CTV Prepares to Celebrate Fifth and Final Season of Original Drama SAVING HOPE as Production Wraps November 1

‒ Season 5 will consist of 18 new episodes from ICF Films and Entertainment One, and will  air as part of CTV's 2016/17 midseason lineup ‒
‒ Erica Durance leads ensemble cast including Michael Shanks, Wendy Crewson, Michelle  Nolden, Benjamin Ayres, Julia Taylor Ross, Huse Madhavji, Kim Shaw, Dejan Loyola, and Jarod Joseph
‒ Previous seasons of SAVING HOPE are streaming now on CraveTV™ ‒

Praise for SAVING HOPE:

 "To say the (Season 4 finale) twist came out of left field is an understatement and a testament to (Adam) Pettle and his writing staff." – TV, eh?

"From what we've seen so far this season may just be SAVING HOPE's best one yet." – The TV Junkies on Season 4

"If you are the kind of person who can get a little weepy over GREY'S ANATOMY, then SAVING HOPE definitely requires a box of tissues on standby." – National Post on Season 2

"SAVING HOPE stands out among medical shows." – The Canadian Press on Season 1

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TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - After five seasons, a coma, a love triangle, countless ghosts and surgeries, and with more dramatic moments to come, CTV confirmed today in conjunction with ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne) that hit original drama SAVING HOPE will conclude with its upcoming fifth season. Set to wrap production in Toronto on its 18-episode final season on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Season 5 will air as part of CTV's 2016/17 midseason lineup. Following the broadcast of Season 5, 85 episodes of the hour-long drama will have aired since its 2012 debut. Viewers can enjoy Seasons 1-4 of SAVING HOPE streaming now on CraveTV™. Episodes of the series fourth season are also currently airing Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

"SAVING HOPE is a series that has resonated with viewers since it first premiered in 2012, and we're honoured to deliver an emotionally charged and beautifully crafted final season," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "To have been involved with this series is a true pleasure. We want to thank our phenomenal cast and production partners ICF Films and eOne for five incredible seasons, as well as Morwyn Brebner and Malcolm MacRury who started us on this journey, and Adam Pettle who has brilliantly overseen the last two seasons."

"The production of 85, hour-long episodes is a huge undertaking and accomplishment – a testament to wonderful collaborations of writers, performers, production, and our generous support from CTV," said Executive Producer Ilana Frank. "We proved that hard work can be fun, and we thank our Canadian viewers for their enthusiastic loyalty. We can't wait to share what we have in store for our final season."

"SAVING HOPE is a beloved series that has resonated with audiences for four wonderful seasons," said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, eOne Television Canada. "Along with our incredible partners at ICF Films and our outstanding cast and crew, we are excited to deliver a heartfelt and emotional final season to our devoted fans who have embraced the series from day one."

Picking up in the aftermath of the heart-stopping Season 4 finale, in which a vengeful Tom Crenshaw (Travis Milne, ROOKIE BLUE) appeared at the Hope Zion Hospital Fellowship Awards and fired a shot at Alex (Erica Durance) and Charlie (Michael Shanks), Season 5 of SAVING HOPE sees the Hope Zion staff thrust into turmoil. As Alex faces a big decision, her fellow doctors deal with new challenges as changes come to Hope Zion that will not only affect the livelihood of the hospital, but also its doctors and everything they hold dear.

At the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, SAVING HOPE was a Best Dramatic Series nominee as well as finalist for the Golden Screen Award for most-watched Canadian drama. Additionally, Julia Taylor Ross was a nominee in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series category, while Michelle Nolden won Best Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media for her role in SAVING HOPE's companion digital series PSYCHIC HEALING.

SAVING HOPE stars Canadian Screen Award nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE) as Dr. Alex Reid; Michael Shanks (STARGATE SG-1) as Dr. Charlie Harris; Canadian Screen Award-winner and 2016 Earle Grey Award recipient Wendy Crewson (Room) as Dr. Dana Kinney; Benjamin Ayres (BITTEN) as Dr. Zach Miller; Canadian Screen Award nominee Julia Taylor Ross (GOTHAM) as Dr. Maggie Lin; Canadian Screen Award-winner Michelle Nolden (Prisoner X) as Dr. Dawn Bell; Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ) as Dr. Shahir Hamza; Kim Shaw (THE GOOD WIFE) as Dr. Cassie Williams, Dejan Loyola (THE 100) as Dr. Dev Sekara, and Jarod Joseph (MISTRESSES) as Dr. Emanuel Palmer.

SAVING HOPE is produced by ICF Films with eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. SAVING HOPE airs on ION Television in the U.S.

The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank, John Morayniss, and Linda Pope, and co-executive produced by Noelle Carbone, Patrick Tarr, Jocelyn Hamilton, and Sonia Hosko. Adam Pettle is Executive Producer and Showrunner. All distribution rights are handled by eOne. For Bell Media, Lisa Gotlieb is Coordinator, Independent Production; Kathleen Meek is Production Executive, Drama, Independent Production; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
@CTV_PR
@CTV_Television
SAVING HOPE: @SavingHopeTV
Erica Durance: @ED_DURANCE
Michael Shanks: @MichaelShanks
Benjamin Ayres: @BenjaminAyres
Michelle Nolden: @noldenmichelle
Huse Madhavji: @HuseM
Kim Shaw: @ItsMeKimShaw
Dejan Loyola: @dejanloyola
Jarod Joseph: @JarodJoseph

Facebook:
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Facebook.com/SavingHopeTV

Instagram:
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company's diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One's robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company's rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
www.entertainmentone.com 

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space's most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo's award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV's first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery's upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy's new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media's hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

– CTV –

SOURCE CTV

For further information: Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca; Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca


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