The first live brain surgery to be televised is all set, to be hosted by Bryant Gumbel. The two-hour program is booked for Sunday, Oct. 25, on the National Geographic Channel, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The program will also be carried on Nat Geo Mundo and will be televised in 171 countries and 45 different languages.
The show “will take viewers inside an awake deep brain stimulation surgery via handheld and robotic cameras in the operating room,” the story reports.
The program is titled “Brain Surgery Live With Mental Floss.”
“Filming will take place via two handheld cameras as well as several robotic cameras with inputs directly in the doctors’ surgical equipment, allowing viewers to see live images as the brain is being operated on in real time,” THR reports. “The special will mix live coverage from the operating room at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, with pre-produced informative packages on the brain.”
The program will air live on both coasts — at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT. Neurosurgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial and neuroscientist and podcast host Cara Santa Maria will be on hand to provide commentary.
Produced by Leftfield Pictures, the program will be helmed by Emmy-winning director Joe Michaels and news producer Robert Wheelock.