Will San Francisco-Shot Trauma Need Life Support?

Locals will probably watch the pilot for the scenery, but will anyone else?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Tom Hilton
    If the ratings are as bad as the early reviews, Trauma may be DOA.

    San Francisco has been hurting for local productions, so the city has been entertained by the antics of production crews filming the new NBC series Trauma.

    However, the fun may end soon -- because early reviews are not kind.

    The show (produced, like this website, by an arm of NBC Universal) features a fictional medical unit treating victims of over-the-top accidents like an explosion on the freeway.

    It even features a helicopter airlifting patients to a helipad that actual San Franciscans concerned with property values would never allow.

    (Even the San Francisco Police Department has to borrow a helicopter from Oakland when they need one.)

    A report from a self-described audience analyst doesn't think the show will succeed, and based on a trailer one reviewer doesn't expect much from the show.

    However, audiences have a habit of proving critics and analysts wrong. Americans love to watch beautiful people do dangerous things! Catch the local scenery while you can on September 28.

    Photo by Tom Hilton.

    Jackson West sadly doesn't think the critics and analysts are going to be wrong.