Medical dramas are still wildly popular in the television landscape since fans can get invested in the lives of the hospital staff and the revolving door of patients who seek treatment.
Like Grey's Anatomy and E.R., The Resident has gained a loyal and devoted fanbase in the years since it debuted. The FOX drama centers around the doctors, nurses, and the other employees at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital.
Similar to Meredith and Derek Shepherd's romance on Grey's Anatomy, The Resident initially featured the on-and-off relationship between nurse practitioner Nicolette "Nic" Nevin (Emily VanCamp) and chief resident Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). Sadly, Season 5 saw the death of Nic and, with that, the death of a beloved couple that fans truly cherished. Now that Season 5 is wrapping up, there are far too many loose ends in the mix for this one to be its last. Is The Resident canceled? Let's get into it.
Is 'The Resident' canceled?
The show has certainly had a few bumps in the road since it began in 2018. Despite concluding Season 3 early due to the pandemic shutdowns, The Resident did return for Season 4 in January 2021. The series even took the COVID-19 pandemic head-on in the Season 4 premiere, but a subsequent time jump allowed the characters to move on beyond the virus.
Nic and Conrad tied the knot in Season 4 and the two found out that they were expecting their first child, but that joy didn't last for long when Nic was killed in a car accident. Episode 6 of Season 5 jumped ahead four years because the writers wanted there to be some substantial separation from grieving Nic's death. Now it looks as if Conrad is gearing up to finally get some much-needed closure so he can welcome a new love in his life. Will we see this in a sixth season?
Variety confirmed that The Resident will be back for Season 6! This was a real nail-biter as FOX waited until the 99th hour to announce the return of both The Resident and 9-1-1, two of its most popular shows. This decision came one day before the medical drama's Season 5 finale, during which a huge guest star is making an appearance.
Nic is returning to 'The Resident' for one las hurrah.
Towards the end of her time on The Resident, Emily VanCamp (much like her character) was pregnant with her first child. She spoke to Deadline ahead of leaving the show where she told them, "We started talking about [my leaving] a while ago. I spent so many years on network television, but then suddenly priorities shifted. I think there comes a moment in every woman’s life — in every person’s life — where it becomes less about work and more about family, and that’s what happened while I was making the show."
Of course, Emily left the door open for a potential return in the form of some flashbacks, which is exactly what we're getting during the Season 5 finale. By this point, Conrad is struggling to move forward with his love life. In this episode, we'll see Nic and Conrad together via a few key memories that Conrad will use to finally give himself a break when it comes to mourning Nic. Hopefully Season 6 will give us a new love interest for Conrad. It's been long enough.
The Resident airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.