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New Amsterdam was an American television drama, which premiered March 4, 2008 on the Fox Broadcasting Company, and ended after its eighth episode. The series was created by Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor, who also serve as executive producers alongside David Manson, Leslie Holleran, Steven Pearl and Lasse Hallström. The latter also directed the pilot.
Produced by Laha Films, Regency Television, Sarabande Productions and Scarlet Fire Entertainment, the series was greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007. The series was scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2007, consequently airing on Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c on FOX, but it was held as a mid-season replacement and began airing in March, 2008.
New Amsterdam also refers to the original name for a community established by Dutch traders in North America that eventually became known today as New York City. John Amsterdam starts his life as Johann van der Zee, who was a soldier that served this colony in the year 1642. He has remained a part of this community since this time.