Network puts 'New Amsterdam' on hiatus
Fox is cooking up more “Kitchen Nightmares.”Net has greenlit another cycle of the Gordon Ramsay reality skein, which has proved to be a solid performer in a hellish Wednesday night timeslot. At least 10 episodes of the skein will be produced for broadcast sometime next year. Produced by A. Smith & Co, Granada and Optomen, “Nightmares” is a sort-of spinoff of “Hell’s Kitchen” in which Ramsay attempts to whip wayward restaurants into shape. Fox alternative prexy Mike Darnell said the skein’s hung in opposite some of TV’s toughest competition, including “Private Practice,” “Criminal Minds” and “Bionic Woman.” “To be doing well and moving up on that night and against that competition is nothing short of miraculous,” he said, noting “Kitchen Nightmare’s” week-to-week ratings growth. “I think this show is going to be on this network for a long time.” Greenlight for another cycle of “Nightmares” sets up the possibility of year-round Ramsay on Fox. Net is currently in production on back-to-back cycles of “Hell’s Kitchen,” with the current 10-episode season of “Nightmares” in the can. In addition to the two shows for Fox, Ramsay continues to star in multiple skeins for British television. “Nightmares” is exec produced by Arthur Smith, Pat Llewellyn, Kent Weed, Curt Northrup and Gerry McKean. Meanwhile, Fox has put immortal cop drama “New Amsterdam” on hiatus effective immediately. Seven episodes of the skein have been produced of the show’s original order. Reduction comes two days after the net cut back its order for laffer “The Return of Jezebel James.” Insiders said Fox believes it has a lot on its midseason plate, and putting “Amsterdam” on hiatus will let execs better evaluate the segs already produced.
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