Aroostook County – A special advance screening of a new network television medical show that will premiere nationally this fall is coming to Aroostook County.
The Red Band Society, which will air Wednesdays beginning September 17 on FOX, will have its very first episode shown in Presque Isle eleven days before it hits the silver screen. The showing on Tuesday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. in the McCain conference room in the East Wing Annex Building at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital is presented jointly by TAMC and WAGM-TV, the local network affiliate for both the FOX and CBS television networks.
The northern Maine screening for Red Band Society is free and open to the public. The show will be viewed on two large screens in the new conference center at TAMC. Freshly popped popcorn and light snacks will be served, and signature red bands, like those worn by the characters on the show, will be given to attendees. In addition, a drawing will be held for promotional items from the new series sent by FOX TV for the event.
“We are pleased to partner with TAMC to introduce this exciting new television program to Aroostook County residents. This is an opportunity for folks to see this show, which is part drama – part comedy, and is set in a pediatric hospital featuring teenagers who are struggling with medical and life issues of their own,” said Kelly Landeen, WAGM-TV station manager. “Having the local premiere screening at a hospital is the perfect setting for this event.”
“We hope that families will take this opportunity to come to the premiere screening together. This is a powerful show that deals with topics of interest and stories that will touch both teenagers and their parents,” said TAMC Pediatrician Dr. Renee Fournier.
The Red Band Society is described by FOX Television as a “provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age ‘dramedy’ (drama/comedy) about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.”
The show gets its name from “the life-changing bond and singular kinship that is formed by the teens and represented by their red hospital bands.” Promotional material for the program goes on to say: “When you’re brought to the brink, that’s when you laugh the loudest, love the strongest and cry the hardest… This is the story of the Red Band Society.”
The television program stars Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer, who won the most coveted award in the film industry for her supporting role as outspoken maid Minny in the 2011 movie The Help. It co-stars Dave Annable, who is best known for his roles in the television shows Brothers and Sisters and 666 Park Avenue. Several teenage actors portray the patients at Ocean Park and round out the cast of the Red Band Society. The show is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
Red Band Society does deal with sensitive issues that may not be appropriate for younger children. WAGM and TAMC encourage parents with tweens and teenagers to attend the premiere screening together. Adults are also welcome to attend the September 8 event. For more information, contact the TAMC communication and development office at 207-786-4012.