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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 fiancée 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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George S. October 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm

It’s a Canadian produced show! And in this (so called) fair and balanced country we like to call America. There is nothing fair and balanced about Canadian produced shows being cancelled all the time! They tell you that the ratings for shows like Flashpoint and Saving Hope were down, but WE never get to see the actual numbers. I think the networks flat out lie to us because GOD FORBID Soemthing from Canada is liked by We Lemming Americans. Another GREAT Canadian show is The Listener. Which NBC cancelled after two episodes a couple years back. Guess what???? It’s a highly rated show in Canada and it’s coming back on CTV for it’s fourth season. THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET where I can watch WHAT I WANT and not the complete and utter garbage our networks want us to watch!! I urge everyone to watch “TV” on the internet so you can see what truly is good.

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Gwen Worwa September 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

Loved this show. The only decent show on NBC and would have been a hit if it had been on ABC. Problem was that it was on NBC where very few people tune in and most people did not discover it until it was too late. Keep this show and more like it if you ever want to increase your ratings. I hope we will be able to find this show somewhere else where it can be appreciated.

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jennifer brigman September 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I really love saving hope really want them to bring it back for several more
seaasons it’s a phenomenal show good storylines please bring it back savingg hope should be given the chance to succeed. Hope another network plcks it up.
Saving hope fan jennifer

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camille September 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Why do these stations do this? They cancel a good show and leave the
garbage on. They must think viewers are stupid. ‘Saving Hope’ is
such a good show with an excellent cast and a compelling storyline.

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cj September 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’m so happy CTV has renewed this show. I’m finding it entertaining, fast paced, much like the ER of old. Nice to see some Canadian shows here!

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L.F. September 5, 2012 at 4:58 am

Saving Hope is a terrific Show! I can not believe it’s going to be canceled! It is an amazing show. Please keep it on!

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Jim August 29, 2012 at 12:54 am

Love this show especially as it stars Michael Shanks a real TV vet of 10 years of stargate 1. Good acting and good writing. Keep this show going!

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Patricia August 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Keep it on

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Kathy August 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Jay Leno keeps saying that NBC has not good shows. That is because you keep cancelling the good ones like Saving Hope. This is my new favorite show. I am really tired of reality
TV. Please keep Saving Hope.

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kymberli August 23, 2012 at 5:14 am

Please save this show!! It has become my saving grace since HOUSE went off the air. And not all Americans love the Kardashians!! I can’t stand reality tv and personally think there is waaaay too much of it!! I agree wwwwwwith many ppls comments. Give thiss show a chance!! I too belive that this is a wonderfully written show, and like the above comment, just give ppl a chance to find this show and they too will see what a great show this is. In my family, it almost always takes the second household members till the second season of every show I watch before they catch on…Like the Voice….and suddenly they thought they’re the ones that put it on the DVR and not me!! If anything please make it available on ION or your website or even Netflix/HUlu +. I need to know how these ppls lives go on. I can’t tell you enough how much this show impacts me, esp as a person who was in a coma from Dec. 3′ 01 thru most of ’02 and relapsed in spring of’03. His visions and the visions the ppl he helps pass thru the light always make me break down into tears because I had died between 3-8 times. I don’t fully know the answer because only my family knows for sure.

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Cheryl August 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

Seriously, NBC, renew Saving Hope! Considering some of the other shows offered, it would be a tragedy NOT to have this one come back. The ratings will definitely increase if you give it a chance. Enjoyed each and every episode!!!!

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reignbow August 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

Saving hope is a terrific new show! I find it hard to believe it’s slated for cancellation. The actors are engaging and they are dealing with actual life events that we all may have to face at some point in life. Showing the very different opinions and attitudes regarding “life” decisions may enlighten those who only think they are in control over when to end a life. It’s a great new show! Please give it a chance.

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vpretz August 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Please renew this NBC!! This is a wonderful show and a show that makes you think about life and what is important in life. Don’t leave us hanging Please!

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nocopycats August 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I gave Saving Hope a shot. The writing is terrible and after 2 episodes I was completely annoyed with how cold the lead doctor is. Add to that it’s a silly combination of 1 part Ghost whisperer, Grey’s anatomy and House. Instead of taking the best of all of the shows, it combined the most pessimistic story line. 2 seasons of a man in a coma is just simply boring.

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Brian August 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

You really should go watch some other crap on tv then. The writing is pretty good if you ask me. It’s not like the other crap. House was a stupid show. This is the #1 show in Canada…there are just too many stupid Americans that would rather watch Kim Kardashian and her ass on tv along with reality tv that will no doubt affect the ratings and ultimately the result of whether or not this show gets renewed or not.

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Camille August 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Man, I totally agree with you on that comment. We Americans(for some odd reason) loves that stupid Kardashian show. Maybe, Saving Hope is just too complicated to comprehend, you have use your imagination and follow a sophicated story-line. I guess it is just easier to zone out and watch a mindless show.

I hope they give Saving Hope a chance.

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Janet August 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

`Don’t let this show go! I want it back for a second year. It is an amazing show and I want to see more!

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Janet July 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love love love Saving Hope!! NBC give more people a change to find it. The ratings will grow if you give it a chance. Wondeful show.

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