It was recently reported that Denis Leary is co-writing and producing an American version of the upcoming British comedy Sirens. The British televsion show is based on the popular EMS book Blood, Sweat, and Tea by blogger Tom Reynolds from Random Acts of Reality.
There have been some conflicting reports over whether the half hour show is a comedy or a drama. If the poster for the UK version is any indication, I think it is safe to guess that it will be a comedy.
Personally I think Denis Leary is a great choice to produce and co-write this show. Leary’s soon ending fire based drama Rescue Me proved two important things. He has a passion for the work we do and I firmly believe that he genuinely respects it. Leary himself is no stranger to the flaws of being human and he has had no problem portraying that in his work on Rescue Me. Hopefully he won’t hold back on that for Sirens.
I’m going to make a couple predictions here… there are some people who will undoubtedly scowl or put the show down because of the human elements Leary will work in. They will claim that it portrays EMS as “unprofessional” and “in a bad light”, similar to the claims that some fire groups made about Rescue Me. Notice how they won’t be calling it “inaccurate” or “ludicrous”, the same criticism that was leveled after the faux heroics of NBC’s Trauma aired. There will be a reason for that… because we deserve it for continuing to try and sweep the emotional and social wreckage this profession causes amongst its providers under the proverbial rug. EMS isn’t all peaches and cream, of this I assure you.
Here’s a trailer for the UK version of the show to give you an idea of what we have to look forward to…
So do you think Denis Leary is going to raise the public’s consciousness (for good or for bad) about EMS or will his show fail like all those before it?