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discodiva
November 2nd, 2011, 07:44 AM
CTV announced today that it has ordered 12 one-hour episodes in addition to the pilot shot this summer of "Saving Hope", a new, one-hour original drama starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks ....

Find out more at michaelshanks-online (http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml)


Or head to broadcastermagazine.com (http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/ctv-orders-new-original-drama-series/1000653409/)

Or to newswire.ca (http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/870097/ctv-orders-new-one-hour-original-drama-series-saving-hope)

And hollywoodreporter.com (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erica-durance-michael-shanks-canadian-256676)


Congratulations to Michael and Erica!...:D :D


Deeds xx

hedwig
November 2nd, 2011, 08:08 AM
CTV announced today that it has ordered 12 one-hour episodes in addition to the pilot shot this summer of "Saving Hope", a new, one-hour original drama starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks ....

Find out more at michaelshanks-online (http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml)


Or head to broadcastermagazine.com (http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/ctv-orders-new-original-drama-series/1000653409/)

Or to newswire.ca (http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/870097/ctv-orders-new-one-hour-original-drama-series-saving-hope)


Congratulations to Michael and Erica!...:D :D


Deeds xx

Interesting that the article has him being in Stargate Atlantis, rather than SG1, since he only appeared in SGA a few times. Oh well. :)

discodiva
November 2nd, 2011, 08:11 AM
Interesting that the article has him being in Stargate Atlantis, rather than SG1, since he only appeared in SGA a few times. Oh well. :)

Yep..quite a few of us have picked up on that......who knows the workings of news agencies these days eh?...;)


Deeds xx

jdjunkie
November 2nd, 2011, 08:49 AM
That's really good news.

The concept sounds interesting. :)

SGSargon
November 2nd, 2011, 09:57 AM
Hyper-Awesome!

maneth
November 2nd, 2011, 10:04 AM
Cool!

LtColCarter
November 2nd, 2011, 10:50 AM
Sounds interesting...I just can't see Daniel Jackson and Lois Lane in a show together. Although Shanks did appear in Smallville...I don't think his character had any interactions with Lois...at leas I don't remember any.

discodiva
November 2nd, 2011, 10:53 AM
They appeared together in "Icarus" in S.10 of course....Where Hawkman saved Lois from certain death at the cost of his own but in "Absolute Justice" Lois had her moment with Dr Fate!..:D

I know they acted together in SG-1's "Affinity" too....but gosh that seems such a long time ago...

This is a very interesting premise though.....I hope we get to see it in the UK sometime...it's made by the same people as "Rookie Blue" and one of our cable channels is showing that, so there's "hope"...:P


Deeds xx

LtColCarter
November 2nd, 2011, 12:56 PM
They appeared together in "Icarus" in S.10 of course....Where Hawkman saved Lois from certain death at the cost of his own but in "Absolute Justice" Lois had her moment with Dr Fate!..:D

I know they acted together in SG-1's "Affinity" too....but gosh that seems such a long time ago...

This is a very interesting premise though.....I hope we get to see it in the UK sometime...it's made by the same people as "Rookie Blue" and one of our cable channels is showing that, so there's "hope"...:P


Deeds xx

Brain fart...forgot about that.

Krisz
November 2nd, 2011, 03:00 PM
An interesting premise, and Michael Shanks! Nothing for it, I'll have to tune into CTV, a channel I have to admit not watching that much, apart from the local news. Now I have a reason. :)

LC_
November 2nd, 2011, 04:08 PM
CTV announced today that it has ordered 12 one-hour episodes in addition to the pilot shot this summer of "Saving Hope", a new, one-hour original drama starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks ....

Find out more at michaelshanks-online (http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml)


Or head to broadcastermagazine.com (http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/ctv-orders-new-original-drama-series/1000653409/)

Or to newswire.ca (http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/870097/ctv-orders-new-one-hour-original-drama-series-saving-hope)

And hollywoodreporter.com (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erica-durance-michael-shanks-canadian-256676)


Congratulations to Michael and Erica!...:D :D


Deeds xx

Excellent news...couldn't find anything that gives an air date though.
Nice that he's managed to find work at home...well sort of...he's going to have to endure Toronto for awhile.

Angela V
November 3rd, 2011, 09:13 PM
Glad CTV is making more Canadian content. The CTV channels carry a lot of USA shows. Though I have noticed Space has been showing lots of British sci-fi and fantasy. Glad I can find it somewhere because BBC Canada is a joke.

the fifth man
November 3rd, 2011, 09:16 PM
Really nice news for both of them. I hope this show ends up doing very well.

12OzMouse
November 4th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Just my opinion, of course, but per-capita, Canada seems to come up some really excellent programming. Unfortunately, they also do a pretty good job of keeping them a secret. I've heard about some good shows through some friends who live by the US/Canadian border and are able to receive some of their channels. For example, I bought the DVD for Lost Girl last summer, which SyFy in the US is picking up this winter, but is currently in it's second series in Canada. There's been a lot more, but my memory fails me. Of course, Lexx is a classic, but I can't recall the others. Always looking for new stuff to watch and I'm glad that Shanks has found himself some work!

AllyCat
November 4th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Awesome news.. I just hope this works out.

Vashta_Nerada
November 6th, 2011, 01:29 AM
Great news, With Erica And Michael, It will be something worth watching.

Ilana
November 6th, 2011, 08:39 AM
Interesting premise and I'm sorry it's not here for US viewers, however, doesn't it sort of remind you of A GIFTED MAN? I'm wondering if it's the sort of thing that can be kept up for a decent series run?

Frostfox
February 1st, 2012, 12:25 AM
madaboutdanny posted this link to a promo for this, looks rather good.
http://www.eonetv.com/production.asp?id=558
And, my is Mr Shanks looking handsome in it.

FF :nox:

discodiva
February 1st, 2012, 12:28 AM
Yes he can wander round the halls of my local hospital wearing a tux for as long as he likes!...:)


Deeds xx

Callista
February 1st, 2012, 11:20 AM
I hope NBC ends up picking it up for the summer. (Says the girl who is too cheap to pay for cable/satellite/etc. TV.)

Frostfox
February 1st, 2012, 11:50 AM
He's also got another film next year or later this? Sure I read that somewhere too?

FF :nox:

discodiva
February 1st, 2012, 01:19 PM
He had a very small part in the Jodie Foster, Matt Damon film, Elysium...not sure when it comes out though....filmed at Bridge if I recall rightly.....:D


Deeds xx

Frostfox
February 1st, 2012, 01:30 PM
Well, it's all work. Pays the bills and adds to the CV.

Funny, GW is playing up when I try to reply with quote.

FF :nox:

Thunderstorm
February 2nd, 2012, 12:55 AM
He had a very small part in the Jodie Foster, Matt Damon film, Elysium...not sure when it comes out though....filmed at Bridge if I recall rightly.....:D


Deeds xx

March 2013. Yep we have to wait a whole year.

Elysium is written and directed by Neill Blomkamp who wrote and directed District 9 - which was a very good movie.

Frostfox
February 2nd, 2012, 11:15 AM
Oh, District 9 was superb! Funny and clever and well done. Suddenly I have an interest in Elysium, beyond MS being in it. Thank you.

FF :nox:

unknown_k
February 4th, 2012, 09:31 PM
I hope the writing is good or else the show will get boring very quickly with that setup. Makes you wonder how long they can stretch a show with one character in a coma.

MylittleEli
February 4th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Anyone know anything about when this show is scheduled to air and on what network? I'm actually excited to see it after watching the sneak peak on youtube. I love Erica Durance too so thats a huge bonus :)

discodiva
February 5th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Well so far there's been rumours that it's been picked up by NBC, that filming starts in Toronto in March and it will air sometime during the summer....keep your eyes peeled on MSOL (link in my signature) for news :D...


Deeds xx

Frostfox
February 5th, 2012, 03:08 AM
tsk, GW still won't let me multi quote!

unknown_k - Life on Mars (seminal UK TV from 2006) managed two excellent 6 episode seasons from vaguely similar starting point (protagonist badly injured in episode 1). As you say, it's all down to how well it's written. It looks fabulous, production value wise.

MylittleEli - the promo piqued my interest too, which is, of course, what they are supposed to do.

deeds - if NBC do pick it up, it has a much greater chance of turning up in the UK on Channel 4 or Channel 5, I'd think. Fingers crossed.

FF :nox:

discodiva
February 5th, 2012, 03:14 AM
That's what I thought....Ch. 5, Living or maybe FX - (cable I know, which won't do for you) ...FX has "Rookie Blue", the police drama which is, I think (but don't 100% quote me on it) either written by or worked on by some of the same team involved with "Saving Hope"....all I know is that RB has been picked for a 3rd (again I think, don't quote) series and has been well received as a drama....:)

*crosses fingers*....:D

Frostfox
February 5th, 2012, 07:44 AM
Just got in from a walk in the woods and, lo and behold, Stargate is showing on some obscure ITV channel. May have to watch it just for old times sake (though it has competition, Carry On Screaming is on in five minutes "Frying tonight!")

FF :nox:

garhkal
February 5th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Meh.. it may be good with shanks in, but i am bored of hospital dramas..

ZRFTS
February 6th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Eh, the spirit thing does sound interesting but I'm never wild about hospital dramas; even if they contain GateWorld's most recognizable star.

Maybe...

hedwig
February 6th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Without seeing more than the clip that's been shown, it's hard to say whether it will be worth watching. However, I didn't see anything on that clip that made it look interesting enough to watch.

Perhaps if the clip had shown something with some emotion in it, rather then boredom on the part of he actors, it might have been more tempting to watch.

madaboutdanny
February 6th, 2012, 02:33 PM
To each their own boredom.

Angela V
February 6th, 2012, 10:30 PM
Well so far there's been rumours that it's been picked up by NBC, that filming starts in Toronto in March and it will air sometime during the summer....keep your eyes peeled on MSOL (link in my signature) for news :D...


Deeds xx

EEK! Not another Canadian show getting picked up by an USA station and then having to air in the summer. Though if it does well in Canada and doesn't cost too much it will still go on even if it's dropped like a hot potato in the USA. The Listener survived even if it did take longer to get a season 2 out.

At least this will give me something to watch this summer.

jdjunkie
February 7th, 2012, 08:04 AM
EEK! Not another Canadian show getting picked up by an USA station and then having to air in the summer. Though if it does well in Canada and doesn't cost too much it will still go on even if it's dropped like a hot potato in the USA. The Listener survived even if it did take longer to get a season 2 out.

At least this will give me something to watch this summer.

I'm hoping it will be shown here in the UK, but we'll probably have to wait longer than the summer. :(

Still, it'll be worth the wait. Michael, Erica and Daniel look like a good team. It's nice to see Michael getting exposure that isn't genre-based. This could bring him to a wider audience and that's a good thing. :)

discodiva
March 1st, 2012, 07:53 AM
Well it's defininitely been picked up for NBC's Summer Schedule...confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter today.....



http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml


Filming commences shortly...


Deeds xx

discodiva
March 3rd, 2012, 05:26 AM
More and more news sites picking up on the "Saving Hope" news...MSOL has all the details and links available to read...



http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml

the fifth man
March 3rd, 2012, 05:51 PM
I will definitely give this show a shot when it airs on NBC.

discodiva
March 7th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Very excited that we'll have some brand spanking new photos of Michael soon hopefully...:D


https://twitter.com/#!/agency71/status/177426114979966976


Deeds xx

Ambeegirl
March 7th, 2012, 04:18 PM
How exciting. A new show for me to start up! And it has the wonderful M. Shanks! :)

Brian
March 8th, 2012, 07:33 AM
Interesting that the article has him being in Stargate Atlantis, rather than SG1, since he only appeared in SGA a few times. Oh well. :)

It's a familiarity thing. Writers as they call themselves, credit actors with recent work as opposed to their most known work.

