Braving the elements, reality-TV style
One would think that a new reality show about Hawaiian ambulance crews would deliver a compelling 30 minutes of TV that might attract a lot of viewers.
As described by the Weather Channel, where “Hawaii Air Rescue” is scheduled to air for six weeks beginning Sept. 5, the show will follow Hawaii Life Flight ambulance company crew members tackling traumatic medical cases as they make life-saving calls, rescues and transfers. Moreover, the rescues take place in an environment that could produce gale-force winds, hurricanes, tsunamis, fog and volcanic eruptions.
Alas, Outliers will go out on a limb by predicting that Americans are more likely to continue to favor reality shows that involve feuding wives of various types, untalented singers and dancers competing to be made into fools or beauty-pageant toddlers embarrassing themselves and their parents. Is it possible for the “life and death” of emergency medical services to compete with the “get-a-life” of trash TV? Probably not.
The Weather Channel says “aloha” to the new docu-series “Hawaii Air Rescue,” which will follow the crew of Hawaii Life Flight.