With the writer’s strike causing problems for studios and with Disney reducing the amount of general entertainment content it creates to reduce costs, it has been revealed that ABC has passed on the pilot of “The Hurt Unit”, which is all about a Hospital Urgent Response Team and follows a highly skilled team of trauma surgeons and nurses who race into the field to treat the patients who won’t make it to the hospital in time. When the sick and the injured can’t get to the ER, the Hurt brings the ER to them.
“The Hurt Unit” pilot starred Melissa George, Ben McKenzie, Ashley Romans, Michelle Ortiz and Augustus Prew. “The Hurt Unit” is being created by Matt Lopez, who has previously worked on “Promised Land”, and John Glenn, who was the showrunner on “SEAL Team”, who are both executive producers on the show. The pilot was directed by Marc Webb, who has previously directed “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “(500) Days of Summer”. Marc is also an executive producer on the project.
ABC Signature Studios will still try to find a new home for the show, shopping it around to other platforms/networks. It’s not uncommon for Disney’s studios to try to shop around a pilot to other networks/platforms before a project is completely cancelled. 20th Television has previously shopped some projects to other platforms, such as “True Lies”, after being passed on by ABC, but with most other studios also cutting back on how much they spend on new content, we will have to see if it gets picked up.