About Red Band Society

From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters, 666 Park Avenue) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, Red Band Society was a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy that aired for one season on FOX in 2015. The series was about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentored them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Exploring everything from strong friendships, and first loves, to humorous mishaps and heartbreaks, the series was a story of life, with an edgy comedic tone all its own.

Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Griffin Gluck, Back in the Game, Private Practice) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends, including the new kid, Jordi Palacios (Nolan Sotillo, Prom), a 16-year-old who comes to California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What Jordi soon discovers is that it’s not his illness that’s going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at Ocean Park is Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe, Neverland, Pirate Radio), the 16-year-old, charming and independent leader of the group. Leo’s best friend is Dash Hosney (Astro, The X Factor), a 16-year-old rebel with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life. Also on the ward is 15-year-old know-it-all Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo, Big Time Rush), Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder. Rounding out this group of patients is Kara Souders (Zoe Levin, Arrested Development, The Way Way Back), a mean girl cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie. Although her heart is failing, she is realizing for the first time that she actually has one and begins opening it up to her new friends. 

The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. Adam McAndrew (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. Also attending to the patients is the naïve and gullible Nurse Brittany Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse), who allows the teens to get away with things they probably shouldn’t. These mentors’ lives are more complicated than they seem. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy.

These teens form a life-changing bond and singular kinship, represented by their red hospital bands. They face shared experiences, both uplifting and challenging, tragic and comedic, ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary – and they do it together. When you’re brought to the brink, that’s when you laugh the loudest, love the strongest and cry the hardest…This is the story of the Red Band Society.

Red Band Society was produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin Television. The series was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Rina Mimoun, Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire, The Good Lie), Justin Falvey (The Americans, Falling Skies), Darryl Frank (The Americans, Falling Skies) and Sergio Aguero (No Reservations, Y Tu Mama Tambien). Nagle wrote the pilot and developed the project from the award-winning Spanish series Polseres Vermelles. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story) directed the pilot.

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