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Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What’s the word from inside NBC regarding the fate of ill-fated Trauma? Hollywood insider Nikke Finke reports yesterday that one NBC serial just got cancelled and that:

“…Trauma is next because of its ridiculously excessive $3 million pricetag an episode.”

Shooting Trauma in the SoMA earlier this month, right where San Francisco actor Christopher Borgzinner got jumped by a gang on a moving MUNI 9 San Bruno bus during rush hour this past Monday:

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via Davidity Dave

Will that be the legacy of Trauma?  Certainty that it’s just too darn expensive to “film” here?

It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone
It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone

Flatlining – Ratings for NBC’s Trauma Even Lower Than Last Week’s

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Nobody in town has been a bigger booster of the scappy makers of NBC’s Trauma than I, but after Monday night’s abysmal ratings performance, I don’t know what to think.

“After a weak debut last week, “Trauma” (1.8/4, 5.5 million viewers) fell 18 percent in its second broadcast and finished a distant fourthin its 9 p.m. timeslot. The medical drama actually ranked fifth in adults 18-34, losing to CW’s “Gossip Girl” in the demo. While “Trauma” was a huge promotional priorityfor the Peacock pre-season, and a favorite of executives there, the series now has to be considered on life support following this performance. NBC might be patient, however, and see if the show perks up next week, when the “Monday Night Football” competition may not be as intense.”


Only Time Will Tell…

NBC’s Horrible Trauma Show has Horrible Reviews and Ratings, Plus an EMS Backlash!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Oh Trauma, how you’ve disappointed so many the past week. You received horrible reviews for your debut show from a ton of newspapers, you started a “backlash” in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, and, oh yes, you have horrible ratings.  But, now get this, the San Francisco Chronicle is on your side, oblivious to all the horrible newspaper reviews, the EMS backlash, and the horrible ratings.

Well let’s fix that.    

I couldn’t find the glowing review cited in the Chron from the “glossy” Entertainment Weekly, but I did see this on the EW talking about “weak ratings” – that was easy to find. And how about this from the LA Times Entertainment blog: Ratings report: NBC’s ‘Trauma’ in pain.

Is it true that every new show from NBC last fall has already been cancelled? Yes. And yet, per the Chron, “It’s hard to tell how the show will do.” And “all” the actors are “talking about” buying homes(!) in the 415 area? OMG! Srsly?

Let’s take a look at the numbers, here at the HubDub. The graph just spiked after Trauma’s debut:

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You see, Trauma is not just the odds-on favorite for being cancelled with a quickness, it’s the odds-on favorite for being cancelled before all these other shows. I’m not an expert on TV, but if there’s at least four new shows that NBC wants to debut soon then at least a few of the current serieseses have to get axed, right? Of course, things could change for Trauma and the ratings might go up, but why would they go up at this point?

So much for the ratings. Moving on…

What about that EMT backlash? Bam! We’ve got it right here, courtesy of Patrick Moore, President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

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This issue is summed up in the New York Daily News’ “Truth’s a casualty on NBC’s ‘Trauma,’ say emergency medical professionals”

Now of course, NBC / Universal / Open 4 Business Productions / Film 44 / Beau Bonneau Casting was trying to get real, live EMTs to work as extras but the problem was the rate of pay was only $160 per day of shooting with no maximum for how much time the EMT would have to be on the set. (In comparison, do you have any idea what the cops make on a typical day? A lot more than $160 per day, I’ll tell you. It’s a lot closer to a cool thousand dollars/day.) Offering this paltry sum of $160 to a trained EMT, well that seems a little skimpy. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

And here’s another letter from the EMT crowd along the same lines.

Does Trauma have artistic license to do whatever it wants to get high ratings? Of course. But, as stated before, it doesn’t have high ratings. So oh well.

So there’s your EMS backlash. What about the reviews?

Well, here are my notes, based upon seeing part of the pilot for the second time last Monday night.

Wouldn’t you be able to hear sirens in the distance after the big accident on the “218” freeway? You know, instead of nothing?

Having the fake tire squealing noise as the ambulances stop at the E.R. is uber-cheesy.  

Some of the night scenes seem to have a pumpkin-orange tone, which seems a bit odd. Just a white-balance thing.

