Sundance Channel moves forward with “Push Girls”

The upcoming Gay Rosenthal-produced series will follow four dynamic women who, by accident or illness, have been paralyzed from the neck or waist down.
January 16, 2012

Sundance Channel has greenlit Push Girls, a 14-episode series from Gay Rosenthal Productions (Little People, Big World) following four dynamic women who, through accident or illness, have become paralyzed from the neck or waist down.

The series, announced during the winter TCA press tour, will follow the four women as they approach different stages of their lives, according to the AMC cable net. Angela is a model recently separated from her husband; multi-talented performer Auti is trying to have a baby with her husband at the age of 42; former competitive swimmer Mia is wanting to try swimming again for the first time since high school; and Tiphany is exploring ways to find her true calling in life.

Push Girls is currently in production and is slated to premiere in April of this year.

“The indomitable spirit of this series will give viewers permission to stare at a world that they may previously have been too polite – or too frightened – to explore,” said Sundance Channel general manager Sarah Barnett. “Sundance Channel allows the ‘Push Girls’ to convey the stark reality of their lives, something our broadminded audience will appreciate. We are remarkably fortunate to get to work with this exceptional group of women.”

“Watching the ‘Push Girls’ tackling life with spirit and confidence is not only inspiring but compelling,” added Rosenthal. “The show challenges perceptions about life in a wheelchair, giving the audience an honest, no-nonsense look into their world. It’s real, it’s outspoken and it’s from the heart.”

Marco Bresaz and Jonathan Grosskopf will serve as executive producers for Sundance Channel.

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