“New Amsterdam is finally on the verge of returning to the 2022 TV schedule after nearly two months of a break for NBC to air Renée Zellweger’s The Thing About Pam, and all signs point toward an episode that could be very rewarding for the Dam Fam after such a long wait. Called “All Night Long,” it will deliver a night of karaoke and drinking for the characters… and then the consequences the day after. TV veteran Nestor Carbonell stepped behind the camera to direct “All Night Long,” and shed some light on what fans can expect when the doctors let loose.
Nestor Carbonell – who TV fans will recognize from Bates Motel, The Morning Show, and of course Lost – returned to New Amsterdam as a director after helming an episode earlier in Season 4 that was a big deal for Helen ahead of the move back to London. He spoke with CinemaBlend about how “All Night Long” stands out from the typical episode of the show, including “a lot [more] exteriors than in other episodes” that really served to “showcase Manhattan.”
Carbonell also chose the karaoke bar that will be essential to the episode. When he spoke with CinemaBlend, he weighed in on what it was like to film karaoke scenes in a drama usually set within the hospital walls:
First of all, I read it, I go ‘There’s a lot here. There’s so much here.’ We’re playing with time. There’s a lot to shoot, but it was also an incredible opportunity to see these guys – you’re absolutely right – in a space we’d never seen them. Like, we rarely see them as a group outside of New Amsterdam, certainly in a sort of social gathering like this, where they’re just letting loose. And so it really was an opportunity to take a big swing and just see their personalities in a venue we’ve never seen them in before, and see them sing, which is a really vulnerable thing for anyone to do. Even though these guys are all phenomenal singers, you know, they were still vulnerable. All of them were like, ‘Oh God, I don’t know about singing this.’ Some of them who had solos asked to see if they could do duets, and I was like, ‘Come on, guys! You guys are all phenomenal singers.’ But it was a great opportunity to really show, A – the relationships, and B– just a different side of their personas.”