New Reality Show "Coal" Premieres Tonight
A world scrambling for energy hasn't yet turned its back on coal, despite its dangers. But when we weigh its pros and cons, we often leave out the miners themselves, men whose families have been going underground for generations. A new show, premiering tonight on Spike, aims to remind us of those men.
Coal, on at 10 p.m. ET, is a documentary-style reality series in the vein of History's Ice Road Truckers and Discovery's Deadliest Catch. That is, it captures narrow escapes from collapses, elation at the end of a profitable day, and everything in between. The miners themselves, almost unrecognizable under a layer of black grime, seem to step out of a bygone time. Their thick Appalachian accents often necessitate subtitles, and it's immediately evident that for these men, coal's the only game in town: "It's 'bout all I know. Minin' co'," says one in a trailer for the show.
For the record, the Sierra Club sees coal as a dirty, wasteful energy source and is opposed to further mining.