NBC Expands ‘St. Denis Medical’ with 5 Additional Episodes

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NBC has bolstered its confidence in the freshman comedy series ‘St. Denis Medical’ by expanding its first season with five additional episodes, culminating in an 18-episode season. This decision comes as the show concludes production on its initial 13-episode order.

‘St. Denis Medical’ is a mockumentary-style series that spotlights the challenges faced by an Oregon hospital beset by funding and staffing shortages. The narrative centers on the hospital’s dedicated medical professionals as they strive to balance patient care with their own personal struggles. The series was created by Justin Spitzer and Eric Ledgin, the duo behind the popular show ‘Superstore.’ Spitzer and Ledgin also serve as writers and executive producers for ‘St. Denis Medical.’

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Leading the ensemble cast is Wendi McLendon-Covey, who portrays Joyce, the hospital’s executive director, and a former oncological surgeon with lofty aspirations. David Alan Grier stars as Dr. Ron, an emergency department physician navigating a tumultuous divorce. The cast also includes Allison Tolman, Josh Lawson, Mekki Leeper, Kahyun Kim, and Kaliko Kauahi.

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‘St. Denis Medical’ has been lauded by NBCUniversal executives as a standout series, further emphasized by the network’s decision to increase the episode count. The show has been strategically scheduled in the Tuesday 8 PM timeslot previously occupied by ‘Superstore’ for much of its run, indicating NBC’s faith in its potential to attract a dedicated audience.

‘St. Denis Medical’ faced delays initially due to strikes but has now positioned itself as a prominent player in NBC’s lineup of sitcoms and workplace comedies, benefiting from a robust episode order and a coveted primetime slot.

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