Saving Hope

Saving Hope TV seriesNetwork: NBC, ION
Episodes: 85 (hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: June 7, 2012 — August 8, 2017
Series status: Ended

Performers include: Michael Shanks, Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michelle Nolden, K. C. Collins, Kristopher Turner, Julia Taylor Ross, Ben Ayres, Huse Madhavji, Salvatore Antonio, and Glenda Braganza.

TV show description:      
Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks), the charismatic Chief of Surgery at Hope-Zion Hospital, suffers a massive brain hemorrhage on his wedding day and ends up in a coma. This leaves the hospital in chaos and his fiance, fellow surgeon Alex Reid (Erica Durance), in a state of shock. Along with a newly arrived star surgeon named Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), Alex races to save Harris’ life. While comatose, Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, sees it from an outsider’s perspective, and isn’t sure if he’s a ghost or is just dreaming.

Alex is brilliant and quick-witted — an excellent general surgeon who believes completely in her scientific training. It’s a new experience when she finds herself as the loved one of a patient. It leaves her feeling vulnerable and under great pressure. It doesn’t help matters that her former boyfriend, Goran, has joined the staff.

Goran is a brash superstar orthopedic surgeon who doesn’t shy away from confrontations. He left a prestigious position at Sloane-Kettering to come to Hope-Zee and work with Harris. With Harris is in a coma and his ex in the most vulnerable time of her life, he can’t admit that he’s still in love with Alex. He also can’t bring himself to commit to Maggie Lin. Time will tell if he sticks around or runs away, as per usual.

Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden) is Harris’ ex-wife and a respected cardiologist. She calls into question Alex’s ability to make the right decisions for Harris and is smart, sexy, and sometimes likable.

Like Alex, Tom Reycraft (K. C. Collins) is also a fourth year surgical resident and has his eyes on her position as Chief Surgical Resident. He can come off as crass and cavalier, but he is a talented general surgeon.

Gavin Murphy (Kristopher Turner) is considered Hope-Zee’s smartest resident. He’s perceptive, ethical, slyly sexy and has a special interest in psychiatry. He’s sharply observant about other people’s emotional lives but can be a bit clueless about himself.

Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) is a fun and sexy surgical resident who’s smart but uncertain. She’s often ruled by her emotions and has a secret that could jeopardize her future. Maggie finds herself charmed by Goran, while she overlooks a potential good thing with her pal Murphy.

Dr. Zach Miller (Ben Ayres) is Hope Z’s ER Doctor. He is a devout Christian and family man but his marriage may be in crisis. His job is his calling as he truly believes he is doing God’s work by saving lives. Confident and compassionate, he leads what can be a very hectic ER.

Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) is a genius neurosurgeon who’s lacking in people skills. He may have mild Asperger’s Syndrome or may just be too intelligent to relate to regular people. Either way, he frequently finds himself in conflicts with his co-workers and patients. Hamza is openly gay and is in a committed relationship with OR nurse Victor Reis (Salvatore Antonio). Reis an extrovert and likes to mix and mingle. Their relationship is put to the test by Hamza’s emotional limitations.

Melanda Tolliver (Glenda Braganza) is an ICU doctor as well as Alex’s best friend. She oversees the day-to-day care of the hospital’s most critically ill patients including Harris. Working in intensive care, Melanda has to be both companionate, and tough as nails. Jackson Wade (Joseph Pierre) is an ICU nurse who works with Melanda and never loses his great sense of humour.

Alex and her fellow doctors continue to work to save Harris and the other patients at the fast-paced hospital. Daily, they must make complicated and courageous decisions in their struggle to keep hope alive.

Series Finale:
Episode #85 — Hope Never Dies
Alex, Charlie, and Luke get into a car accident after a heroic moment, throwing their whole family into peril. The doctors of Hope Zion struggle to save their lives, while also dealing with the chaos of a mass casualty incident. When they fail to save Charlie’s life, his organs go to many of the accident victims, saving several lives. The Hope Zion family bands around Alex while mourning Charlie, reinforcing she will never be alone, despite the loss of her partner.
First aired: August 8, 2017.

What do you think? Do you like the Saving Hope TV show? Do you think it should be ending? Would you have watched season six?