Saving Hope

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Saving Hope
Saving Hope Title Card.jpg
Genre Medical drama
Supernatural drama
Created by Malcolm MacRury
Morwyn Brebner
Starring Erica Durance
Michael Shanks
Daniel Gillies
Huse Madhavji
Julia Taylor Ross
Kristopher Turner
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 50 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ilana Frank
David Wellington
Lesley Harrison
Morwyn Brebner
Aaron Martin
Malcolm MacRury
Producer(s) Linda Pope
Erica Durance
Editor(s) Tad Seaborn
Cinematography Steve Danyluk
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Ilana C. Frank Films
Entertainment One
Bell Media
Distributor CTV Television Network
Entertainment One International
Original network CTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07) – present (present)
External links
Official website
Production website

Saving Hope is a Canadian television supernatural medical drama, set in the fictional Hope Zion Hospital in Toronto. The show's central character is Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance), a doctor whose fiancé, Dr. Charles Harris (Michael Shanks), is in a coma after being in a car accident. The show follows the life of Charlie in his coma state, and Alex dealing with patients, and hoping that he will survive. Dr. Reid is the Chief Surgical Resident while Dr. Harris was the Chief of Surgery until his accident. Dr. Harris recovers at the end of season 1, but is able to see the spirits of comatose and dead patients through subsequent seasons. This comes in handy at the start of season 3, when Dr. Reid ends up in a coma.

The show also stars Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), a new orthopedic surgeon and Alex's former lover. Reid also works along with Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji), a neurosurgeon, Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross), a third year surgical resident on rotation in the General Surgery department, Dr. Gavin Murphy (Kristopher Turner), a psychiatry resident, Dr. Zachary Miller (Benjamin Ayres), the ER doctor, OR nurse Victor Reis (Salvatore Antonio), Dr. Tom Reycraft (K. C. Collins), Dr. Melanda Tolliver (Glenda Braganza), and Dr. Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden), a cardiologist and Charlie's ex-wife.

The show's premise originated with Malcolm MacRury and Morwyn Brebner, who are both credited as creators and executive producers alongside Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Lesley Harrison, and Aaron Martin. The pilot was filmed in Toronto, Ontario.

Saving Hope has received mixed reviews from television critics for its storylines. Commentators noted that the show seemed like other dramas such as Grey's Anatomy. The series premiered on June 7, 2012 on both CTV and in the United States on NBC. On July 25, 2012, CTV ordered a second, thirteen-episode season for the summer of 2013.[1] NBC, however, pulled the show's final two episodes from its broadcast schedule and made them viewable on their official website. On November 16, 2012, CTV announced they had increased their episode order for Season 2 to eighteen episodes. On November 7, 2013, CTV ordered a third season of Saving Hope that will consist of eighteen episodes and air in 2014.[2] On November 10, 2014, CTV ordered a fourth season of Saving Hope that will consist of eighteen episodes and air in 2015.[3] The Season 4 Premiere date is scheduled for September 24 2015 [4]

In September 2014, the U.S. cable network Ion Television announced a partnership with eOne to have exclusive broadcast rights for current and future American television seasons.[5] In Australia, the series premiered on SoHo on February 6, 2015.[6]



Malcolm MacRury and Morwyn Brebner devised the concept of the series.[7][8] MacRury had previously co-created the comedy series Republic of Doyle for CBC, while Brebner had previously co-created television drama Rookie Blue for the Global Television Network.[7] Canadian broadcaster CTV had picked up the pilot episode in November 2011.[7][9] Executive producers of the show went to Los Angeles, California, to pitch the series to U.S. broadcasters.[7] Their efforts convinced NBC to pick up the series for airing in the United States.[10][11] CTV and NBC ordered 13 episodes for the first season.

The Los Angeles Times claimed that MacRury and Brebner are trying to "combine a doctors-in-love medical soap opera modeled on Grey's Anatomy with something completely different, a paranormal ghost story with elements of A Gifted Man and Ghost Whisperer".[12] Principal photography for the pilot episode took place in Toronto, Ontario in the spring of 2011.


After a car crash on the way to his wedding, the Chief of Surgery, Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), of Toronto's Hope Zion Hospital ends up in a coma. He finds out that he can roam the hospital in spirit form.[13]

His fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance), tries to save his life with the help of other doctors, including surgeon Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), as they struggle with their day to day lives to keep the hope alive at Hope Zion.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Name Portrayed by Position and Role Seasons
1 2 3 4
Charles "Charlie" Harris Michael Shanks Chief of Surgery and Orthopaedic surgeon Main
Alex Reid Erica Durance Chief Surgical Resident Main
Joel Goran Daniel Gillies Orthopaedic surgeon Main
Shahir Hamza Huse Madhavji Chief of Neurosurgery Main
Maggie Lin Julia Taylor Ross Third Year Surgical Resident Main
Gavin Murphy Kristopher Turner Psychiatry Resident Main Recurring
Zach Miller Benjamin Ayres ER Doctor Main
Melanda Tolliver Glenda Braganza ICU Doctor Main
Victor Reis Salvatore Antonio OR nurse Main
Tom Reycraft K. C. Collins Chief Surgical Resident Main Recurring
Dana Kinney Wendy Crewson Chief of Plastic Surgery Main Recurring Main
Jackson Wade Joseph Jomo Pierre ICU nurse Recurring Main Recurring
Dawn Bell Michelle Nolden Cardiologist Recurring Main
Dr. Sydney Katz Stacey Farber OB/GYN Main
Dr. Cassie Williams Kim Shaw Intern Main
  • Erica Durance as Dr. Alex Reid, at the start of the series Chief Surgical Resident and Charlie Harris' fiancée[14]
  • Michael Shanks as Dr. Charles "Charlie" Harris, Chief of Surgery, orthopedic surgeon, and Alex's fiancé[15]
  • Daniel Gillies as Dr. Joel Goran, new orthopedic surgeon at Hope Zion and Alex's former lover[16]
  • Huse Madhavji as Dr. Shahir Hamza, Chief of Neurosurgery and Victor Reis's longtime boyfriend[17]
  • Julia Taylor Ross as Dr. Maggie Lin, a third year surgical resident on rotation in the hospital's General Surgery department[18][19]
  • Kristopher Turner as Dr. Gavin Murphy, a psychiatry resident[20]
  • Wendy Crewson as Dr. Dana Kinney, Chief of Plastic Surgery, who is appointed Interim Chief of Surgery following Charlie's coma
  • Benjamin Ayres as Dr. Zach Miller, an ER doctor[21]
  • Glenda Braganza as Dr. Melanda Tolliver, a friend of Alex's and an ICU doctor[22]
  • Salvatore Antonio as Victor Reis, an OR nurse and Shahir's longtime boyfriend[23]
  • K. C. Collins as Dr. Tom Reycraft, a fourth year surgical resident,[24] who in season 1, episode 9 ("Bea Again") is appointed Chief Surgical Resident in place of Dr. Reid
  • Joseph Pierre as Jackson Wade, an ICU nurse[25]
  • Michelle Nolden as Dr. Dawn Bell, a cardiologist and Charlie's ex-wife[26]
  • Stacey Farber as Dr. Sydney Katz, the new OB/GYN who appears in Season 3[27]
  • Kim Shaw as Dr. Cassie Williams, a book smart intern learning to apply the applications of medication rather than just reading about them[28]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Conrad Coates as Bryan Travers, the main executive of Hope Zion.[29][30] (Season 1-2)
  • Steve Cumyn as Dr. George Baumann, an Anesthesiologist. (Season 2-3)
  • Mac Fyfe as Dr. James Dey, a psychiatry resident. (Season 3)
  • Max Bennett as Dr. Patrick Curtis, a general surgeon and surgical fellow who filled in for Alex during her mat leave. (Season 4)[28]
  • Dejan Loyola as Dr. Dev Sakara, a junior resident doctor
  • Parveen Kaur as Dr. Asha Mirani, a junior resident doctor
  • Nicole Underhay as Kristine Fields, a nurse in palliative care who like Charlie is a medium
  • Peter Mooney as Dr. Jeremy Bishop, a General Surgeon who had to flee Los Angeles after getting sued who has a past with Charlie


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07) September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13)
2 18 June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25) February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)
3 18[31][7] September 22, 2014 February 18, 2015
4 18 September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) NA



In Canada, the premiere figures were the highest recorded for the summer season in 2012.[32] The American premiere attracted 3.1 million viewers on NBC, which some critics were unimpressed with.[33]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 13
June 7, 2012
September 13, 2012
1.548[35] 2012 1.700[36]
2 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. 18
June 25, 2013[37]
February 27, 2014
1.675[39] 2013–14 1.300[40]
3 Thursday 9:00 p.m. (fall) / Wednesday (midseason)[41][42] 18
September 22, 2014
February 18, 2015
TBA 2014–15 TBA


Saving Hope received mixed reviews on Metacritic with a score of 49 out of 100 based on 15 critics' reviews.[43] Verne Gay of Newsday stated the series "is modeled out of particularly sturdy, comfortable and reliable material." He added that it is "a sober, intelligent, placidly paced drama as only the Canadians can make."[44] The Chicago Sun-Times‍ '​s Lori Rackl said the series "has some fun, clever and emotion-stirring moments, but they’re handicapped by cheesy montages and one too many scenarios designed to remind us of the importance of having hope."[45] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix called Charlie Harris' "spirit walk" around the hospital "an interesting solution to the problem of telling stories we've seen a million times before. But doing it this way ultimately does more harm than good." He added: "It's not bad so much as tired."[46] The San Francisco Chronicle‍ '​s David Wiegand called the series "a lukewarm stew of ideas from other shows... and films... with stock characters and situations that occasionally jerk a demi-tear or two, but with absolutely no authenticity. The sloppy sentimentality is cheap and unearned."[47]


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