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TLC Int’l resurrects “Bizarre ER”

After a year-long hiatus, the Maverick TV-produced medical documentary series Bizarre ER (pictured) is set to return to TLC International and Discovery Networks International's female-skewing networks.
February 14, 2013

After a year-long hiatus, the Maverick TV-produced medical documentary series Bizarre ER (pictured) is set to return to TLC International and Discovery Networks International’s (DNI) female-skewing networks.

Narrated by singer and actor John Barrowman, the 30-minute series will debut on TLC’s international channels, and DNI’s Discovery Home & Health and Real Time in March. Bizarre ER will also air on Discovery Fit & Health in the U.S.

Season five of Bizarre ER is filmed primarily in the U.S. and the UK, with follow-up stories spanning the globe. The season will trail patients with an unusual malady through their time at the emergency room, including diagnosis, treatment, and discharge from the hospital.

Using graphics and animation, Maverick TV will reconstruct the circumstances which caused these patients’ injuries.

“With its combination of the ‘only-on-TV’ kind of medical emergencies, uniquely relevant factoids and a touch of humor, the return of Bizarre ER will satisfy our global audience’s appetite for extraordinary – and sometimes relatable – medical programming,” said Jon Sechrist, VP of lifestyle production and development for TLC International.

“From a case of lockjaw caused by eating a gigantic sandwich to a woman with an unexploded hand-grenade embedded in her cheek, we’re proud to bring to TLC International some truly incredible stories which are a fascinating insight into the world of medical science and the remarkable resilience of the human body,” added Mark Downie, head of factual at Maverick Television.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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