Braving the Elements (multiple x [4 x 30′]) – A new docudrama anthology series revealing the work, subculture and characters of professions that take place outdoors and are impacted by weather, seasons and extreme locations.
Additional titles in the anthology will be added throughout the year.
When severe weather knocks out power and it’s “lights out!,” it’s the unsung heroes of the Entergy Arkansas power crews who come to the rescue. “Lights Out” follows the modern day cavalry who comes to save the day when storms create havoc for communities. Winter ice storms, spring tornadoes, summer thunderstorms – they are all a part of life for these linemen, who often face perilous working conditions and tend to see more of each other than they do of their own families. Faced with the threat of danger every time they show up for work, these crews risk life and limb for their customers. Premiering in March 2012, “Lights Out” is produced by CSE.
Mother Nature is a powerful force and taming her is nearly impossible. Wind turbine workers risk their lives building, maintaining, and repairing these monolithic, modern day windmills: the wind turbines. “Turbine Cowboys” follows two teams: the would-be “wind techs” from their hardcore boot camp training through their first year in the field, and the seasoned veterans who are still challenged every day. They all face extreme weather, dizzying heights, and possible electrocution. We find out who is attracted to this job and why, and follow them as they push the envelope to wrestle electricity from the wind. Premiering in April 2012, “Turbine Cowboys” is produced by BCII.
IRON MEN (WT)
Ironworking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. If you think Chicago is the windy city, you’re wrong – New York is actually windier, and the higher you build, the stronger the wind. Beyond fighting the wind, snow, and rain, an iron worker in New York has to battle the East Coast’s bone-chilling cold as they walk steel beams hundreds of feet off the ground. “Iron Men” follows the workers of New York’s Local 361 and Local 40 unions, the world’s most respected ironworking unions. We’ll follow their race to stay on schedule against weather hurdles on a multitude of projects, from the first footing to the final bolt – on a skyscraper, a bridge, or stadium. Every day, each member puts his life in the hands of his co-workers and that creates an unbreakable bond as well as high stakes and natural tension. Premiering in June 2012, “Iron Men” is produced by Pipeline39 (formerly known as KPI).
Channel: Weather Channel
Producer: Various as listed
TX: From March 2012
Source: Weather Channel press release