When do we get to see the pilot? Is that really the premise? He's a doctor in a coma and while he's alive he's haunting the hospital? A soap as well? Unfortunately this sounds like a post Stargate project I don't want to see.

discodiva
March 8th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Oh well, there's plenty of us that are looking forward to it.....it's slated for the NBC summer schedule but no given date yet.......doubt there'll be big hopes for high ratings, but some of us are rooting for Michael and thrilled that he's finally got a chance at another series...:D


Photo shoots today.....in this Tweet it looks like he's gonna be wearing that tuxedo for a looooong time!....either till he's dead or they decide he's going to wake up!..:P


https://twitter.com/#!/agency71/status/177763703226253312/photo/1


Deeds xx

Thunderstorm
March 8th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Photo shoots today.....in this Tweet it looks like he's gonna be wearing that tuxedo for a looooong time!....either till he's dead or they decide he's going to wake up!..:P


https://twitter.com/#!/agency71/status/177763703226253312/photo/1


Deeds xx

Thanks for the picture and keeping us up to date. :)

discodiva
March 12th, 2012, 10:20 AM
Filming begins today...follow "Saving Hope TV" on Twitter....


https://twitter.com/#!/SavingHopeTV


Deeds xx

discodiva
March 15th, 2012, 02:07 PM
News just tweeted that "Saving Hope" will Premiere on NBC on 7th June ...


https://twitter.com/#!/SavingHopeTV


Follow tweets to links to other news articles reporting the news...



Deeds xx

LC_
March 16th, 2012, 05:21 PM
News just tweeted that "Saving Hope" will Premiere on NBC on 7th June ...


https://twitter.com/#!/SavingHopeTV


Follow tweets to links to other news articles reporting the news...


Deeds xx

CTV has the same date for the Canadian airing....June 7th at 10pm.

escyos
March 19th, 2012, 12:38 PM
On a similar note: Saving Hope Wiki (http://savinghope.wikkii.com/wiki/Saving_Hope_Wiki)!

discodiva
March 25th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Michael has been tweeting pictures from the Saving Hope set....:D


http://tinyurl.com/7y73nq7


And it looks like the tuxedo will also be a "regular" on the series...:P


http://yfrog.com/nu1brtdj



Deeds xx

discodiva
April 1st, 2012, 01:26 PM
Nice shiny new poster up advertising Saving Hope....we get to see Michael twice on it....


http://tinyurl.com/dxp52xt


Deeds xx

12OzMouse
June 4th, 2012, 09:33 AM
In this morning's Io9, "This Week's TV" feature, they had a little write-up about, "Saving Hope".
http://io9.com/5915379/this-weeks-tv-erica-durance-and-michael-shanks-star-in-the-absolute-worst-thing-youve-ever-seen-ever

Must be really something to earn that opening line. Let's hope the previewers just had a bad day...

discodiva
June 4th, 2012, 10:08 AM
Oh well, am sure it won't be the last.....I guess we'll have to "hope" it's received well by others and wish success for Michael....it sounds to me like he/she has only seen the trailer...rather hard to make a truly "informed" decision on that and other heresay imho...:(


There's a nice interview up with the 3 main characters on YouTube..and Michael makes a Stargate reference right at the beginning...:D


Tongue in cheek of course....;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FGuYtqvHvA&feature=youtu.be


Deeds xx

Thunderstorm
June 4th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Thanks, that was a nice interview.


I never minded that line, always thought it was appropriate. But now the next time I watch that ep, it's going to be stuck in my head. :p

discodiva
June 5th, 2012, 01:27 AM
LOL he certainly has a good memory!.....duh..he's. an. actor. stoopid me...memory....;)


Oh and Io9 tweeted saying they HAVEN'T actually seen the episode it's just their weekly TV preview....:rolleyes:


Gotta love people who make up their mind and have pre-conceived ideas before a programme starts eh?.....where would a slew of popular films and TV series be if we all did that then?.....*shakes head*..:( :(


Deeds xx

jdjunkie
June 7th, 2012, 02:48 AM
Just popping in to wish Michael lots of luck with tonight's Saving Hope premiere!

And spare a thought for those of us on the other side of the Pond who won't be able to watch. *sobs*

Fingers crossed for a big success, Michael! :daniel:

discodiva
June 7th, 2012, 04:17 AM
Yep..another UK'er who will be crying into her beer because she's not over The Pond to watch......*looks online for cheap air fares to Toronto*..:P


But GOOD LUCK Michael!....it's so wonderful to be able to support ALL our wonderful Stargate alumni and I'm thrilled for him!....:D :D


Deeds xx *cheering all the way*

Callista
June 7th, 2012, 10:07 PM
I liked it. I'm not sure how the premise can go on long-term, but I'm curious to see where they go with it.

loserinc
June 7th, 2012, 10:07 PM
I just finished watching the pilot. OMG!!!! Great show! I know it's not just because I think MS is brilliant. My mom, who doesn't watch any Stargate, and had no idea who MS was, LOVED it.

I don't wanna say much, because not sure who has and hasn't seen it...

escyos
June 8th, 2012, 03:45 AM
OK, i was expecting something different...


....and it turned out better than what i expected!

discodiva
June 8th, 2012, 07:17 AM
:D :D :D


Am still waiting to see it....:( :( :(...but I won't give up promoting or supporting just because I'm in the boring old UK!!..:P


Deeds xx

jelgate
June 8th, 2012, 09:02 AM
I watched it mostly because its summer and thier was nothing on. It looked like your generic medical drama

ZRFTS
June 8th, 2012, 12:54 PM
Pilot

*Mod Note : Tagged for spoilers.No content/O.P. opinion altered.


Michael Shanks has always been known for being Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1, so much so that he got classified as a "genre" actor and despite the fact that Michael Shanks accepted the classification himself, he wanted to branch out and show that he wasn't silly Dr. Daniel Jackson, that he could be dramatic himself hence the roles in SGU where he tossed out the character of Dr. Daniel Jackson and instead used the roles to showcase his dramatic acting. Despite the fact that he was well praised, it didn't get him anywhere in freeing himself of his Stargate image until one day, a project from the likes of CTV, NBC (soon to be former-home of Babar) and eOne (home of Sanctuary) appeared; Michael saw and said "this might be it, this might be the project that proves my versatility." and he went, auditioned and the rest as they say is history...

Now eOne has been known to produce series that are cheap yet manage to prove themselves in terms of profitability, ("Rookie Blue" for example.) this series being a medical drama obviously fits eOne's criteria; cheap, versatile, able to build up a dedicated fanbase, be somewhat of a guilty pleasure but here's the twist, this one involves a well known surgeon becoming sort of a spirit himself... This makes it somewhat different from the norm as it allows for some unique situations to be had, just imagine; having Michael walk around in the hospital, observing, watching, hoping, etc. and just think about the world around him, spirits walking around; maybe they're dead, maybe they're not and there's the whole "how does this world work" thing... But even though there are some unique ideas, the pilot does not utilize the concept as much as we'd expect.


http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/9200/savinghopeuniquesituati.jpg
Unique concept, unique ideas.

Our introduction to the titular character Charlie Harris (obviously "Michael Shanks" so I'm just going to call him that.) is done well; through the first few acts, we see a character who's a serious surgeon, dedicated to his work but somewhat loose at the same time. The character may not be well written but most of what he does is acceptable to the point where the writing is easily subverted, though the writing could be better. Michael Shanks does a pretty good job showing that he has not forgotten what made him popular in the first place (hint: "Dr. Daniel Jackson") as his acting makes the scenes he's in fun, hell he even signs a guys arm; however, he does seem like he's trying to be dramatic in a lot of these scenes, even in the fun scenes. Don't get me wrong, his dramatic acting is decent but it just feels like he's trying to escape his Stargate astigmatism in many of these scenes; it's like he's telling himself to not act like Dr. Daniel Jackson even though there are some scenes where he does that and it's perplexing to say the least because it shows two sides to him, the dramatic side and the easy-going Stargate side; two sides that don't seem to co-exist well in this show.

His scenes where he does become a spirit are passable but they feel lacking; it just feels like the guy is standing there while he looks on and watches various people. Some of these scenes are reasonable but it just feels like with many of these scenes it feels like they're trying to be clever and end up being somewhat stupid, not to say they're not completely stupid but still... There are various points throughout the episode where he narrates or gives something clever and while they're initially enjoyable the first time around, they instantly decline to generic and pandering; not helping much is Michael Shank's narration skills. King Babar he ain't, his narration lacks the impact and the brevity that makes such narration memorable; listening to it, it just feels like he's going through the motions reading a script in an audio booth, not really putting much into it. I wouldn't put all of the blame on Michael, much of would have to do with the writers putting a focus on the hospital rather then our main star thus leaving less time for him as a result.


http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1694/savinghopemichaelshanks.jpg
Just Pure Michael.

The hospital (and the look of the show itself) itself manages to be super clean and sterile, a real contrast to even House which at least manage to have some form of griminess in it; I can't put my finger on it but there is a feeling to the hospital that screams out "this is a welcoming place, we have bright colors and artistic accents, you won't ever die or feel the stress or worry here.", I mean there is nothing that even has a speck of dirt or a hint of age to it, everything is colorful, bright, futuristic, new and stylish; there are even light effects reminiscent of Star Trek, something which becomes old and gimmicky quickly. I'm not expecting a completely dirty hospital but I am expecting some realism here... The people behind the hospital are somewhat unique, they each have personalities of their own; conflicts, aspects, traits, you name it, hell, they even have a guy in a plaid shirt near a guy who's recently been in an accident; however, none of the people shown are unique enough to be appealing and most feel like they've been ripped from an episode of Greg's Anatomy; hell most of the show feels like Greg's Anatomy from the conversations to the situations to the music to even the patients themselves.

The various medical cases shown are the usual medical fare; a black guy wants his arm chopped off, two people drank a love potion that's unintentionally poisonous, a couple with a baby, the John Doe case who can't easily be saved... These cases vary from interesting to completely dull, however none of them manage to stand out; they just blend in with each other. The characters interact with the case well, the patients act well and many of the cases are reasonably executed with and in the case of the arm, I found myself being somewhat attracted to the character of the army vet. However, everybody on the show treats it as business as usual; looking at a patient, talking it out, doing some surgery stuff if needed then moving on to the next patient once all lose ends are tied up. I get that this is a medical drama but if every one of the cases were treated in the way it's shown on the show then being a doctor would become incredibly dull incredibly quickly; this also goes for the scenes not relating to the cases, no one's really putting any effort into it, even when relating to the main character Michael Shanks; it just seems like they're phoning it in. I'm aware that this is an eOne show with limited budget but they could of taken into consideration the liveliness of the characters.


http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/8415/savinghopejustanotherda.jpg
Yup... Just another day.

