On the heels of the 10-episode series order of "M.D. Live" (working title), the groundbreaking, live, factual series that seeks solutions worldwide for people with medical mysteries and crises who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, Turner today announced renowned, award-winning journalist Ann Curry signed on to anchor and executive produce.
The innovative show will tap into the worldwide phenomenon of medical crowdsourcing. It is co-produced by Turner and Lionsgate Television.
The two-hour weekly, multiplatform event airing over 10 weeks is set to premiere in 2019 and will feature Curry (NBC's "Today," "Nightly News," "Dateline"; PBS' "We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry") reporting true stories of medical mysteries and crowdsourcing for doctors and people experiencing similar symptoms in the search for diagnoses.
"Real good could come of this," Curry said. "We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor. This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people."
Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT, said, "With a distinguished career as a trusted journalist and reputation as a humanitarian, Ann Curry is the perfect partner to lead our charge crowdsourcing hope and helping our patients solve their medical mysteries. Ann is among the most trusted storytellers of our time who will motivate viewers, connect communities and inspire hope. And by leveraging the power of WarnerMedia's reach, we will be able to engage our viewers and really help them wherever they are."
Lionsgate Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Unscripted Programming Jennifer O'Connell said, "We're delighted to have an award-winning, globally recognized journalist helm our new series about crowdsolving medical crises. Ann has inspired millions of people worldwide through her humanitarian acts, impeccable journalism and positivity, which makes her the perfect anchor for the series and who audiences can trust."
Curry, an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, is known for her war and humanitarian reporting and interviews with the most powerful and influential as well as the most disenfranchised and forgotten. She has been awarded seven Emmys, in addition to numerous others in journalism, as well as humanitarian awards, including a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She currently reports for and is an executive producer of "We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry" for PBS.