The Eleventh Hour (Canadian TV series)
- For other series with this name, see The Eleventh Hour.
|The Eleventh Hour|
Semi Chellas |
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Running time||60 min.|
|Production company(s)||Alliance Atlantis|
|Original release||November 26, 2002 – March 26, 2005|
The Eleventh Hour is a Canadian television drama series which aired weekly on CTV from 2002 to 2005.
The show revolves around the reporters and producers at a fictional television newsmagazine series, The Eleventh Hour. Unhappy with the newsmagazine's shrinking audience, the network has brought in a new executive producer, Kennedy Marsh, to reorient the show in a more ratings-driven tabloid journalism direction.
The tension between the ratings imperative and the more traditional journalistic ethics of the show's senior staff is the primary conflict that drives the show, but storylines also include the team's efforts to get the stories that will make it to air each week.
The Eleventh Hour was produced by Alliance Atlantis, Canada's largest film and television production house. It aired in the U.S. on Sleuth, under the title Bury the Lead, to distinguish it from a CBS series with a similar name.
Although the show started off poorly in the Canadian television ratings, attracting an average of just 400,000 viewers each week, its audience during the start of its 2004 season was sufficiently high that CTV ordered a third season. However, ratings did not improve further. The third season, already ordered, aired irregularly on Saturday nights with very little promotion, and proved to be its last. The final season also received a Best Dramatic Series Gemini Award despite the cancellation.
The Eleventh Hour was the latest in a lengthy line of drama series at CTV which had high-profile launches but were quickly marginalized to little-watched weekend timeslots and ultimately cancelled. However, it outlasted several other recent CTV dramas, including Power Play, The City, and The Associates, which each lasted two seasons.
- Sonja Smits as correspondent Megan Redner
- Shawn Doyle as producer Dennis Langley
- Waneta Storms as producer Isobel Lambert
- Tanya Reid as executive producer Kennedy Marsh
- Jeff Seymour as correspondent Kamal Azizi
- Peter MacNeill as network news head Warren Donohue
- Inga Cadranel as researcher Brooke Fairburn
- Scott McCord as researcher James Joy
- Matt Gordon as legal counsel Murray Dann
- Jonas Chernick as editor Gavin Kowalchuk
- John Neville as interviewer Deaton Hill
- Creators: Semi Chellas, Ilana Frank
- Executive Producers: Ilana Frank, Semi Chellas, David Wellington,
- Directors: David Wellington, Kelly Makin, Philip Earnshaw, T.W. Peacocke, Graeme Campbell, Milan Cheylov, Stephen Reynolds
- Writers: Semi Chellas, Esta Spalding, Tassie Cameron, Frank Borg, Sean Reycraft, Peter Wellington, Karen Walton, Morwyn Brebner
Awards and nominations
The show was nominated for 14 Gemini Awards in 2003, and won for Best Dramatic Series, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Seymour) and Best Supporting Actor (MacNeill). The show was nominated for Best Dramatic Series Gemini Awards again in 2004. In 2005, the show won Gemini Awards for Best Dramatic Series and for Best Writing for Semi Chellas and Tassie Cameron.
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