No biggee, tho. But now, here are the people who have Opinions That Matter. Presenting, the reviewers:

LA Times:

“…it’s not there yet, not even close.”


“The big action pieces are reasonably impressive, but without stronger characters, that adrenaline boost won’t be enough to keep the show off life support.”

Chicago Tribune:

“‘Trauma'” is just standard-issue bad, not mind-blowing, please-make-it-stop bad.”

USA Today:

Escape head trauma by avoiding NBC’s ‘Trauma'”

Miami Herald:

No intelligible dialogue! No discernible plot! No viewers!”

TV Guide:

Rescue Me From Trauma

Oh, and how about the San Francisco Chronicle:

just a not-very-good medical series

Face it Trauma, you suck. You’re number one in the Dead Pool, with a bullet. But prove me wrong children. Prove me wrong. Who knows, maybe you’ll make itinto next season. Crazier things have happened. And blogs are often wrong. (Hahahaha! Blogs are just like you, right Gav? Aren’t you often wrong?)

Thanks for employing all those people, even if a lot of them make only rock-bottom minimum wage. All right, bye bye Trauma, the rest of this post isn’t for you.

Couldn’t San Francisco subsidize a different project instead of Trauma?

Just asking…

San Francisco Braces for Trauma – Viewing Parties Scheduled for NBC’s New Series This Monday

Friday, September 25th, 2009

What can people say about Trauma, debuting this Monday at 9:00 PM on the National Broadcasting Company’s Channel 3, that hasn’t been said? You’ve already seen the shut-down I 280 freeway explosion,  the monstrous twirlypoppers above Market Street, the filming in North Beach and in the Financh and on spooky Polk Street (the new Home for Halloween in San Francisco since the Castro party got shut down – Polk Street is the new Castro!), the start of the Deathwatch, ever more twirlypopppers, and a pitch for a perfectly cromulent substitute that could be filmed in the 415. Whew! Mercy.

Well, Amy Chozick at the Wall Street Journal takes a stab at it here with “Blowing Up on the Small Screen, NBC tries to create big-budget, movie-style special effects once a week,” where we learn that Angela Bromstad, President of Prime-Time Entertainment at NBC, considers the new serial an “adrenalized version of ‘E.R.‘” O.K. then. (Somebody at this point could say something about how Technology’s March of Progress, the very same one that allows NBC / Universal / Open 4 Business Productions to do special effects cheaper these days, has given people other viewing options – so that’s why you’re never going to get anything close to an E.R. kind of viewership, beaucoup explosions ou pas.)

But look here, they’re still shooting this thing – here’s the scene last night at the always-foggy Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Hopefully this massive shoot didn’t disturb the late-night patrons checking out the fantastic Tut exhibit at the de Young Museum and/or the generous attendees of the annual Big Bang Gala at the California Academy of Sciences. There were scores of Traumatics milling about the Concourse Bowl, on the lower left. Look at them crane lights. Click to expand:

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Ha! Sometimes it’s not foggy in GGP, as this shot of the Concourse from 1894 shows. Art imitates Life:


All right, on with the Viewing Parties skedded for Monday night. Will people actually develop drinking games where you have to take a slug every time “emergency staff countermands legal requirement, medical dogma, or orders from superior because they know it will kill the patient,” or something like that?

People will. Throw in “Sex Act On The Job,” “Twirlypopper Destroyed,” and “Beefcake! Beefcake!” and you’ll have a Tuesday morning hangover.

Good times.

See you Monday, in front of the Idiot Panel!

The NBC Trauma Deathwatch Begins – How Long Will This San Francisco Series Live?

Friday, September 11th, 2009

[UPDATE: The ratings are in: Ouch.]

The experts are saying that NBC / Universal’s Trauma TV series is not long for this world. Actually, the word “bust” is being bandied about. Oh well.

Let’s hear from “longtime audience analyst” Steve Sternberg:

“Trauma,” starring Anastasia Griffith and Jamey Sheridan, focuses on a team of first-responder paramedics in San Francisco. While Sternberg appreciates the show’s “cool” special effects, he said he “can’t shake the feeling that we’ve seen all this before.”

Ruh roh, Shaggy.

