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Two lifeguards prepare to make a rescue in a scene from ""Lifeguard!," a show about beach rescuers in Southern California. The series airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on the Weather Channel, which is showing more new programming to boost ratings. (The Weather Channel via Associated Press)

Two lifeguards prepare to make a rescue in a scene from ""Lifeguard!," a show about beach rescuers in Southern California. The series airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on the Weather Channel, which is showing more new programming to boost ratings. (The Weather Channel via Associated Press)

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