– Network orders 18 new episodes from ICF Films and Entertainment One, bringing the series to 67 hours over four seasons –
– Production on Season 4 set to begin Summer 2015 in Toronto –
– New episodes of SAVING HOPE's current third season continue in the new timeslot of Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning November 26 on CTV and CTV GO –
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TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - CTV announced today a Season 4 order for its hit original drama series SAVING HOPE (@SavingHopeTV) from Ilana Frank's ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne). Eighteen new episodes of Canada's most-watched original drama brings the series total to 67 episodes, with production set to begin Summer 2015 in Toronto. The Season 4 order comes on the heels of the return of new episodes of SAVING HOPE's third season in its new Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, starting Nov. 26 on CTV and CTV GO. The four all-new episodes culminate in a must-watch cliff-hanger on Dec. 17, before additional new Season 3 episodes continue in January 2015.
The emotionally-charged start of SAVING HOPE 's third season began earlier this fall with a six-episode run. Currently averaging 1.5 million viewers, SAVING HOPE consistently won its Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot not only among total viewers but also in all key demos, the first Canadian original series to ever do so during the fall season. SAVING HOPE led its closest competitor, GRACEPOINT (Global/FOX), by +30% (P2+), +45% (A18-49), +76% (A25-54), and +54% (A18-34).
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"Amassing a loyal fan base from across the country during its three seasons to date, SAVING HOPE continues to play a strong and integral role in our #1 fall lineup," said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the incredible cast and crew to deliver a fourth season of this hit drama."
Season 3 began with a special two-part premiere, in which Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) was fighting to survive after being stabbed in the heart. Following her recovery, sparks are ignited with her ex, Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), while Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) revisits old feelings with his ex-wife Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden). Hope Zion said goodbye to one of its own, Dr. Gavin Murphy (Kristopher Turner), while the hospital also welcomed new OB/GYN, Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber). There's no break in the action, as Season 3 continues with a bevy of pulse‐pounding surgeries, adrenaline‐addled breakthroughs, and sultry romances ahead of its Fall Finale on Dec. 17.
In an all-new episode of SAVING HOPE, entitled "The Way We Were" (Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) and Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) try to save the memory of a young woman suffering from Alzheimer's with a radical surgery, but it's another one of Hope Zion Hospital's doctors whose life is threatened, requiring immediate medical attention. Meanwhile, Dr. Tom Reycraft (K.C. Collins) has a moral decision to make when he discovers one of his mentors is hiding a big secret. Plus, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) finds himself embroiled with the future baby wishes of Dawn (Michelle Nolden), and the final wishes of a con-man spirit. This episode features guest stars Danso Gordon (THE HUSTLE), Mac Fyfe (M.V.P.), and C. David Johnson (STREET LEGAL).
Viewers can also continue to follow the doctors of Hope Zion Hospital with the exclusive digital companion series SAVING HOPE: PSYCHIC HEALING available on CTV.ca/SavingHope, CTV.ca/Extend, and CTV GO. Fans can also visit CTV.ca/SavingHope to catch up on episodes of SAVING HOPE, and to enjoy supercuts, extended recaps, the must-see moments from each episode, a comprehensive episode guide, exclusive interviews, and much more.
SAVING HOPE stars 2013 Canadian Screen Award-nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (REVENGE), Michelle Nolden (NIKITA), Benjamin Ayres (BITTEN), Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ), K.C. Collins (RoboCop), and also features guest stars Stacey Farber (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), Mac Fyfe (M.V.P.), and Danso Gordon (American History X).
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. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank, John Morayniss (ROGUE, KLONDIKE), and Margaret O'Brien (BITTEN) for Entertainment One, and Lesley Harrison. Adam Pettle (KING) is Executive Producer and Showrunner. All distribution rights are handled by eOne. SAVING HOPE will also air on ION Television in 2015.
For Bell Media, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy is Production Executive, Drama, Independent Production; 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, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Erica Durance: @ED_DURANCE
Michael Shanks: @MichaelShanks
Daniel Gillies: @danieljgillies
Huse Madhavji: @HuseM
Julia Taylor Ross: @juliataylorross
Michelle Nolden: @noldenmichelle
Benjamin Ayres: @BenjaminAyres
K.C. Collins: @KCCollinsWorld
Stacey Farber: @StaceyFarber18
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 CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the three-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER – THE SERIES, dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, and the upcoming KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others.
About Entertainment One (eOne)
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne's original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels.
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 13 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.
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Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Sept. 22-Oct. 26, 2014, final data. CTV electronic audience databases incorporate data beginning in 1994. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.