I will say that the Michael Shank's girlfriend is decently portrayed. The actor behind the role may not hit the marks all of the time but she knows when how to be emotional and sweet and serious at the right time, she has a good charismatic presence, she manages to be someone you can relate to (An example would be the scenes where she's with patients, she talks about philosophical, personal and medical stuff in a way that makes it seem like a character is saying it, not an actor) and she even manages to carry a lot of scenes, which is essential since most of the show is going to be focusing on her. Her relationship to Michael is one of the most pivotal parts of the show, in fact it will be the thing that'll determine whether or not the show succeeds or fails. I personally think that it'll work out, I mean the two share a romantic chemistry that's at least capable enough and there are sparks of brilliance throughout; like when Michael saves a girl from an SUV which is a decent show of character. A lot of the scenes involving the two effectively show the charm and cuteness of the couple and though it's not super charming, it's enough to hook you in and have you wondering whether or not they'll be reunited... There is a potential problem in that it could falter the relationship or take it in directions that ruin the dynamic; stuff like this is hard to pull off well but regardless, it's up to future episodes to show us that.

One thing I'll note is this show doesn't take itself seriously most of the time; sure, there's blood and surgery but it's trying to be somewhat laid back with it's plot, situations and characters and that's somewhat of a good thing because it can provide the a good watching atmosphere but it can also undermine the entire show as well. In closing, this is the beginning to what appears to be a generic medical drama with an interesting twist; the hospital is capable, the characters are capable, the cases are capable but none of it manages to grab you or even be unique. It is however, a decent way to waste an hour if it turns up on syndication and Michael Shanks proves himself to be decent though he should be less worried about trying to be dramatic and just be himself; overall it's not a disaster but it's ultimately nothing special.

5.5/10

madaboutdanny
June 8th, 2012, 03:53 PM
So, in your opinion Michael should play Daniel Jackson for ever and ever?

the fifth man
June 8th, 2012, 06:19 PM
Both my wife and I enjoyed the premiere of Saving Hope. We really hope it does well.

ZRFTS
June 8th, 2012, 08:08 PM
So, in your opinion Michael should play Daniel Jackson for ever and ever?

No, (and his role in the Outer Limits is an example) but he shouldn't have to make his non-Stargate performances that radically different; gives the impression that Shanks is trying to be seen as someone different for the purpose of getting work outside of Stargate. Not to say he shouldn't play the same role but he also shouldn't have to resort to being someone entirely different just to get roles opened up for him and to shake off the Stargate stigmata that makes it difficult for him to get such work.

RealmOfX
June 8th, 2012, 10:12 PM
I was underwhelmed at the pilot, it was very mediocre. Charlie's monologues are just plain boring and I wasn't a fan of all those lens flares. Maybe it will improve but then again, maybe not.

Here's some reviews :
Saving Hope: Engaging cast can’t save this medical drama (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1208057--saving-hope-engaging-cast-can-t-save-this-medical-drama)
Saving Hope (http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947708)
Saving Hope: could cause drowsiness, vomiting (http://tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/saving-hope-could-cause-drowsiness.html)
‘Saving Hope:’ A spoonful of schmaltz makes this medicine hard to swallow (http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/television/13015502-421/a-spoonful-of-schmaltz-makes-this-medicine-hard-to-swallow.html)
Saving Hope among epidemic of medical shows — but with ghosts! (http://www.therecord.com/living/article/740035--saving-hope-among-epidemic-of-medical-shows-but-with-ghosts)
Saving ‘Hope’ requires a medical miracle (http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/television/reviews/view/20220607saving_hope_requires_a_medical_miracle/)
Hope a hit in Canada, needs Saving in the States (http://tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/hope-hit-in-canada-needs-saving-in.html)
'Saving Hope' TV review: an otherworldly mishmash (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/05/DD6B1OOM2D.DTL)
Review: NBC's 'Saving Hope' mixes medical drama with metaphysics (http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-nbcs-saving-hope-mixes-medical-drama-with-metaphysics)
Review: Supernatural twist not a safe bet for NBC's 'Saving Hope' (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-saving-hope-20120607,0,4173666.story)
NBC medical series ‘Saving Hope’ plays more like tranquilizer than stimulant (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/nbc-medical-series-saving-hope-plays-tranquilizer-stimulant-article-1.1090885)
"Saving Hope," with Erica Durance, satisfies as short-term entertainment (http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20120607__Saving_Hope___with_Erica_Durance__satisfies_as_short-term_entertainment.html)
TV review: 'Saving Hope' (http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in-journal/33024-tv-review-saving-hope)
'Saving Hope': A ghostly doctor drama (http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/saving-hope-a-ghostly-doctor-drama-1.3755770)
NBC's out-of-body Saving Hope may have a ghost of a chance (http://unclebarky.com/reviews_files/01290469175ce1051d0a6814bc3266a4-1345.html)
'Saving Hope' Premiere: Coma Patient Haunts Fiancee At Hospital They Both Work At (VIDEO) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/saving-hope-premiere-coma-haunt-fiancee-video_n_1579906.html)
Saving Hope: The Doctor is Out (http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/telefile/2012/06/saving-hope-nbc-tv-show-review.php)

discodiva
June 8th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Another from Hollywood.com (http://www.hollywood.com/news/Saving_Hope_Pilot_Michael_Shanks_Erica_Durance_NBC/30119913)


Deeds xx

Thunderstorm
June 8th, 2012, 11:06 PM
I wanted to really like it, I was rooting for it, I was excited when 8pm rolled around. But the best I can say is... ehh.

It was ok, not great, not terrible. However, if Michael wasn't in it, I don't know that I would watch another episode. But unless you hated it, I think you should try to give any series a 2nd episode because pilots often aren't the best as they try to do to much to get the audience hooked. I always try to remember Moonlight, and feel sad for the fans that turned off after the 1st ep (and I really couldn't blame them) - it was the worst ep of the season. So hopefully Saving Hope will pick up too.

I didn't mind the voice overs, although mainly because it was Michael's voice. :). I can easily see why they might bother others.

I don't remember the lens flares, so I guess they didn't bother me. The show was a little to sappy and that usually doesn't bother me. I was bored by Erica Durance character/acting. But liked Daniel Gillies character/acting the best. I'd never seen him before and was impressed, if I wasn't tuning in next week for Michael, I'd try the show again to see what he does.

discodiva
June 8th, 2012, 11:17 PM
I liked Daniel Gilles too....never watched the Vampire Diaries (not my thing, even more so than hospital operations) and I quite like his character....I also like the slightly socially inept Brain Surgeon too...the actor who plays him also tweets - Huse Madjhav (spelling?) and seems a very humble and sweet guy..:D


Erica has never been my "cup of tea" since she played that weak and wet love interest in that episode of Stargate that I dislike so much..:(


I wonder if a lot will have changed by ep. 2 and beyond...after all that pilot was filmed a looooong time ago now....Saving Hope now has a dedicated set (not the working hospital the first was filmed in) and they, like Burn Notice did after their rather shabby pilot start, may have changed a few things...


But sadly, critics and many others do NOT give things a 2nd look after the initial decision....gosh I wonder where Stargate SG-1 would have been if it hadn't already had a fairly secure future, but had to rely on the "fast-forward" generation of viewers, fans & critics of today?.....certainly not 10 seasons I'll bet ..;)


Deeds xx

the fifth man
June 9th, 2012, 06:47 PM
If NBC cans this, could it go on airing on CTV? Or will it just be done?

ZRFTS
June 9th, 2012, 10:35 PM
If NBC cans this, could it go on airing on CTV? Or will it just be done?

I'm guessing ION Television would be a likely suitor; I mean Flashpoint wasn't extremely popular in the US but ION paid money to pick it up including an option for producing new episodes. If it goes belly under on NBC then ION can swoop in and save the day since they're looking to expand their programming beyond the reruns of crime dramas, movies, paid programming and the 3 hour Qubo block on weekdays they currently have. Hey; if they can save Flashpoint, why can't they save Saving Hope? Especially if it continues on in Canada.

jckfan55
June 10th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Watched it for MS, but have to say the first episode was kind of dull. MS' character is the only one I'd be interested in seeing more of. I disliked the rest. :(

madaboutdanny
June 10th, 2012, 03:32 PM
CTV press release

Toronto, ON (June 8, 2012) – Just what the doctor ordered! The series premiere of CTV’s new original series SAVING HOPE debuted #1 last night with 1.52 million viewers on CTV. The series now ranks as the highest rated series premiere for an original Canadian series for the 2011/2012 season* and is the highest premiere of any summer series this season, U.S. or Canadian. SAVING HOPE also finished #1 last night with A18-34, A18-49 and the key female demos nationally and ranked #1 in key market of Toronto with 2+, A18-49 and A25-54.

Source (http://ctvmedia.ca/ctv/releases/release.asp?id=15221&yyyy=2012)

RealmOfX
June 10th, 2012, 04:51 PM
and a little perspective on the press release :

Hope a hit in Canada, needs Saving in the States (http://tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/hope-hit-in-canada-needs-saving-in.html)

"CTV rushed out a release boasting that Saving Hope is the No. 1 Canadian made series premiere of the 2011-'12 season. Trouble is, last year that distinction was claimed by Combat Hospital, and we all know what happened to that shot-in-Toronto medical drama."

----

Good on them for pulling fairly high numbers for their premiere, in summer with no competition. However as Canadians know, Combat Hospital didn't survive under the same conditions.

Also does anyone know how many original Canadian series have premiered this season? Arctic Air and The L.A. Complex come to mind but were there any others? With luck this series may improve and survive.

madaboutdanny
June 10th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Thanks for letting us know the obvious...

discodiva
June 11th, 2012, 12:13 AM
*shrugs*...Oh well, we can't escape facts can we?....I'm just concentrating on supporting another Stargate actor who caught a break....whether it's big or small I'll support him and watch....:D


Just a shame that there's nowhere that the UK and Europe can join in the fun....even on the official sites many "free" viewings are blocked...:( :(...I'd have loved to have been part of being able to help with the viewing numbers but my support is of no consequence at the moment and that makes me mad...:mad:


Deeds xx

mathpiglet
June 11th, 2012, 05:03 PM
I like hospital dramas and this one has an interesting twist.

I live near Toronto. For some reason I thought Saving Hope was being filmed in Vancouver. Imagine my surprise when a FB friend posted a picture of a scene of this show being filmed in my town! Not only that but they rented my church hall for the day!

Imagine, Michael Shanks may have sat on a chair that I sit on regularly! :p

ladygris
June 11th, 2012, 09:05 PM
Y'know, reading through the posts, I can say I see both sides of the story. I loved the premier of Saving Hope, but I'm a big fan of character-centric stories. I liked how it delved into each of the characters' reactions.

That said, I can see where certain portions of the acting was lacking. Especially since I know what Michael is capable of. (We see exactly what in SG-1 episodes like "Legacy" and "Lifeboat.")

All that aside, however, I've noticed something about new shows, and it goes for the beginnings of stories as well. As a published author myself, I find myself going back and editing the first portion of the story to polish it up. With TV series, you don't really have that option. Most series that I've watched are a bit rocky in the first episode, smooth out a bit in the second, and then pick up steam from there. I really hope that's what happens here.

jdjunkie
June 12th, 2012, 02:59 AM
Also does anyone know how many original Canadian series have premiered this season? Arctic Air and The L.A. Complex come to mind but were there any others? With luck this series may improve and survive.

Continuum is the only one I can think of, although I'm no expert.


Y'know, reading through the posts, I can say I see both sides of the story. I loved the premier of Saving Hope, but I'm a big fan of character-centric stories. I liked how it delved into each of the characters' reactions.

That said, I can see where certain portions of the acting was lacking. Especially since I know what Michael is capable of. (We see exactly what in SG-1 episodes like "Legacy" and "Lifeboat.")

