Canadian Drama 'Hard Rock Medical' Gets Full-Season Order

TV Ontario has ordered 13 episodes of the homegrown TV series about young students training to be doctors in northern Canada after the success of the ABC/Global Television medical procedural "The Hot Zone."

TORONTO -- After the success of The Hot Zone for Global Television and ABC stateside, Canadian broadcaster TV Ontario has ordered another homegrown medical drama, Hard Rock Medical, which charts the lives of students training to become doctors in northern Canada.

The Hot Zone, which aired as Combat Hospital in Canada, was a a Canadian-U.K. co-production about doctors and nurses saving lives and limbs in a war zone military hospital modeled on a real facility in Afghanistan.

The 13-parter Hard Rock Medical, which is set in far-flung northern Ontario, is structured as a Canada-Australia co-production between Title Entertainment, Carte Blanche Films and Distinct Features.

The homegrown drama portrays young students making their way through a fictional medical school in northern Ontario.

No word on casting or other creative for the local drama.

Hard Rock Medical will debut on TV Ontario in 2013 after a location shoot in and around Sudbury, Ontario.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has the second window rights.

Hard Rock Medical is loosely based on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and has tapped taxpayer subsidies from the provincial government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to shoot in Canada’s north.

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