From a media release:
CTV announced today, in association with Ilana Frankâ€™s ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne), that production is underway on Season 5 of original dramaÂ 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.Â SAVING HOPEâ€™s fifth season is set to air as part of CTVâ€™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 ofÂ SAVING HOPEÂ are streaming now onÂ CraveTVâ„¢.
The most-watched Canadian drama series among the key demos this broadcast year to date, Season 4 ofÂ SAVING HOPEÂ averaged 1.3 million viewers on CTV. A Top 30 program among the key A18-34 demo,Â SAVING HOPEÂ saw a 17% increase in the demo, as well as a 67% increase in F18-34 over Season 3.
SAVING HOPEâ€™s emotional andÂ 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 Charlieâ€™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 ofSAVING HOPEÂ 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.
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).
SAVING HOPEÂ starsÂ Canadian Screen Award nomineeÂ Erica DuranceÂ (SMALLVILLE) as Dr. Alex Reid;Â Michael ShanksÂ (STARGATE SG-1) as Dr. Charlie Harris; Canadian Screen Award-winner and 2016 Earle Grey Award recipientÂ Wendy CrewsonÂ (Room) as Dr. Dana Kinney;Â Benjamin Ayres(BITTEN) as Dr. Zach Miller; Canadian Screen Award nomineeÂ Julia Taylor RossÂ (GOTHAM) as Dr. Maggie Lin; Canadian Screen Award-winnerÂ Michelle NoldenÂ (Prisoner X) as Dr. Dawn Bell;Â Huse MadhavjiÂ (CALL ME FITZ) as Dr. Shahir Hamza;Â Kim ShawÂ (THE GOOD WIFE) as Dr. Cassie Williams, andÂ Dejan LoyolaÂ (THE 100) as Dr. Dev Sekara.