All that aside, however, I've noticed something about new shows, and it goes for the beginnings of stories as well. As a published author myself, I find myself going back and editing the first portion of the story to polish it up. With TV series, you don't really have that option. Most series that I've watched are a bit rocky in the first episode, smooth out a bit in the second, and then pick up steam from there. I really hope that's what happens here.

There was a year between the pilot being made and the start of series filming. That's plenty of time for changes and tweaking, and it does need both. It will be interesting the see the next episode in light of that.

I enjoyed it, although it does have problems. And omg really, get rid of the lens flare already!

It could well be a slow burner ... I just hope (hah!) it's give time to develop and grow. Given the speed with which shows are canned these days, I'm not sure it'll get it.

I do remain hopeful, though, and wish Michael well. :)

Thunderstorm
June 14th, 2012, 07:17 PM
2nd episdoe - much better than the 1st. I really liked this one. Now I can't wait for the next episode. :)

Only one thing I really didn't like - the songs. Uggh - mute time. :(
(I didn't like the songs in the 1st ep either)

Colonel Rebel
June 14th, 2012, 07:44 PM
I enjoyed this episode more than the first as well. Michael and Erica were great in it, and I was glad we got the supporting characters fleshed out a little more.

ladygris
June 15th, 2012, 10:15 AM
Really enjoyed the second episode much more than the first! They toned down the lens flares, which was helpful, and the character interaction was SO much better. I was really able to connect to the characters a bit more.

the fifth man
June 16th, 2012, 07:03 PM
My wife and I enjoyed episode 2 very much. We really hope that this show makes it.

jdjunkie
June 17th, 2012, 01:31 AM
Nice to see the ratings for ep 2 were up in Canada and the States. Is this unusual after the first ep? I always thought ratings tended to dip after the first show. *shrugs* What I know about ratings you could write on the back of a postage stamp and still have room for more. :p

FWIW, I thought this week's ep was way better than the pilot. The pacing was better, the characters more assured and there were some genuinely funny one-liners. Good guest performances, too. :)

Onwards to ep 3. This little show's a grower ...

Homer 120
June 17th, 2012, 03:51 AM
0.7 in the adults 18-49 demo for both episodes, this should never have been given to NBC methinks. Given thier track record.

discodiva
June 17th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Just watched it....and enjoyed it.....LOVED the interaction between Charlie and the young boy...Michael Shanks most certainly should work with children and possibly animals!..:P

Yep it's getting a tad pacier, the storylines are reasonably thought provoking in a mild mannered way and it was strange to see three women in one series that Michael Shanks has acted/interacted with before....the actress playing Charlie's ex-wife also played his murdering g/friend in CSI Miami, the new head of Surgery was in Suddenly Naked with him and of course this is third time out with Erica....

The man certainly gets around with some fine ladies!!..:P


Got my two episodes copied onto the iPad now...very useful for long journeys and travel!..will be adding to them hopefully soon...:D


Deeds xx

ZRFTS
June 21st, 2012, 06:57 PM
Contact
A week ago, Saving Hope premiered to reception that was less then favorable and less then middling viewership numbers. (though it did look like a success for eOne) One thing that is known that after the first episode; things supposedly get better... Well the second episode is better; they have their own set, they improved the chemistry and they even reduced the lens glare (which is appreciated, much better.) but honestly, it's only a minor improvement; even with the plot they have going on.

This episode does show that there's more to it then it being a Greg's Anatomy inspired show; for instance, it has many of the character moving up, situations changing and certain character relations being improved. Michael's wife is a specific example since this episode shows just how much her world changes without her if you can imagine being in her shoes, having to report to someone else then you can just imagine how she feels. Let's not forget about the relationships being formed, certain people getting involved in his life and the formation of a story arc that'll keep viewers interested. (because this show is about Michael; people would tune out if Michael did nothing but stand there while the people around him saved lives.) However, it still has some of that Greg's Anatomy feeling (especially in conversations), the camera angles and effects that seem generic (but done decently when the situation warrants it.), the music (again, also done decently), the same old cases that don't bother to be anything unique and the feeling that this is nothing more then a generic hospital drama with the gimmick of having Michael Shanks onboard. The characters here do serve their roles well and it is competent in it's execution but still...


http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9158/savinghopedontmindme.jpg
Don't mind me, I'm just here for the ride...

One of the best things the episode has going for it is the focus on Michael, which is what the people will obviously flock to when they watch this episode. I find it nice that they begin to focus on Michael's world in the second episode, almost as if they're aware that they needed to do something or they'd lose their audience. We've only been hinted at it in the pilot episode, I mean who knows how this world exists and how many people inhabit it so to see some exploration of it is nice though the exploration of it is small in general as half of the episode consists of Michael's usual thing of narrating while he watches hospital life around him. But the other half where he encounters a boy who just so happens to be in a near-death state like him is pretty good; these scenes showcase what made Michael Shanks so good in the first place; by dropping the attempts to be dramatic and just being sensible and caring, he manages to provide a performance that is straight to the point, fits his character well and just may be the most dramatic performance that he has done yet; the bond between him and the boy isn't as good as you may expect but it does work to provide a sense of charm and cuteness that makes these scenes super special. It advances the story sure but it also shows how much of a nice guy Michael Shanks is and it reinforces the love he holds for his dear girlfriend.

Speaking of which, Michael's girlfriend continues her reign as one of the best actors of Saving Hope by continuing to act as good as she can be. She manages to act like she did in the first episode, stern, caring and a little bit emotional but this time she's putting a just a teensy bit more effort into it, I think that may be due to the improved chemistry the show has and the plotlines she's being put through... Throughout the episode, you can see her devotion as she saves lives, makes some casual conversation and just cares about Charlie in general; the scenes she does with the boy really showcases the characters skills as a doctor and it shows that she can really act when the moment calls for it. If there was one thing I disliked her in, it'd be the generic fight that isn't really a fight but it's a fight with Michael's ex-wife; I understand if this is relating to the lengths they have to take to save Michael but can it not be a fight? I want to focus on treatments that may not 100% work; not focus on a fight and whether or not these two will start duking it out in the end. I will admit, the thing she and Michael has is special and she makes it clear throughout the episode; whether it's in the hospital or even in the past, these two have a connection that carry the show. Fact.


http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/4707/savinghopeboymicheal.jpg
[SIZE=1]A boy and Michael, a true bond.

There are certain things that irk me though, the promos that NBC showed during the last episode implied that the kid had a gift to see him and that he would be able to communicate with him while his wife doubted the kids ability. I doubt that it would work out the way it was implied but that promo was misleading and it also spoiled what was the best moment of the episode that happened in the end. The picture was something which I thought would happen in the middle or the beginning, not the end; if I were running NBC then I would of just omitted the picture entirely and just showed Shanks with the kid, that would of been 10x more powerful and effective then the promo that we got. Oh and there could of been a whole lot more with the kid, it was just a shame it had to be squeezed in with a couple of plots relating to other hospital patients and people who are not Michael Shanks.

So anyway, this is an improvement but not a major improvement. Michael Shanks and the kid is a very good plot, one that explores the world, gives credit to the character and also works to showcase the love between her girlfriend which is one of the best things the show has going for it. However... It still feels stuck in the generic hospital drama routine and even though the lens flare is reduced, there still needs to be a lot more work done. Still, this is more enjoyable then the previous episode and at least eOne has a successful Summer series under it's belt.

7.0/10

12OzMouse
June 26th, 2012, 12:16 PM
I'm watching Saving Hope just to see Michael Shanks act in a different type of show. He's really got great range and it's unfortunate that this show isn't a better platform for him to showcase his talent. I find it difficult to know that the best thing to happen in the storyline would also spell the end of the series. Mainly, having him wake up. I'm really wondering how they are going to perk this program up in the meantime. The Sci-Fi fan in me would love for him to develop some type of communication method that would allow him to interact with the rest of the cast. I'm just not to sure that idea would fly with the majority of the viewing public. Other than that, I'll be anxious to see how the writers can make the rest of the series any different than the first two episodes. Saving Hope will not just be the title after a couple more episodes. I'm afraid it will become, Saving the Show, instead...

RealmOfX
June 26th, 2012, 04:25 PM
I'm watching Saving Hope just to see Michael Shanks act in a different type of show. He's really got great range and it's unfortunate that this show isn't a better platform for him to showcase his talent. I find it difficult to know that the best thing to happen in the storyline would also spell the end of the series. Mainly, having him wake up. I'm really wondering how they are going to perk this program up in the meantime. The Sci-Fi fan in me would love for him to develop some type of communication method that would allow him to interact with the rest of the cast. I'm just not to sure that idea would fly with the majority of the viewing public. Other than that, I'll be anxious to see how the writers can make the rest of the series any different than the first two episodes. Saving Hope will not just be the title after a couple more episodes. I'm afraid it will become, Saving the Show, instead...

I'm thinking that they are already in Saving the Show territory already.

For me, the day to day medical side of the show is well, very ordinary. They also seem to be wasting the gimmick of the show, Charlie. They don't seem to be utilising him very well, making his role very engaging. So on both sides they are shooting below par. There just doesn't seem to be enough oompf in the the show, something unique that makes the general viewers want to come back week after week.

I really hope they improve the series in later episodes otherwise I don't see it getting another season. Last year Combat Hospital did better numbers in both Canada and the States (and I feel it was a much better show all around) and it got canned.

12OzMouse
June 27th, 2012, 06:58 AM
I really hope they improve the series in later episodes otherwise I don't see it getting another season. Last year Combat Hospital did better numbers in both Canada and the States (and I feel it was a much better show all around) and it got canned.

Good example and your right. What I find most curious is how they were able to sell this show to begin with? At this point I'm willing to bet that they've got some kind of hook that we've yet to see. I mean, they must have had something different planned for this story in order to get an episode order. Otherwise someone must figure that this type of story is going to attract "X" amount of viewers regardless of how boring it becomes. From everything I've read, it's very difficult to get past the pilot stage for a network even for a summer show. That's why I still am holding out a bit of "Hope" that they've "Saved" something exciting starting this week! (sorry for the puns, just too easy)

the fifth man
June 27th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Overall, my wife and I are enjoying this show so far. We will be very disappointed if it gets axed.

12OzMouse
June 27th, 2012, 08:28 PM
There's a site called TV Series Finale where I go to get ratings as they publish them faster than anywhere else I've seen. Their editorial comments are pretty straight forward and they rarely ever pull a punch. In their ratings review of Saving Hope, they did make a few interesting comments.


Of the eight summer programs that NBC has been airing this summer, Saving Hope is dead last and is doing even worse than the network’s Rock Center with Brian Williams. On our summer ratings report card, the show has an “F” grade.

While NBC is likely paying very little money to air Saving Hope, the ratings are so poor that there seems to be no reason for the network to bring it back for a second season. The show could continue in Canada however so, if that happens, US viewers will be able to see it eventually

So, I'll be interested in seeing what rabbit they can pull out of their hats to save this one....

the fifth man
June 28th, 2012, 06:29 PM
If this show can continue on in Canada, that would be fine with me. Watching something eventually is better than not being able to ever watch it at all.

