Transplant: Production Begins on CTV’s New Original Drama Series

Bell Media
Bell Media

Production on the new CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios drama series Transplant is officially underway. Together with Montréal-based producer Sphère Média Plus, the new drama series will tell the story of an ER doctor who fled his native Syria to come to Canada. Once there, he must overcome numerous obstacles to resume a career in the high stakes world of emergency medicine. The first season consists of 13 one-hour episodes, and will continue to shoot until November 2019.

As announced last week at the CTV Upfront presentation, Hamza Haq (Quantico) will star as Bashir “Bash” Hamed – a charismatic Syrian doctor with outstanding skills in emergency medicine; Laurence Leboeuf (19-2) as Magalie “Mags” Leblanc, an ER resident specializing in patient care; and John Hannah (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Four Weddings and a Funeral) will play Jed Bishop, the hospital’s chief of the emergency department.

Other stars joining Transplant include Ayisha Issa (Polar, Immortals) as June Curtis, an ambitious ER resident specializing in trauma surgery; Jim Watson (Mary Kills People) as Theo Hunter, an ER resident specializing in pediatrics; Sirena Gulamgaus (Orphan Black) as Amira; Torri Higginson (Dark Matter, This Life) as Claire Malone; Linda Smith (19-2) as Dr. Wendy Atwater; and Grace Lynn Kung (The Inbetween, Frankie Drake Mysteries) as Vivian Barnes.

Transplant will premiere during CTV’s 2019/20 broadcast season and also air on VRAK in a translated French version.

“We are very proud to be collaborating again with Bell Media, a broadcaster who has always believed in our projects and who we can count on to build success. Transplant is an ambitious project that will reach a wide audience. It plunges us into the heart of this nerve center, the Emergency Department, and features a team of emergency physicians who are a great representation of our diversity and our future as a society,” adds Jocelyn Deschênes, president and founder at Sphère Média Plus.

The series is created and written by Joseph Kay (This Life, Frontier) who also serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes, Bruno Dubé, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry, and Tara Woodbury of Sphère Média Plus


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Transplant will premiere on CTV during the 2019/20 broadcast season.