Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PBS does reality TV!


PBS has finally jumped on the reality television bandwagon, except—unlike some of the more, errr, dubious reality TV shows gracing the airwaves these days—it’s really, really good.

The new series is called Carrier (airing April 27th-May 1st), and it chronicles the ins and outs of daily life in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. The show follows a core cast of real-life characters aboard the USS Nimitz—a whopping hulk of ship (a floating city, really) that’s 24 stories high and three football fields long that carries more than 5,000 Navy personnel and 85 military aircraft.

Filmed from May to November 2005, nearly 2,000 hours of high-definition video were captured for Carrier during a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf (three months of which were spent in combat in support of the ground troops). For the first time, a television series takes a raw and personal look at the Navy’s role in this controversial war.

Get a sneak peek of Carrier Wednesday, March 19 (tomorrow!) at 10 p.m. on MPT. In the meantime, whet your appetite with the clip below.

1 comment:

Joy said...

"PBS has finally jumped on the reality television bandwagon..."

Finally jumped? Carrier isn’t PBS’ first reality tv offering. Other quality PBS reality programming: 1900 House (2000); Frontier House (2002); Colonial House (2004); Cooking Under Fire (2005); Texas Ranch House (2006); Design Squad (2007); and others!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/1900house/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ranchhouse/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cookingunderfire/
http://pbskids.org/designsquad/