New Amsterdam (FOX 2008, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Stephen Henderson)

New Amsterdam, executive-produced by visionary Lasse Hallstrom and written by Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor, is the story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other.

He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret – he is immortal. In 1642, JOHN AMSTERDAM, then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam – later to become New York City – stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native Indian girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him.

Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality. But Amsterdam has found this to be a mixed blessing. Over the course of three centuries, he’s experienced endless adventure and honed his many talents. But everyone Amsterdam meets must leave him in time; lovers and children die while he remains young.

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His sole confidant and current lifelong friend is the sage jazz club owner OMAR, the keeper of Amsterdam’s secret, as well as a few of his own. As the exhilaration of eternal life has given way to emotional isolation and bitter loneliness, Amsterdam discovers the blessing has become a curse. Bringing to bear the unorthodox techniques and unique knowledge gained from his vast life experience, Amsterdam today is one of the NYPD’s best homicide detectives, sparring with his vibrant, strong-willed partner EVA MARQUEZ as they solve difficult murder cases.

But when Amsterdam suffers and then recovers from what appears to be a massive heart attack while chasing a suspect, and DR. SARA DILLANE  pronounces him dead in the ER, he realizes that the Indian girl’s prophesy may have come true – he felt the pain in his heart that she had foretold so long ago. His soul mate must have been nearby. As he works to find a killer on the streets of New York, Amsterdam understands that his own life – and possibly his death – have changed forever.

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Nikolaj Coster Waldau as John Amsterdam
Stephen Henderson as Omar
Zuleikha Robinson as Eva Marquez
Alexie Gilmore as Sara Dillane

key behind the scenes crew
Allan Loeb as Creator/Executive Producer
Christian Taylor as Creator/Executive Producer
David Mason as Executive Producer
Lasse Hallstrom as Executive Producer/Director of Pilot
Leslie Holleran as Executive Producer
Steven Pearl as Executive Producer

show type
fantasy crime drama

broadcast from
3/4/2008 – 4/14/2008
1 season with 8 episodes in total.

network and production companies
Fox – Laha Films – Regency Television – Sarabande Productions – Scarlet Fire Productions

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.