Links: Transplant, Season 1

From The Suburban:

Link: Laurence Leboeuf from CTV’s Transplant talks about new medical drama premiering February 26th
“She knows everything, talks fast, she’s by-the-book, and she’s someone who cares a lot… maybe too much. She puts everything into her work, which is one of her faults: she puts too much emotion into it.” Continue reading.

From Melissa Hank of Postmedia:

Link: Transplant star Hamza Haq celebrates 20 years in Canada as new show debuts
I think the goal of the show was to go for the feeling of what it’s really like to be a refugee, not a sensationalization. Some of these stories are taken directly from our consultants, many of who are Syrian refugees. But it’s safe to say that Transplant tells the story of one specific refugee. This is Bash’s story.” Continue reading.

From Aparita Bhandari of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Canadian actor Hamza Haq, star of CTV’s Transplant, on his immigrant parents, studying neuroscience and playing a doctor on TV
From an extra who blends into the background to the lead character in the new CTV medical drama Transplant, Hamza Haq has slowly and steadily worked his way up in an industry known for its fickleness. Continue reading.

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Transplant is a medical drama with its own energy and voice
Transplant is far more ambitious and on the evidence of early episodes sometimes reaches what it aims for. Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Transplant stars on why the new medical drama feels so real
“So much of this is just a personal show. Every director that came in gave us their all. Every actor gave it their all. It’s such a phenomenal cast.” Continue reading. 

From Bill Brioux of

Link: Haq and Higgins breathe life into CTV’s terrific Transplant
The character lifts this show beyond the usual miracle-of-the-week medical rut and into a dialogue on the changing face of Canadian society. This is a series as much about refugees and immigration as it is about universal health care and waiting rooms. Continue reading.

From Charles Trapunski of Brief Take:

Link: Interview: Transplant’s John Hannah
“I thought it was really interesting for the time and it was interesting that it was the Canadians that were ahead of the curve on dealing with immigration in a positive story arc, rather than necessarily seeing it as something unfortunately in which a lot of the world has lurched a bit further to the right, it was a very positive story and I think that we’re in a time in which we really need to focus on that.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Transplant stars on the gift of second chances
“A lot of times, in these stories of displacement, people spend a lot of time readjusting and acclimate to a life they aren’t used to.” Continue reading.


2 thoughts on “Links: Transplant, Season 1”

  1. Hmmm.
    I do enjoy this new tv series, but I cannot stop being really mad at the way the whole story is presented.
    It is a blatant lie, and I wonder how do real immigrant doctors view it.
    It is next to impossible to get a DOCTOR’s job (even a nurse job) in any Canadian (or anywhere else in the world) hospital or care-provider institution if you do not have the credentials for it. Not to mention that regardless the genius of a department head, there is no way that he could hire somebody without the HR approuval.
    And, without the official acceptance of that person in the professional guilds, the hospital is open to litigation, and to JAIL time for the one hiring and for the one working as.
    Yes, war zones doctors have a different approach than peace time doctors, and they might look more “trigger happy” with the treatments. But no intern will jump the queue to do a procedure over an attending doctor (that is if he still wants to work there).
    There are many falsities in the interaction, but I hope that the writers will “calm down” and turn down a little the “know-it-all-because-I know-everything”.
    Also curious if he’s going to get the “papers”.
    As if ONLY the papers ae enough.
    But hey, this is Canada, and we are good at selling untruths. Or half-truths.

  2. The hospital isn’t real. The doctors and nurses aren’t real. The story line is fiction. The show is entertainment and is not the government. So Canada and our policies do not really have much to do with the show, other than it is set in a hospital in Toronto. Every fiction drama TV program does not always need to be an opportunity for learning or teaching moments. Some shows only purpose is to be entertainment and not necessarily a comment on social issues. As with most dramas, CTV’s Transplant has taken liberties to move the show along and to keep it interesting to the viewer.
    Granted the plot of the first two shows would never happen in real life. Ninety Nine percent of dramas on TV would not happen the way they are portrayed. Transplant is no different. It’s just a TV show, and should not be judged any different than any other drama on television.

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