Hearst Media Production Group (HMPG) today announced its premiere of the fifth season of Hearts of Heroes, the Emmy-nominated original weekly series showcasing first responders and other heroes in the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters. The new season debuts July 1 on ABC stations nationwide as part of “Weekend Adventure,” an educational/informational programming block airing Saturday mornings in most local markets (check local listings).
Season 5 returns during the start of an active 2023 hurricane season and as severe weather conditions continue to threaten regions across the nation. This year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 12 to 17 total named storms. Of those, five to nine could become hurricanes. Hearts of Heroes offers life-saving information on how to prepare for natural disasters.
The show is hosted by Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for Good Morning America and ABC News; BELFOR Property Restoration CEO Sheldon Yellen serves as the show’s expert on safety, disaster protection and recovery. BELFOR, the world’s largest property restoration and disaster recovery services company, is co-production partner with HMPG and sponsor of the series.
“Given the active hurricane season we’re already facing, this show’s mission has never been more timely,” said Bryan Curb, HMPG executive vice president and general manager, educational/informational (E/I). “Ginger and Sheldon truly help viewers understand and prepare for disasters before they happen.”
“Disasters large and small are inevitable. Thanks to our heroic first responders, many lives are saved. I am proud to be a part of honoring these heroes across our country and to help keep our friends and neighbors safe,” Yellen said.
Hearts of Heroes recently earned 14 Telly Awards for last season’s episodes, including top honors in the categories of Documentary, Writing and Social Impact. In its first four seasons combined, the show was recognized with 35 Telly Awards, a Parent’s Choice Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination. Along with providing life-saving information, the program captures inspiring stories of survivors as well as first-responders and rescuers — police officers, firefighters, EMT professionals, military members and others – who have dealt with extreme natural and manmade conditions.
Hearts of Heroes is part of HMPG’s current program portfolio which comprises more than 30 original series and hundreds of hours of content annually on leading broadcast networks and station groups and on connected TV and streaming platforms. It has a library of more than 4,000 hours of programming and its content can be found in 97 countries.