Growing closer to Saving Hope’s premiere date on June 7th, TV Guide featured another article in their latest issue on the upcoming new medical drama, which talks about its similarities to past and present medical dramas as well as differences that make Saving Hope a must watch.
Hope and Faith
And we thought “The Five Year Engagement” was long. In NBC’s new medical drama Saving Hope, Smallville’s Erica Durance stars as Dr. Alex Reid, a surgeon who picks up the pieces after her life with fiancé and fellow doc Charlie Harris (Stargate’s Michael Shanks) is put on eternal hold. “Her world is thrown sideways when she and Charlie are in an accident and he goes into a coma,” Durance says.
But Charlie’s unconscious state doesn’t render him immobile-his spirit continues to walk the hospital’s floors, interacting with other comatose patients, some of them Alex’s. “What’s happening with Alex in reality is almost being paralleled with Charlie on the other side. He acts as our voice that ties things together,” explains Durance, who teases that Alex may have a “Sixth Sense” experience or two. “There are these beautiful moments interwoven throughout the series where you wonder if she sees or senses Charlie.”
With its wandering souls and decidedly spiritual vive, Saving Hope is far from a typical medical drama. Still, it does have something in common with series like ER, Grey’s Anatomy and House: perseverance in the face of tragedy. “The show raises the issue of how you keep your life together when it’s not really the same anymore?” says Durance. “Alex is trying to keep everything going while still dealing with her grief. It’s really relatable for people in that way.” And if it resonates in the ratings, NBC will keep Hope alive.
‘Saving Hope’ premieres Thursday, June 7th at 9/8c on NBC