The Eleventh Hour (TV series)

infobox television
show_name = The Eleventh Hour


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format = Drama
runtime = 60 min.
creator = Semi Chellas
Ilana Frank
starring = Shawn Doyle
Waneta Storms
Jeff Seymour
Sonja Smits
Ben Bass
country = Canada
executive_producer =
network = CTV
opentheme =
camera =
first_aired = November 26 2002
last_aired = March 26, 2005
num_episodes = 36
num_seasons = 3
tv_com_id =
imdb_id = 0288909
website =

"The Eleventh Hour" is a Canadian television drama series which aired weekly on CTV from 2002 to 2005.

The show revolves around the reporters and producers at a fictional television newsmagazine series, "The Eleventh Hour". Unhappy with the newsmagazine's shrinking audience, the network has brought in a new executive producer, Kennedy Marsh, to reorient the show in a more ratings-driven tabloid journalism direction.

The tension between the ratings imperative and the more traditional journalistic ethics of the show's senior staff is the primary conflict that drives the show, but storylines also include the team's efforts to get the stories that will make it to air each week.

"The Eleventh Hour" was produced by Alliance Atlantis, Canada's largest film and television production house.

Ratings

Although the show started off poorly in the Canadian television ratings, attracting an average of just 400,000 viewers each week, its audience during the start of its 2004 season was sufficiently high that CTV ordered a third season. However, ratings did not improve further. The third season, already ordered, aired irregularly on Saturday nights with very little promotion, and proved to be its last. The final season also received a "Best Dramatic Series" Gemini Award despite the cancellation.

"The Eleventh Hour" was the latest in a lengthy line of drama series at CTV which had high-profile launches but were quickly marginalized to little-watched weekend timeslots and ultimately cancelled. However, it outlasted several other recent CTV dramas, including "Power Play", "The City", and "The Associates", which each lasted two seasons.

The show's theme song for season 3 is "Weapon", by Matthew Good.

Cast

* Sonja Smits as correspondent "Megan Redner"
* Shawn Doyle as producer "Dennis Langley"
* Waneta Storms as producer "Isobel Lambert"
* Tanya Reid as executive producer "Kennedy Marsh"
* Jeff Seymour as correspondent "Kamal Azizi"
* Peter MacNeill as network news head "Warren Donohue"
* Inga Cadranel as researcher "Brooke Fairburn"
* Scott McCord as researcher "James Joy"
* Matt Gordon as legal counsel "Murray Dann"
* Jonas Chernick as editor "Gavin Kowalchuk"

Main Crew

Creators: Semi Chellas, Ilana FrankExecutive Producers: Ilana Frank, Semi Chellas, David Wellington,Directors: David Wellington, Kelly Makin, Philip Earnshaw, T.W. Peacocke, Graeme Campbell, Milan Cheylov, Stephen Reynolds Writers: Semi Chellas, Esta Spalding, Tassie Cameron, Frank Borg, Sean Reycraft,Peter Wellington, Karen Walton, Morwyn Brebner

Awards

The show was nominated for 14 Gemini Awards in 2003, and won for "Best Dramatic Series", "Best Actor in a Leading Role" (Seymour) and "Best Supporting Actor" (MacNeill).The show was nominated for Best Dramatic Series Gemini Awards again in 2004.In 2005, the show won Gemini Awards for Best Dramatic Series and for Best Writing for Semi Chellas and Tassie Cameron.

Episode list

Season one

# Mad As Hatters
# I'm Mad As Hell
# The Source
# A Low, Dishonest Decade
# Tree Hugger
# A Modern Mata Hari
# Not Without My Reefer
# The 37-Year Itch
# Don't Have a Cow
# Shelter
# Cell Phone Slaves
# The RASH Troops of Error
# Hall of Mirrors

Season two

# Cowboy
# Stormy Petrel
# Hard Seven
# Swimmers
# Wonderland
# Gone Baby Gone
# Nadir
# Rather Be Wrong
# Georgia
# I'll Build Me An Island
# Strange Bedfellows
# The Revenge Specialist
# The Missionary Position

Season Three

# Eden
# In Spite of All the Damage
# Megan Ice Cream
# Bedfellas
# A Virgin Walks into a Bar
# ZUGZWANG
# Hit Delete
# Kettle Black
# In Another Life
# The Miracle Worker
# Special Delivery
# Das Bootcamp
# Bumpy Cover

External links

* [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/show/CTVShows/1063828041818_59231123/ The Eleventh Hour on CTV's Web site]
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* [http://theeleventhhour.canadianwebs.com/ The Eleventh Hour (fan Web site)]


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