Amara D'Angeli
June 28th, 2012, 07:50 PM
I just found this show today (thanks to the boards) and am currently watching the third ep of the season. The fourth aired here tonight and I've got that one recorded. The first couple of eps were a little shaky. But, overall, I'm enjoying it. I like the concept and it's so nice to see Michael on TV. I hope it picks up so it doesn't disappear from our TV landscape.

madaboutdanny
June 29th, 2012, 01:11 AM
Watched the 4th episode and liked it, I'm liking the show more and more and frankly I couldn't care less about NBC, if not for Michael exposition.

discodiva
June 29th, 2012, 10:00 AM
Figures on the up again for this week's showing...in the US anyway..3.3 million - nice to see a rise, even if only smallish...:D

http://tinyurl.com/7rq5wm7

Deeds xx

the fifth man
June 29th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Last nights episode was really quite good. This show has my wife and I pretty hooked thus far. We are definitely liking what we are seeing.

12OzMouse
June 29th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Yeah, I thought #4 was the best yet. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching the show, just as long as I don't think about it too much. I think their making better attempts at bringing it all together. I don't watch that many medical dramas, but if that is all this one was, I'd say it's one of the best I've seen. At least now I'm anxious to see what they do with it next week.

the fifth man
June 30th, 2012, 07:31 PM
I think it would be great if we get to a point in this show where she can at least occasionally see and hear Charlie. That would give her hope enough to not give up on him.

Amara D'Angeli
June 30th, 2012, 08:26 PM
I think it would be great if we get to a point in this show where she can at least occasionally see and hear Charlie. That would give her hope enough to not give up on him.

I like to think she really was seeing him in the moment just before Joel walks in.

12OzMouse
July 2nd, 2012, 11:03 AM
I don't think this qualifies as spoiler material but:

Hopefully the writers will continue to develop the idea that Charlie has some control over his situation, which he sorta proved by lowering his temp last week

I think that would be a great method to help close the divide in the show. Just my two cents...

ZRFTS
July 2nd, 2012, 11:07 AM
I don't think this qualifies as spoiler material but:

Hopefully the writers will continue to develop the idea that Charlie has some control over his situation, which he sorta proved by lowering his temp last week

I think that would be a great method to help close the divide in the show. Just my two cents...

Well...

Wasn't he motivated by that punky kid to take control?, I mean he fought to wake himself up and it succeeded; I doubt the ability to control his situation is specific to Michael alone and it would barely do anything to help close the divide, other then showing Michael fighting of course...

12OzMouse
July 2nd, 2012, 11:49 AM
My point is that I don't think the show can survive as two shows in one. A couple things happened in #4, both marked by spoiler tags above. Both of these scenes helped to build a bridge between the living and the not quite living. In talking with friends, what I hear is that they think the show is a very good medical drama with a side bar of Charlie, potential ghost in waiting thrown in.

There's parts of this show that remind me quite a bit like some early episodes of Being Human UK. Specifically those that featured Annie when she was just getting the hang of being a ghost, or those when she met other ghosts and compared notes. With Saving Hope, I'm just looking for that theme that's going to build the bridge between the two factions of the show. As I mentioned before, this last episode seemed to make some overtures in that direction. Again, just my thought....

discodiva
July 2nd, 2012, 02:21 PM
Well he should have renewed vigour for filming the last episode once he gets back to work after the holiday weekend....The whole of Family Shanks are in Toronto...at the moment they're enjoying the Hockey Hall of Fame!!...Lexa is tweeting and posting pics of their adventures....he must be thrilled to have all three kids and his wife with him after such a long absence...:D

Deeds xx

the fifth man
July 2nd, 2012, 07:08 PM
Personally, I can't wait to see where things go in the next episode.

jdjunkie
July 3rd, 2012, 05:55 AM
I think episode four really upped the ante. It felt like a much more cohesive piece of storytelling to me, with hints that moved Charlie's story along nicely.

It feels like the series is starting to find its feet. I just hope we get to see what it can do.

Anyone know the Canadian ratings for this ep yet?

Oh, and where's the spoiler tag these days? I cant see it. You can tell how rarely I post here. :o

madaboutdanny
July 3rd, 2012, 06:23 AM
I think episode four really upped the ante. It felt like a much more cohesive piece of storytelling to me, with hints that moved Charlie's story along nicely.

It feels like the series is starting to find its feet. I just hope we get to see what it can do.

Anyone know the Canadian ratings for this ep yet?

Oh, and where's the spoiler tag these days? I cant see it. You can tell how rarely I post here. :o
The canadian ratings are very good, first episode was 1,66, this was 1,55, up a bit from last week. For the spoiler write yourself [].....[/] with capital letters.They seem to be disappeared...

jdjunkie
July 3rd, 2012, 06:40 AM
That's good news on the ratings, thanks. They seem to be holding steady in Canada at least. :)

Thanks also for the spoiler tag info. That was a very handy button to have!

madaboutdanny
July 3rd, 2012, 06:57 AM
You are welcome.

12OzMouse
July 3rd, 2012, 07:04 AM
I've been saying it for a long time, but Canada produces some of the best television in the world. If a person ever comes into a dry spell and needs something to watch they need look no further than Canadian TV. Almost every genre, but SciFi in particular, they've got it covered. I personally believe its because they have more progressive views or maybe it's just government involvement. It seems to be much easier for them to bring a show to broadcast that would never make it to pilot in the US and other places.

Of course, it seems as if everyone working in the industry in Canada wants to get their stuff to air in the US. I personally think that Lexa picked the better horse in this race with her show, but in every article I read it's all about bringing Continuum to the US. I hope they wait till people are just dieing for it in the US. Otherwise SuFy will end up with their claws in it and the show will never be the same. We've seen it time and time again. The exception seems to be Lost Girl, but we'll see.... Sorry about the mini-rant!

the fifth man
July 5th, 2012, 07:29 PM
I was so excited about tonight's episode, but my cable went out.:mad: Now I have to hope they are reliable and put it OnDemand.

Lythisrose
July 6th, 2012, 10:36 AM
An article about various scenarios should NBC drop the show while it's still a success in Canada:
http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/07/04/saving-hope-save-thyself-big-canadian-ratings-no-guarantee-for-new-series/

12OzMouse
July 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM
The one piece of news that the article doesn't mention but has been published previously, is that NBC paid basically nothing for Saving Hope. Personally I find that to be good news because that means that the Americans shouldn't have a bunch of input in so far as series II is concerned. If you don't take their money you don't have to tow the company line.

It's interesting that they mentioned the Listener as an example. It's a good parallel for more than just dollars and cents. My point being the level of the para-normal is about the same in both shows. That particular level apparently is very popular in Canada. Well, this discussion belongs in a different thread. Thanks for the link!

discodiva
July 6th, 2012, 11:16 AM
I LOVE Canadian TV...it's my absolutely non-guilty pleasure to watch as much as I can when I'm on vacation there....I hope Saving Hope continues for Michael's sake as I'd like him to have as much success and work as he truly deserves, but it doesn't seem like the figures are doing great in the US....

Oh well, with a break whilst the Olympics are on, it means that in just over 5 weeks' time when I'm out in Vancouver again, I get to see two more episodes "live" instead of having to "acquire" it elsewhere and wait...;)


Deeds xx

the fifth man
July 7th, 2012, 07:05 PM
My wife and I finally got to see Thursday nights episode. It was really quite good. I really hope this show gets a second season, somewhere.

discodiva
July 8th, 2012, 02:28 AM
LOVED the interaction between Michael and Shawn Doyle - they were great together and was nice to see Shawn again after Endgame was cancelled..:(

The chemistry between Michael and Erica continues to sizzle....it IS a bit too "schmaltzy romantic" for me in places (I'm a cynical old bat when it comes to romance :P) but they truly do convey the very believable deep love the characters have for each other...

LOVING the new Head of Surgery - temporary of course, because Charlie's gonna come out of that coma for sure!..

Only quibble...please get that Maggie woman off so much of the screen...she's annoying and not a very good character imho.....she is taking up too much screen space and is starting to make me reach for the FF button in every scene she's in....:mad:


Deeds xx

YceQueen
July 12th, 2012, 11:18 AM
I'm really loving Saving Hope. Michael was my main reason for watching the pilot, but I'm really enjoying the show as a whole as well. Like some of you said already, it's great that they're trying to create a bridge between "Ghost world" and the real world, and I really hope Alex will at one point be able to see Charlie, or maybe in one of the upcoming episodes, Charlie will succeed in having one his spirit buddies go back to the land of the living, and have them tell Alex that he's still out there (Like what he tried to do with that little kid in episode 2).

Discodiva, I completely agree with you about Maggie! She's incredibly annoying (already pissed me off in ep 1 when she didn't want to examine that female patient cause "she's fat!") and she's acting like she's the best resident in that hospital, just cause she's dating Joel (and lets face it; dating should really just be translated to "having sex with" in this case)

the fifth man
July 13th, 2012, 07:53 PM
The last episode was pretty good. I really hope they finally bridge the gap between Charlie and Alex soon. We came so close in this one.

Thunderstorm
July 13th, 2012, 08:58 PM
They've really picked it up in the last 2 eps. Heartbreakers but great eps. I hope the ratings pick up so we can get more past the intial 13 episodes.

discodiva
July 14th, 2012, 02:12 AM
Michael's acting was awesome in this one.....that man can really get the tears going...:(


Anyone else want to thump "The Great Randall"?....nasty money grabbing pyschic?..:P



Deeds xx

the fifth man
July 14th, 2012, 07:54 PM
They've really picked it up in the last 2 eps. Heartbreakers but great eps. I hope the ratings pick up so we can get more past the intial 13 episodes.

That would be nice, but I am not holding my breath where NBC is concerned. Our best bet lies in it being renewed in Canada.

12OzMouse
July 14th, 2012, 08:43 PM
Everything I've read indicates that NBC is basically getting this one for free. Not free to us, but by their standards, basically for pocket change. Since they've got nothing invested in it they will be happy to swap it for anything that else that might do better in their summer timeslot. I'm a big fan of Canadian TV. It doesn't matter what genre it is, they can put together a show. My only complaint is that the primary goal of the actors, directors, and producers, (in Canada) seems to be to get their shows south of the border! With Saving Hope, I hope that their shot with NBC doesn't affect renewal for next year in Canada. I hope they all make a few extra bucks, but be ready to just keep it going in the great white north...

the fifth man
July 14th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Everything I've read indicates that NBC is basically getting this one for free. Not free to us, but by their standards, basically for pocket change. Since they've got nothing invested in it they will be happy to swap it for anything that else that might do better in their summer timeslot. I'm a big fan of Canadian TV. It doesn't matter what genre it is, they can put together a show. My only complaint is that the primary goal of the actors, directors, and producers, (in Canada) seems to be to get their shows south of the border! With Saving Hope, I hope that their shot with NBC doesn't affect renewal for next year in Canada. I hope they all make a few extra bucks, but be ready to just keep it going in the great white north...

That is what I am counting on. Time will tell.

discodiva
July 14th, 2012, 11:57 PM
As long as I can get it from "somewhere" to watch I don't mind...and as long as Michael and the cast are happy and enjoying themselves and making bread to put on the table then I keep my fingers x'd for a 2nd series by whatever means possible...:D

It ain't Emmy award winning stuff, but it's entertainment and fills a nice gap in my weekly schedule and gives me something to look forward to watching on a weekend (usually ;) )


Deeds xx

the fifth man
July 16th, 2012, 09:24 PM
My wife will be very upset if this show does not survive. So my fingers are definitely crossed.

12OzMouse
July 16th, 2012, 10:56 PM
My wife will be very upset if this show does not survive. So my fingers are definitely crossed.

