CTV Orders Two Original Pilots and New Original One-Hour Drama Series

CTV Orders Two, New One-Hour Original Pilots SAVING HOPE and STAY WITH ME
MuchMusic and CTV Order New One-Hour Drama Series HIGHLAND GARDENS

- From Suzette Couture and Pierre Sarrazin, legal drama STAY WITH ME follows an at-home mother turned lawyer -

- From Ilana Frank, SAVING HOPE, a medical drama about the emotional minefield of a big city hospital -

- From Epitome Pictures, drama HIGHLAND GARDENS follows aspiring Canadian hopefuls trying to make it in Hollywood -

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TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - CTV announced today that it has ordered two, new one-hour original drama pilots for the network. Additionally, MuchMusic and CTV also announced today that they have ordered a new one-hour original drama series.

From the acclaimed Gemini award-winning producer Ilana Frank (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, Of Murder and Memory, ROOKIE BLUE) comes the pilot SAVING HOPE, a sexy, fast-paced drama set in a Toronto hospital that follows the lives of its doctors and staff and the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in the struggle to save lives. The second pilot, from the celebrated Gemini award-winning producing team Suzette Couture and Pierre Sarrazin from Sarrazin Couture Entertainment (The Man Who Lost Himself) is a new legal procedural. STAY WITH ME follows an at-home mother turned lawyer, who uses her wit and maternal intuition to find justice for her clients while navigating the shark infested waters of the law and trying to raise two daughters. The pilots begin production in Spring, 2011.

For MuchMusic and CTV and from the internationally acclaimed and Gemini Award-winning Epitome Pictures producing team of Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn (DEGRASSI) comes the six-episode one-hour drama HIGHLAND GARDENS (working title). Executive Produced and written by Martin Gero (Bored to Death, Young People F*cking), HIGHLAND GARDENS follows the ins and outs of an apartment-style motel in LA which draws aspiring Canadian hopefuls looking for a place to rest their heads while they chase their Hollywood dreams. Production is scheduled to begin in Summer 2011.

"The production orders reinforces CTV's priority in delivering critically acclaimed original programming with compelling storytelling to a wide Canadian audience," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "We look forward to working with the talented writers and producers behind these exciting new projects."

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For further information: For further information:

Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca
Jim Quan, CTV Inc., 416.384.5311 or jim.quan@ctv.ca

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