Erica Durance and Michael Shanks in Canadian 'Saving Hope' Series

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TORONTO - Smallville’s Erica Durance and Michael Shanks (Stargate Atlantis) are headlining Saving Hope, a Canadian medical drama from Ilana Frank, the creator of ABC’s Rookie Blue.

Canadian broadcaster CTV has ordered 12 one hours of the fast-paced Toronto hospital drama about a chief of surgery (Shanks) whose sudden illness leaves the medical facility in chaos, and his wife, also a doctor and played by Durance, in shock.

Saving Hope, which includes a pilot episode shot in Toronto in spring 2011, also stars Huse Madhavji, Julia Taylor-Ross and Kristopher Turner.

The Canadian drama comes from indie producer Thump Inc.’s Ilana Frank and David Wellington.

The series is written by co-creator Malcom MacRury and Morwyn Brebner.

Frank and Wellington, who will direct the drama, will executive produce Saving Hope along with Lesley Harrison.

Frank’s cop drama Rookie Blue has been renewed by ABC and Global Television in Canada for a third season.

Like Rookie Blue, Saving Hope will be shot in Toronto.

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