NBC confirmed recently that the co-host of Ninja Warrior will be appearing on the upcoming July 20 episode entitled “Turbulence,” a story that will feature this celebrity cameo through the lens of a charity fundraiser. For a little bit more news on that, just take a look at the synopsis below:
“Drew (Brendan Fehr), his mom (guest star Becky Ann Baker), and Rick’s (guest star Luke MacFarlane) flight home turns into a medical crisis at 35,000 feet when passengers become sickened one by one. Jordan (Jill Flint), Paul (Robert Bailey Jr.), Shannon (Tanaya Beatty), Kenny (JR Lemon), and Cain (Mark Consuelos) spend their day off at an obstacle course fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, hosted by Akbar Gbajabjamila (“American Ninja Warrior”). Scott (Scott Wolf) finds himself on a Tinder date he won’t soon forget. Meanwhile, TC (Eoin Macken) puts his own life in danger to operate on a soldier.”
The presence of Akbar is a smart move from NBC trying to use one show to promote the other — given that The Night Shift is perpetually a bubble show, we’ll take any opportunity possible to see a little bit of further synergy here. To go along with that further, American Ninja Warrior is one of the network’s top-rated summer shows, and given that many of the doctors and nurses are in pretty good shape on this show, the crossover makes some sense. It’s at least a little more feasible than them attempting to do some sort of America’s Got Talent crossover where Jordan and Paul try to keep Simon Cowell from pushing his buzzer.
This isn’t even the first time we’ve seen American Ninja Warrior cross over with a different NBC show — just remember Dr. Matt Iseman being entertaining as hell on The Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year … and winning it to go along with it?
As for the other stories…
The one that immediately stands out to us is that we’re going to get a chance to see Luke MacFarlane back on the show, given his appearances on the show are reasonably few and far between thanks to other commitments. The story that he’s thrown into is a little familiar for medical dramas given that airplane rescues do make for exciting bottle-episode-esque storylines.
As for what’s going on with Scott and the Tinder date, that just sounds all sorts of hilarious and we’re here for whatever happens as a result of it.
Want more The Night Shift news?
Whether it be our review of the most-recent episode or a further preview for what is coming up next, you can get all of that over at the link here! One other thing worth noting is that there will be an exclusive interview up at the site with J.R. Lemon before the next new episode. With that one, you’ll get a tease of what’s ahead for Kenny the rest of the season. (Photo: NBC.)