Ironically, the only trauma helicopter flights in San Francisco are Hollywood fakery – San Francisco County has ZERO medical helipads or heliports due to the millionaire NIMBYs of Potrero Hill. Does that make S.F. unique in the nation? Yes. We have a Level One Trauma Center (out of a total of four for northern California) at S.F. General Hospital but it’s the only one in the nation to lack a helipad on the roof or a shared heliport (the approach they take in New Yawk City) nearby. 


Oh well. But now back to the show.

Let’s view excerpts from another cultural Cassandra to learn more about the series we all see filming around town :

over the top, hammed up performances, ridiculous, Michael Bay-worthy explosions, lack of story, characters look very two dimensional, overly dramatic, looks a bit too overdone, we’ll see how long a show with a big budget like this lasts. This is a show that will most likely collapse because of its own weight.”

Will it become the first series this Fall from NBC or CBS to get cancelled? It’s in second place on that list right now.

Is Traumaexplosive for the sake of being explosive” or something? Some people think so.

Is it really on the bottom of the Dead Pool list?

Bottom 5 new shows

(in alphabetical order)

  • ‘Accidentally on Purpose’ (CBS)
  • ‘Cougar Town’ (ABC) [Yes! Cougars!]
  • ‘Eastwick’ (ABC)
  • ‘Hank’ (ABC)
  • ‘Trauma’ (NBC)

Oh well, at least people are having fun making the series, for as long as it lasts.

But really, “how many hospital-type shows do we need?”

Check it out for yourself on Monday, September 28th at 9:00 PM, right before the Jay Leno. And, bonus, it appears they’ll broadcast an encore of the pilot on Saturday, October 3rd – actually it looks like they plan to broadcast the same episode twice each week every week. We’ll see how popular this series will generally be by Halloween-time.

So, how about this as an over/under for the eventual cancellation announcement? December 31, 2009.

The NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ begins today.

Everyday is Halloween on the Set of NBC’s Horrible Trauma TV Show

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Everyday (is Halloween) on the set of the NBC’s Trauma, it would seem. And hey, do you know what the extras, people like “Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops, #5“, make while working on the set of this “good jobs” creation machine? They make “non-union scale,” or what people in the real world call “minimum wage.”

Oh well.

Ooh, it’s Halloween in Russian Hill all this week. Let’s hope nobody has any trauma! 

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Let me see you make decisions
Without your television
Let me see you stripped down to the bone

Remember, back in the long ago, when San Francisco actually had a Halloween celebration? (Perhaps our new police chief will bring it back?) Actually, instead of getting Halloween, we get to pay for this P.O.S. website. Oh well.

Mexican Wrestler enjoying himself with a couple of queens in the Castro, before Halloween got cancelled in San Francisco a few years back:  


Hey, hey you Hollywood vanga vanga, since you’re in town anyway, why not do something good and fix the damn Alta Plaza stairway you all broke back in the 1970’s? What’s that, it was a different production company that did that? Who cares? Why not get a permit to fix the steps and then strip production down to the bone for a few days while your talented crew actually does something productive for a change?

Or, just work it into a script, why don’t you? Like the repair crew fixing the steps has a trauma or something, and then at the end of the show you can display the new and improved steps.

You know, just for kicks. So you’ll have a legacy when this is all over…

Just a thot.

Well I live with snakes and lizards
and other things that go bump in the night
‘Cuz to me everyday is Halloween
I have given up hiding and started to fight
I have started to fight
Well any time, any place, anywhere that I go
all the people seem to stop and stare
they say ‘Why are you dressed like it’s Halloween?
you look so absurd, you look so obscene’
Oh, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should I take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
it’s the same, it’s the same in the whole wide world
well I let their teeny minds think
that they’re dealing with someone who is over the brink
and I dress this way just to keep them at bay [Michael Bay! KaBooom!]
‘Cuz Halloween is everyday
it’s everyday
Oh, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should I take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
it’s the same, it’s the same in the whole wide world
Oh, why can’t I live a life for me?
why should I take the abuse that’s served?
why can’t they see they’re just like me
i’m not the one that’s so absurd
why hide it?
why fight it?
hurt feelings
best to stop feeling hurt
from denials, reprisals
it’s the same it’s the same in the whole wide world

Filming of NBC’s Trauma Moves to San Francisco’s Financial District

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Now after all the abuse I took from the Hollywood crowd over this little entry, I was surprised to hear from a person working on the set who said he appreciated my “critical insights” – and plus, he told me where they’d be shooting with a special guest star! I says, “Clooney? It’s gotta be Clooney.” So this Alan guy goes, “Bigger than Clooney.” Wow. So I took the CalTrain down to San Jose  yesterday and went to the exact address but then when I called to check he said they had already moved on to Gilroy.

