Smallville's Erica Durance Plays Doctor (and Producer!) In New Pilot – But There's a Catch
When Erica Durance sat down with TVLine midway through Smallville‘s final season, she said — with an eye on her post-Lois acting future — “I would love to step out on my own, for sure…. We’ll see if I get the chance.”
Well, she didn’t have to wait long.
On the market for barely a week after fulfilling her post-season Smallville duties, Durance landed the female lead in Saving Hope, a medical drama pilot that begins filming later this month in Toronto. But therein lies the “catch” — Saving Hope is being developed by CTV for the Canadian marketplace.
So, will we in the U.S. ever get to see it? All signs point to… maybe. But more on that in a sec.
Inspired by newspaper columnist Ian Brown’s “Mount Hope” series and based on stories from Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Saving Hope stars the Calgary-born Durance as Alice Joy, the idealistic Chief Surgical Resident at a hospital whose happenings are narrated by its comatose Chief of Surgery.
Durance is also a producer on the pilot, akin to how her former leading man Tom Welling was an EP on Smallville. Saving Hope‘s male lead — playing Alice’s rival and onetime lover — has yet to be cast.
Now, back to the show’s U.S. prospects. Saving Hope is being co-written by Morwyn Brebner, whose credits include Rookie Blue — a Canadian production that found a summertime, Stateside home on ABC, where it will premiere Season 2 on June 23. And Flashpoint is an example of a CTV drama enjoying ongoing success on a major U.S. outlet, CBS (where it’s currently airing its fourth cycle Fridays at 8). All of which to me suggests that Saving Hope, if ordered to series, could likewise hit U.S. airwaves.
That said — and especially since Saving Hope is merely at the pilot stage — a CTV rep cautions, “It’s too soon to speculate about potential U.S. network partners at this time.”