– SAVING HOPE returns to CTV's hit Thursday night lineup along with fan favourite GREY'S ANATOMY and last season's breakout hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER –
– Season 4 sees stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks joined by new cast members Peter Mooney (ROOKIE BLUE), Dejan Loyola (THE TOMORROW PEOPLE), and Parveen Kaur (THE STRAIN), as well as previously announced Kim Shaw (THE GOOD WIFE) and Max Bennett (Anna Karenina) –
– SAVING HOPE ended its third season in February as the #1 Canadian drama series in the key adult demos –
– CTV.ca is the home for exclusive video features that will include trivia with the cast, interviews with new and returning cast members, and a look inside Hope Zion Hospital's O.R. –
– Season 4 episodes of SAVING HOPE will be available the day before their broadcast premieres on CraveTVTM, with the first three seasons streaming now –
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TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Following last season's shocking finale, it's a time of new beginnings for the doctors at Hope Zion Hospital. CTV's original series SAVING HOPE returns for its fourth season as part of the network's hit Thursday night lineup, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24 on CTV and CTV GO. Paired with a new season of fan favourite GREY'S ANATOMY (8 p.m. ET/PT), and Canada's #3 new series last fall HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10 p.m. ET/PT), SAVING HOPE's fourth season picks up 11 months after the third season finale which saw life and death collide when Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) became a new mom, while a devastating accident at an army base led to the death of Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies). Currently filming in Toronto until December 2015, Season 4 episodes of the 2015 Golden Screen Award Nominee SAVING HOPE will continue to receive a Canadian First Look on CraveTV, available to viewers the day before their broadcast premieres, with the first three seasons streaming now.
"It's been an emotional ride for fans of SAVING HOPE, and the highly anticipated fourth season will provide even more drama as we introduce some new faces," said Mike Cosentino, Head, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. "SAVING HOPE is simultaneously the perfect lead out from GREY'S ANATOMY and the perfect set up program to HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, making for an unstoppable Thursday night of programming for CTV. And with the series streaming on CTV.ca and CTV GO as well as available one day earlier on CraveTV, fans on any timeline can make sure to catch this truly Canadian hit."
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As the Hope Zion Hospital staff continue to deal with the aftermath of the death of their colleague and friend, Alex is back at work following her maternity leave as she works to balance motherhood and a busy OR, while Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) continues to be haunted by his ghost-seeing abilities and the question of whether or not he is baby Luke's biological father. Dr. Zach Miller (Benjamin Ayres) is still struggling to cope with the traumatic death of his close friend, and Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) ponders where she stands in the new landscape of Hope Zion Hospital. Chief of Surgery Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden) struggles to keep a lid on the hospital, Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) develops a surprising new partnership, and Dr. Dana Kinney (Wendy Crewson) discovers a higher calling in a traumatizing case that hits a little too close to home. This season sets the stage for a journey into an ever-evolving Hope Zion Hospital that will continue to challenge its doctors, and in some cases, shake their foundations down to their core.
Joining the cast this season in recurring roles are three new Junior Residents including the eager to please Dr. Cassie Williams (Kim Shaw, THE GOOD WIFE), class clown Dr. Dev Sekara (Dejan Loyola, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE), and the competitive Dr. Asha Mirani (Parveen Kaur, THE STRAIN). The team also has to adjust to the arrival of two new General Surgeons, Dr. Patrick Curtis (Max Bennett, Anna Karenina) and Dr. Jeremy Bishop (Peter Mooney, ROOKIE BLUE), an old friend of Charlie's. Travis Milne (ROOKIE BLUE) will also appear in a four-episode arc, and guest stars this season include Tara Spencer-Nairn (CORNER GAS) and Charlotte Sullivan (ROOKIE BLUE).
SAVING HOPE ranked in the Top 30 of Canada's most-watched programs in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos last fall, and ended its third season in February as the #1 Canadian drama series in the key adult demos, with 1.7 million total viewers watching the shocking Season 3 finale.
In the first episode of Season 4 entitled "Sympathy for the Devil" (Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) returns to work, arriving at Hope Zion Hospital with a car crash victim she encountered en route, and she's forced to play nice with new General Surgeon on call, Dr. Patrick Curtis (Max Bennett, Anna Karenina). The day gets even more chaotic when Alex is called away to treat Ted Crenshaw (Travis Milne, ROOKIE BLUE), a convicted murderer brought in for emergency treatment. Meanwhile, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) begins to confront his feelings about the paternity of Alex's child, all while juggling an insistent Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) who is looking for backup on his proposal for a new Alzheimer's study. In the ER, Dr. Zach Miller's (Benjamin Ayres) patient is admitted with symptoms mirroring those of Ebola – putting himself and Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.
CTV.ca – the source for SAVING HOPE content viewers can't find anywhere else – will roll out a series of exclusive video features throughout the season providing fans with fun moments with the cast and a behind-the-scenes look at the show. From trivia with the cast to see how much they really know about each other and interviews with the new cast members, to the writing team, the medical consultants, and a look at the spirit world of SAVING HOPE, CTV.ca has viewers covered. The features will also include an in-depth interview with series star Erica Durance about what it's like to portray Dr. Alex Reid, and a look inside Hope Zion Hospital's O.R. CTV.ca will also feature sneak peek clips weekly, and new episodes of SAVING HOPE will also be available on demand at CTV.ca and on CTV GO following their broadcast premieres.
SAVING HOPE stars 2013 Canadian Screen Award nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE SG-1), 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Michelle Nolden (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), Benjamin Ayres (LESS THAN KIND), Julia Taylor Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ), Peter Mooney (ROOKIE BLUE), Kim Shaw (THE GOOD WIFE), Dejan Loyola (THE TOMORROW PEOPLE), and Parveen Kaur (THE STRAIN). Max Bennett (Anna Karenina) and Travis Milne (ROOKIE BLUE) appear in four-episode arcs. Directors this season include Jason Priestley (CALL ME FITZ), series star Michael Shanks, Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER), David Wellington (ROOKIE BLUE), John Fawcett (Space's ORPHAN BLACK), James Genn (CALL ME FITZ), Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE), and Steve DiMarco (LOST GIRL).
SAVING HOPE is produced by ICF Films with Entertainment One (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 and John Morayniss and co-executive produced by Linda Pope, Trish Williams, Noelle Carbone, and Patrick Tarr. Adam Pettle is Executive Producer and Showrunner. All distribution rights are handled by eOne. For Bell Media, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy is Production Executive, Drama, Independent Production; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Head, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV; Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
SAVING HOPE: @SavingHopeTV
Erica Durance: @ED_DURANCE
Michael Shanks: @MichaelShanks
Huse Madhavji: @HuseM
Michelle Nolden: @noldenmichelle
Julia Taylor Ross: @juliataylorross
Benjamin Ayres: @BenjaminAyres
Peter Mooney: @Peter_Mooney_
Kim Shaw: @ItsMeKimShaw
Dejan Loyola: @dejanloyola
Parveen Kaur: @Misspkc
Travis Milne: @TravisMilne
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Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Fall 2014 (Sept. 22-Dec. 14, 2014), Broadcast Season 2014-15 (Sept. 22, 2014 – May 24, 2015).
For further information: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or [email protected]; Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or [email protected]