.
^E-2 "Golden Boy". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-06. No. 2, season 1.
^E-3 "Soldier's Heart". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-10. No. 3, season 1.
^E-4 "Honor". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-17. No. 4, season 1.
^E-5 "Keep the Change". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-24. No. 5, season 1.
^E-6 "Legacy". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-03-31. No. 6, season 1.
^E-7 "Reclassified". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-04-07. No. 7, season 1.
^E-8 "Love Hurts". New Amsterdam. Fox. 2008-04-14. No. 8, season 1.

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