Hard Rock Medical Season 2 premieres February 15 at 8 pm
TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - This winter, TVO's critically acclaimed medical series, Hard Rock Medical, returns for a second season. The first commissioned drama series for TVO, Hard Rock Medical, follows the lives of eight medical students as they adapt to practicing medicine and living in Northern Ontario; Season 2 dives deeper into the character development of the North, and demonstrates the challenging realities of providing medical care in remote rural communities. From providing aid to residents of a 'tent city', to a patient being struck by lightning, and a fishing trip ending with a fisherman caught on the line, the students at Hard Rock U become well-versed in the medical realities of the North.
Hard Rock Medical, loosely inspired by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), sees its ensemble cast return including Canadian talents, Patrick McKenna, Angela Asher, and Stéphane Paquette. This season, both students and teachers alike are pushed to their limits as they struggle to meet the medical and personal challenges life throws their way.
Dr. Healy's (McKenna) struggles with mental health issues, specifically addiction, lead him down a dark path, resulting in neglect and isolation; Nancy (Asher) is forced to confront a challenging relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband when she finally comes face-to-face with his new fiancée; and Charlie (Paquette) struggles to find financial support for school and family, with a fourth child on the way.
Hard Rock Medical Season 2 premieres on Sunday, February 15 at 8 pm in a 1-hour special broadcast with two back-to-back episodes. The remaining six 30-minute episodes air from Sunday, February 22 to Sunday, March 29 at 8 pm. Season 2 episodes will be available online at tvo.org/hardrockmed following the broadcast. Leading up to the premiere, viewers can catch up on Hard Rock Medical Season 1 Sundays at 8 pm and 8:30 pm on TVO beginning January 4 – with a special 3-episode broadcast, starting at 8 pm – and the remaining episodes airing until February 8, and available at tvo.org/hardrockmed.
"TVO is incredibly proud of the critical acclaim Hard Rock Medical received for its first season," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer, TVO. "Returning for a second season, Hard Rock Medical exemplifies TVO's commitment to telling uniquely Ontario stories, showcasing the culture and talent of the people in the North, while engaging audiences in the real life challenges of learning to practice medicine in Northern Ontario."
"We are grateful TVO was willing to take a chance with a character-driven drama like Hard Rock Medical," said Smith Corindia, co-creator, Hard Rock Medical.
"It allowed us to make a show that is unique and entertaining and the fact that it's generated a very loyal following is very gratifying," said Derek Diorio, co-creator, Hard Rock Medical.
Hard Rock Medical is a medical drama shot entirely in Northern Ontario and is a joint venture of Distinct Features Inc. and Carte Blanche Films Inc. Hard Rock Medical received funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to support the regional production of the series.
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