‘Saving Hope,’ NBC’s new captivating medical drama, provides summer audiences with a refreshing twist on the genre by adding an intriguing supernatural element. Much like CBS’s ‘A Gifted Man,’ this series combines the scientific with the spiritual and examines the complex dilemmas that are faced in the tangible world and beyond.
The show takes place in Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital, where Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks, ‘Stargate SG-1’) and his fiancée, Alex Reid (Erica Durance, ‘Smallville’), work together to save lives on a daily basis. Their world drastically changes when Harris ends up in a coma after the happy couple gets into a car accident on the way to their wedding. While a devastated Reid struggles to save him, Harris’ spirit wanders through the halls of the hospital and meets patients who have died or are on the brink of death. Harris narrates his experiences, explaining what goes on in the hospital and sharing a doctor’s perspective on the life or death decisions that are made. While Harris is stuck in limbo, Reid’s already disheveled life grows more complicated when her former flame and hot-shot surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies, ‘The Vampire Diaries’), joins the surgical team. As we continue to watch Harris and Reid navigate through their parallel lives and fight for their love across two worlds, flashbacks reveal details of their relationship and we discover how their romance blossomed. When Reid is torn between following her head or her heart as she strives to save her true love, Goran pragmatically appeals to her medical reasoning, while Harris metaphysically encourages his fiancée to never give up hope.
‘Saving Hope’ premieres Thursday, June 7th at 9/8C on NBC and CTV.
Visit the official website for ‘Saving Hope’ for cast interviews, videos, and more.
This article was originally published on Examiner.com on May 27, 2012.