Though it’s yet to officially premiere, “Assignment: Afghanistan,” the upcoming series from FOX31 Denver anchor Jeremy Hubbard and photojournalist Noah Skinner, is already playing to rave reviews.
The week-long series begins Monday at 9 p.m., and is more than a year in the making. The culmination of the project saw Hubbard and Skinner embedded with the 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron for five days as they were deployed into an active war zone over 7,000 miles away.
The mission for the squadron, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs: tending to the war’s most severely wounded in an airborne emergency room.
The series documents the efforts of these brave servicemen and women, their successes and tribulations and their relationships with the population in and around Afghanistan’s Parwan Province, the former home of Osama bin Laden.
Surrounded by expansive mountain ranges, the region remains one of the country’s most dangerous.
Denver Post TV Critic Joanne Ostrow touted the series as “impressive.”
Ostrow seemed especially impressed with the way the series covers the death of Army Staff Sergeant Nicholas Reid from Brockport, NY. The explosive disposal expert was mortally wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan and died shortly after his transit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
“The report handles Reid’s death matter of factly, rather than using it to add suspense to the narrative,” Ostrow wrote.
“For those who haven’t yet embraced the veteran of ABC News who will slide into Ron Zappolo’s chair in April,” Ostrow continued. “this series serves as a powerful introduction to poised anchor-reporter Jeremy Hubbard.”
After tonight’s premiere, the series will continue to highlight the 9 p.m. news through Thursday, with a full half-hour special slated for Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Click here to read Ostrow’s entire review. Scroll down for video previews of the series.