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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood


As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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‘NY Med’ Ends Season With 8th Straight Win

NY MEDABC’s “NY Med” delivered 5.5 million viewers, finishing its second season as the most-watched show in its time slot for the eighth consecutive week, according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate data. The show has won every week this season.

Thursday’s episode had a 0.9 rating /3 share in the A18-49 demographic and 1.4/4 in the A25-54 demographic.

The show grew 10% in total viewers and 17% in A25-54 viewers, and was flat in A18-49 viewers, compared to last week. During it’s second season, the show was up 25% on average over its first season two years ago; the season finale was up 34% in total viewers compared to the first season finale.

Thursday’s show capped off an eight-episode second season. Before the season began, TVNewser talked to executive producer Terry Wrong, who told us he aims to tell viewers “a story with strong doctors, nurses or patients and they will absorb the information as it relates to the characters they become invested in.”

‘NY Med:’ Behind the Numbers

NY MEDWhat’s it take to turn real-life medical drama into a weekly TV show?

The producers of ABC News’s “New York Med” have added it up.

The third episode of the show’s second season airs tonight on ABC. Since filming began, crews have shuffled between 14 hospitals, interviewing 1,823 patients — all of whom signed consent forms — and recording 96 surgeries.

“Most of these statistics don’t surprise us because we’ve made a hospital series on this scale before,” EP Terry Wrong tells TVNewser, who oversaw ABC’s “Boston Med” in the summer of 2010. “However,” Wrong adds, “we have never seen or imagined a patient surviving 12 bullet wounds with almost no damage apart from holes that needed stitching. This series always reminds not just how fragile but how resilient the human body is.”

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‘NY Med’ Season Two Premiere Draws Show’s Best-Ever Ratings

NY MEDABC’s medical docu-series “NY Med” premiered its second season last night to its best ratings ever.

The episode, which featured Dr. Mehmet Oz dealing with a patient’s aorta tearing, won its 10pmET timeslot in total viewers.

The show drew 5.5 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 viewers. At the preview screening of the first episode two weeks ago, EP Terry Wrong told TVNewser: “We see this show as far more than entertainment.”

ABC’s ‘NY Med’ About ‘Far More Than Entertainment’

OzAfter almost two years of production, ABC’s high-stakes medical docu-series “NY Med” returns tonight at 10pmET.

TVNewser was at the new season’s preview screening two weeks ago, where doctors, nurses, and patients spoke about their experiences on the show.

“We see this show as far more than entertainment,” EP Terry Wrong told us. “We often have had doctors and nurses come up to us and say they went to medical or nursing school because of our shows.”

One doctor part of the show definitely went to medical school: Dr. Mehmet Oz is in the right place at the right time during tonight’s premiere, when a patient’s condition worsens to the point where Oz doesn’t know whether he’ll live past the next ten minutes.

From life-threatening ER crises to a more lighthearted case involving an older gentleman hell-bent on having sex again, the show offers a little bit of everything.

“There are points where a story gets so hard, that I don’t want to see it, and I don’t think the viewer wants to see it,” Wrong said about deciding what to include in episodes and what to leave on the cutting room floor. “You have to use your own gut check, not just as a producer, but as a human being.”

The show works by not “lecturing audiences about some issue like healthcare,” Wrong says.  “Tell them a story with strong doctors, nurses or patients and they will absorb the information as it relates to the characters they become invested in.”

CBS News Launching Primetime Doc Series ‘Brooklyn DA’

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes

CBS News is planning to fill some of CBS’ Summer primetime schedule with a six-part documentary series called “Brooklyn DA.” The series, which kicks off Tuesday, May 21 at 10 PM, will follow the men and women of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Kings County is Brooklyn, if you aren’t familiar with your New York City geography). The show will follow the staff in the courtroom and out.

The “48 Hours” team will be producing the series, with Susan Zirisnky serving as senior EP and Patti Aronofsky as senior supervising producer. Aronofsky also created the concept.

“No matter where you go, everyone has heard about Brooklyn,” said Zirinsky in a statement. “What makes this series so unique is getting into the lives and personalities of the individual DAs, led by Charles ‘Joe’ Hynes, who reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Brooklyn. We are allowed to watch their successes and their failures – it’s immediate, compelling and often heartbreaking.”

