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‘The Night Shift’ ready for season 2 in ABQ

Eoin Macken and Jill Flint star as Dr. T.C. Callahan and Jordan Alexander in the TV series, "The Night Shift." (Courtesy of Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Eoin Macken and Jill Flint star as Dr. T.C. Callahan and Jordan Alexander in the TV series, “The Night Shift.” (Courtesy of Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque is ready for the “The Night Shift” – again.

The NBC drama is beginning principal photography this month and production will run until May in Albuquerque.

The series was a hit over the summer for the network, which was struggling with original scripted programming during that time.

“The Night Shift” debuted with 7.7 million viewers last May. The medical drama was able to keep its viewers and ended the season with a 6.6 million average.

Eoin Macken stars in "The Night Shift."

Eoin Macken stars in “The Night Shift.”

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ at least 120 New Mexico crew members, 250 New Mexico actors and local background talent.

The Night Shift” returns for a second season, bringing viewers back into the fast-paced world of the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital, where the toughest and craziest cases always seem to come through the door.

The series stars Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., Jeananne Goossen, JR Lemon and Freddy Rodriguez.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry welcomes back the production to Albuquerque Studios and the Duke City.

“One of the reasons Albuquerque is so popular for filming is because we can double for many different location looks,” Berry said. “For this television show, Albuquerque is doubling for San Antonio, Texas. We appreciate that the series utilizes our versatile city as their backdrop and that they employ Albuquerquians on their crew.”

“The Night Shift” is created and executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah and co-executive produced by Stewart A. Lyons, who produced “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

Earlier this year, Macken talked with the Journal about the TV show and Albuquerque. Read more here.