‒ Eighteen new episodes from ICF Films and Entertainment One are shooting on location in Toronto, upping total episode count to 85 since its debut in June 2012 ‒
‒ Jarod Joseph (THE 100, MISTRESSES) joins the cast for Season 5 ‒
‒ Erica Durance returns to lead an ensemble cast including Michael Shanks, Wendy Crewson, Michelle Nolden, Benjamin Ayres, Julia Taylor Ross, Huse Madhavji, Kim Shaw, and Dejan Loyola ‒
‒ Series stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks set to direct episodes again this season ‒
‒ Previous seasons of SAVING HOPE are streaming now on CraveTV™ ‒
TORONTO, April 18, 2016 /CNW/ – CTV announced today, in association with Ilana Frank’s ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne), that production is underway on Season 5 of original drama SAVING HOPE. Eighteen episodes will shoot on location in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area until November 2016, bringing the hit series to 85 episodes in total since its 2012 debut. SAVING HOPE’s fifth season is set to air as part of CTV’s 2016/17 broadcast season, and stars Erica Durance as Dr. Alex Reid. A Best Dramatic Series nominee and finalist for the Golden Screen Award for most-watched Canadian drama at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, all past seasons of SAVING HOPE are streaming now on CraveTV™.
The most-watched Canadian drama series among the key demos this broadcast year to date, Season 4 of SAVING HOPE averaged 1.3 million viewers on CTV. A Top 30 program among the key A18-34 demo, SAVING HOPE saw a 17% increase in the demo, as well as a 67% increase in F18-34 over Season 3.
SAVING HOPE’s emotional and gripping special two-hour Season 4 finale saw Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) undergo brain surgery to remove an aggressive tumour, which could also affect his ghost-seeing abilities. Following Charlie’s surgery and a successful recovery, the finale culminated with a vengeful Tom Crenshaw (Travis Milne, ROOKIE BLUE) showing up at the Hope Zion Hospital Fellowship Awards and firing a shot at Alex and Charlie.
Picking up in the aftermath of the heart-stopping finale which ended in a cliffhanger, Season 5 of SAVING HOPE returns with the Hope Zion staff thrust into turmoil. Following her promise to stay away from Charlie if he survived his surgery, Alex faces a big decision while her fellow doctors deal with new challenges as changes come to Hope Zion that will not only affect the livelihood of the hospital, but also its doctors and everything they hold dear.
“With fans still reeling from last season’s finale, we’re looking forward to heading back to Hope Zion Hospital and delivering another season of this addictive drama to our viewers,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “Audiences have embraced this series and its exceptional ensemble cast for the past four seasons and with our production partners ICF Films and eOne again at the helm, this is sure to be another outstanding season.”
Joining the cast for Season 5 in a recurring role is Calgary-born actor Jarod Joseph (THE 100, MISTRESSES). The young, charming, and philosophical radiologist Dr. Emanuel Palmer brings a laissez-faire attitude to Hope Zion, as well as a propensity for challenging his medical colleagues with his unique insights. Directing this season are series stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks, as well as David Wellington (BITTEN), Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER), Kelly Makin (VIKINGS), Gregory Smith (ARROW), Steve DiMarco (ROOKIE BLUE), and James Genn (CALL ME FITZ).