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Trauma: NBC Cancellation Bad for San Francisco Economy, Too

Trauma cancelledThe cancellation of NBC’s Trauma series is upsetting many EMTs and regular viewers. Apparently the San Francisco economy is going to miss it as well.

Trauma follows a group of first responder paramedics in the San Francisco area. The high-action medical drama stars Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, Anastasia Griffith, Kevin Rankin, Aimee Garcia, Billy Lush, Jamey Sheridan, and Taylor Kinney.

The show’s been struggling in the ratings from the start and NBC announced last week that the network wouldn’t be ordering any more episodes, cancelling the series.

Though many shows have been set there, Trauma is the first show to be completely filmed in the City by the Bay since Nash Bridges went off the air in 2001. Before that, there was Midnight Caller and Streets of San Francisco. As with many out-of-town productions, the filming of Trauma hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Did it matter that Trauma was actually shot in San Francisco?

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Plans to film the series in San Francisco nearly got derailed after the pilot. Productions can typically get rebates from local government to entice shooting in their area. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors reportedly changed their program so that rebates went to film productions. The Trauma pilot was ineligible and NBC was none too pleased after spending $8 million on it.

Things eventually got worked out and the network okayed local production of the 12 additional episodes. Around that same time, Mayor Gavin Newsom came under criticism for taking campaign contributions from an NBC exec. Later, the city had to spend an extra $270,000 for a big annual convention that’s usually held in a facility that was rented out for Trauma.

Despite some extra expenses and inconveniences to the locals, Trauma has very been good for the local San Francisco economy. It’s estimated that $3-4 million per episode is spent in the area. That comes from payments of crew, police overtime, permits and catering. There are 150 people employed on the full-time crew, as many as 300 guest actors, extras, and other local labor as well.

TV show supportIf the show had continued, many of the actors who were renting apartments had been talking about buying houses in the area. But now, with the show ending, all of the extra revenue to San Francisco will be stopping as well.

NBC has said that they plan to finish production on all of the previously ordered episodes. It was initially announced that filming would last until mid-December but it’s unknown if the show’s cancellation will curtail that.

What do you think? Did it make a difference that Trauma was actually shot on location? Does seeing a city like San Francisco on a TV show each week entice you to want to visit?


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Rick January 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m very upset that trauma isn’t comeing back we here in Hartford Conn. Love the show my wife and I sit back and watch together.I’m traumatized That trauma was cancelled.


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oriel January 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

i am very very dissapointed that they cancelled this show i have been waiting for this show to come back on they always take off the good shows thats crazy i’m going to stop watching nbc i’m really mad thanks a lot nbc ..


Kelly January 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I am very dissapointed to find out this show is being cancelled, I look forward to seeing it each week and when I found out that they will be replacing it with “CHUCK”! Give me a break, I’d rather watch re-runs of “Leave it to Beaver”! At least Trauma is a show that is interesting and has reality to what America experiences every day. Chuck is….worse than boring!


Anonymous December 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

We would watch this every week and couldn’t wait for the next one to come on and when I found out they cancelled the show I was not to pleased. I would like to see it put back on.


Chris EMT in NM December 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm

When something good is on T.V some jack who don’t really talk to the pepole watching this and look foward to this all week takes it off. I will not watch any programs on NBC I can see how things work in that place all $u&* up…….


Mike December 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Another example of how Hollywood needs to dumb down plots. Why is Boston Legal off the air?? Hollywood, keep dumbing down plots to keep the attention of the brainless, text messaging, Internet-using masses of idiots. I’m sure they’re the part of society that contributes to the economy to pay for your dear advertising dollars!


Alexandra December 17, 2009 at 1:13 am

I honastly am verry sad for the shows cacelation,it was a great show with great actors and should not have been taken down!


Parmedic December 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

I’m very disappointed that NBC cancelled this show, hopefully they will put it back on soon.


Carina December 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I am very upset that this amazing tv show is being cancelled. Not only is the story line great but the actors and actresess to are good aswell. I am currently in grade 12 and i am going to apply at college to become a paramedic and that is why i find this show so interesting . I know that the stories are tweeked because it is a tv show but still.
NBC should give the show another chance.


vicki December 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Please don’t cancel this show! Its one of the few on TV right now that I make a point of watching EVERY week! I’m a EMT, and I LOVE IT! The reason being that it is shot “on the streets” and shows a lot of what we see everyday…We don’t see this type of trauma, in this magnatude everyday, but a show that is like our real life, would be really boring. The scenes are more realistic that any other I have seen, why can’t they keep a good paramedic show on? Everytime I get interested in one, it cancels. And I agree…get Leno off TV for good!


Sharman November 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I look forward to watching Trauma. It’s a great show and I don’t want to see it cancelled. Put it in a different timeslot or on a different day, but please keep it on!


arlene November 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

This is one of the best shows to come along in a long time. The entire cast is superb.
Change the time and day if you have to , but keep this show on. Use some common sense and listen to the viewers. Please let Trauma remain on T.V.


PJ November 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Great news. I am an EMT. This show was horrible. That is, horrrrible.


Bonnie November 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

Way to go NBC. You did it again. Cancelled another good one. I love this show. It’s just like others said….you have to give it a few episodes to learn the characters. 4 or 5 episodes……especially against pennant playoffs, World Series and Dancing with the Stars is not a fair representation of true ratings. I can’t believe that NBC executives are that clueless. I guess now you will move the night around so there is no chance of a follo0wing. Wake up…..change your mind. I wish another network would pick it up. Also, I agree with everyone about Leno too.


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