Emergency Call, an unscripted series about the people who receive 911 phone calls, has its season premiere June 4 on ABC. Luke Wilson hosts.
Call takers from Austin; New Orleans; Ogden, Utah; Wasilla, Alaska; and Waukesha, Wisconsin are featured.
Emergency Call “documents the first few crucial minutes of emergencies told through the lens of America’s heroic 911 call takers,” in ABC’s words. “The series follows the dramatic moments leading up to the arrival of help rather than the events after the firefighters, police or emergency medical services teams arrive, and focuses on the extreme, suspenseful and sometimes humorous stories that flood 911 call centers.”
Emergency Call is executive produced by Adeline Ramage Rooney and Jonny Slow, Grant Kahler and Luke Wilson. Kahler is the showrunner. The show is produced by 8HOURS Television, based on an original format by De Chinezen.
The series premiere was last fall. Wilson described 911 responders to B+C as “regular people who do extraordinary things.”
Wilson’s films include Old School, Bottle Rocket and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. His TV work includes DC’s Stargirl and Enlightened.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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