Global and ABC announce new series

Global Television announced today that its latest original drama series Combat Hospital has been picked up by ABC.  The 13 episode series, the second Global series to be picked up by the US network, will air in simulcast with ABC this summer (airdates TBC).

Set in a hospital inspired by the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Combat Hospital charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the UK and other allied countries.  This candid, entertaining and sometimes brutal series follows Canadian trauma surgeon Rebecca Kincaid as she experiences relentless life and death battles on the surgeon’s table that transcend politically-charged stereotypes and is confronted with making the tough decisions that come with the realities of frontline medicine

“With the record setting success of Rookie Blue, we’re looking forward to partnering with ABC on another winning series,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media.  “The appeal of Combat Hospital will cut across all demographics and many nationalities.  It’ll provide the flip side to an international conflict that comes into our homes every day.”

Combat Hospital is a joint production of Canada’s Sienna Films and the UK’s Artists Studio with Carrie Stein at 3 Arts Entertainment and Simon Vaughan at Lookout Point heading up international sales.  Executive Producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films (The Cry of the Owl—with BBC Films, MACT Productions, Diamonds—CBC/ABC, with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Alchemy Television and Philo Films, How She Move—Paramount Vantage/MTV Films/Mongrel Media), Gub Neal, Justin Thompson-Glover and Patrick Irwin for Artists Studio; Executive Producer/ Showrunner Dan Petrie Jr. will head up the writing room on the show originally created by Jinder Chalmers and Douglas Steinberg.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shaw and ABC – excellent broadcasting partners – as well as the team we’ve assembled, from Dan Petrie Jr. to our co-producing partners in the UK,” said Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Executive Producers, Sienna Films.

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