'The Night Shift' hopes to keep audience with diverse cast
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Last summer's surprise NBC hit "The Night Shift" returns for a second season Monday and producers hope its diverse cast will keep viewers coming back.
Set in San Antonio and filmed in Albuquerque, the drama stars Dublin-born Eoin Macken, who plays Dr. TC Callahan, and Chicago-bred Freddy Rodriguez, who plays hospital leader Michael Ragosa, as they try to run an emergency room in a largely Mexican-American city.
It also stars Jill Flint, who plays Dr. Jordan Alexander, and Ken Leung, known for his roles in "Lost" and the "The Sopranos."
Co-creator Gabe Sachs says producers picked stronger actors who they thought would best represent the real diversity of a hospital.
The Sony Pictures Television production surprised critics last summer when it averaged around 6.9 million viewers per episode.