Hey mate, no offense, but that's the 4th or 5th time you've mentioned your wife's affinity for the show. Your not in danger or anything if Saving Hope gets canceled, are you? I'd feel bad if I ignored all these warning signs and found out later that you were found chopped up in little pieces near a hog trough or something. You'll give us a sign somehow if you need rescue or something, right? Please send up a flare at least! I'm really hoping this is a mis-understanding, truly I do!

GATEGOD
July 17th, 2012, 12:55 AM
I got bored 3 episodes in. I wanted more scifi not this.

jdjunkie
July 17th, 2012, 03:59 AM
I got bored 3 episodes in. I wanted more scifi not this.


Um, then why were you watching a medical drama? Okay, a medical drama with a supernatural element, granted. It was never billed as sci fi. There has never been a sci fi element to it. :confused:

the fifth man
July 18th, 2012, 09:25 PM
Hey mate, no offense, but that's the 4th or 5th time you've mentioned your wife's affinity for the show. Your not in danger or anything if Saving Hope gets canceled, are you? I'd feel bad if I ignored all these warning signs and found out later that you were found chopped up in little pieces near a hog trough or something. You'll give us a sign somehow if you need rescue or something, right? Please send up a flare at least! I'm really hoping this is a mis-understanding, truly I do!

Thanks for the concern, my friend. I am in no danger though. I would be upset if this doesn't make it too, but it would hit her harder. She has really gotten into it. Maybe I am just a little more used to the "big" networks letting me down.

madaboutdanny
July 19th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Michael was adorable tonite, and he and Gia Sandhu were great togheter. To me this show is Charlie, without him it's just another hospital show with nothing special about it. At this point I really really hope for a second season!

the fifth man
July 21st, 2012, 08:51 PM
Michael was adorable tonite, and he and Gia Sandhu were great togheter. To me this show is Charlie, without him it's just another hospital show with nothing special about it. At this point I really really hope for a second season!

As do all of us who frequent this thread.

RealmOfX
July 21st, 2012, 11:30 PM
As do all of us who frequent this thread.

Speak for yourself :)

So far I have seen nothing about this series that would warrant continuing, I'm just about to give up on it.

Tremaine
July 24th, 2012, 09:38 AM
I know im not supposed to thinkof actors as there charaters but I like to think of this show as an off shoot of what daniel did when he was floating around with the ancients for that year. its a bit of a streach but with a little imagination.... either way who better for the role, after all he's done it before.

heres to hoping it gets more exciting, maybe a grim 'reaper' to battle or some special abilities for his character could spice it up. { im kinda partial to chain lightning. }

discodiva
July 25th, 2012, 07:01 AM
WOO HOO!!!


http://bellmediapr.ca/ctv/releases/release.asp?id=15368&test=yes


Saving Hope renewed for another 13 episode season next year!.....


Congratulations to Michael, Erica, Daniel and all the cast and crew! :) :)


So very happy for him....


Deeds xx

jdjunkie
July 25th, 2012, 07:01 AM
Excellent news for those of us watching and enjoying Saving Hope.

It's just been renewed for a second season! Gotta love those good Canadian ratings, eh? :D

Details here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canadas-ctv-orders-new-seasons-354424

This makes me very happy.

Congrats to Michael, Erica, Daniel and Co. :)

Lythisrose
July 25th, 2012, 07:02 AM
Good news for fans - at least in Canada!
http://bellmediapr.ca/ctv/releases/release.asp?id=15368&test=yes

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.

jdjunkie
July 25th, 2012, 07:02 AM
WOO HOO!!!


http://bellmediapr.ca/ctv/releases/release.asp?id=15368&test=yes


Saving Hope renewed for another 13 episode season next year!.....


Congratulations to Michael, Erica, Daniel and all the cast and crew! :) :)


So very happy for him....


Deeds xx

Hah! We posted at the same time!

Great news, eh? Made my day. :)

discodiva
July 25th, 2012, 07:27 AM
Hah! We posted at the same time!

Great news, eh? Made my day. :)


Well why shouldn't we celebrate?.....it's been a long time coming for him and I'm thrilled...:D


Twitter will be mental today!!...:D


Hope he's not too hungover from the BouquetMovie being wrapped...he'll have to go out and start celebrating again!!!..:P


And even if NBC don't pick it up again, I don't really care...as long as I can get to see it (somehow ;)) and it's a nice paycheck for Michael I'm happy...:P




Deeds xx *doing a little happy dance*

12OzMouse
July 25th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Good News, Fifth Man! I'm breathing easier!

the fifth man
July 25th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Good News, Fifth Man! I'm breathing easier!

Yeah, that is really good news.:) Even if NBC doesn't pick up the Season 2 episodes, at least my wife and I will eventually be able to see it.

12OzMouse
July 26th, 2012, 09:13 AM
I just finished watching a couple of seasons of a Canadian show called "The Listener". There are some parallels with Saving Hope and this show. Mostly in that both shows were given a shot on American TV and neither show was particularly effective south of the border. However, both shows are very popular in Canada. The Listener is about a guy who has some pre-cognitive abilities and gets flashes of future events. Listener is just about finished with its third series. Although there are character changes each year, the basic premise of the show remains constant. I maintain that American audiences tend to not be satisfied with the status-quo and need to have a show's main plot progress or else they lose interest. Just something that's been going through my head as I watch both shows. Regardless, I'm happy that SH gets another year!

escyos
July 27th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?

cyrusDCmonster
July 27th, 2012, 05:13 AM
no. over here in the land of oz the olympics is taking up 14 stations. 14! and others are running two week marathons of simpsons and crap like that. thank you god for dvd box sets and xbox!

Amara D'Angeli
July 27th, 2012, 05:27 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?


Yes, I do. (And I know I'm not alone or NBC wouldn't be dedicating so much airtime to it. Hell, look what happened to the National Conventions. It's all about the advertising dollars.)

discodiva
July 27th, 2012, 05:28 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?


Well for this Brit, yes I do...:)


Deeds xx

jdjunkie
July 27th, 2012, 07:15 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?

As a proud Brit and sports fan, yes, I do.

I can wait a couple of weeks for the next episode, especially now we know the show's been renewed (yay!) and that NBC and CTV have confirmed that it will be back on August 16.

Loved this week's ep, by the way. Very strong performances from Michael, Erica and Joel.

discodiva
July 27th, 2012, 07:42 AM
And I'll be in Vancouver and able to watch it live on CTV on the date of it's return!!...squeeeee!!!..

\o/ \o/ \o/ \o/

discodiva
July 27th, 2012, 07:43 AM
Loved this week's ep, by the way. Very strong performances from Michael, Erica and Joel.


Great to see Brian Markinson in it as well...he's a really great actor and of course the SG-1 connections keep on coming...:D


Deeds xx

Lythisrose
July 27th, 2012, 07:53 AM
I just finished watching a couple of seasons of a Canadian show called "The Listener". There are some parallels with Saving Hope and this show. Mostly in that both shows were given a shot on American TV and neither show was particularly effective south of the border. However, both shows are very popular in Canada. The Listener is about a guy who has some pre-cognitive abilities and gets flashes of future events. Listener is just about finished with its third series. Although there are character changes each year, the basic premise of the show remains constant. I maintain that American audiences tend to not be satisfied with the status-quo and need to have a show's main plot progress or else they lose interest. Just something that's been going through my head as I watch both shows. Regardless, I'm happy that SH gets another year!
The Listener has another Stargate alum in it - Rainbow Sun Francks (Ford in SGA)!
Happy that Canada keeps some of our SG folks in the public eye. :)

jelgate
July 27th, 2012, 09:02 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?

The only thing that gets more ratings thans the Olympics is the SUper Bowl. Everyone watches them

ZRFTS
July 27th, 2012, 01:26 PM
Well, I'd knew it'd be successful in the likes of Rookie Blue but why is NBC not jumping on the obvious train and renewing it? (CTV renewed it in Canada, not in the US) They have something against Rookie Blue they could use and they finally have a summer hit.

I guess it's time for Michael to start talking with the folks at ION Television.

retiredat44
July 28th, 2012, 08:28 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?

NO! I wish they would let the fans watch their shows, and if you want to watch the political olympics, they can by a friggin ticket and go see it, or turn on a sports channel...

It's always rude to postpone shows for another show..
1,000 channels and they make us watch something we don't want..

Amara D'Angeli
July 28th, 2012, 10:16 AM
NO! I wish they would let the fans watch their shows, and if you want to watch the political olympics, they can by a friggin ticket and go see it, or turn on a sports channel...

It's always rude to postpone shows for another show..
1,000 channels and they make us watch something we don't want..

Well, no one is forcing you to sit down and watch the Olympics... :S

And look at it from their perspective (because shows on other networks go on Hiatus for the Olympics, too), why would anyone want to try to put up numbers against the Olympics and draw down their numbers and thereby their retail price of advertising?

Atif09
July 30th, 2012, 07:54 AM
Now we have to wait as the olympics blocks a good show. Does anyone even care about the olympics anymore?

i live in London and i care more for my computer than i do for the Olympics.

jelgate
July 30th, 2012, 12:57 PM
What does living in London have to do with a personal love of the Olympics

Frostfox
August 12th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Someone on Cheeseburger has noticed a pattern.
http://scifi.icanhascheezburger.com/2012/08/10/sci-fi-fantasy-saving-hope-stargate-wait-a-minute/

FF :nox:

discodiva
August 29th, 2012, 05:59 AM
News on a tentative date for release of S.1 of Saving Hope on DVD...

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Saving-Hope-Season-1/17423


Thanks to Gateworld and others on Twitter for the link...:)


Deeds xx

discodiva
September 5th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news....and never let anyone say I'm not fair either with good or bad news about my favourite actor...but NBC seem to have given up on SH....:(

http://tv.broadwayworld.com/article/NBC-Nixes-Remaining-Episodes-of-SAVING-HOPE-20120905


No news about Canada, so we assume that it will air as normal on CTV...sorry US fans..:( :(




Deeds xx

jelgate
September 5th, 2012, 11:24 AM
More than likely it will go to one of NBC's cable channels if that

ZRFTS
September 5th, 2012, 06:09 PM
More than likely it will go to one of NBC's cable channels if that

Or ION Television.

I have got to get around to reviewing the rest of those episodes eventually. Have the 5th episode DVR'd but haven't exactly gotten around to watch it; maybe sometime this month.

the fifth man
September 5th, 2012, 08:50 PM
My wife will be very upset when I tell her this. I know I am pretty mad.

Thunderstorm
September 6th, 2012, 08:58 PM
Hate to be the bearer of bad news....and never let anyone say I'm not fair either with good or bad news about my favourite actor...but NBC seem to have given up on SH....:(

http://tv.broadwayworld.com/article/NBC-Nixes-Remaining-Episodes-of-SAVING-HOPE-20120905

No news about Canada, so we assume that it will air as normal on CTV...sorry US fans..:( :(

Deeds xx

Well darn, just checked the tv guide and it's been replaced. And no NBC, I won't be watching those show either.

NBC is just digging themselves a deeper hole. I know they don't have much else that gets ratings. But at some point people are going to get tired of Voice and Talent and then they are going to be scewed like ABC was back when they placed all they hope on Millionare.


Or ION Television.

i hope not, We don't get that cable channel and I still haven't been able to find Flashpoint later seasons online (legally).

escyos
September 14th, 2012, 02:51 AM
Just watched the final episode. Nice little twists (albeit slightly obvious) with Charlie and Joel.

