You may remember a few years back that popular EMS book Blood, Sweat, and Tea: Real-Life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance by EMS blogger and author Tom Reynolds was made into a television series for Britain’s Channel 4. The series was short lived, lasting only one season. However, prior to its demise, it was reported that Denis Leary would be working on producing an American version.
Well it looks like we’ll be seeing the series come to life on the USA Network in January…
Here is the IMDB page for the American Version of Sirens. There isn’t much detail, but you can expect that to get filled in come the new year.
Now I already explained why I thought we as an industry deserved a comedy to be developed about EMS. In a relatively rare moment, I’ll quote myself from 2 and a half years ago:
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.
I’m going to stick to that prediction, and add on that the same groups who hemmed and hawed about Trauma are going to eviscerate this show as well… and I’ll venture to say that they’ll try to start before the first episode has aired. I’m also going to add on that in all likelihood the discomfort people will feel from watching this show is because, like Rescue Me, it will probably portray what working in EMS is like a little too closely.
With that reminded and ammended, I look forward to watching it come next year… which happens to be a whopping 28 days away. Wow. Where did 2013 go?