Hollywood doesn't exactly have the best track record with how they portray EMS professionals, but they certainly seemed to have adopted the old adage "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

 

Denis Leary is apparently up to the challenge and will debut a new comedy series on USA network based on the UK series "Sirens." Here's a preview of the new "Sirens" season to give you a glimpse of what we could be in for in this side of the pond: http://www.jems.com/video/news/sirens-uk-comedy-sparks-denis-learys-us

 

So knowing what you know about how often these shows gets the facts even close to right, will you watch it? Will you be one of those providers screaming at the TV about all the things they're doing wrong? Will you watch it acknowledging it for what it is and enjoying that your profession is even on TV? Or will you simply tune out because it's not worth your time?

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 I have to say i would watch the first episode. The last show that came out, I can't remember the name, I watched the first episode even though i saw the trailer a few months prior and knew it was going to suck. I did not watch additional ones. There may never be another "Emergency" but hopefully someone can come close.
They should just try to take the approach of Scrubs. Keep the medicine bang on. Don't try to make it glamorous, just a back drop for a show about quirky characters.

No, I would not. We do not need any further negative publicity.

It's bad enough that they actually have the temerity to release "TRAUMA" on DVD. (Now on the shelf at your local Barnes & Noble.....) (Arrrrgggghhhh!!!!!)

I look at it from the point of view that it' all entertainment, and any similarity to real life is by accident rather than by purpose. Trauma is a case in point. I enjoyed the show for the entertainment value, but the medicine sucked. The bright side, the average schmoe out there doesn't know any different. And let's face it, to accurately portray REAL EMS, there would be loads of scenes taking place in hospital hallways waiting to pass on patient care. Shows are not documentaries, and should not be treated as such. I also think we all need to learn to laugh at ourselves and quit taking our jobs presentation in tv quite so seriously! Especially after Leary's job with RESCUE ME, I definitely will be checking out the new show.
Matthew Harris said:
They should just try to take the approach of Scrubs. Keep the medicine bang on. Don't try to make it glamorous, just a back drop for a show about quirky characters.
I always told people that "Scrubs" was the most accurate medical show on TV....
I agree.

dr-exmedic said:
Matthew Harris said:
They should just try to take the approach of Scrubs. Keep the medicine bang on. Don't try to make it glamorous, just a back drop for a show about quirky characters.
I always told people that "Scrubs" was the most accurate medical show on TV....

This show starts in the UK on Monday, it has been hammered by the respective medical leads here. 

 

This is the extract that they are going with in the TV guides;

 

The team attend a major road traffic collision where Stuart takes the radical decision to give an open-heart massage to jump-start a woman's heart.

Back at A&E the lads feel the effects of the shock and adrenaline, and are forced to see the hospital counsellor.

Attractive new counsellor Kirsty, played by Morven Christie, advises them that they'll start out feeling fairly euphoric, may grow restless and horny, but ultimately become depressed.

Stuart gives his own take on this, and then pledges to control his predicted mood swings. He heads round to his best mate Maxine's house to avoid temptation - will he succeed?

 

Will copy the first bit again for clarity...

where Stuart (who plays an EMT) takes the radical decision to give an open-heart massage to jump-start a woman's heart.

 

Answers on a postcard to whether the show is going to be funny but medically accurate....

I think I will watch.  If what Denis Leary did with RESCUE ME, is any reflection of the quality of a US spin off of Sirens, then hell yea, count me in.

 

Me too.  Still, House does all right and the medicine on that is pretty off...

On a different note....

You people kill me.  Whining about "negative" publicity.   Have you ever watched ANY TV show and thought, "Wow, those are some really great role model people"?       Pull your head out of.....  the sand.

 

dr-exmedic said:

Matthew Harris said:
They should just try to take the approach of Scrubs. Keep the medicine bang on. Don't try to make it glamorous, just a back drop for a show about quirky characters.
I always told people that "Scrubs" was the most accurate medical show on TV....

Well said Nathan. Well said!

Nathan said:

Me too.  Still, House does all right and the medicine on that is pretty off...

On a different note....

You people kill me.  Whining about "negative" publicity.   Have you ever watched ANY TV show and thought, "Wow, those are some really great role model people"?       Pull your head out of.....  the sand.

 

 

Thanks :) I thought after posting it might have been a little too forceful.

1st Episode if anyone is interested....

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl9oV54mKxI&feature=sh_e_sl&...

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