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Verisimilitude, Hollywood Style

Fox's "New Amsterdam" stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a New York homicide detective who's been living in Manhattan for the last 400 years -- you can just imagine how cheap his rent is -- after being made immortal when a spell was put on him by a Native American chick whose life he had just saved 400 years ago. But he's only immortal until he finds his one true love at which point all bets are off. Which, if he had a lick of sense, means he'd stay as far away from his one true love as humanly possible. But no! -- our hero has been, for the last 400 years, manically searching for his one true love, like my dog when one piece of kibble gets away from him and rolls under the refrigerator.

At the start of the "New Amsterdam" Q&A session of Summer TV Press Tour 2007, the executive producers prattled on merrily about the "exhaustive research" they've done about the history of Manhattan so that when the show goes back and forth in time or makes references to the city's history, it will have that all important touch of verisimilitude so important to a cop drama about a guy made immortal by a spell from an Native American chick.

This caused one critic to ask, "Could you talk about the research you've done specifically into Native American immortality trances and which specific traditions you're drawing from here?"

We thought the critic had them. But they came back with an answer:

"Yeah, I can. None." That was exec producer Alan Loeb talking.

"If [Native American chicks] had the power to grant immortality, why did they give it to this guy -- why don't they just arrange it so THEY could live forever?" another critic said, further developing the theme.

"Maybe they also understood the sort of dichotomous nature of this prophecy, that it's both a blessing and a curse -- immortality, I think," David Manson responded -- lamely, we thought.

VIDEO | New Amsterdam

Editor's note: The Summer TV Press tour has ended, but Lisa will share some of her favorite moments in the blog this week.

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 1, 2007; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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