A new one-hour alternative series is coming to CBS in the foreseeable future. The network announced today that it has ordered “Ambulance,” a show designed to offer an inside look into the intense world of emergency medical workers and the 911 dispatchers who work with life-threatening emergencies everyday. The series is being developed for broadcast based on the format of the U.K. show of the same name, originally created by Endemol Shine UK production company Dragonfly. The new CBS series will be produced by Endemol Shine North America. “Ambulance” will focus on real-life first responders, but will not take the ‘reality show’ approach in telling the story.
According to the announcement, an estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year. The new series reveals what happens inside one of the nation’s most essential health systems, known as the Emergency Medical Service. Focusing on select call-center personnel and field crews, “Ambulance” will provide a 360-degree snapshot of the incredible daily pressures EMS workers face. The network describes the series stating, “Every second counts and can make the difference between life and death as they respond to a wide variety of emergencies, including cardiac arrests, overdoses, car crashes, child births in progress, and more.”
The U.K version of “Ambulance” had strong ratings on BBC One in its premiere season, and was renewed yesterday for a second season. On the new CBS series, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg will serve as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America. Additional information regarding the premiere date and the location of the series will be announced by CBS when we get closer to the premier.
Earlier this month CBS confirmed the 18 series that will be coming back to the network. Five of those renewals were freshman series including “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man with a Plan” and “Superior Donuts”. More information on “Ambulance” will be announced at a later date, CBS will also announce a premiere date for the series at that time.