Shanks’ medical drama Saving Hope renewed for second season
Stargate SG-1 co-star Michael Shanks (“Daniel Jackson”) has another hit on his hands with the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope. CTV, the show’s broadcaster in Canada, has renewed the series for a second season.
The series is the country’s highest-rated new series this summer, with a season-to-date average of 1.6 million viewers. Erica Durance (Smallville) and Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries) also star.
“We’re excited that Canadian audiences have responded to Saving Hope with such enthusiasm,” executive producer Ilana Frank, Ilana C Frank Films (ICF Films), said. “We’re grateful for CTV’s commitment and proud to have this opportunity to bring a second season to viewers.”
Thirteen episodes have been ordered for Season Two, expected to air in next summer. Eight out of 13 episodes have aired so far in Season One.
Meanwhile the series has performed decently on NBC in the U.S. this summer, premiering to 3.12 million viewers on June 7. The show peaked with 3.98 million the following week before falling to a low of 2.2 million for episode five. The network hasn’t announced yet whether it will air Season Two.
In Saving Hope, Shanks plays Hope-Zion Hospital Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris, who finds himself wandered the corridors of his hospital as a spirit while his body lies comatose.
New episodes resume on CTV and NBC in mid-August, after the London Olympics.
In other Shanks news, Michael Shanks Online reports that the actor has been cast to play the lead in Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story. It’s sure to be a fun role for the real-life hockey fan, and will be directed by Stargate veteran Andy Mikita. The film “will focus on the star player’s famed return to the NHL at age 45,” according to the report, and will begin shooting in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the end of August.
(Thanks to discodiva for the tip!)
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