New CTV Original Drama SAVING HOPE (Working Title) To Premiere June 7
Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS) and Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES)
Series is from award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington
CTV announced today that its new original drama series SAVING HOPE (working title) will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 7. The series will anchor CTV’s summer schedule. Additional CTV summer programming will be announced at a later date.
In SAVING HOPE, currently shooting in Toronto, Charlie Harris (Shanks), the charismatic Chief of Surgery of Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, leaving the hospital in chaos – and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Alex races to save Harris’ life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
Starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), (Daniel Gillies, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Huse Madhavji (COMBAT HOSPITAL, STAR! DAILY), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and Kristopher Turner (ROOKIE BLUE, THE LISTENER), the series is from acclaimed Gemini award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, WOULD BE KINGS, ROOKIE BLUE).
So, the pilot aired yesterday. I enjoyed it. I thought for a Canadian show, it was really decent. I've been waiting for this to air for a few weeks now and the episode was good. It wasn't fantastic, but it was enough to keep me tuned in. The characters were pretty decent. I thought main guy, Charlie, was sort of a jackass with his patients while other guy, Joel, was more friendly with them. It was interesting to note that Charlie barely maintained eye contact with Army Guy when he was going over the surgery.
My favourite characters right now would probably be the psychiatrist and Alex's new doctor-intern. I like everyone else so far, although Charlie is kind of a jackass from the little we saw of him before the accident. I wish we got a bit more of him and his background before jumping into him getting into the accident, though. I felt like there was too little explained. And I'm not sure about his fiancee, Alex, quite yet. Not a horrible pilot, but not a great one either. But it's enough to have me tune in again.