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Wednesday, March 30, 2011: Coal

by F. John Rickert March 30, 2011 6:00 am
Wednesday, March 30, 2011: <i>Coal</i>

Why did it take so long for a blue-collar documentary/reality series to be made about American coal miners? It's like the guy behind Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers got stranded in Alaska for about half a decade then suddenly noticed that West Virgina existed after the Chilean miners were trapped last year.

Coal follows the salt-of-the-earth miners working in a vertical mine in Appalachia. Obviously, it's a hard job, with plenty of things that could go wrong, so there are likely to be plenty of dramatic points ready to be cut away from for a commercial break. However, the show's main appeal seems to go against Spike's nut-shot/CSI attitude to programing, with a deep focus on these men's family lives and their desire to give their children something better than a life at risk of black lung. This may be the same formula as every other show in this genre, but it for some reason this show feels like it has the potential to be fresh.

See if you dig Coal by checking in on Spike at 10 tonight.

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