Unscripted

TNT greenlights live medical crowdsourcing series “M.D. Live”

Turner Broadcasting System-owned channel TNT has greenlit its first live, non-fiction series that uses crowdsourcing and crowd-solving to help unravel medical mysteries. Produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media, in association ...
October 9, 2018

Turner Broadcasting System-owned channel TNT has greenlit its first live, non-fiction series that uses crowdsourcing and crowd-solving to help unravel medical mysteries.

Produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media, in association with Lionsgate Television, M.D. Live (w/t; 10 x 120 minutes) will feature patients who face misdiagnosed, undiagnosed or uncured ailments. A panel of highly skilled doctors will discuss an array of potential diagnoses before looking to the crowd for feedback and additional support.

M.D. Live will also feature breaking medical alerts, medical breakthroughs and live remotes from across America and the world. The two-hour weekly multi-platform series will additionally aid a team of medical experts in helping diagnose and/or treat patients on location throughout the country.

Audiences can provide their own input into what’s happening in the show in real time via 24/7 interactive components, including live, second-screen experiences. Viewers will also be able to submit their own cases online to be considered for the show. The series is also working with a bio-ethicist.

Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz and Brian Lee serve as executive producers on the series.

M.D. Live will bow on TNT in  2019.

“We want this show to inspire action and give hope to real people struggling with medical problems to get answers, proper treatment, and ultimately, improve their quality of life,” said Michael Bloom, SVP of unscripted and live programming for TNT, in a statement. “Our professional team of studio and field crews will lead our charge crowdsourcing hope to help our patients solve the medical mysteries we present in this series.”

M.D. Live is part of a growing trend that has seen live television blossom within the reality world. The most recent trend was launched by A&E’s commissioning of Big Fish Entertainment’s ride-along policing docuseries Live PD, which was in September upped to 150 new episodes, totaling 450 hours of content; Lifetime scheduling live wedding series My Great Big Live Wedding from Thinkfactory Media; and Autumnwatch: New England, the three-part live New England nature special from PBS and BBC, among others.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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