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How upcoming ‘New Amsterdam’ episode shatters TV tradition

Tuesday night’s episode of NBC hospital drama “New Amsterdam ” features an extended opening scene shot in one long take — an extremely rare occurrence in the television world. “I’ve never done it before, though there have been very famous examples of [long single-take scenes] including [the movies] ‘Touch of Evil’ and ‘Birdman,’ ” says Peter Horton, who directed the episode (entitled “Righteous Right Hand”). “It’s basically the full act with bookended scenes on each side … done in literally one take with no tricks.” The seven-minute scene opens with Dr. Lauren Bloom (Lisa Montgomery), still battling a debilitating leg injury from last season’s deadly ambulance crash, hobbling into New Amsterdam’s ...
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