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NBC is extending The Night Shift.
Sony Pictures Television fought for and received a second season for the one-hour medical drama from creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Night Shift renewal comes after the series generated strong showings following NBC’s biggest summer draw, America’s Got Talent. It will likely return in summer 2015 with a 14-episode order.
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The Night Shift has averaged a solid 6.7 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 since debuting May 27.
Since landing a series order in 2013, The Night Shift has had somewhat of a rocky road. Originally slated for a midseason bow, NBC pushed the series to a less-competitive slot in the summer. It wraps its eight-episode first season July 15.
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From studio Sony Pictures Television, the series focuses on the men and women who work the overnight shift in the ER at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Daniella Alonso, Robert Bailey Jr., Jeananne Goossen, J.R. Lemon and Freddy Rodriguez star in the series.
The news comes hours after SPT successfully revived Community — canceled by NBC in May — for a 13-episode sixth season at Yahoo Screen, bringing the Dan Harmon comedy one step closer to fulfilling its unofficial #sixseasonsandamovie mantra. SPT is known for aggressively fighting for its shows, in the past bringing back Damages for two seasons on DirecTV following its FX run and packaging hot property The Blacklist with a fifth season of Community, but the studio isn’t always successful. In 2013, SPT failed to bring back ABC’s cult comedy Happy Endings for a third season following talks with USA Network.
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