Forecast: June 2010
The month in preview
6/24 BATTLE FOR CITY’S REALITY-TV REPUTATION BEGINS
Hub docs get their close-up when the ABC News primetime documentary series Boston Med begins tonight, featuring white coats from Mass General, Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s.
The network plans to air eight hourlong installments of footage from their four months spent inside the local hospitals, and will focus in part on the first face transplant ever filmed. The surgery was only the second of its kind in the country, performed over 17 hours at Brigham and Women’s. The heart-wrenching TV twist: The donor was Brookline’s Joseph Helfgot – an entrepreneur and former WHDH radio host who joined BU’s faculty at age 23 – who had died from complications during heart transplant surgery at the hospital.
It’s the kind of intellectual, touching reality show that serves as a necessary counterweight to the upcoming Wicked Summah – the Massholes version of Jersey Shore. That show, which begins filming next month, was cast by the same agency behind Jersey Shore, and promises to offer a look at what happens when people stop being polite and start acting like some subhuman variation of Ben Affleck’s character in Good Will Hunting.
With the city’s bookish image at stake, locals can take solace in the fact that ABC’s first primetime real-life hospital drama, 2008′s Hopkins, claimed a Peabody award and regularly attracted 5 million viewers. Jersey Shore peaked at 4.8 million viewers for its final episode. Which, as they say, is a real bummah.
6/24 CELTS LOOK FOR A SAVIOR
The Celtics have the 19th pick in the NBA draft today, their highest selection since they used the fifth slot in 2007 to take Jeff Green, who served as trade bait in a deal that delivered shooting guard Ray Allento the Hub. Given the likelihood that the 34-year-old Allen is going to be left to fend for himself as a free agent after this season, the Celtics may be relying on today’s draft pick to find his replacement.
6/30 JAKING IT
On the fourth anniversary of their last real contract’s expiration, Boston firefighters get to celebrate with a raise – one of five small bumps that make up their 19 percent pay hike. The jakes may not want to invite their public-sector pals to the party: The raise comes at the beginning of a fiscal year in which Mayor Menino has proposed a plan that includes a whopping 250 municipal layoffs.