CTV Increases Order for Second Season of Hit Canadian Drama SAVING HOPE to 18 Episodes
SAVING HOPE was the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2011-12 broadcast year CTV announced today it has upped the ante on its second season order for its hit Canadian drama series, SAVING HOPE, to even more episodes. The broadcaster has ordered an additional five hours from ICF Films/Entertainment One (eOne), bringing its second season commitment to 18 episodes in total. The most-watched drama series on Canadian television this summer, SAVING HOPE reigns as the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2011-12 broadcast year, with an impressive Season 1 average of 1.7 million viewers each week.
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. CTV series include the trailblazing, multi award-winning hit series FLASHPOINT and ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER. One of three new scripted series ordered in 2012, CTV’s newest drama, MOTIVE, is currently in production, while the heart-warming, television holiday feature THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE is set to premiere in December. As well, Bell Media has also ordered pilots for two, half-hour comedy series, SATISFACTION and SPUN OUT, with both set to begin production shortly. In total, Bell Media has ordered 23 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 31 scripted projects into development.
Bell Media’s Canadian specialty series include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the critically acclaimed drama series THE L.A. COMPLEX, new game show comedy MATCH GAME, new documentary series ENGRAVED ON A NATION, pop culture series CELEBRITY STYLE STORY, and mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD. Specialty series currently in production are ORPHAN BLACK and PANIC BUTTON, joining orders for JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS and BITTEN, all for 2013.
In SAVING HOPE’s climatic Season 1 finale, Alex (Erica Durance, SMALLVILLE) was left at the altar, as an out-of-coma fiancé Charlie (Michael Shanks, STARGATE ATLANTIS) comes to grips with his new reality. In full recovery mode, Charlie presses on and undertakes physiotherapy to learn how to walk again. But after an encounter with a deceased victim in spirit form, Charlie questions his relationship with Alex. Meanwhile, Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) tells Dr. Dana Kinney (Wendy Crewson, Away From Her) he was offered her job as Chief of Surgery. Will Dana fight for her position or choose to leave Hope Zion Hospital for good?
SAVING HOPE also stars Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), Kristopher Turner (THE LISTENER), and Benjamin Ayres (DAN FOR MAYOR).
Encore episodes of SAVING HOPE are currently airing on Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Bravo. Viewers can also catch up on full episodes across CTV’s digital platforms on CTV.ca, the CTV App, the CTV Mobile channel, and through video on demand partners.
SAVING HOPE is produced by Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films) with eOne, in association with CTV. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington for ICF Films, John Morayniss (HELL ON WHEELS, HAVEN) for eOne and Lesley Harrison. Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE) is Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series was created by Malcolm MacRury (CRASH AND BURN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) and Morwyn Brebner. David Wellington directed the pilot. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks; Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.
TORONTO – Despite a quiet bow stateside, Canadian broadcaster has ordered another season of NBC’s Saving Hope from Ilana C Frank Films and Entertainment One Television.
The top-rated Canadian network also ordered a fourth season of The Listener, or another 13 episodes, from Shaftesbury Films.
The Saving Hope medical drama, which stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks, also received a 13-episode order for a second cycle on CTV after it reigned as the top-rated Canadian series this summer in primetime.
“We’re excited that Canadian audiences have responded to Saving Hope with such enthusiasm,” said executive producer Ilana Frank of Ilana C Frank Films, who created the Canadian drama.
The first season of Saving Hope portrayed a chief of surgery (Shanks) whose sudden illness left the medical facility in chaos, and his doctor fiancé (Durance) in shock.
CTV has a track record developing Canadian dramas on U.S. networks such as Flashpoint, The Listener, which briefly aired on NBC, and now Saving Hope
Canadian producer Entertainment One handles the international distribution in all media for Saving Hope, including all television, DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and digital.
The series is produced by Ilana C Frank Films, with Entertainment One, in association with CTV and NBC.