It’s time to scrub in as the third season begins at 9 tonight.
The series is set in San Antonio, and filming takes place at Albuquerque Studios.
Robert Bailey Jr., who plays Dr. Paul Cummings, can’t wait for the season to premiere.
“It’s all been a whirlwind,” he said. “We’ve been here since January and we’re wrapping up the season in a couple weeks. It’s our third season now, and I think we’ve found our groove.”
The series premiered in summer 2014 and was a hit. It debuted in May 2014 with 7.7 million viewers and in Feb. 2015 season two debuted with 5.5 million viewers.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the third season has employed about 130 New Mexico crew members and about 500 New Mexico background talent per episode.
Bailey said the new season picks up four months after season two and many of the cliffhangers are addressed in the first episode.
The series stars Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Jeananne Goossen, JR Lemon, Scott Wolf and Freddy Rodriguez. The new season welcomes Jennifer Beals, as well as Tanaya Beatty.
Bailey and the cast of “The Night Shift” have become a tight-knit family over the course of their time in Albuquerque.
While never thinking of himself of an outdoorsman, Bailey has taken up some hiking and finds some time to be inspired for his music while seeking out fun.
“I went out this past weekend to Tent Rocks,” he said. “I always found there to be a magical quality in Albuquerque and New Mexico. I love looking at the mountains, and the rest of the cast is very active and inspired me to get out some more.”