A&E Taps U.K. for New Reality Series


A&E Network will once again tap the British television market for a new
original series.

The network has green-lit production on Airline, a new reality series
that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tension and drama surrounding
commercial airline travel, network executives said.

The skein, which will focus on Southwest Airlines Co., is based on a hit
British television show of the same name. The network’s recently launched
scripted series, MI-5, is also based on a U.K. dramatic show.

"The many flights of Southwest Airlines offer the perfect vehicle for a
multitude of compelling stories," A&E senior vice president of programming
Robert DeBitetto said in a prepared statement.

"The pilots, flight attendants, airport employees and others interact every
day with hurried executives, crying children, weary travelers and heightened
security," he added. "It’s a crazy way of life and one that is extraordinarily
interesting to watch."