NBC Acquires Canadian Series Saving Hope

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NBC has acquired the rights to Canadian medical drama series Saving Hope, which will premiere on the network in the Summer, it has been announced.

Saving Hope has been described as picking up shortly after charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma. He leaves the hospital in chaos – and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid, in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran, 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.

The series stars Erica Durance (Smallville), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), Daniel Gillies, (The Vampire Dairies), Huse Madhavji (Combat Hospital), Julia Taylor-Ross (Rookie Blue), and Kristopher Turner (The Listener).

Speaking of NBC’s acquisition of the series, Phil King, President of CTV Programming & Sports, said: “With NBC now on board, this is another huge success for Bell Media’s independent production team and demonstrates yet again our commitment to producing high-calibre, engaging and compelling original programming. This captivating new series is sure to resonate with Canadian viewers as well as viewers south of the border.”

Canadian broadcaster CTV picked up the project to series in the fall, ordering 12 episodes in addition to the already shot pilot, with a summer debut in mind. Production on the 12 ordered episodes is expected to begin on March 12th in Toronto, Canada.