After another arduous train trip further south, I can’t find anything so I calls Alan and he’s all sorry, we’re back up here in San Fran. (Man, I think that “Mr. Smithee” (if that’s his real name) might have been pulling my leg.) I got back to the City around dinnertime* to see these scenes at 1 Bush Street.

Here are the shots I took with my iPhone (well, somebody’s iPhone, anyway.)

FiDi yuppie gets all shot up. Click to expand:

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Here’s a tip: 8-pointed stars = fake SFPD:

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Here’s the EULA-type thing for walking down Bush Street these days. “In Perpetuity” – that’s a long time:

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And speaking of dinner, it was delish, at least the scraps I was able to finagle – a small reward for my CalTrain odyssey…

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More seriously, look for Trauma on the NBC next month:

Monday, Sept. 28 Trauma, 9 p.m. (NBC)

Don’t miss the special Halloween episode, where a character will (kell surpise!) come out of the closet:

“It’s actually the Halloween episode, so we have the whole San Francisco Halloween gay parade going on and I come out to my partner on the show who is played by Derek Luke.”

Gay Halloween Parade? Really? Mayor Gavin Newsom must have cancelled that before I moved to town, cause I don’t remember that. Sounds like San Francisco though, huh?

The pilot episode is loaded with explosions and crashes ‘n stuff, but don’t expect that all the time. Leave “testosterone-fueled” Trauma to the guys:

‘Trauma’ is more male-skewing – a lot of adrenaline, high-octane action.

You ladies are supposed to watch estrogen-fueled Mercy on NBC  instead. Oh well.

They’re calling Trauma a kind of prequel to ER, showing you what happens before you crash through the double doors at the hospital.

Gage and DeSoto, here we come.

*Or maybe I didn’t go to Gilroy and just chanced upon the scene on the way home from work. One or the other…

North Beach Update: Filming Begins Anew for NBC’s Horrible “Trauma” TV Show

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

If you liked ER, you might like Trauma – it will be coming soon to a television near you.

But if you never witnessed ER, then it’s hard to imagine you’d consider San Francisco-based Trauma to be anything but more dreck from the L.A. County “dream factory.” JMO. 

This is how the 1100 block of Kearny looked this afternoon. Click to expand:

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There appeared to be a struggle getting this heavy piece of equipment down the block:

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The stars taking a break? Looks that way.

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And, of course, lots of people standing around on the clock doing nothing. Doing nothing avec attitude, actually. At least Hollywood has access to an interesting outdoor set. (You know, lots of productions were shot on this very spot over the years.)

Let’s hope the suits down south feel it’s generally worth the hassle of filming (or taping?) here instead of Vancouver or thereaboot, eh?

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But you know what? A feature on what it’s like to film in the City and County, well, that could very easily be watchable.

Anyway, Trauma itself is just so much grist for the boob tube. In NBC’s own words:

Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, Trauma is an intense, action-packed..”

Prose like that gags, doesn’t it? 

And here’s an early review from somebody who generally just loves TV:

“I’ve made my way through all the pilots for the new fall season. And I’m ready to declare the new shows I’m most excited about for the fall. (As a side note I’m most worried about NBC, I didn’t like “Trauma” or “Mercy” but that’s a column for another time).”

That’s right, Open 4 Business Productions, LLC also helped produce Mercy, the other warmed-over ER copycat debuting on the Peacock this autumn. Oh well.

Leaving you with a Roll Call of victims and perpetrators:


Derek Luke
Cliff Curtis
Anastasia Griffith
Kevin Rankin
Aimee Garcia
Billy Lush
Jamey Sheridan
Dr. Joe


Executive Producer/Writer
Dario Scardapane
Executive Producers
Peter Berg
Friday Night LightsSarah Aubrey
Friday Night Lights
Executive Producer/Director
Jeff Reiner
Friday Night Lights Studio


Universal Media Studios

Film 44