Trauma: Blood, Guts, and Great Big Fireballs

When ER finally ended last spring after a 15-year run, viewers lost a reliable weekly source of high-intensity drama. With sexy stars, non-stop adventure and a high-octane feel, NBC's new medical show Trauma about San Francisco helicopter paramedics, seeks to replace ER as a staple in every medical nerd's television diet.

Trauma follows the lives of an ensemble cast of helicopter paramedics and EMTs who arrive on scene in the first minutes after a disaster to deliver victims to the hospital. It's ADHD medicine: immediate, quick, save a life or don't. (You can see a video preview here.)

Shot on location in San Francisco, the city makes for a stunning backdrop, but it's also a major charcter in the show. The pilot episode's impeccable filming -- with beautiful cityscapes and huge explosions -- make Trauma a thrill to watch. But the show isn't always aesthetically pleasing. While most medical dramas show injured people only as patients in hospital gowns, Trauma's first-response approach doesn't spare the gore as victims are pulled from the wreckage of car accidents and with horrific injuries.

So what really sets Trauma apart from any other show on TV? "We blow sh*t up," creator and executive producer Dario Scardapane boasted in an interview with "The network says to me on a pretty much daily basis, 'Dario, Dario, have you figured out yet that you're not doing movies?' And I'm like no, I won't accept that," visited the Trauma set twice during the last month, and along the way we filmed interviews with two of the main characters, Kevin Rankin who plays EMT Tyler Briggs, and Aimee Garcia who plays chopper pilot Marisa Benez. We'll let them tell you more about what the show is all about.

Trauma's series premiere airs Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm on NBC.

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