It’s now official – CTV has confirmed the previously reported Season 5 renewal of Saving Hope. Press release follows:
CTV orders fifth season of hit original drama ‘Saving Hope’
CTV confirmed today that is has ordered 18 new episodes for a fifth season of hit original series “Saving Hope” (@SavingHopeTV), from Ilana Frank’s ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne) for CTV’s 2016/17 broadcast season. The most-watched Canadian drama this fall will begin production in Spring 2016 in Toronto and will see the return of series leads Erica Durance as Dr. Alex Reid and Michael Shanks as Dr. Charlie Harris. The Season 5 order comes as Season 4 episodes are set to return in a new Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot beginning Jan. 7 on CTV and the CTV GO app. The season will conclude with a special two-hour finale event on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and the emotional and dramatic two-hours will culminate in a shocking moment viewers won’t want to miss.
“’Saving Hope’ continues to be a fan favourite and strong performer as an anchor of our hit Thursday night lineup and we have no doubt its strength will continue as the series heads into Season 5,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We look forward to another season of this proudly Canadian hit, with engaging stories told through our exceptional cast.”
“Alongside eOne, we are thrilled to continue in our successful partnership with CTV who have long supported the show and have done an incredible job sharing our stories with fans across Canada. We are also delighted to broaden our relationship with ION on this fifth season, who have a strong belief in the series and its U.S. potential,” said executive producer Ilana Frank, ICF Films.
The #1 Canadian drama series this fall, “Saving Hope” currently averages 1.3 million viewers in its Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot on CTV. Also the most-watched Canadian program among the key adult demos this fall, SAVING HOPE has seen a 16% increase in the key A18-34 demo, as well as a 63% increase in F18-34 over its third season.
Returning for Season 5 of “Saving Hope” is 2013 Canadian Screen Award nominee Erica Durance (“Smallville”) as Dr. Alex Reid; Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1”) as Dr. Charlie Harris; 2013 Canadian Screen Award-winner Wendy Crewson (“Beauty and the Beast”) as Dr. Dana Kinney; Benjamin Ayres (Less Than Kind”) as Dr. Zach Miller; Julia Taylor Ross (“Rookie Blue”) as Dr. Maggie Lin; Michelle Nolden (“Republic of Doyle”) as Dr. Dawn Bell; Huse Madhavji (“Call Me Fitz”) as Dr. Shahir Hamza; and Kim Shaw (“The Good Wife”) as Dr. Cassie Williams.
“Saving Hope” is back in January with an all-new episode entitled “All Down the Line” (Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO). With Dr. Dana Kinney (Wendy Crewson) back from Paris, Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) enlists her help to save Lorenzo (Stefano DiMatteo, “Killyjoys”), a hot-tempered chef suffering from oral cancer. Her concerns over her friend’s own treatment (or lack there-of) quickly bubble to surface however, when their patient refuses medical attention in favour of pursuing the opening of his restaurant. Meanwhile, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) has his hands full juggling the spirit of a restless single mother, while working to save her life after a DIY treehouse accident. The episode also features guest star Stacey Farber (:Degrassi: The Next Generation”) as Dr. Sydney Katz.