NBC has decided to nix the upcoming episode of their hospital drama New Amsterdam, that features a storyline about a flu epidemic in New York City. The decision comes amid the reality of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that’s barraging the city.
According to the N.Y. Post, the episode was set to air on April 7, but producers decided to pull it.
“Being sensitive to the current climate, the producers, network and studio have decided that the episode will not air on NBC on April 7 as previously scheduled,” the network said in a statement.
Producers also added that the episode “was written some time ago,” but ”another new episode of ‘New Amsterdam’ will air on April 14 at 9 p.m. as the season finale.”
The episode won’t be scrapped forever, however. Instead, Series creator David Schulner stated that the episode would air “sooner rather than later.”
“It’s an extremely haunting episode,” he says. “Possibly one of our best. David Foster, who wrote the episode in December, had the idea of New Amsterdam dealing with a flu pandemic simmering since Season 1.”