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Brendan Fehr

'The Night Shift,' NBC's new hospital drama, does no harm

"The Night Shift" is not, as you may have hoped, the long-awaited TV version of the 1982 Ron Howard morgue comedy, but rather a new hospital drama prescribed by NBC for your summer Tuesdays. In some ways, it is like a placebo, lacking substance, but not ineffective. In others, it is a kind of gaily packaged generic equivalent to some better-known brand. The setting is San Antonio Memorial Hospital, deep in the heart of Texas — home, we are told, of "the only trauma center in 10 counties." So we are going to be seeing a lot of trauma. And, as an occasional on-screen time stamp reminds us, reminding us of the series' title, we will be seeing it at night. ...