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Seemingly working off a checklist of medical-show cliches — the Afghanistan vet; the number-crunching administrator; the gurneys racing down hallways; the “Mash”-like work-hard, play-harder mentality — “The Night Shift” feels aimed at those who might have found “Chicago Fire” too intellectually demanding. NBC is introducing the show amid a barrage of scripted summer fare, and stranger things have worked (especially with the more lenient requirements of the postseason), but for all the creative pulse that’s on display here, the network could just as easily have rerun a discarded series from the 1990s and labeled it “New to You.”

Just trying to describe the show can’t help but sound like quoting some generic “TV Development for Dummies” guidebook. The Afghan vet, Tc Callahan (Eoin Macken), is introduced rigging an astonishing medical fix (naturally) under the equivalent of battlefield conditions, while clashing with the hospital administrator (Freddy Rodriguez), who actually talks »


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