Great American Family will debut its first original series next month. County Rescue marks the network’s first steps into scripted television.
County Rescue is a medical drama starring Julia Reilly (Stranger Things), Stacey Patino (Keeping Up With The Joneses), Percy Bell (Devotion), Tim Perez-Ross (The Vampire Diaries), Riley Hough (The Resident), Keller Fornes (The Secrets She Keeps), Angel Luis (Law & Order), Kirstin Wollet (Random Tropical Paradise), and Brett Varvel (American Underdog). Reilly plays Dani, an EMT in training, competing for one of three open spots on the team. She believes her calling is to save lives and must rely on her faith to make it through.
The five-episode first season will launch on Great American Pure Flix on February 16 and on the Great American Family channel on February 17 at 8:00 p.m. CT.
The network said it will launch a slew of “mystery franchises” during the first quarter of 2024, a series of original movies focusing on the “lighter side” of thrillers. Great American Family will reveal more information on the first installment later this week.
“Our portfolio of content is a trusted source of family-friendly and faith-based entertainment, and our 2023 results greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Bill Abbott, president and chief executive officer of Great American Media. “We are looking forward to having a positive impact on viewers and the entertainment business by creating quality content that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”
Great American Media plans to produce a “record number” of original films across all its services this year. Last year, the network produced 21 original holiday films for its Great American Christmas marathon, which launched continuous Christmas programs earlier than other networks. Great American Media also hosted the exclusive cable TV broadcast of the 135th Tournament of Roses Parade.
More new original series are coming to the network early this year. The second season of Going Home debuted on Great American Pure Flix on January 5. New shows Destination Heaven and Sadrach will also debut on the streamer soon.
The network plans to build off its faith-based fanbase by offering family-friendly content, such as the Great American Rescue Bowl airing on Super Bowl Sunday. Great American Family has partnered with the North Shore Animal League America for the past three years to help shelter animals find their furever homes. Hosted by Animal League America Board member Beth Stern, producer Brian Balthazar, and news anchor Dan Mannarino, the event marks the 80th anniversary of the no-kill animal rescue group’s mission to end euthanasia in shelters.
“Our company is proud to partner with North Shore Animal League America, pioneers of the no-kill movement and architect of the happy ending for more than a million deserving shelter pets for 80 years,” said Abbott.