By Deanna Bergers
2018 was a year full of many successful television shows created by ABC, FOX and NBC. Each year, there is an abundant amount of new shows broadcasted that are a clear hit or miss for the public, meaning they’ll either be renewed for another season, or simply canceled. “9-1-1,” “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam” are three new shows that viewers are waiting to watch each week.
The American drama “9-1-1” first aired on Jan. 3, 2018. The show follows the lives of firefighters, police officers and dispatchers as they work together to serve the city of Los Angeles. Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt all have starring roles. Bassett plays Athena Grant, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who deals with more than just issues on the streets of Los Angeles, but an interesting situation with her home life as well. Krause plays the role of Robert “Bobby” Nash, the Los Angeles Fire Department Station 18 captain with a traumatic family history. Hewitt enters the show in the second season as Maddie Buckley Kendall, sister of LAFD firefighter Evan “Buck” Buckley and becomes a 911 operator.
The show uses real sets for many of the emergencies that are portrayed, including scenes with a plane immersed in water in a man-made lake. “9-1-1” is inspired by real-life experiences and is currently averaging 6.2 million viewers, explaining its renewal through the 2018-2019 season. New episodes of “9-1-1” are broadcasted Mondays on FOX at 9 p.m. and every episode can be watched on Hulu.
“Manifest” is an American supernatural drama that premiered on Sept. 24. The plot line follows a group of passengers that were missing for over five years after a routine flight from Jamaica to New York City. When the passengers return, they realize that their lives are completely different from how they were when they departed. Some no longer have homes or any belongings, and some of their loved ones have either moved on or passed away. With their lives already flipped upside down, they now realize something on that flight changed them internally as well.
Melissa Roxburgh stars as Michaela Stone, a passenger on the flight and a New York Police Department officer. Josh Dallas plays the role of Ben Stone, older brother of Michaela and father of twins Olive and Cal Stone who are now five and a half years apart. Daryl Edwards plays Robert Vance, the director of the National Security Agency who launches the investigation into the flight and begins questioning each passenger.
“Manifest” has been such a hit among the public that its first season was recently extended from 13 to 16 episodes, produced by Warner Bros. Television and broadcasted on NBC, it is averaging 7.2 million viewers in its time slot of 10 p.m. on Mondays.
“New Amsterdam” is new medical drama that hit the air on Sept. 25. Taking place in New Amsterdam Hospital, inspired by the oldest public hospital in the United States, the show is centered on a new medical director who is determined to revive the hospital and give the greatest level of patient care.
Ryan Eggold, known for his role as Ryan Matthews in the CW’s “90210,” portrays Dr. Max Goodwin. Goodwin is the new medical director and makes quite the entrance in his first moments in the hospital. Janet Montgomery plays Lauren Bloom, the head of the emergency room, and tries to treat as many patients as she can in the length of her shift. Tyler Labine plays Iggy Frome, a psychiatric doctor who deals with patients in their darkest states.
“New Amsterdam” has now been ordered to have a full 22 episode season after its first few months on air. The newest episodes are televised at 10/9c on NBC and available on Hulu the following day.
All three television shows are available for binge-watching via Hulu, which offers its service at a student discount in conjunction with Spotify and SHOWTIME for $4.99 a month.