NBC will be the U.S. broadcaster for the new one-hour original medical drama series from Canada called Saving Hope that received a 12-episode order in addition to the pilot shot last summer for the Canadian channel CTV.
The show will focus on charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks from ‘Stargate: SG-1′ fame) who works at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital; but when Charlie ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance from ‘Smallville’ fame), in a state of shock. Alex races to save Charlie’s life with the help of newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies from ‘The Vampire Diaries’). As the action unfolds, comatose Charlie explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Meanwhile, Alex, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.
‘Saving Hope’ is produced by acclaimed Gemini (Canada’s version of the Emmys) award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington with Morwyn Brebner (‘Rookie Blue’) and Aaron Martin (‘Being Erica’) acting as Executive Producers. Brebner and Malcolm MacRury (‘Republic of Doyle’) created ‘Saving Hope’.