Taking flight

August 24, 2017


Military dramas are undoubtedly the programming trend of the 2017/18 US television season – but what is the appeal of these series and how can they stand out from the competition?

Among them is Valor, which stars Christina Ochoa as warrant officer Nora Madani, one of the first female helicopter pilots within an elite US Army unit called the Shadow Raiders. When a mission to Somalia goes horribly wrong, she is one of only two people to return. Now back on home soil, she faces questions about what really happened.

Speaking to DQ, series creator and showrunner Kyle Jarrow reveals why this is more than just a workplace drama, detailing the complicated personal relationships that drive the story.

Jarrow explains how his brother was the inspiration behind the series, and why it is a perfect fit for commissioning network The CW.

He also discusses how broadcast networks are responding to the way cable channels have pushed the boundaries of genre and storytelling.

Valor is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros Television and distributed by CBS Studios International.

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