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CTV sets Saving Hope Season 4 return

From a media release:

– CTV’s hit original drama SAVING HOPE returns for Season 4 –

Heading into another can’t-miss season of appointment television, CTV confirmed today its fall premiere dates for CTV and CTV Two. After a hit 2014/2015 season, which saw six of the Top 6 new series on CTV, four new, powerful dramas arrive in primetime to continue to strengthen CTV’s #1 schedule. The big-buzz series coming to CTV this fall: action-packed mystery-thriller BLINDSPOT, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 21; explosive strike-it-rich family drama BLOOD & OIL and the not-to-be-missed time-shifting conspiracy drama QUANTICO, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively beginning Sept. 27; and adrenaline-driven hospital drama CODE BLACK, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 30.

As hot new series get ready to enter the schedule, fall also sees the return of last season’s top new series. It’s no joke that GOTHAM will see the addition of some new villains when it returns Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 21, and it’s back to class with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24. On Tuesday, Oct. 6 Canada’s #1 new series of 2014/2015, THE FLASH returns at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by CSI: CYBER at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

September also ushers in a steady stream of returning fan favourite and Top 20 hits including THE BIG BANG THEORY and CASTLE (Sept. 21), GREY’S ANATOMY (Sept. 24), ONCE UPON A TIME (Sept. 27), MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept. 29),CRIMINAL MINDS (Sept. 30), and ARROW (Oct. 7). Following an emotional and unforgettable Season 3 finale, CTV’s hit original drama SAVING HOPE returns for Season 4 following GREY’S ANATOMY, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 24.

New series also add to the strength of the CTV Two fall lineup, with the live, anything-can-happen variety series BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. The series is set to premiere on CTV Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will later move to CTV Two to anchor its Tuesday night lineup. Also joining CTV Two is Season 3 of mystery-thrillerSLEEPY HOLLOW, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Oct. 1.

Comments and queries for the week of June 12

When does Season 4 of Saving Hope start? —Terri

Production on Season 4 of Saving Hope began June 1 in and around Toronto and continues until December. The season is comprised of 18 episodes with Kim Shaw and Max Bennett joining the cast. Rookie Blue star Travis Milne will pop in for a four-episode arc.

Now to answer your question: CTV announced last week that Saving Hope returns to Thursdays this fall, but an actual date has not been revealed. Here’s a teaser on what to expect when Season 4 does return:

“Season 4 picks up nine months after the devastating accident, as the Hope Zion staff continue to deal with the aftermath of the death of their colleague and friend, Dr. Joel Goran. Alex is back at work following maternity leave, trying to balance motherhood and a busy O.R. Meanwhile, Dr. Charlie Harris continues to be haunted by his ghost-seeing abilities and the looming question of whether or not he is Baby Luke’s biological father.”

Martin Sheen to star in new Anne of Green Gables TV-movie

This series should have been left alone and the movies could have expanded on Anne’s later life. It’s too early to do remakes of this movie when it has already been done and was done very well. There’s no reason why kids of today cannot enjoy what was already made. —Mel

Review: Orphan Black – The Six

You’ve mentioned Cosima dying a couple of times now. The Internet also seems awash with speculation that Delphine is a goner. (Nooooo!) However, I have a theory I thought I’d toss out here just on the off chance it’s correct: why not kill Alison?

My reason for considering it is that OB needs to up the stakes with the death of a core clone. Sarah can’t go, obvs, and Cosima is such a fan favourite (and a lesbian—there’s a sad history of killing lesbians on TV) that it seems OB would risk a ratings tank it can’t afford with her death. Also, who could step into her needed science role? Delphine and Scott could sadly carry on without her, but there is no clone available to take her place in both function and tone.

But with Alison, there is now Krystal. Assuming she can be saved, exploring Krystal’s world instead of Alison’s would offer the same light-hearted tone but perhaps in a lower-key Kimmy Schmidt-way rather than the Desperate Housewives/Weeds-way Alison’s world employs.

