“TRANSPLANT” IN EXCELLENT HEALTH AS NBC MEDICAL DRAMA RENEWED FOR SEASON TWO
Canadian Import Is a Stateside Hit and Will Return With More Tales from York Memorial Hospital
NBC’s hit medical drama “Transplant,” one of the biggest success stories of the year, is returning for a second season.
NBC acquired “Transplant” earlier this year after having been a hit in Canada on CTV and continues its goal to bring the best entertainment to its audience through traditional and non-traditional pipelines.
The series centers on Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq), a Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine who fled his country with his younger sister, Amira. Together they struggle to build a new life in Canada as Bash strives to rebuild his career in medicine.
In its first season on NBC, “Transplant” has averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, with the premiere having grown to a 1.8 in 18-49 with digital and linear viewing. “Transplant” has scored as one of television’s most time-shifted shows through its NBC run, with each of its first seven original telecasts ranking as the #1 drama of the week in “live plus three day” lift.
In linear and digital viewing to date, “Transplant” is averaging 7.7 million total viewers, more than doubling its 3.5 million “live plus same day” performance.
In its first season on CTV, “Transplant” was the most-watched Canadian original series and saw audience growth as the season progressed.
When “Transplant” premiered in September on NBC, the Wall Street Journal said, “The series will make its debut as the best medical show on American television” while the Hollywood Reporter called the “Transplant” pilot “especially good.” TV Guide labeled the series “compelling.”
“Transplant” stars Hamza Haq (“Quantico”), Laurence Leboeuf (“The Disappearance”), John Hannah (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jim Watson (“Mary Kills People”) and Ayisha Issa (“Polar”).
The show was created by Joseph Kay, who served as executive producer on season one along with Jocelyn Deschenes, Bruno Dube, Randy Lennox, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry and Tara Woodbury.
Developed at CTV, “Transplant” is produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles worldwide distribution for the series.
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About Transplant TV Show
CTV announced that it has renewed Canada's most-watched original drama series TRANSPLANT for a third season. Produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, Season 3 of the CTV Original drama consists of 13 one-hour episodes. New episodes of TRANSPLANT's second season continue Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, before moving to its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 1.
Filming on Season 3 will take place in Montréal, with Hamza Haq (MY SALINGER YEAR) reprising his role as Dr. Bashir Hamed - known to most as Bash - a talented doctor and Syrian refugee who fled to Canada and was granted a second chance to practice Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital in Toronto.
The series continues to resonate with audiences across Canada as the most-watched Canadian drama series with total viewers and in the key A25-54 demo, with a current season average of 1.1 million viewers. TRANSPLANT has also had international success, having been embraced by U.S. viewers on NBC, with Season 2 set to premiere March 6 at 10 p.m. ET. The drama has also launched across the UK, Australia, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and more.
"Viewers around the world have embraced TRANSPLANT, and we look forward to bringing this exceptional cast back as we continue to tell the stories of York Memorial Hospital," said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. "With our partners at Sphere Media and Universal International Studios, Canadians can look forward to more of the emotional and gripping narratives they have come to love."
"It is once again an immense privilege for us to continue the TRANSPLANT adventure with such great partners as Bell Media and Universal International Studios," said Jocelyn Deschênes, President, Chief Executive Producer International - Original Fiction Content, Sphere Media. "TRANSPLANT has touched the hearts of many viewers around the world and we're confident that Season 3 will grasp their attention even more."
TRANSPLANT has also received critical acclaim and recognition, including nine 2022 Canadian Screen Award nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actor, Drama Series for Hamza Haq, Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for Laurence Leboeuf, and Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Ayisha Issa.
Season 2 of TRANSPLANT stars Hamza Haq (MY SALINGER YEAR) as Dr. Bashir "Bash" Hamed; Laurence Leboeuf (19-2) as Dr. Magalie "Mags" Leblanc; John Hannah (MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dr. Jed Bishop; Ayisha Issa (POLAR) as Dr. June Curtis; Jim Watson (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) as Dr. Theo Hunter; Sirena Gulamgaus (ORPHAN BLACK) as Amira Hamed; Torri Higginson (DARK MATTER, THIS LIFE) as Claire Malone; Linda Smith (19-2) as Dr. Wendy Atwater; Kenny Wong (PRETTY HARD CASES) as Arnold De Luca; and Sugith Varughese (Kim's Convenience) as Dr. Aajay Singh.
TRANSPLANT is created by Joseph Kay who also serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. For Sphere Media, Executive Producers are Bruno Dubé, Jocelyn Deschênes, Josée Vallée, Rachel Langer, and Stefan Pleszczynski. For CTV, Mitch Geddes is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Head of Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. Karine Moses is Senior Vice-President, Content Development & News, Bell Media and Vice Chair, Québec, Bell.
All distribution rights for TRANSPLANT are handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution. The series is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, provincial and federal tax credits, and the Bell Fund.
Source: Numeris, Total Canada, Winter 2021-22 season (Dec. 13, 2021 - Feb 13, 2022, including preliminary data)
· The second season of the NBC drama "Transplant" will debut Sunday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
· "Transplant" ranked as the #2 new drama in the fourth quarter of 2020 when the show premiered and reached 29 million viewers on linear and digital platforms over its first season.
· "Transplant" follows the story of Dr. Bashir "Bash" Hamed (Hamza Haq), a talented doctor and Syrian refugee, who fled his war-torn country with his younger sister, Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus), for a fresh start in Canada. After a truck crashes into the restaurant where he's been working, Bash earns the chance to practice medicine again by using his field-honed skills to save multiple lives in brilliant fashion, including that of Dr. Jed Bishop (John Hannah), the Chief of Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital in Toronto.
· Season two picks up with Bash and his fellow residents reeling after Dr. Bishop suffers a stroke. With everything at the hospital destabilized, the place that Bash had started to consider home suddenly feels precarious. As the team adjusts to new colleagues while dealing with the challenges of life, unexpected faces from the past leave Bash seriously doubting whether his transplant into this new world was successful.
· Joseph Kay, Bruno Dubé, Jocelyn Deschênes, Virginia Rankin, Tara Woodbury, Josée Vallée and Adam Barken Director Stefan Pleszczynski joins as executive producer and will direct six episodes.
· "Transplant" is produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Since the Feb. 26 premiere on CTV, Canada's #1 broadcaster, "Transplant" has built a strong audience and is the most-watched Canadian series with total viewers this broadcast year, seeing ongoing week-over-week audience growth.
The 13-episode series centers on Dr. Bashir "Bash" Hamed, a Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine who fled his country with his younger sister, Amira. Together they struggle to build a new life in Canada as Bash strives to rebuild his career in medicine.
"Transplant" stars Hamza Haq ("Quantico"), Laurence Leboeuf ("The Disappearance"), John Hannah ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Jim Watson ("Mary Kills People") and Ayisha Issa ("Polar").
Creator Joseph Kay serves as executive producer along with Jocelyn Deschenes, Bruno Dube, Randy Lennox, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry and Tara Woodbury.
Developed at CTV, "Transplant" is produced by Sphère Média Plus in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles worldwide distribution for the series.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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