New Romances, New Complications, New Season: CTV’s Original Hit Drama SAVING HOPE Returns Thursdays at 9 p.m. Beginning January 2
- Season 2 guest stars include Tyler Hynes (WAREHOUSE 13), Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA), Peter Keleghan (MURDOCH MYSTERIES), Eric Johnson (CRIMINAL MINDS), and more; Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE) and Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER) direct episodes
- CTV to air SAVING HOPE Season 2 catch-up marathon Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 to help get viewers ready for the Season Premiere
- Digital companion series LAST CALL continues with three new episodes at CTV.ca/SavingHope and the CTV GO App, beginning Jan. 17
The New Year brings new hope as CTV’s original hit drama SAVING HOPE returns for an emotionally charged new season, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning with a two-part premiere airing Jan. 2, and continuing Jan. 9. Airing in the network’s prestigious GREY’S ANATOMY timeslot, SAVING HOPE returns with secrets and scandals taking hold at Hope Zion Hospital, with a shocking death and surprise pregnancy awaiting fans in the season premiere. SAVING HOPE is also available on demand following each broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO App.
It’s a tumultuous time for Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), as new romances and complications develop in the halls of Hope Zion. And does a major turn of events finally push Charlie to admit his biggest secret to Alex? It’s more sex, lies, ghosts, and surgery on an all-new season of SAVING HOPE.
To help viewers get ready for the season premiere of SAVING HOPE, CTV presents a Season 2 catch-up marathon throughout the holidays. Viewers can watch episodes of SAVING HOPE’s second season from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1 daily at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (note: Dec. 29 encore episode airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and Dec. 31 encore episode airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two). All nine previously aired Season 2 episodes are also available on demand at CTV.ca/Saving Hope and the CTV GO App. To add to the excitement, CTV gives fans of Erica Durance a bonus airing of the romantic made-for-TV comedy, I ME WED, starring Durance, on Friday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Viewers can continue to catch up on the doctors of Hope Zion Hospital in the exclusive, digital companion series LAST CALL, currently available on CTV.ca/SavingHopeLastCall and the CTV GO App. With three new episodes available this season, LAST CALL examines the more personal and less-explored stories of the doctors and nurses of Hope Zion, as they confess their problems and share secrets over drinks after their rounds. A new episode, titled “Bad Break” (Jan. 17), features Erica Durance and Wendy Crewson’s characters bonding over a game of pool, as the pair get in some girl talk to discuss their recent tough breaks.
A Top 15 program among total viewers and all key adult demos when Season 2 aired last summer, SAVING HOPE averaged an impressive 1.3 million viewers each week. The new season follows CTV’s recent order announcement for yet another all-new season, and comes in advance of start of production, set to begin in Spring 2014.
In the season premiere, “Wishbones” (Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV – check CTV.ca for local times), Alex’s (Durance) brother Luke Reid (guest star Tyler Hynes, WAREHOUSE 13) is admitted to Hope Zion Hospital in critical condition, forcing Joel (Gillies) and Charlie (Shanks) to work together on him, while keeping his admittance a secret from Alex. Meanwhile, Alex and Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross), with the help of handsome Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Kalfas (guest star Eric Johnson, CRIMINAL MINDS), must remove a tumour from a patient who is pregnant with twins, but encounter complications when they discover the tumour is uncomfortably close to the uterus. As the day goes on, the two of them discover there’s more to the OB/GYN than meets the eye. As unanticipated complications arise during Luke’s surgery, Charlie is forced to deal with Luke’s spirit, who’s less than easy to talk to – and whose presence brings all kinds of emotions to the surface. Is Charlie forced to admit his biggest secret to Alex?
Guest stars this season also include Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), David Richmond-Peck (ORPHAN BLACK), and more. As well, former guest stars Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA) and Peter Keleghan (MURDOCH MYSTERIES) return. Actors Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE) and Peter Stebbings (THE LISTENER) each direct episodes this season, alongside regular series director David Wellington.
SAVING HOPE stars 2013 Canadian Screen Award-nominee Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE), Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS), Daniel Gillies (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (REVENGE), Huse Madhavji (CALL ME FITZ), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), Kristopher Turner (THE LISTENER), Michelle Nolden (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Benjamin Ayres (LESS THAN KIND).
SAVING HOPE is produced by Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films) with Entertainment One Television (eOne), in association with CTV. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington for ICF Films, John Morayniss (HELL ON WHEELS, KLONDIKE, HAVEN) for eOne, and Lesley Harrison. Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE) and Adam Pettle (ROOKIE BLUE) are Executive Producers and Showrunners. The series was created by Malcolm MacRury (CRASH AND BURN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) and Morwyn Brebner. David Wellington won a Directors Guild of Canada award for direction of the pilot. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks; Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.
Thanks to all the winners, bidders, donors, and those who helped spread the word about the TV, eh? auction in support of Kids Help Phone. It was a much smaller auction than last time but we still raised $1770 for the charity.