And Alison has been delving into some deep doo-doo (I feel she would use that word) with murders and drugs for three seasons now, and it’s all been played for laughs. I think she has some reality coming her way and most would never see it coming.

As for Kristian Bruun, let him stretch and get out of the constant comedy mode and play the shocked and grieving husband. He can have comedy again later (platonically with Helena or Krystal or whomever).

Anyway, I’m sure I’m wrong, but killing Cosima seems too obvious and too difficult to recover from. Plus, like I said, there’s no clone replacement standing by for her. So maybe she’s a great big red herring (complete with red coat). Alison has gotten away with a lot and lived in her own world, which more and more seems to have no connection to the central plot. Killing her would finally make her relevant and shake everyone up for S4 and S5, which is supposedly the last season.

Go ahead, tell me I’m crazy! LOL :)—Ellie


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CTV’s unwavering support for Saving Hope, Spun Out’s future still uncertain

CTV is happy with Saving Hope. So much so when executives from Bell Media jetted to Los Angeles to purchase American acquisitions, the one untouchable timeslot was Thursdays at 9 p.m.

“We wanted to plant a flag that on the biggest night of the week in the home run timeslot of that night, Saving Hope is not only our choice but is going to compete for the No. 1 spot every week,” says Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of programming for CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We think this is a great opportunity for Saving Hope.” The broadcast veteran notes there a big stories headed viewers’ way in Season 4, which began production on 18 episodes in and around Toronto.

Appearing in recurring roles are Kim Shaw (The Good Wife) as Dr. Cassie Williams, a book smart intern learning how to practice medicine, not just read about it; and Max Bennett (Anna Karenina) as Dr. Patrick Curtis, a surgical fellow who has been filling in during Alex’s mat leave. Travis Milne (Rookie Blue) appears in a four-episode arc. Repeats of Hope will air Saturdays at 10 p.m. on CTV.

CTV and CTV Two’s 2015-16 broadcast schedules were announced Thursday morning in Toronto, with the Erica Durance/Michael Shanks drama, newsmagazine W5, culinary competition MasterChef Canada and crime drama Motive all being part of the mix. Those last two join CTV’s midseason schedule.

Saturdays on CTV Two, meanwhile, boast old instalments of The Listener, Flashpoint and Motive, a move Cosentino says offers new viewers a chance to catch up on the crime trio.

One series absent from either schedule was the second season of Dave Foley’s sitcom, Spun Out. Plans to launch the laffer this past March after a high-profile return following the Super Bowl was scuttled when co-star J.P. Manoux was charged with voyeurism following an incident in the Toronto condo he rented during filming. The series remains in programming purgatory until the case is sorted out.

“We said it then and we’re still in the same place,” Cosentino says. “We’re holding off on our decision until we can get more information. As to whether it will make air or not is to be continued at the moment.”

Saving Hope returns to CTV this fall

This morning, CTV was the last of the major Canadian networks to announce a 2015/16 schedule after the annual Hollywood buying spree.

CBC this fall has a predominantly Canadian lineup with some UK and Australian acquisitions, City has more Sunnyside plus CBC’s Mr. D crossing networks, and Global has … nothing. While  boasting “17 hours of simulcast, more than any other Canadian network,” CTV has made room in their fall schedule for a new season of Saving Hope in a plum Thursday 9 pm timeslot, as well as their Saturday stalwart newsmagazine W5 celebrating 50 years on air.

Continuing Canadian daytime shows include The Marilyn Denis Show and The Social, and CTV will host The 2016 Juno Awards as well.

MasterChef Canada and Motive will return midseason in 2016, making CTV the home to the most Cancon of the major private networks this coming year (thanks at least in part to their required benefits spending after the Astral acquisition).

Saturday on baby sister network CTV TWO is repurposed Cancon night, with reruns of The Listener, Flashpoint, Motive and W5.

Look for the full 2015/16 schedule announcement here.