It was supposed to air in the spring.
And then it was pushed back to the summer
Now, nearly a year after television crews stormed into Windsor and choirmaster Gareth Malone embedded with — and transformed — crews from Windsor Severance Fire Rescue, the highly-anticipated USA Network reality series “It Takes a Choir” is slotted to begin airing this week and last through the holidays.
Billed as a show that “unites an unexpected mix of characters through the spellbinding power of music,” the reality series focuses on British choirmaster Malone’s efforts to transform seemingly unlikely groups of people into a fully functioning and dynamic choir. The show has already taken the UK by storm, teaching unlikely groups with little or no musical ability how to sing and perform with a group. In the UK, previous episodes have focused on, among other things, disadvantaged youth and military families.
The show came to Windsor in 2012, and Malone spent a week transforming a group of Windsor firefighters — most who had never sang before — into a community supergroup. The practicing culminated with a performance and filming in front of family and friends that packed the Windsor High School auditorium.
“It almost sounds so ludicrous you have to do it,” department spokesman Todd Vess said last year about the experience. “I was so nervous. We were so horrible at our first practice.”
Though no official air date has been announced for the Windsor-centric episode, Vess said a community watch party of some sort will likely take place, potentially at Stuft Burger Bar.
“It Takes a Choir” will premiere at 10 p.m. Friday on USA Network.