It has been almost two months since The Night Shift aired its Season 4 finale and fans have been wondering if the NBC show would return for Season 5. Well the wait is finally over; a decision regarding the fate of the medical drama has been made.
NBC announced that it has decided to cancel #TheNightShift. Deadline was first to break the news that the show was getting the axe. President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, released a statement on behalf of the peacock network.
“We want to thank our amazing creators and executive producers, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, for their dedication and stellar work; a cast and crew that were second to none; and the city of Albuquerque, N.M., which graciously opened its arms to us. For four seasons The Night Shift gave audiences a window to heroic doctors, nurses and all-star medical workers who never hesitated to give their blood, sweat and time to help those most in need.”
Although she did not give a specific reason for the shows cancellation, the summer drama never really caught on. It was a great concept, military doctors now adjusting to life in a hospital ER while they learn to play by the rules, put a spin on the usual medical drama. The focus on veterans and the military is what made it stand out but sadly it didn’t make it become a fan favorite or a ratings killer.
The show never really earned any great reviews or nods that would of helped it find a fan base either. Even though season one aired in the summer NBC moved it to a mid-season replacement for season two, which is believed to have ultimately hurt the show due to the over crowded TV line-up at that time. Perhaps if it had stayed on in the summer only, it might have earned a loyal fan base.
The amazing cast, that included Party of Five alum Scott Wolf and the stellar story telling definitely attributed to the longevity of the show. Although The Night Shift has been canceled, four seasons is pretty darn good especially for a summer show.
Will you miss The Night Shift?