10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
TNT Orders Live Medical Diagnosis Show
What do you get when you cross WebMD with The View? TNT is hoping it's a hit. The network announced Tuesday that it's prepping M.D. Live, a show where patients get their ailments diagnosed by a panel of doctors — and an enthusiastic audience.
“We want this show to inspire action and give hope to real people struggling with medical problems to get answers, proper treatment, and ultimately, improve their quality of life,” said Michael Bloom, TNT's senior vp unscripted and live programming. “Our professional team of studio and field crews will lead our charge crowdsourcing hope to help our patients solve the medical mysteries we present in this series.”
The series sounds like a mix of quite a few others, no doubt inspired in part by the wild success of Live P.D. on A&E.
M.D. Live, still the working title, already has a commitment of 10 episodes for 2019. Lionsgate Television is producing.
Per the network, "a recurring panel of highly accredited doctors will discuss potential diagnoses before throwing live to the crowd for additional feedback, solutions and support."
“M.D. Live will tap into the cultural zeitgeist of crowdsourced care to create a relevant, current and provocative series,” added Jennifer O’Connell, Lionsgate executive vp and head of worldwide alternative programming. “The interactive elements allowing viewers to engage with some of the world’s top medical professionals take this show beyond observation to inspire action.”
The show is billed as a two-hour weekly event and will welcome patients battling "undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured" maladies. Viewers will be encouraged to submit their own cases online to be considered for the show.