But some of the reasons I took so long to mount the auction and why I wanted to keep it small are the same reasons I’ve decided to put TV, eh? on hiatus. There’s nothing wrong, just shifting priorities and wanting to move on from this commitment. I’ll continue to write about television and other topics on other sites as it moves me, and cheerlead Canadian TV from further on the sidelines. I won’t pull the site down — it will remain up as a resource and on the off-chance I or someone else decides to revive it in the future.
I’ll wrap things up by the end of the year, do a couple more podcasts with my fabulous co-host Anthony Marco, and then move on to other web adventures. It’s been a wonderful ride, these past seven years. I’m grateful to everyone for the support and will always feel like I was part of a great community of people — and hope to remain so to a lesser degree. But it’s time to retire at least for the foreseeable future from running the site.
Thanks again to everyone for the support.
From a media release:
Working The Engels Reunites SCTV Alumni Martin Short And Eugene Levy With Andrea Martin
- Jason Priestley Directs And Scott Thompson Makes Guest Appearance
Halfire-CORE Entertainment, Shaw Media, and NBC announced today that Emmy® winners and SCTV alumni Martin Short and Eugene Levy are set to guest star with Andrea Martin in Working The Engels, a new half-hour original comedy series. Emmy Award®-winner Scott Thompson (The Kids In The Hall) also guest stars while Golden Globe® and Gemini Award-nominee Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210) directs four episodes. Short, Levy, Levy’s daughter Sarah Levy (Larry Crowne), and Thompson join series regulars Andrea Martin, Kacey Rohl, Azura Skye, and Benjamin Arthur. Produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment in partnership with Shaw Media and NBC, the 12-episode series is currently shooting in Toronto.
The series, created and written by Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, Material World), centres on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna (Rohl) is the only one who is qualified to practice law.
Martin Short (SCTV, Saturday Night Live, Damages, Arrested Development), Eugene Levy (SCTV, American Pie, Best In Show), and Andrea Martin worked together in the legendary Toronto production of Godspell before later joining SCTV (taped in Global TV’s studios) as performers and writers, winning multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, and cementing their legacies within the canon of television and film comedy.
Chuck Pastry, played by Martin Short, is the head of Big Pastry, a huge corporation that makes everybody’s favourite baked goods. But Ceil knows him better as her former lover and the baker from their hippie commune in the ’70s. Now Chuck Pastry is embroiled in a lawsuit with Jenna’s client over ownership of the delectable Double Muffin Tops recipe.
Eugene Levy plays Arthur Horowitz, a family-oriented, well-connected and much-loved lawyer who is also a neighbour of the Engels. He values family, honesty, hard work – and the forbidden beauty of Ceil Engel – above all else. He is about to retire and hopes to pass on some of his lucrative clients to the very green but keen Jenna Engel.
Irene Horowitz, played by Sarah Levy, is the only child of prominent lawyer Arthur Horowitz. She may seem like a good Jewish girl, but underneath is a wild, bad girl in training – seeking experience, danger, and the arms of her hot neighbour, Jimmy Engel.
Scott Thompson plays Harry Le Maire, a clothing line owner and Jenna’s posh new client. Harry turns out to be a total jerk, but Jenna must try to impress him in order to keep his much needed business.
Working the Engels is produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment with Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall, and Noreen Halpern serving as Executive Producers.
From a media release:
SAVING HOPE (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Jan. 2 on CTV and CTV GO):
CTV’s original hit drama SAVING HOPE returns for an emotionally charged new season. Airing in the network’s prestigious GREY’S ANATOMY timeslot, SAVING HOPE returns with a two-part, two week premiere event. With a shocking death and surprise pregnancy revealed in the season premiere, secrets and scandals begin to take hold of Hope Zion Hospital. It’s a tumultuous time for Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), as new romances and complications emerge unleashing a rollercoaster of emotions in the halls of Hope Zion. And will a major turn of events finally push Charlie to admit his biggest secret to Alex? It’s more sex, lies, ghosts, and surgery on an all new season of SAVING HOPE.
MASTERCHEF CANADA (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning Jan. 20 on CTV and CTV GO):
The cooking competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA debuts in January, providing an opportunity for Canadian amateur chefs to develop their culinary skills as they compete for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title. In keeping with the MASTERCHEF format, the contestants will face individual and team-based cooking challenges, which result in one or more home cooks being eliminated each week, until finally Canada’s first MASTERCHEF is crowned. The trio of elite Canadians selected to judge the series includes debonair and renowned restaurateur Michael Bonacini, self-proclaimed ‘Demon Chef’ and international culinary superstar Alvin Leung, and charming creative force Claudio Aprile.
22 Minutes, CBC – Holiday Special
Tune in for the funniest Holiday Special of the season: the 22 Minutes annual hour-long special. Premier Alison Redford reads ‘Twas the Night Before Alberta Christmas’, Allan Hawco and friends with a Republic of Doyle HolidaySpecial, Shaun Majumder takes the ancient tradition of Mummering to Fort McMurray, Tom Harrington of Marketplace with a Holiday Expose, and Mark Critch tries out at a professional Santa School. Plus there are new song parodies and seasonal greetings from across Canada!