The Hot Zone

Global’s summer lineup promises to be a real scorcher with the confirmed premieres of Rookie Blue Season 2 and The Hot Zone (working title) both kicking off in June. The two highly anticipated series will lead the network’s exciting summer primetime schedule, as part of Global’s growing slate of compelling and relevant original programming.

“Rookie Blue was an unprecedented success, and The Hot Zone (working title) has all the markings of another hit drama. We know we have another great show on our hands and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to further solidify our relationship with ABC,” commented Barbara Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “Based on the strength and the excitement surrounding these two shows, they are the perfect pillars to the Global 2011 summer schedule.”

Audiences across North America were captivated by Rookie Blue, and here in Canada, the series became the most-watched inaugural season of any scripted Canadian TV series in two decades – on any network*. Starting Thursday, June 16 – 10pm ET/PT (in simulcast with ABC) this proven fan favourite is back with Season 2 and the training wheels are off 15 Division’s freshest batch of police officers. Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) and Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) are more experienced and eager to get into high gear, but are just beginning to realize that when it comes to getting good at this job, there are no shortcuts. And when you’re a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

The following week, The Hot Zone (working title) makes its eagerly awaited debut on Tuesday, June 21 – 10pm ET/PT (in simulcast with ABC). A fictional medical procedural set in 2006 at the only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan, this highly-charged series charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the U.K. and other allied countries. Already creating a sensation within the industry, the series follows the characters as they navigate their way through the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table, and the never-ending conflicts that arise from working in a war zone military hospital. The Hot Zone stars Elias Koteas (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Michelle Borth (“Hawaii Five-0”), Luke Mably (“The Gates”), Deborah Kara Unger (“The Hurricane”), Terry Chen (“Sanctuary”) and Arnold Pinnock (“The Listener”). The Hot Zone is currently filming on location in Toronto. 

Global’s complete summer schedule will be announced in the coming months.

* Source: BBM Canada (NMR/PPM data). All data national English 2+ based on regularly-scheduled, non-sports programs.

 

Shaw Media announced that production on Global Television’s gritty, new, medical drama The Hot Zone (working title, formerly known as Combat Hospital) has begun.

Commissioned by Global’s original content team and recently picked up by ABC, the 13 x 1 hour-episode series will be shot in Toronto until July 2011. Broadcast details will be revealed at a later date.

“There’s no mistaking the relevance of this gripping new series,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “With such a spectacular international cast on board and production now underway, we’re one step closer to bringing audiences this candid look at medical heroes on the frontlines of war.”

The Hot Zone is a fictional medical procedural set in 2006 at the only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan. The series charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the U.K. and other allied countries. This highly-charged series follows the characters as they navigate their way through the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table, and the never-ending conflicts that arise from working in a war zone military hospital.

The Hot Zone features a diverse ensemble cast including: Elias Koteas (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Colonel Marks; Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0) as Canadian surgeon Dr. Rebecca Gordon; Luke Mably (The Gates) as neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill; Deborah Kara Unger (The Hurricane) as Australian army psychiatrist Major Ada Pedersen; Terry Chen (Sanctuary) as trauma team leader Captain Bobby Trang; and Arnold Pinnock (The Listener) as Commander Will Royal, Chief of Nursing.

The series is being shot on an expansive 17,187-square metre (185,000 sq. ft) indoor and outdoor set recently constructed in Toronto. It is one of the largest standing sets ever built for a Canadian original production and is modelled after the real Canadian-lead NATO Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Airfield. The set is a meticulous re-creation of a portion of the hospital compound and the vast Kandahar Airfield, including the helicopter landing zone, boardwalk area and barracks, which housed over 15,000 military and civilian personnel.