Golden Globe winner, Ricky Schroder, is now currently shooting the sequel for NBC’s 2015 TV film “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”, which was a huge success. The sequel is titled as “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors,” and the shooting is currently held at metro Atlanta.
Ricky Schroder has been producing military based programs for the last few years. He also wanted to experience the life on battlefield, which forced him to convince the Army to let him stay in Afghanistan for three months. After returning from Afghanistan, he launched a six-part docu-series on Audience Network named as “The Fighting Series”.
After the Afghanistan tour, Schroder praised the efforts and commitments of US soldiers and also extended his wish for more embedding tours with the Army. Even though the opportunities for embedding were relatively less, he still found a way to tell the stories of American soldiers to TV viewers in the US.
Schroder requested for the helmet cams used by soldiers during mission so that he can collect stories and show them to the public. In a meeting at the AT&T Mobility headquarters in Buckhead, he said, “A lot of soldiers had never looked at the footage themselves. They didn’t want to relive it. They wanted me to have it.”
Schroder received over 400 hours of footage from the helmet cams, and he used these footages in the “My Fighting Season,” which airs on Audience Network on every Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. You can also watch the program On Demand on Dish Network and DirecTV packages.
He said, “I got to see the discipline these soldiers have, the rules of engagement, the complexities of modern battle to find an enemy in a civilian population, the self control to perform their missions.” Schroder further stated the war showed him that “symphony of destruction” is necessary to defeat an opponent.
Ricky Schroder even added that he hopes that this program will bring more empathy for the war veterans from the viewers. He said, “They don’t want sympathy, they want to be understood. Now you can understand more of what they went through so you can have a dialogue and communicate with them.”
He also praised Audience Network for the freedom and faith they showed in his work. The network allowed him to broadcast episodes of different lengths and did not bleep out any of the harsh languages used by the soldiers during the war.