Marking the second collaboration between the two companies Big Fish Entertainment and A&E, after the massively successful television program ‘Live PD‘ which follows police officers in the course of their nighttime patrols, live, broadcasting select encounters with the public, the spin-off series ‘Live Rescue‘ adopts a similar structure, where the show’s team follows first responders from across the country as they bravely put their lives on the line responding to emergency rescue calls. Head of programming and EVP for A&E, Elaine Frontman said in her statement, “Live Rescue is the next incarnation of our groundbreaking partnership with Big Fish Entertainment, following the brave paramedics and first responders who risk their lives every day to keep us safe despite the challenges of their jobs. The team at Big Fish has assembled a best-in-class production team of broadcast news veterans and we are looking forward to adding Live Rescue to the A&E portfolio of brave storytelling.”
The original series ‘Live PD’ was considered a rather risky undertaking when A&E committed to an eight episode run in fall 2016. However, the show quickly caught the audience’s attention owing to its innovative structure, eventually becoming the number 1 show on cable on Friday and Saturday Nights. Hosted by Dan Abrams with analysis from Tom Morris Jr and Sean “Sticks” Larkin, ‘Live PD’ has reportedly been given a renewal order by A&E for an additional 150 episodes, totaling a whopping 450 hours of television, taking it well into 2019. Spin-off series ‘Live Rescue’ sees Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’ Agostino, John Zito and Jordana Starr serving as executive producers, and joined by Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb from A&E. Here’s what we know about the series thus far.
Live Rescue Cast: Who’s in it?
Acclaimed Emmy award winning television anchor, and law journalist Ashleigh Banfield assumes the crucial role as the host of the new A&E series ‘Live Rescue’. Most recently, Banfield was seen hosting ‘Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield’ on HLN. Prior to that, she anchored ‘Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield’ on CNN, which she joined in 2011 as co-anchor of the morning news ‘Early Start’. Over the course of her illustrious career, Banfield has covered breaking news from around the globe, and has had sit down interviews with noteworthy personalities, including the likes of Palestinian political leader Yaseer Arafat, the Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, Saudi Prince Al Faisal, former American President and First Lady George and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, among others. She has previously worked as a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor and host for TruTV, and a correspondent for NBC News.
Live Rescue Plot: What is it about?
A first responder is a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. Typically including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers and other trained members of organisations connected with similar work, first responders can be broadly divided into three categories. A certified first responder is one who has received certification to provide pre-hospital care in a certain jurisdiction.
Secondly, a community first responder is a person dispatched to attend medical emergencies until an ambulance arrives. Lastly, a wilderness first responder is trained to provide pre-hospital care in remote settings and will thus possess skills in ad hoc patient packaging and transport by non-motorized means. Due to the high level of stress and uncertainty associated with the profession, first responders must be of sound physical and mental health. Even with such preparation, first responders often face unique risks of being the first people to aid those with unknown contagions. A relevant example of the same would be the 2003 first responders who were among the earliest victims of the previously unknown SARS virus, when they cared for afflicted patients.
A&E’s new docu-series ‘Live Rescue’ follows these first responders from all over the United States, in their brave attempts to timely respond to emergency rescue calls. The spin-off series follows a structure similar to the mother television program ‘Live PD’ where the production team focused only on emergency calls made to the police. Since its premiere in 2016, ‘Live PD’ has been one of A&E’s top rated series, currently holding a formidable of 8.3 out of 10, on the Internet Movie Database (IMdB). Airing on Friday and Saturday nights, the show ranks No. 1 among all cable series on those nights in the demographics of adults aging 18-49 and 25-54. Additionally, A&E airs spin-offs like ‘Live PD Presents: PD Cam’ and ‘Live PD: Police Patrol’.