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ABC’s ‘NY Med’ Ends On a High Note

ABC’s summer docu-series “NY Med” ended its eight episode run last night on a high ratings note.

Part one of the season finale aired Tuesday night at 10pmET/9pmCT drawing 4.01 million total viewers, including 1.62 million adults 25-54. The program managed to effectively double the ratings of its lead-in, a rerun of the sitcom “Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23.”

Part two of the finale aired Wednesday at 10pm/9pm, drawing 4.41 million total viewers, including 1.77 million adults 25-54. That was the second largest audience in the Wednesday timeslot for ABC this Summer.

Executive producer Terry Wrong oversees the series, which was filmed over the course of a year at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, and profiles actual doctors, nurses and staff working there.

‘NY Med’ Debuts To 5.4 Million Viewers, Glowing Reviews

“NY Med” debuted last night on ABC, and despite being up against the MLB All Star Game on Fox, it performed very well in the ratings. The show drew 5.41 million total viewers, and 2.1 million adults 25-54 at 10 PM , handily topping CBS and NBC. For comparison, the last series from producer Terry Wrong, “Boston Med,” debuted in June 2010 to 5.1 million viewers.

The reviews for the show have also been stellar:

Ken Tucker, for Entertainment Weekly:

I gulped down five episodes of NY Med in pretty much one sitting — I just had to keep going, to see what the surgeons and nurses at New York Presbyterian hospital were going to confront next.

David Zurawik, for The Baltimore Sun:

[W]ith “NY Med,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wrong surpasses his earlier work in terms of prime-time storytelling without sacrificing any of the cultural seriousness or grand reach of the Hopkins series.

Matt Zoller Seitz, for Vulture:
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‘NY Med’ Continues ABC’s Winning Medical Doc Formula, But With a Celebrity Doctor Twist

Tonight at 10pmET/9pmCT, ABC News will debut its latest long-form documentary series, “NY Med.” Like previous efforts “Boston Med” and “Hopkins,” the new series is from producer Terry Wrong, and follows life at a busy hospital in a big city. This time the city is New York, and the hospital is New York Presbyterian.

The first episode follows the format that made the others such compelling TV, weaving together stories of doctors, residents, nurses and patients. Some staffers appear in multiple episodes, others appear only once.

One doctor that is sure to draw attention to the series is Dr. Mehmet Oz, who also hosts a successful daytime talk show, when he isn’t in surgery. In the debut episode, Oz operates on a patient named Jack Abramson (pictured), a man with no friends or family at his side when he first comes in. Wrong says that it was never his intention to follow Oz.

“One of the ironies here is that I went up there and I didn’t want to do the easy thing, and follow Oz. I kind of fell into it, because my videographer in cardiac asked ‘can’t I follow him for a little bit?’” Wrong said at a screening of the program. “The first thing she shot was that Jack Abramson case. I just started watching the tape, and you don’t really need two producer brain cells to know that this is great TV.”

While New York is a city that would seem to be ripe for this sort of program, Wrong said that it was actually a real challenge.

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ABC News Officially Slates ‘NY Med’ Documentary Series

ABC News has officially announced the latest documentary series from producer Terry Wrong, “NY Med.” We first reported the series was in the works in January of last year. Like the last two of Wrong’s series–”Boston Med” in 2010 and “Hopkins” in 2008–”NY Med” will be set in a hospital, this time New York-Presbyterian.

“NY Med” will premiere Tuesday, July 10 at 10 PM, and will follow the surgeons and staff of New York-Presbyterian as they do what they do best. Among the surgeons that the crew follows is Dr. Mehmet Oz, who also hosts a syndicated talk show in addition to his day job as New York-Presbyterian’s chief cardiac surgeon.

“Medicine is a universal subject. At some point in our lives we or those we love will become patients for one reason or another,” said Wrong in a statement. “This series takes you behind the curtain to learn about those we depend on to fix us and how sometimes they just can’t.”

“Terry Wrong and his team have brilliantly captured the incredible drama of life and death inside one of the world’s great hospitals,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a statement. “Real and riveting, ‘NY Med’ is sure to enlighten, engage and inspire viewers this summer.”

More information on the eight-part series, after the jump.

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