Combat Hospital TV Series Overview (2011)


Introduction

Combat Hospital is a Canadian/American medical drama television series, filmed in Toronto, that debuted on Global in Canada and ABC in the United States on 21 June 2011, with the final episode being broadcast on 06 September 2011.

The series was known for a time by the working title The Hot Zone before reverting to the original title, Combat Hospital (not to be confused with The Hot Zone (2019)).

Outline

Set in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006, the series revolves around the life and work of doctors and nurses from the International Security Assistance Force, specifically from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and other allied countries at a military hospital.

Cast

  • Main cast:
    • Michelle Borth as Canadian Forces Medical Officer, Major Rebecca Gordon, Canadian Army.
    • Elias Koteas as Canadian Forces Medical Officer, Commanding Officer Colonel Xavier Marks, Canadian Army (based on Major Marc Dauphin).
    • Terry Chen as United States Army Captain (Doctor) Bobby Trang, trauma team leader.
    • Arnold Pinnock as Canadian Forces Nursing Officer, Chief of Nursing, Commander Will Royal, Royal Canadian Navy.
    • Deborah Kara Unger as Australian Army psychiatrist, Major Grace Pedersen.
    • Luke Mably as British contract neurosurgeon, Doctor Simon Hill.
    • Ali Kazmi as Chaplain David Nedayal.
  • Recurring cast:
    • Ellen Wong as Canadian Forces Nursing Officer, Major Suzy Chao, Canadian Army.
    • Hamza Jeetooa as Vans, Afghan translator.
    • Gord Rand as Canadian Forces Medical Technician, Regimental Sergeant-Major, Chief Warrant Officer Graham Kelly, Canadian Army.
    • Karan Oberoi as United States Air Force Pararescue Jumper, Talwar Mehra.
    • Dwain Murphy as United States Air Force Pararescue Jumper, Terrel Ford.
    • Husein Madhavji as United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Max Prakash, Orthopedic Surgeon.
    • Adam Beach as Snake Eater/Joe.
    • Trenna Keating as Sgt. Hannah Corday.
    • Sam Kalilieh as Dr. Tarzi.
    • Lisa Berry as Capt. Pam Everwood, RN.

Production

Jinder Oujla-Chalmers came up with the concept for Combat Hospital in 2008 and, together with Douglas Steinberg, pitched the show to Canwest (now Shaw Media). After the show was picked up for development, Oujla-Chalmers travelled to Afghanistan to conduct first-hand research at a small, forward-deployed military hospital. Oujla-Chalmers was able to use real images taken during the visit and stories heard from medical personnel to add realism to the show. Oujla-Chalmers and Steinberg brought the show to Sienna Films, who agreed to produce it and set up funding as a Canadian-British co-production with Artists Studio and Lookout Point in the UK.

Canwest announced on 09 July 2010, that Combat Hospital was slated for production in the 2011-2012 season. The budget for the first season was reported to be $2 million per episode. During pre-production, Morocco was considered as a location for filming the series. Production on the series began in March 2011. The series was filmed at the former Consumers Glass factory in Etobicoke, Ontario. The property had been converted into a 17,187 square metre indoor/outdoor set that recreated portions of the NATO Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Airfield, as well as its surroundings. Filming was scheduled to continue until 27 July 2011. Post-production work was done in London. The first season has 13 episodes.

Release

Combat Hospital was broadcast in Canada on Global. Throughout its initial broadcast the series was consistently performing better than CTV’s Flashpoint and Global’s Rookie Blue, it was often the most watched scripted programme of the week in Canada. While only the twelfth episode was shown in the US on 30 August both the eleventh and twelfth episodes were shown in Canada. In September 2011, Shaw Media began repeating the series on both Showcase and Showcase Diva.

Overall, the series received mixed to negative reviews.

On 16 December, while filming the New Year’s Day special of Royal Canadian Air Farce, cast member Arnold Pinnock confirmed that Shaw Media had cancelled Combat Hospital as they were faced with the inability to find another broadcast partner to offset the expenses of the show.

Home Media

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Combat Hospital on DVD in the United States on 06 March 2012, as part of their manufacture-on-demand service. It is not available for purchase in Canada.

Mill Creek Entertainment announced the re-released of the series on DVD.

Trivia

  • ABC announced on 24 October 2011, that it would not be renewing Combat Hospital for a second season.
    • On 16 December 2011, Shaw Media confirmed that Combat Hospital would not be renewed for another season due to their inability to find a new broadcast partner after ABC opted not to continue with the series earlier that fall.

Combat Hospital Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Christopher Menaul … (4 episodes, 2011).
    • Iain B. MacDonald … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Stephen Reynolds … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Helen Shaver … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Paul Unwin … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Ken Girotti … (1 episode, 2011).
  • Producer(s):
    • Tim Bradley … series post producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Jinder Chalmers … co-producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Sara B. Cooper … co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Rick Dugdale … production executive (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Angus Fraser … consulting producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Patrick Irwin … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Jennifer Kawaja … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Michael J. Maschio … producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Gub Neal … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Daniel Petrie Jr. … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Julia Sereny … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Douglas Steinberg … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Justin Thomson … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Simon Vaughan … executive producer (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Elise Cousineau … associate producer (12 episodes, 2011).
    • David Vainola … consulting producer (4 episodes, 2011).
    • Laura Phillips … consulting producer (3 episodes, 2011).
    • Julian Stevens … associate producer, UK (2 episodes, 2011).
  • Writer(s):
    • Jinder Chalmers … (creator) (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Daniel Petrie Jr. … (creator) (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Douglas Steinberg … (creator) (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Sara B. Cooper … (3 episodes, 2011).
    • Angus Fraser … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Gub Neal … (2 episodes, 2011).
    • Lara Azzopardi … (1 episode, 2011).
    • Simon Block … (1 episode, 2011).
    • Annmarie Morais … (1 episode, 2011).
    • Will Pascoe … (1 episode, 2011).
    • Adam Pettle … (1 episode, 2011).
  • Music:
    • Edmund Butt … (13 episodes, 2011).
    • Samuel Sim … (13 episodes, 2011).
  • Cinematography:
    • Gavin Smith … (13 episodes, 2011).
  • Editor(s):
    • Tad Seaborn … (6 episodes, 2011).
    • Lisa Grootenboer … (4 episodes, 2011).
    • Teresa De Luca … (3 episodes, 2011).
    • Hugh Elchuk … (1 episode, 2011).
  • Production:
    • Sienna Films.
    • Artists Studio.
    • Lookout Point Ltd.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Sony Pictures Television (2011) (World-wide) (TV).
    • Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) (2011) (Non-US) (all media).
    • CanWest Global Television Network (2011) (Canada) (TV).
    • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (2011) (USA) (TV).
    • FEM3 (2014) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
    • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (HBO2) (limited).
    • Imagica BS (2012) (Japan) (TV).
    • PRO 4 (2012) (Hungary) (TV).
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (dvdr) (season 1).
    • SuperTV2 (2012-2013) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
    • TV2 (2014) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
  • Release Date: 21 June 2011 to 06 September 2011.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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