UPDATE: Now With More Great Press!
One of the Slate critics likened this type of reality programming to "those mid-century Life magazine essays" as portraits of America. During the more than 11 minute discussion, the show was called "super-fascinating" and "totally compelling."
"They get beyond the danger into the emotional territory, and that's where the gold is. If you can get these miners to open up about their fears and dreams, etc., then you've accomplished something. An actor can't duplicate what these men are about - so "Coal" is a glimpse into a life as obscure as something from the other side of the world."
" . . . it's difficult to look away in the first hour of this Spike TV 10-episode series."
"Coal is a fascinating series . . ."
"To be honest, it is fascinating to watch . . . coal wrested from beneath an Appalachian mountain. And it’s refreshing to hear working-class men discuss their difficult lives, partly because of their invisible presence in our own. It’s their pride and muscle that help to ferry oil and coal to our furnaces, that put crab on our dinner plates."
"Coal immediately stands on its own as a worthy subject, not just a way to capitalize on a trend."
If you still don't believe the hype, then you'll just have to check Coal out for yourself when it premieres this Wednesday at 10PM/9c. Once you're hooked (and we know you will be), check back at Spike.com for the latest updates and exclusive content throughout the season. And don't forget to like Coal on Facebook and to follow it on Twitter.