Clearly, we here at TV, Eh? were good boys and girls last year because Bell Media has given us one heck of a cool belated Christmas gift: an exclusive first-look at CTV’s newest original series, Transplant.
As previously announced, Transplant stars Hamza Haq, John Hannah, Laurence Laboeuf, Jim Watson and Ayisha Issa.
Hamza Haq as Bashir “Bash” Hamed
Laurence Leboeuf as Dr. Magalie “Mags” Leblanc, Ayisha Issa as Dr. June Curtis, and Torri Higginson as Claire Malone
Ayisha Issa as Dr. June Curtis
Jim Watson as Dr. Theo Hunter
Laurence Leboeuf as Dr. Magalie “Mags” Leblanc
John Hannah as Dr. Jed Bishop
Hamza Haq as Bashir “Bash” Hamed and John Hannah as Dr. Jed Bishop
Here is the official synopsis for Transplant direct from Bell Media:
Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq), a Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine, makes the difficult decision to flee his country with his younger sister Amira. With the hope of returning to his career in medicine, together Bash and Amira strive to build a new life in Canada while managing the struggles that come with a new country. With life experiences and a medical background unlike his Canadian counterparts, Bash works to navigate a new environment and forge new relationships after earning a coveted residency in the Emergency Department of one of the best hospitals in Toronto, York Memorial.
Transplant debuts this spring on CTV.
Images courtesy of Bell Media.
From a media release:
Canada’s leading television network CTV, together with NBCUniversal International Studios, today announced THE TRANSPLANT, a new, one-hour, primetime medical procedural slated for CTV’s 2019/20 broadcast season. Developed by CTV, the series is from award-winning Montréal-based producer Sphère Média Plus (19-2). NBCUniversal will have distribution rights outside of Canada. The announcement was made from the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) Prime Time conference in Ottawa.
When a truck plows into the busy street café where he works, Bash, a struggling Syrian refugee, draws on bold skills and warzone instincts from his former life as a doctor to save multiple people. Among these victims is the chief of the busiest trauma centre in Toronto and the one person who can give Bash the opportunity to return to a career in emergency medicine that he so deserves.
THE TRANSPLANT tells the story of this charismatic man with an elusive past as he joins a team of doctors, challenged to make a place for himself in a new hospital and country. The drama blends a modern immigrant tale with an ensemble medical procedural, offering audiences a fresh take on a beloved genre. The first cycle consists of 13 episodes, with production set to begin in Summer 2019.
The series is created and written by Joseph Kay (FRONTIER, LIVING IN YOUR CAR). Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschenes, Bruno Dube, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry, and Tara Woodbury of Sphère Média Plus, the producers behind Bell Media’s multiple award-winning drama 19-2.
There are three new faces in the Murdoch Mysteries writing room this season. Dan Trotta, Natalia Guled and Noelle Girard joined the long-running, high-rated CBC drama after Michelle Ricci and Carol Hay departed to create Frankie Drake Mysteries and the untimely passing of Jordan Christianson.
Tonight, Dan Trotta—who most recently wrote and produced on the Omni drama Blood and Water—gets the spotlight with “Dr. Osler Regrets,” directed by Alison Reid. Here’s the official synopsis from CBC:
A spate of murders staged as suicides leads Murdoch to suspect a sequential killer targeting the elderly.
And here are a few more tidbits we caught after watching a screener.
Louise Cherry returns
I’ve read the comments on the Murdoch Mysteries Facebook pages and fans are pretty clear in their feelings regarding Ms. Cherry: they don’t like her. It will be interesting to see what fans think of Ms. Cherry after this week’s instalment because she’s up to her old tricks again.
Kristopher Turner guest-stars
I’ve missed Kristopher Turner since This Life was cancelled—watch both excellent seasons via the CBC site—so it’s a treat to see him in Detective Murdoch’s world as Jack Borden. Also after appearing on Murdoch Mysteries once before as Dr. Lawrence Abbott in “Buffalo Shuffle,” Stewart Arnott re-appears in the role of Dr. William Osler. You can read up on Osler’s real-life achievements here; among his accolades, Osler was one of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. We get a nice little bit of backstory with regard to Julia’s education and how Osler factored into it.
Violet gets her hands dirty
It doesn’t take long for Violet to contribute to the team. Within minutes she’s up to her elbows in guts at the city morgue, helping Julia determine a cause of death in the episode’s first victim.
George reveals a timely hobby
Julia isn’t the only one we learn something about. After 11 seasons Crabtree unveils an interesting hobby.
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Images courtesy of CBC.
CTV’s Motive, Omni’s Blood and Water and CBC’s This Life are among the top vote-getters for the upcoming Leo Awards. The program salutes television and film projects filming in British Columbia.
Motive is up for several awards, including Best Program, Direction, Screenwriting for Dennis Heaton, Sarah Dodd and Julie Puckrin, and Lead Performance Female for star Kristin Lehman. Blood and Water is nominated for Supporting Performance Male for BC Lee and Supporting Performance Female for Elfina Luk. This Life gets the nod in Screenwriting for Rachel Langer and Supporting Performance Female for Lauren Lee Smith.
In the Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series, Letterkenny receives three nominations for Program and Performance, Kim’s Convenience for Screenwriting and Performance, Crash Gallery for Program and The Beaverton for Performance.
The winners will be announced during a three-day event and gala in Vancouver on May 27 and June 3 and 4.
The full list of nominees is available here.
The tears and laughter shared by the Lawson family is no more. This Life will not return for a third season on CBC.
“It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to our viewers, as #ThisLifeCBC will not be returning for a third season,” the drama’s Facebook page read on Tuesday afternoon. “Thank you for your loyalty, it has been an honour bringing you this show. May the Lawson family live on in your imaginations.”
“I was, of course, hoping to continue the story, but I’m grateful for the two great seasons, for the chance I’ve had to collaborate with a brilliant team of writers, for an amazing producer in Virginia Rankin and everyone at Sphere Media, and for an incredibly talented cast and crew,” Kay said in a statement to TV, Eh? “And thank you to our loyal audience who engaged so passionately with the show online.”
Adapted from Radio Canada’s Nouvelle Adresse by showrunner Joseph Kay, This Life starred Torri Higginson as Natalie Lawson, a single mom of three kids who is told her cancer has returned. Natalie struggles with the prognosis while dealing with the daily struggles of motherhood, a job and a family that doesn’t always get along. This Life also starred Rick Roberts, Lauren Lee Smith, Kristopher Turner, Janet-Laine Green, Peter MacNeill, Marianne Farley, Louis Ferreira, Julia Scarlett Dan, Stephanie Janusauskas and James Wotherspoon.
In a bitter twist, This Life is nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards: Best Dramatic Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Smith.