“Red Band Society” Brings a New Kind of Drama to TV

Red Band SocietyPremiering September 17 on the Fox network, Red Band Society is a unique drama that will leave viewers wanting more but also taking a closer look at the value of life. In this new series, a boy in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital narrates, as the storyline follows a group of kids in a children’s ward who are facing the many challenges of cancer, heart defects, and other life-threatening illnesses.

Developed by Margaret Nagel, Red Band Society also focuses on the lives of children who have life-changing experiences, again in the same children’s ward. Although much of the story revolves around the children, there are several key adult characters to include doctors and nurses.

This new television series is a remake of the dark drama/comedy titled “Poiseres Vermelles”, which when translated in English means “The Red Band Society”. Initially, Red Band Society was developed in 2011 for ABC by Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the famous TV show, “Friends”. However, at that time, the network decided to shelf the project after the first production stages were complete. Then in November 2013, Fox decided to pick up the project, bringing an adaptation of the Catalan series to the US.

Finally in January 2014, a pilot for the show was approved, as well as several backup scripts. Believing the show would have great success, Fox also picked up the pilot on May 6, 2014, to include ordering the series to air for the 2014-2015 season.

Other cast members of Red Band Society include Nolan Sotillo (Jordi Palacios), Charlie Rowe (Leo Roth), Brian Bradley (Dash Hosney), Zoe Levin (Kara Souders), Ciara Bravo (Emma Chota), Octavia Spencer (Nurse Jackson), Dave Annable (Dr. Jack McAndrew), and Rebecca Rittenhouse (Nurse Brittany Dobler).

The main character and narrator, Charlie, is played by Griffin Gluck, who does a remarkable job but the adult actors also bring tremendous talent to the table as they mentor Charlie and the other children patients, helping them get through not only the challenges and victories associated with disease but also struggles faced by everday teens.