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Saving Hope: Episode Plans Cancelled by NBC

Saving Hope TV seriesThe peacock network is dropping their medical drama Saving Hope from the schedule. While the TV series hasn’t been officially cancelled by NBC, the writing is certainly on the wall.

Saving Hope revolves around the staff of a major hospital. The charismatic Chief of Surgery (Michael Shanks) suffers a massive brain hemorrhage on his wedding day and ends up in a coma. This leaves the facility in chaos and his fiance and fellow surgeon (Erica Durance) in a state of shock. It doesn’t help matters that her former boyfriend (Daniel Gillies) — also a brilliant surgeon — has arrived to work at the same facility. Others in the cast include Michelle Nolden, K. C. Collins, Kristopher Turner, Julia Taylor Ross, Ben Ayres, Huse Madhavji, Salvatore Antonio, and Glenda Braganza.

The TV show has been struggling in the ratings from the start and back in July hit a series low of a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with just 2.20 million viewers. Still, it was scripted programming that NBC was licensing from Canada so it wasn’t costing them much.

The plan was to air the final two episodes of the season on successive Saturdays — first on September 1st and 8th, then on the 8th and 15th. Now, according to TV Line, the 12th and 13th installments will be released online instead.

While there’s essentially no chance of Saving Hope returning to NBC, the TV series has already been renewed for a second season by CTV in Canada.

Will US viewers be able to watch the second season? Well, Saving Hope could be released on DVD at some point and there’s also a chance that a cable channel could pick up the show. Ion has acquired the rights to air episodes of fellow Canadian exports The Listener and Flashpoint — two shows that have aired on NBC and CBS respectively.

What do you think? Are you sorry that NBC is dropping Saving Hope? Would buy a DVD set or follow it to a cable channel?

 

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kelly September 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

omg… i am so upset that they get me to watch a show then they don’t let me see the last 2 episodes… are they trying to lose viewers? because i will never watch nbc again, but i would gladly watch Saving Hope on a cable channel. Michael Shanks is an amazing actor so i would follow any show he is in, anywhere.

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Danielle September 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

Why did NBC pick up the show if they were not behind it? Why do these stupid big networks pick up show we fall in love with and then the deside to cancel it ? What the hell is NBC problem. It’s already stupid that NBC did not want to promote Saving Hope no wonder NBC canceled this show becouse of low ratting you just dissapoted 4 millon people by canning this show and why is NBC not airing the last two episodes we should at less see how it ends NBC better put the last two episodes on NBC.com right away. This is such a mess system NBC and CBS yes I’m also pissed and CBS too. So deal with it.. I’m bitter and pissed off that this has happen to another great show. I’m going to miss this show.

RIP

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Kat September 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

Exactly! What the hell does NBC have on its channel at any time during the week, let alone Saturday night, during this late summer that they couldn’t burn off the last two episodes on Saturday?? I’m so mad that I got my parents to watch this show and now NBC pulls this crap. I can — and will — watch the last two episodes online, but they’re much more old-fashioned and don’t want to sit in front of a computer for two hours. Why do we get invested in these characters’ struggle — particularly the fiance in a coma bit, I didn’t particularly care for the Joel and Maggie sideshow — and then have the most critical part, the END of the season, torn away from us? Ugh, I hate NBC. I hope ION picks it up.

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Fred W September 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Another great show down the drain because all the sheep are watching all the stupid reality shows.

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Anonymous September 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

I completely agree! I am sick and tired of networks cancelling shows without a true run for viewership. I CAN’T STAND REALITY SHOWS. The reason tge are so abundant is that they are cheaper to make. They stick around on Tv longer and gain viewers. Is it because there is nothing else on TV to watch? Reality is the only thing that survives!

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Kat September 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

And, ironically, “reality” is the only thing I don’t want to see on my television screen! If I wanted to watch a bunch of unattractive people whine about their lives, I could do that anytime I want in real life.

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Ava September 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I’d follow the show wherever it went (and I really hope someone else picks it up in the US for s2) as well as buy the dvds.

The fact is, NBC showed some support for the show in the beginning, but then dropped that support along the way for their usual foolish reasons. Too bad too, it was the only show I ever watched on NBC since Chuck ended.

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Jen Hayward September 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I would follow it to another station and buy the DVD’s. Its an awesome show!! & if the station wants to write it off, the fan’s WON’T. We are loyal to the show/actors not the station that chooses to cancel it.

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Jo Carol Nesset-Sale September 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I hope a cable channel picks it up. Most of the few commercial programs I watch anymore, like Suits or Covert Affairs, are already on cable. Saving Hope had an imaginative perspective, interesting story lines, fine acting. Thoughtful shows can’t compete with the mindless reality shows. (I know that’s redundant as “reality” exists on television.) NBC will soon mean No Body Cares.

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Marleena A September 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I would follow them and get the DVDs. NBC really was never behind the show. They never promoted it like it deserved. It was beating Big Brother many times until the Olympics and when it returned ratings were up 67%.
NBC needs to start listening to the viewers or just get out of the business.

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Robert September 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I think this is a wonderful series and respect the hell out of the creative team. Will absolutely follow it onto cable if that becomes an option and will certainly buy the dvds.

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Lawrence Klestinec September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Sorry they cancelled it.Not understandable for only 2 episodes.Will buy instant video episodes on Amazon,as have been doing throughout the show’s run,then watch season 2 on CTV website and/or buy instant videos again if no basic cable channel picks it up.

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John September 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Great show, didn’t even know it was on until I started following michael on twitter

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krahnauhk September 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

nbc’s decision not to sign on for the 2nd season that CTV has granted SAVING HOPE, leaves their collective good judgment and business savvy in question. SAVING HOPE has more intelligence and heart than all the pointless hours of mind-numbing, IQ-reducing reality TV that the peacock network airs. nbc’s actions in refusing to air the remaining 2 episodes of season 1 is petty and shortsighted in the extreme. It is my fervent HOPE that one of the cable channels will swoop in to SAVE this quality program in time for the season 2 run. I’ll be looking for a copy of the final 2 eps of season 1 to fall off the Internet Truck in the meantime.

With the exception of SAVING HOPE, I do not watch network TV at all, and this is a prime example of why. I will make it my business to discover every company that places advertising with nbc and will aggressively and publically boycott every one of their products, encouraging other SAVING HOPE fans around the world to do the same.

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Bonnie September 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

My family & I eagerly anticipate watching this show every week and I know we are not alone. I just can’t get my head around NBCs decision to pull the plug on it (please pardon the pun). Someone please save Saving Hope! BTW I definitely will buy the DVD.

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Melana September 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I really liked this show just like A Gifted Man it was on at a bad time or day. I am glad that CTV is giving it a second season. I will continue to watch.

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Jim September 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I finally find a show that I like and this happens surprise surprise, nothing ever on and why do we pay for cable? This sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nicole September 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I’ll follow/watch any way I can get it. Hopefully season 2 will be available on iTunes or DVD.

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