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Saving Hope, The Listener: Renewed by CTV

Saving Hope, Listener renewedSaving Hope has been renewed for a second season while The Listener has been re-upped for season four. Both will return in Canada for 13 new episodes but it’s unclear if US audiences will get to see them.

Saving Hope is currently airing on NBC and has been performing dismally. It seems very likely to be cancelled by the peacock network so it’s not known if or when American audiences will be able to see the second season episodes. For now, NBC has only scheduled eight episodes of the 13 episode first season. The last of these airs tomorrow night. (See below for an update.)

The first season of The Listener ran on NBC a couple summers ago but was cancelled before all of the episodes had aired due to low ratings. CTV has kept it going in Canada and ION — the cable channel which has been airing another Canadian series, Flashpoint — recently acquired the broadcast rights for the first three seasons. It remains to be seen if they’ll be taking on the fourth season as well.

Here’s the press release from CTV about the renewals:

CTV Orders New Seasons of Hit Canadian Dramas “THE LISTENER” and “SAVING HOPE”

- “THE LISTENER” grows audience year-to-year since debut -

- Freshman series “SAVING HOPE” is Canada’s #1 drama and #1 new series of the summer

Toronto, ON (July 25, 2012) – CTV announced today full-season orders of its hit original dramas THE LISTENER and SAVING HOPE as both series break mid-season for London 2012 this week. The network ordered a 13-episode fourth season of international hit THE LISTENER from Shaftesbury, and a 13-episode second season of this summer’s #1 drama SAVING HOPE from ICF Films/Entertainment One. Both CTV original series have been attracting impressive audiences this summer. The third season of fan favourite THE LISTENER is delivering its best performance yet with an average audience of 1.14 million viewers, up 14% over last season and up 28% over Season 1. Meanwhile, SAVING HOPE reigns as Canada’s #1 new series this summer with a season-to-date average of 1.6 million viewers.

The announcement comes following CTV’s order of the new original drama series MOTIVE (working title), as well as the pilot orders for new original comedies SATISFACTION and SPUN OUT.

“With new season orders of veteran hit THE LISTENER and the summer’s breakout hit SAVING HOPE, both currently on air, we are committed to continuing to build on the strength of these fan favourite shows,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports.

“We are thrilled to be coming back for a fourth season of THE LISTENER after our strongest season yet, and thank everyone at CTV for their commitment to the series,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. “The enduring success of THE LISTENER is a testament to the dedicated team of actors, writers, producers, directors and crew who bring this show to life, and we look forward to working closely with CTV to continue to grow our fan base across all platforms.”

“We’re excited that Canadian audiences have responded to SAVING HOPE with such enthusiasm,” said executive producer Ilana Frank, Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films). “We’re grateful for CTV’s commitment and proud to have this opportunity to bring a second season to viewers.”

In Season 3, THE LISTENER’s Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) dramatically steps away from his role as a paramedic to work more closely with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB). At the IIB, Toby works in tandem with Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Gemini Award-nominee Lauren Lee Smith, CSI) and Dev Clark (Rainbow Sun Francks, STARGATE ATLANTIS), as part of an elite special ops unit tasked with handling the most difficult cases. Although the new role gives Toby a renewed focus, it also puts undue pressure on him to prove to his peers – and to himself – that he belongs. While his new job means cutting back on some of his EMS duties, Toby is not far from his best friend and paramedic partner Oz (Ennis Esmer, THE L.A. COMPLEX), after Oz moves in next door.

In SAVING HOPE, Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks, STARGATE SG1), the charismatic Chief of Surgery of Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, leaving the hospital in chaos – and his fiancĂ©e and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance, SMALLVILLE), in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Alex races to save Harris’ life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.

SAVING HOPE also stars Wendy Crewson (Away From Her), Huse Madhavji (COMBAT HOSPITAL, CALL ME FITZ), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and Kristopher Turner (ROOKIE BLUE, THE LISTENER).

Episodes of THE LISTENER and SAVING HOPE are also available across CTV’s digital platforms following their television broadcast on CTV.ca, the CTV App, CTV Mobile on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV.

THE LISTENER is produced by Shaftesbury in association with CTV and Fox International Channels. The series is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury, and Karen Troubetzkoy (18 TO LIFE) and Peter Mohan (LOST GIRL, THE BRIDGE), who serves as Season 3 showrunner. Robin Johnston and Rebecca Dipasquale are Production Executives for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Sharon Tal Yguado is Executive Producer for Fox International Channels. THE LISTENER is produced with the financial participation of The Canada Media Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. THE LISTENER is available in 120 countries and 33 languages worldwide via Fox International Channels and Shine International, which distributes the series internationally. The series has also been licensed to ION Television in the United States.

SAVING HOPE is produced by Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films) with Entertainment One, in association with CTV and NBC. The series is executive produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington for ICF Films, John Morayniss (THE FIRM, HAVEN) for Entertainment One and Lesley Harrison. Executive Producers and Showrunners are Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE) and Aaron Martin (BEING ERICA). The series was created by Malcolm MacRury (CRASH AND BURN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) and Morwyn Brebner. David Wellington directed the pilot. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

About CTV

CTV, Canada’s Olympic Network, is also Canada’s largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada’s most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at ctv.ca.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear these shows have been renewed? Will you be watching Listener on ION? Do you think NBC will cancel Saving Hope? Should ION pick it up too, now that Flashpoint is ending?

8/1 UPDATE: NBC has scheduled episode nine of Saving Hope for August 16th. The producers tell us they believe NBC will air all 13 installments.

 

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christine September 4, 2013 at 5:39 am

im sorry to hear that the listener was only on for like 3 episodes here in new york because it seemed like it was going to be an adventurous and interesting show.the only reason i knew it continued on for the rest of season one and now two,three and four is a website called ch1,channel one.this website shows every show that was cancelled,that i had forgotten about.includes all seasons even if only on for 3 total episodes.and even shows i never heard of but had appeared at one time or another.it’s terrible how you get sucked into watching something because it’s really good and they just end the shows(stargate atlantis) i hated that and there’s alot of fans out there who, like myself were total fans to the show and yes even (universe) after the 2nd season.it just stinks that here in the u.s. we dont have the privilege to watch “the listener” because it is a very good show! p.s. im not a geek,i just like science fiction ;p

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John J. Cameron May 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Are they or arent they going to pick back up Saving hope on another network?

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Di April 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Really???? Come on you people!!! Saving Hope cancelled? In case you hadn’t noticed, there are a whole lot of people in Canada who are over the age of 20! Pleeeeaaaase….with all the junk that is on the bazillion TV stations, give us some entertainment that everyone can relate to. Michael Shanks is one of our greats! Support him and Saving Hope. Let us see the rest of the series and more!

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rene hershman December 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I am so upset that saving hope might be cancelled. It is my favorite of all the new shows I have been watching. They need to give it more time and more advertising exposure to get it better know. Please don’t cancel.

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Susie November 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am so peeved off that saving hope may be cancelled.This show is grrrrrrrrrrrtttttttt.I feel that there is so much stupid tv shows and when you have a grrrt one it gets axed, wrong keep it running i even have my husband asking when it is going to start back up. if you would take shows like the family guy and the other cartoon evening shows off then we would be making progress, because some of them are unreal to watch.So please let saving hope run for another season and new episodes and you will see what happens. Thanks everyone for listening.

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