From Melissa of The Televixen:
A Conversation with Saving Hope Star Erica Durance
Season 3 of Saving Hope premieres tonight on CTV, and I had a chance to speak with star Erica Durance last week in Toronto about what’s coming in Season 3 following that cliffhanger of a Season 2 finale. Read our full interview below, and tune in to CTV tonight at 9pm ET for the first hour of their two-part season premiere. Continue reading.
From Eleni Armenakis of TV Junkies:
Change coming to Saving Hope
Saving Hope ended on quite the Season 2 cliffhanger with Alex’s life in danger in the OR after she’d been stabbed in the heart by a patient. And, for the first time, she had proof Charlie (Michael Shanks) could actually see the hospitals ghosts—a shocking, if welcome, conclusion to the problems between the two that had been building up ever since Charlie made the decision to tell Alex the truth about his abilities. But since the screen faded to black almost immediately after, viewers have been left wondering all summer about what that means for Hope Zion’s lead doctor. Continue reading.
The Canadian television industry has cornered the market on police procedurals, a format palatable to the international marketplace and audiences at home. After the successes of Flashpoint, Rookie Blue and a number of imitators (“with a twist!”) of varying levels of success, the thoughts of the industry turned to that other staple of case-of-the-week TV: the medical drama.
Combat Hospital got stellar ratings on Global and a cancellation when ABC withdrew after the first season. They’re trying again with Remedy, which hasn’t landed quite as solidly in the ratings but is in production for a second season.
It’s Saving Hope that’s our medical success story: it’s held on to million-and-a-half-ish ratings for CTV — and its life — despite NBC pulling out early on due to low ratings Stateside (it has a new American home on ION now).
The initial twist — Dr. Alex Reid’s fiance is in a coma and appears as a spirit — sounded familiar to those who’d seen CBS’s A Gifted Man, but it has outlived that show by a couple of seasons now, reinventing itself somewhat each time but retaining its relationship-drama-in-a-hospital core with an appealing lead in Erica Durance, supported by an ensemble that this season adds Danso Gordon, Mac Fyfe and Stacey Farber.
Season three tonight starts where season two left off, with Dr. Reid’s colleagues trying to save her life after she was stabbed in the heart (literally this time). There’s a oddly mellow pace to the life-saving attempts as it intercuts with her own spirit-world journey at the beginning of a two-night premiere week, but fans are likely to find the two-parter a satisfyingly novel exploration of its characters without straying from the familiar patterns of the series.
CTV has wisely given the first six episodes a cushy regular timeslot on Thursday nights following Grey’s Anatomy, which has dabbled in its own relationship dramas and not-quite-alive spirit characters.
Saving Hope doesn’t break new ground but it walks its familiar medical soap (with a twist) ground with confidence. Watch tonight and Thursday on CTV, followed by four more fall episodes on Thursdays.
Saving Hope, CTV – “Heaven Can Wait”
In Part 1 of the special two-night Season 3 premiere event (Monday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), after being stabbed in the heart in the Season 2 finale, Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) has a profound experience in the liminal space, while a desperate Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and his ex – Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden) race against the clock to save her life. Meanwhile, Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies) is pulled in to the ER to treat a suicidal patient that tests his duty as a doctor, and Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) makes a bold decision that changes her relationship with Gavin Murphy (Kristopher Turner).