12OzMouse
September 14th, 2012, 07:43 AM
Yup, interesting finale. I was really curious as to how they were going to carry-on from here, but they managed to come up with a good jumping off point for the next series. IMO, the next series has the potential to be much more interesting than the last. Plus, they won't be trying to please some American network. Well done!

jelgate
September 14th, 2012, 07:57 AM
They were never trying to please a US network in the first place.

discodiva
September 14th, 2012, 09:35 AM
Just seen it...really enjoyed it ...for me probably the best episode of the series.... have a few suspicions as to how the next series could play out and look forward to seeing if my warped little brain is similar to the writers'...:P


Deeds xx

12OzMouse
September 14th, 2012, 09:51 AM
They were never trying to please a US network in the first place.

And they did a fine job of it! I know that they were able to air the show for essentially nothing. However, I would think the way that they cut it early, they managed to piss off what fans the show had. That couldn't be considered a good move regardless of what their intentions were originally.

My feeling is that this one will end up being a hit after a couple series. It's just been a slow starter. Be interesting to see if SyFy wants to sink their hooks in it after another year? Doubtful, but possible!

jelgate
September 14th, 2012, 12:56 PM
The show is 90% medical drama and 10% fantasy. I would say its more likely to be picked by a channel like TNT. As for the fans it doesn't really matter to NBC if they angered them if its not making money. No matter what a channel does their decisions anger people

mathpiglet
September 14th, 2012, 03:34 PM
I was pleased with the finale. Nice twists and yes, I can see how they can now continue.

majorsal
September 14th, 2012, 03:47 PM
i'm watching the finale on nbc online. sooo many commercials that you can't go past. :mckay: :p

i've tried fast-forwarding, but that messes up the streaming. i'll let you know what i think of the finale.

the fifth man
September 14th, 2012, 07:39 PM
My wife and I haven't watched the final episode of the season just yet. Hopefully very soon.

majorsal
September 14th, 2012, 07:52 PM
spoilers for season ender

i enjoyed the ep! very happy he woke up!! :p i was surprised about that woman being a ghost. poor charlie (i almost wrote daniel :p). and poor alex waiting for charlie to show up for the wedding!

too bad i won't be able to watch this next season. i hope i can at least find out what's going on.

of course, not having this series on a network leaves room for more reality shows. the joy and excitement that gives me is just extreme. /sarcasm

the fifth man
September 15th, 2012, 09:53 PM
My wife and I really enjoyed the season finale. Very interesting ending for sure.

Lythisrose
October 2nd, 2012, 09:09 AM
Here's an article that MS tweeted this morning about other countries picking up Saving Hope:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canadian-drama-saving-hope-secures-375708

discodiva
October 2nd, 2012, 09:32 AM
Yep and the lucky beggar gets to go to Cannes next week to schmooze and booze and help get more sales hopefully!..he'll be there with his co-stars Erica Durance and Daniel Gillies...:P


Deeds xx

the fifth man
October 2nd, 2012, 07:23 PM
I hope when Season 2 starts, Saving Hope continues to do well in at least Canada.

discodiva
October 8th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Michael, Erica and Daniel are now attending MIPCOM in Cannes - a few photos are filtering through from this event....they can be found all over Tumblr and Twitter and I'm sure more will be coming through the week...for now a link at Yahoo has one picture credited to Eric Gaillard of Reuters...

http://tinyurl.com/8toezm2

Fingers crossed they have lots of success selling Saving Hope worldwide to continue the success it's had in Canada elsewhere....I'm still hoping for a UK sale this week....come on Sky - you know you want to!!! :P


Deeds xx

discodiva
October 8th, 2012, 04:15 PM
One more photo call before I head to bed....

http://www.bta.bg/en/gallery/image/373776


Nice to see the "Gordie Howe Hairline" growing back slowly ;)


Deeds xx

discodiva
October 9th, 2012, 04:38 AM
MSOL has an interview with Michael and Erica from MIPCOM now up on the site ....:daniel:


Head to the Home Page and follow the links to the Multimedia Sections to view/load the clip...:D


http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml


Deeds xx

discodiva
October 11th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Looks like Michael is having fun in Cannes....


https://twitter.com/MichaelShanks/status/256307742438993920


He has also tweeted a view to die for ...


https://twitter.com/MichaelShanks/status/256306649650827264


Lucky sod...I ate my breakfast starting at a mushroom coloured wall & computer screen!..:P


Deeds xx

discodiva
November 16th, 2012, 10:09 AM
News on an increase of episodes for Season 2 of Saving Hope...

http://tinyurl.com/d7jzm9l


More detailed info and Press Release link can be found at MSOL


http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml


Deeds xx

the fifth man
November 19th, 2012, 08:13 PM
News on an increase of episodes for Season 2 of Saving Hope...

http://tinyurl.com/d7jzm9l


More detailed info and Press Release link can be found at MSOL


http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml


Deeds xx

Nice!:) An 18-episode season works for me.

bookwormjules
December 4th, 2012, 02:56 AM
Any news when it will re-air season one? I PVRd it, but I only have the last half of season one. I haven't watched it from the start yet, but it looks like a good series.

avp60685
December 20th, 2012, 11:47 AM
I can't wait until it is released onto DVD

discodiva
February 19th, 2013, 12:24 AM
I have news on that release.....Released in the US on 21 May......


http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/news/index.shtml


Deeds xx

avp60685
February 19th, 2013, 06:16 AM
Thank you for sharing, I was about to go to bed and I read that so thank you for sharing!

Drunky
March 15th, 2013, 03:48 PM
I've only just started following Michael Shanks on twitter a few days ago and saw him tweeting about a new season. Which made me find out about this show a couple of days ago.

Going to need to watch the first season as it looks really good and Michael Shanks is a great actor.

the fifth man
March 16th, 2013, 09:41 PM
I've only just started following Michael Shanks on twitter a few days ago and saw him tweeting about a new season. Which made me find out about this show a couple of days ago.

Going to need to watch the first season as it looks really good and Michael Shanks is a great actor.

Definitely worth checking out. My wife and I ended up really enjoying Season 1.

Drunky
March 17th, 2013, 06:13 AM
Definitely worth checking out. My wife and I ended up really enjoying Season 1.It looks like something I'd like, and Michael Shanks is one of my favourite actors, so it's a must watch for me.

But did some online research, couldn't find a UK air date and I can't buy the dvd in the UK, so a bit disappointed with that. Looks like I'll have to watch it online which I don't really like to do.

discodiva
March 17th, 2013, 10:04 AM
The best you can do is order the box set of the first series from Amazon.com and wait for it to arrive..I have, but it's not due out until May I think and of course will take a tad longer than that to arrive in the UK..and watch out it might get caught for Customs & Excise charges too...that's happened on box set orders from the US for me before...:(

But worth it for a great series and fab performance from Michael and his co-stars....I hope for much more "Charlie" scenes in the 2nd series...


Deeds xx

Drunky
March 17th, 2013, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the info/advice, I appreciate it :)

So I take it the boxset are region free?

discodiva
March 18th, 2013, 12:43 AM
Nope...Region 1 I fear..:(


I have a small multi-region portable DVD player which I've used the past few years...I'm not tech savvy enough to give advice to those who haven't but I believe there are "ways and means" to view R.1 dvd's if you don't have one...;)


Deeds xx

avp60685
March 19th, 2013, 01:53 PM
Any special features on the DVDS?

discodiva
March 19th, 2013, 02:48 PM
I have no idea...only ordered it...didn't even bother to check out the specs...


Deeds xx

avp60685
March 19th, 2013, 02:53 PM
Okay, I guess we'll have to wait and see!

discodiva
May 22nd, 2013, 06:16 AM
On top of the news that S.1 DVD box sets of Saving Hope are now out, comes the information that Season 2 will debut on CTV on 25th June...

Go to MSOL for details and links to The Examiner and also if you are on Facebook check out the Official MSOL Facebook Page for more updates, pics and links....


http://www.michaelshanks-online.com/



Deeds xx

avp60685
May 22nd, 2013, 11:11 AM
I just got my season 1 DVD set and I must admit that Michael is amazing in it! They had a behind-the-scenes feature, only one tiny clip of Michael in it but he was laughing and joking around in that little clip!

discodiva
May 27th, 2013, 12:45 PM
A few "teasers" now up at the Bell Media site via CTV about Season 2 of "Saving Hope"....

http://www.bellmediapr.ca/ctv/releases/release.asp?id=16487&yyyy=2013


Deeds xx

avp60685
May 28th, 2013, 06:41 AM
Nice! Looks like we have a bit of Joel/Dawn romance perhaps developing!

brendini
June 3rd, 2013, 12:00 AM
Has anyone heard anything about possible US showings?

avp60685
June 3rd, 2013, 10:27 AM
Not yet but if I find out I'll be sure to post because I am the US myself and I was so angry when I found it was cancelled!

hedwig
June 5th, 2013, 08:39 PM
Has anyone heard anything about possible US showings?

It was on NBC for a brief time, but they cancelled it.

discodiva
June 6th, 2013, 12:32 AM
Yup indeed, with 2 episodes until the end to go...:( :( .....whether it was popular or not, you'd have thought a network could have had the decency to let the series run it's final 2 episodes couldn't you?...nothing like that ever happens on UK TV...well not that I can remember...;)

Most of us managed to "see" the end somehow....some of us are hoping we manage to do the same w S.2....no sign of the UK buying it either ...yet....but there is hope as they have bought many other Canadian-only productions over the years....if not, hopefully the 2nd season will be on DVD and available like the first is....I'm awaiting mine to be delivered from Amazon.com as we speak...:)




Deeds xx

discodiva
June 8th, 2013, 11:05 PM
CONGRATULATIONS MICHAEL
ON YOUR 2013 LEO AWARD WIN!!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/dancingwallnut/Birthdays%20gifs%20and%20smilies/catdance.gif (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dancingwallnut/media/Birthdays%20gifs%20and%20smilies/catdance.gif.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/dancingwallnut/MSLeo2013Win_zps24a1a6f8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dancingwallnut/media/MSLeo2013Win_zps24a1a6f8.jpg.html)


Deeds xx

Frostfox
June 9th, 2013, 12:52 AM
Where's the 'Like' button on this thing?

x FF :nox:

madaboutdanny
June 9th, 2013, 01:54 AM
I love that ep, and Michael was great in it, well deserved.

jdjunkie
June 9th, 2013, 04:11 AM
Go Michael!

Well deserved. That was a good ep. :)

Krisz
June 9th, 2013, 12:08 PM
Congratulations Michael, that episode was a good one, well deserved!

This series has grown on me and got better towards the end of season 1. It's done enough to get me to tune in again on June 25th. :)

discodiva
June 26th, 2013, 12:37 PM
So with Season 2 debuting on CTV last night - and jolly good it was too - comes the news that ......drumroll.........
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Season 1 of Saving Hope will make its debut on UK TV - on Watch Channel on Weds 7th August at 9 pm.

http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2013/06/watc...r-saving-hope/


Mr Shanks has just tweeted with <3 <3 <3


Deeds xx

avp60685
July 2nd, 2013, 09:46 AM
I wish there was a way for us American fans (like me) could watch it, no luck so far~

discodiva
July 2nd, 2013, 10:38 AM
Episode 2 tonight....looks like someone might be getting their hands dirty...:P

Pic in spoiler tags...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/dancingwallnut/SH2_EP202D6_WORONER_0097Small_zps15a351e9.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dancingwallnut/media/SH2_EP202D6_WORONER_0097Small_zps15a351e9.jpg.html)


Deeds xx

Thunderstorm
July 5th, 2013, 04:35 PM
Episode 2 tonight....looks like someone might be getting their hands dirty...:P

Pic in spoiler tags...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/dancingwallnut/SH2_EP202D6_WORONER_0097Small_zps15a351e9.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dancingwallnut/media/SH2_EP202D6_WORONER_0097Small_zps15a351e9.jpg.html)


Deeds xx

There was a lot of blood and gore in this episode.

discodiva
July 6th, 2013, 11:48 PM
Yep there was.....and a ridiculously corny joke!!..

