A new reality show, led by executive producer Arnold Shapiro of "Big Brother" fame, will give viewers an inside look at a day in the life of border patrol agents working to stop illegal smuggling and immigration.
ABC has ordered 11 hours of "Border Security USA," which is said to be the first multi-episode television series to be shot in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show, based on the Australian series "Border Security: Australia's Front Line," will include security screeners at a New York airport, a Coast Guard boat off Puerto Rico and border patrol in Texas, the newspaper reported. Some plots in the episode include customs agents finding a human skull sent through the mail and a Coast Guard boat chasing cocaine smugglers.
"We're showing everyday heroes who are risking their lives to protect us," Shapiro told The Hollywood Reporter. "Every mode of transportation to get into the country, we have covered."
Shapiro told the newspaper they were free to tape the day-to-day efforts, but were asked to keep several tactics used by border agents confidential.
"They want people to know how diligent they are," Shapiro said. "You hear about every problem that the Department of Homeland Security is having; you never hear about what they're doing that's good."
It was not clear when the show will air.