Dr. Jan Garavaglia is a rarity in her field – as a medical examiner in the U.S., she toils in a profession dominated by men. However, she will soon join the sisters of a growing sector when she becomes a reality-celebrity in New York-based Atlas Media‘s Dr. G: Medical Examiner. Produced for Discovery Health Channel U.S., the 13 x 1-hour series will follow this mother of two through her daily activities as one of the top forensic pathologists in the country, illuminating the inner workings of a forensics lab, while looking not only at Dr. G’s workload, but those of the medical investigators and morgue staff as well.
An extension of the one-hour reality special of the same name, each episode of the series is budgeted at approximately US$250,000, and will feature examinations of deaths, including autopsies and the process of investigating the scene of demise. The show will also combine documentary footage with reenactments that chronicle the causes of death. The first episode began production in January, with all the episodes scheduled for completion by November.
Atlas Media has another medical project on the go. Risking It All, a one-hour special currently in development, tells the story of the first patient to undergo experimental gene therapy treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The doc will follow Nathan Klein, a 55-year-old father of two, as he battles with the disease. The filmmakers captured footage of Klein during surgery, for which he was awake. Risking It All will also look at current treatments and explore theories behind Parkinson’s, which affects an estimated 10 million people worldwide. The project, budgeted between US$300,000 and $400,000, is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2004. NR