Smallville’s Erica Durance Cast In Canadian Pilot ‘Saving Hope’

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After ten super years, Smallville‘s run on WB/The CW has come to a close. The first big move for the regular Smallville cast is Erica Durance, AKA Lois Lane, who’s taken a leading role on Canadian pilot Saving Hope.

Saving Hope is about a neonatal doctor (Durance) and her ex, a cancer surgeon in the same Toronto  hospital. In an interesting twist, the show will be at least partially told from the perspective of a conscious, paralyzed patient who observes the pair’s discussions on medicine and healthcare topics. The series is based on a series of articles written in Canadian periodical The Globe and Mail.

Durance has played Superman’s leading lady for the last seven years. Before landing the Smallville Lois Lane role, she played one-off single characters on shows like Stargate: SG-1, Andromeda and The Collector, as well as bit parts in movies like House of the Dead.

Of course, her clout has risen somewhat after a seven-year run in a high-profile series. Later this year Durance will appear in the indie feel-good movie Sophie, and she’s worked on several TV movies in the last few years including a role as Marian in Syfy’s Beyond Sherwood Forrest. She’s listed in a small role in the movie version of Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric. Durance is a native Canadian.

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Durance isn’t the first Smallville alumni to find TV work as the long-running series closes. Michael Rosenbaum, who returned for the series finale in his role as Lex Luthor, played Dutch the jock on Fox’s Breaking In. Too bad the series won’t be returning for a second year. It got one season more than Kristen Kruek’s latest project, 17th Precinct, a fantasy/cop show from sci-fi producer Ronald D. Moore. NBC declined to pick up the series after producing the pilot.

Perhaps most significantly, Marvel Studios is eying to bring the Man of Steel himself over the comic book divide. Rumor has it that they’re looking at Tom Welling for a major role in an upcoming superhero movie.

Fans of Durance can take heart in the knowledge that it’s not uncommon for Canadian TV shows to cross the border. Current shows like ABC’s Rookie Blue (produced by Ilana Frank, who is also producing Saving Hope),  CBS’s Flashpoint and Syfy’s Sanctuary are northern imports.

Production on the Saving Hope pilot will begin later this month, though CTV has  not yet ordered an initial season.

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  1. Sounds interesting.
    I’m watching more Canadian shows now. The Listener, which will be back for a third season and I’ve started liking Endgame.

    Summer’s here, time for good shows from the cable networks; USA, TNT, and A&E are getting into the swing of getting good shows before the major networks.

  2. They should have an Erica Durance Channel. It could be just like the Fire Log Channel around the holidays. A live feed of hotness, if you will.

    • *ba-dum TSSSSSS*

  3. Even if it doesn’t cross the border, hope that Erica’s Saving Hope get a full season!!

    Wish CTV get Justin Hartley to play the other doctor!!

  4. and how do I watch it

  5. She is so bad at acting. To call her an actress is an insult to the profession. She is terrible. Not even her looks can make up for how bad she is. SHe has maybe two years left and then she’s done. Gauranteed!


  6. The only Canadian TV show I ever really watched was Trailer Park Boys. Does anyone know of some other good Canadian shows like that?

  7. I’m a big fan of Erica’s from her turn as Lois Lane on Smallville. To me, she was the quintissential Lois. Played her perfectly and was totally hot at the same time. Wish her the best of luck with her new show, although I hope to see more of her stateside.


  8. Congrats to Erica Durance. She’s been the best actress on Smallville so it’s no surprise that she’s the first one to get cast as the lead in another show. She totally deserves the best, after putting up with so much venom from Allison Mack’s and Kristin Kreuk’s obnoxious fans. Go Erica!!


    • I agree, Im happy to see Erica doing great and most likely going to be the most successful. She is an amazing actress and dont understand the hate from AM fans and KK fans. Its funny to me cause the more hate on her, the more successful she will be. Anyways cant wait to see Saving Hope! Erica is way too beautiful not to be on TV!