CTV takes Saving Hope to season five

Eighteen new episodes of the ICF Films and Entertainment One series will bow on CTV during the 2016/17 broadcast season.

CTV has greenlit a fifth season of Saving Hope, which will include 18 one-hour episodes.

Production on the fifth season of the ICF Films and Entertainment One series is set to start in spring 2016 in Toronto, with leads Erica Durance and Michael Shanks confirmed to return. Also returning for season five are Wendy Crewson, Julia Taylor Ross, Huse Madhavji and Kim Shaw.

ION Television in the U.S. has also picked up Saving Hope for season five. ION Television has been the exclusive U.S. broadcaster of Saving Hope since its third season, and also holds the U.S. rights to the first two seasons of the series.

The greenlight for season five comes as season four finishes its run on CTV. Season four bowed on CTV this fall, where it earned an average weekly audience of 1.3 million in its Thursday 9 p.m. slot. The current season has seen a 16% increase in the A18-34 demo and a 63% increase in the F18-34 demo over season three. Saving Hope is currently on a mid-season break, and will return to CTV in a new timeslot on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. A two-hour season five finale will air on Valentine’s Day, starting at 8 p.m.

Saving Hope is produced by ICF Films and eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.  Executive producers are Ilana Frank and John Morayniss, with Linda Pope, Trish Williams, Noelle Carbone and Patrick Tarr serving as co-executive producers. Adam Pettle is both executive producer and showrunner on the series. Distribution for Saving Hope is handled by eOne.