Alex "I killed my pig" - Charlie "Call a Hambulance"

LOVED it!! :P :P


Deeds xx

avp60685
July 8th, 2013, 12:21 PM
That's sounds like Charlie! LOL!

Lythisrose
July 9th, 2013, 07:56 AM
Reading tweets from MS, looks like they got flooded out from filming yesterday! Must be bad there in TO. :(

discodiva
July 9th, 2013, 09:35 AM
Yeah...horrific flash floods yesterday...something like a month's rain fell in one go...and yeah the studio was flooded and production stopped...and yet on the West Coast, in Vancouver the sun is out, people are flooding to the beaches to sunbathe...looks like a glorious summer over there...bet Lexa wishes she and the kids had delayed their visit out to him for a week or two!...

New episode tonight...for those that live in Canada.....


Deeds xx

avp60685
July 9th, 2013, 01:34 PM
Oh wow, I am glad he's okay!

Thunderstorm
July 12th, 2013, 11:26 PM
Reading tweets from MS, looks like they got flooded out from filming yesterday! Must be bad there in TO. :(

Here's a collection of pics to show you how bad
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/dramatic-photos-show-parts-of-toronto-underwater-1.1358806

discodiva
July 14th, 2013, 04:57 AM
I saw them!..Unbelievable...last year I was there in the middle of June and it was record high temps and sunshine for June!...this year my hubby had been trying to persuade me to go again in July..glad we didn't!...

Have managed to watch the first 3 episodes of S.2 of Saving Hope and it's much better imho than S.1...faster paced, better storylines and more action for all involved...that's all I'm going to say..;)


Can't wait to re-watch properly on TV though...S.1 comes to "Watch TV" in the UK in less than a month now...7th August at 9 pm afaik...with hopefully S.2 not too far away...


Deeds xx

discodiva
August 8th, 2013, 06:05 AM
Well Season 1 of Saving Hope premiered on Watch TV in the UK last night....and it was a pleasure to revisit The Tuxedo Man again....it will continue to be shown on Wednesday nights at 9 pm with various repeated showings over the week following ....for those of us in the UK who are trying to keep up with S.2 by various "means", it's a unique opportunity to watch both Seasons at the same time and compare the differences...I'm certainly enjoying seeing S.1 on the Big Screen of my TV instead of my little DVD player or computer screen..:D


Deeds xx

jdjunkie
August 8th, 2013, 06:26 AM
Well Season 1 of Saving Hope premiered on Watch TV in the UK last night....and it was a pleasure to revisit The Tuxedo Man again....it will continue to be shown on Wednesday nights at 9 pm with various repeated showings over the week following ....for those of us in the UK who are trying to keep up with S.2 by various "means", it's a unique opportunity to watch both Seasons at the same time and compare the differences...I'm certainly enjoying seeing S.1 on the Big Screen of my TV instead of my little DVD player or computer screen..:D


Deeds xx

It's really interesting watching both seasons at once. It shows just how far the show has come in a very short time.

The second season is miles better than the first. The writing is better, the actors are settled in their characters and the show just feels more sure of itself somehow. Fabulous guest stars every week, too. I think I spotted the guy who played Jared Kane in Icon this week! I'm really enjoying it. :)

discodiva
August 8th, 2013, 08:11 AM
Yep you did....and the actor who played Felger was in it of course.....although not my favourite SG character by a long chalk (in fact The Other Guys and Avenger 2.0 are on my list of NEVER to be watched again SG1 episodes) the actor played a great part in Saving Hope...brought a tear to my eye at times...:(


Really loving the progression of the characters this season and the fact that Michael has waaaay more interaction with everyone...:D


Deeds xx

jelgate
August 8th, 2013, 12:39 PM
I am kind of sad I can't watch this show any more. It was hardly anything brand new but it wasn't bad

discodiva
August 8th, 2013, 03:15 PM
Apparently it's coming to German TV too...but a Pay-to-view channel called "Passion"...:P


Deeds xx

Drunky
August 11th, 2013, 08:51 AM
Watched the first episode and I'm not sure about it yet, will keep watching it as I'm sure it will get better.

I do question how long they can keep him in a coma and keep it interesting, but those of you who are up to date with it will know more than I do.

madaboutdanny
August 12th, 2013, 11:38 PM
I think the first episode is the worst, and to me the last two are the best.

jdjunkie
August 13th, 2013, 08:34 AM
I think the first episode is the worst, and to me the last two are the best.

And every ep of season two is tons better than any of season one. I'm not just liking the show now, I'm loving it. :)

madaboutdanny
August 13th, 2013, 11:24 AM
Agree with you, but I'd like to see Charlie outside the hospital, maybe with a light and funny episode.

12OzMouse
August 26th, 2013, 09:25 AM
Just finished watching the 9th episode of series 2 last night. Last year I thought the show, as a whole, had a bit of a identity crisis. I felt that it was having a hard time deciding which way to go. This year, I'm happy to say that they've found a pretty good balance and it has become, despite my initial misgivings, a solid drama.

Without getting into spoiler territory, they have managed to take the other-worldly facet and blended it into a believable scenario. All the problems and pitfalls that Charlie has been dealt are being handled in a most interesting manner. I really like the characters as a group now. They are taking it into a rather soapy direction, which is ok for this show, IMO. I actually wish that the episode order was more than it is. I'll be anxious to see if they get a 3rd series order. Personally, I think it's sad that the US didn't stay on board. I'm sure that dvd's will be available around Christmas time for those still interested, tho.

avp60685
August 27th, 2013, 10:39 AM
Any news on Season 2 DVD releases?

myowndrownedworld
September 19th, 2013, 07:22 AM
I must check this out at some point in the future

avp60685
September 25th, 2013, 11:23 AM
If I find out any news for season 2's release onto dvd i will be sure to post it

Thunderstorm
September 26th, 2013, 05:03 PM
I must check this out at some point in the future

The 2nd season is much better than the 1st season and different too.

discodiva
September 27th, 2013, 12:42 AM
Shame there's a great long hiatus on CTV for it atm....something to do with the fact that last year it only had 13 episodes and was down as "Summer filler" in the schedule..now it's been extended to 18 episodes but still down as a filler they haven't found a spot in the Autumn Schedule for it to continue....atm the rumours are not till January 2014 for the last nine...if you've been watching it then....


[SPOILER]Charlie's still stuck jumping up and down on that trampoline for a looooong time :P


Deeds xx

Thunderstorm
September 27th, 2013, 01:13 AM
if you've been watching it then....


[SPOILER]Charlie's still stuck jumping up and down on that trampoline for a looooong time :P


Deeds xx

Since you know some behind the scenes stuff - do you know
Did he actually jump on a trampoiline or was that just editing? And if he did jump - how long did he have to do that to get the shot?

discodiva
September 27th, 2013, 11:17 AM
Sadly I know nothing about how this year's filming has been going on.....hoping to ask him a few questions at Winter London Film & Comic Con next weekend and also at F.A.C.T.S. in Ghent 2 weeks after...I will make a note of this to ask him if he does a panel or anything...:)


Deeds xx

avp60685
September 27th, 2013, 11:24 AM
Yes please give us details once you find out the scoop from Michael personally deeds!

madaboutdanny
September 28th, 2013, 04:31 PM
Well, if he jumped in Michael's car in Burn Notice I think he can do that easily...

discodiva
September 29th, 2013, 06:44 AM
And he's probably a hell of a lot fitter than he was then...he trained for Mr Hockey and living on his own in TO for 7 months probably means he's been hitting the gym a lot...well we know he has, he's slim, toned and much much healthier looking to me at least...:D

But I'm still going to ask the question if there's a panel or talk...:D

Deeds xx

avp60685
October 2nd, 2013, 04:12 AM
Please do Deeds!

Drunky
October 4th, 2013, 04:10 PM
I've watched about 4 episodes so far and I'm struggling a bit to carry on watching.

I really want to like it because of Shanks, but it seems a bit confusing what Saving Hope wants to be, a medical drama or supernatural.

avp60685
October 8th, 2013, 11:15 AM
The series gets better as Season 1 progresses, hang in there a few of my friends weren't fan of it either but they started enjoying it as the series continued!

Thunderstorm
October 10th, 2013, 10:07 PM
If you go back thru the thread you'll find that a lot of us weren't thrilled with the 1st ep but it did get better by the end of the season and season 2 is even better.

I went from watching because Michael was in it and there was nothing better on, to eagerly looking forward to the next episode.

avp60685
October 11th, 2013, 06:48 AM
I remember thinking when I first heard about the series, I was really excited because it aired the day after my birthday and I knew I was in for a treat to see Michael and Erica Durance (Smallville had just ended and I was desperate for a new show to watch over the summer!) again. I had seen them on Stargate and Smallville but this role was different for both of them!

Drunky
October 12th, 2013, 01:02 PM
Think you guys might just be right.

I've watched 4 more episodes today and actually enjoyed watching them all. Mind you, I have never liked all the blood and surgical operations that comes with the medical dramas lol.

But starting to get into it now :)

discodiva
October 13th, 2013, 04:11 AM
I've been watching the first series in real time all over again but this time with my husband who, as a complete spoilerphobe, has waited until it airs in the UK...it's been a complete revelation how much he's been enjoying this....he's an NCIS, Falling Skies, Dexter type man so I though SH would be so out of his league of enjoyment....but he absolutely loves it!..and his enjoyment and enthusiasm has given me a fresh perspective on it...and I'm also enjoying it much more than I did the first time around when I "watched" it on my computer..;)


Can't wait for the 2nd series to continue and then start over here in the UK...


Oh and I'm sorry guys I couldn't ask any spoilery questions re SH at LFCC...in the panels it was mainly Stargate fans and Stargate-related questions and I had so many things to chat about with Michael during our brief autos and photo ops encounters I couldn't ask it....will try again next weekend at F.A.C.T.S...


Deeds xx

discodiva
October 19th, 2013, 12:11 PM
OK...I had a bit of a chat with Michael about THAT scene today at F.A.C.T.S...answer under spoiler tags...

He said it took no time to film..he just jumped on this trampoline in this garden they'd chosen on location and it was done very quickly...he said that not only did he jump up and down on it but some of the crew had a go too :P

As to the metaphor of why? He was not so sure...I get the feeling that he didn't have the same enthusiasm for the idea behind it as the writers and directors...*snort* :) he and I got the idea that it was mainly used so that the focus was on Joel going to the meeting with Alex and not Charlie :(


Deeds xxx

Thunderstorm
October 19th, 2013, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the info, Deeds. :)

avp60685
October 25th, 2013, 03:56 AM
Some kind soul was very helpful in helping me get my Shanks fix! They posted 7 full episodes of Season 2 on YouTube, I spent the entire day yesterday swooning. My biggest problem, why don't they put him in more blue to bring out his blue eyes? I mean don't get me wrong he does great in the green ones but I rather see him in some blue ones. Also I loved his singing in the operating room, I was literally swooning and rewinding over and over to hear his gorgeous singing.