SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers


The Night Shift - Pilot - Advance Preview

As a night shift worker and a massive Grey’s Anatomy fan, I was intrigued to see how NBC’s new show “The Night Shift” would compare. Read on for a brief overview of the show, or skip to my thoughts about how it all comes together below.

The Night Shift is a new medical drama featuring the lives and trials of the doctors who work nights at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. In a time of economic crisis the shift is now being managed by Michael Ragosa, the antagonist of the show here to get in everybody’s way by being a ball-buster more interested in saving money than treating patients. Played by Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty) the character is portrayed reasonably well, but unfortunately not in a particularly redeeming love-to-hate him way.

Butting heads with Ragosa is the shows main male protagonist and ‘hero’ TC Callahan, a war veteran who has just joined the hospital and has little regard for the rules. It is amusing that they cast Eoin Macken, an actor who is reasonably similar in looks to Patrick Dempsey (who plays male protagonist Dr Shephard in Grey’s Anatomy). The casting was probably due to his acting chops, but I imagine it was also a move to attract some Grey’s fans to come and check out this new show.

Our lead female protagonist is Jordan Alexander (played by Jill Flint), a sort of ‘go-between’ character who tries to keep the peace between Ragosa and Callahan. She joins the night shift coming off of working days and is made interim chief so that she can help the night team increase its efficiency. She has the difficult job of balancing friendships with the staff (particularly TC) and helping Ragosa to make the department more cost-effective.

Amongst the other supporting cast (who arguably make more of a lasting impression than those mentioned above) are long term night shift worker Topher (played by Lost’s Ken Leung), second year with-a-secret Drew (Brendan Fehr), new interns Krista and Paul (Jeananne Goossen and Robert Bailey Jr., respectively) and a too-frightened-to-do-anything, recently-widowed doctor Althea (Brigid Brannagh).

Unfortunately, The Night Shift does little to particularly hook the audience and comes out something of a jumbled, overly cliched mess. The storylines have been done repeatedly before in other shows, the medical cases don’t flow cohesively with the rest of the show and there are very few characters who particularly stand out. The probable romance between Callahan and Jordan also seems fairly predictable, unless they flesh their history out a bit more.

None of the leads are particularly likeable, and the friction between Ragosa and Callahan feels overplayed and borders on ridiculous when blows are exchanged. The real gems of the cast are the supporting characters; intern Paul is a good source of comedic relief, Leung’s Topher manages to redeem some sloppy writing with strong acting, and there is potential for a decent storyline with Drew’s secret which is revealed at the end of the pilot and Althea’s struggle to get back into medicine.

This show holds some promise if the writing is tightened up and the medical cases are brought into the show more coherently as opposed to being a good excuse for a bit of gore or light humour. As it stands I would not particularly recommend the show if you’ve got too much to watch already, but if you are willing to wait a few episodes to see if there is any improvement and you enjoy medical dramas then you may just enjoy this.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below and I can try to answer any questions.
Joshua Joshua first got involved with SpoilerTV during the days of Lost and the online "Find 815" ARG, and has since been actively involved in the community as a forum moderator and episode reviewer for the main site. His favourite shows are Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck and Game of Thrones, but he often has around 15-20 different shows on the go.

Problem Detected - Comments, Video and Images Not Loaded

If you're seeing this it means you're having trouble loading the site.

This is normally caused by an Extension/Addon installed in your Browser such as Adblock, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Admuncher, AVAST! etc. You should try whitelisting www.spoilertv.com domains to ensure that all content is properly loaded.

See the Troubleshooting Guide Here
We welcome relevant, respectful comments.
Click here to Read our Comment Policy

Print FriendlyFull Screen

About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.
SpoilerTV Comment Policy

We pride ourselves here at SpoilerTV with the quality, friendlyness and respectfullness of our community. All comments in English please.

Name-calling, personal attacks, spamming, excessive self-promotion, condescending pomposity, general assiness, racism, sexism, any-other-ism, homophobia, off-topicness, acrophobia, and destructive (versus constructive) criticism will get you BANNED from the party as will creating multiple accounts, actor abuse as well as other trollish behaviour.

If you have a problem with a comment, DO NOT REPLY TO IT.

Instead Click the Dropdown Icon/Arrow to the right of the offending comment and click the Flag link from the dropdown. Our Moderation Team will then deal with any inappropriate comments.

We hope you enjoy your time here at SpoilerTV
ADBlock Detected

It appears that you are running an adblocker such as Adblock, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Admuncher, AVAST! etc.

Advertisments are our only source of revenue and they help ensure that the site remains free of charge and running.

We kindly ask that you consider whitelisting www.spoilertv.com so you don't hurt our revenue.

See the Guide Here for details about how to whitelist SpoilerTV

You can still use the site with Adblock although this nag screen will display. Whitelisting the site will remove this nag screen message.

Here at SpoilerTV we allow you to personalize your experience by allowing you to customize various items on the site. Close the popup to save your changes

Background Colour Picker
Enter the HEX Code of the colour you would like to use as a background. To get a HEX code goto the colour picker and pick your color then paste in the # number including the # at the front. eg #000000 is black #ffffff is white

Thumbnail Type
Rounded Sharp Circle
Square None Grid3 Grid2 Card
Theme Color
Light (Default)
Dark (Beta)
Unread Indicator
Unread Off (Default)
Unread On

Full or Minimal
Full (Default)
Minimal (Beta)
Banner Selector
All you need to do is to put a link to your banner in the box below and press the Click Button. (For best results your image should be 1090px wide and 200px high.). We have more banners in our Banner Gallery here.

Enter the URL of your Image or pick from one below