The Eleventh Hour (Canadian TV series)

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

The Eleventh Hour
Created bySemi Chellas
Ilana Frank
StarringShawn Doyle
Waneta Storms
Jeff Seymour
Sonja Smits
Ben Bass
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39
Running time60 min.
Production companyAlliance Atlantis
Original networkCTV
Original releaseNovember 26, 2002 (2002-11-26) –
March 26, 2005 (2005-03-26)

The show revolves around the reporters and producers at a fictional television news magazine 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. It aired in the U.S. on Sleuth, under the title Bury the Lead, to distinguish it from a CBS series with a similar name.


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.


Main CrewEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 listEdit

Season oneEdit

  1. Mad As Hatters
  2. I'm Mad As Hell
  3. The Source
  4. A Low, Dishonest Decade
  5. Tree Hugger
  6. A Modern Mata Hari
  7. Not Without My Reefer
  8. The 37-Year Itch
  9. Don't Have a Cow
  10. Shelter
  11. Cell Phone Slaves
  12. The RASH Troops of Error
  13. Hall of Mirrors

Season twoEdit

  1. Cowboy
  2. Stormy Petrel
  3. Hard Seven
  4. Swimmers
  5. Wonderland
  6. Gone Baby Gone
  7. Nadir
  8. Rather Be Wrong
  9. Georgia
  10. I'll Build Me An Island
  11. Strange Bedfellows
  12. The Revenge Specialist
  13. The Missionary Position

Season threeEdit

  1. Eden
  2. In Spite of All the Damage
  3. Megan Ice Cream
  4. Bedfellas
  5. A Virgin Walks into a Bar
  7. Hit Delete
  8. Kettle Black
  9. In Another Life
  10. The Miracle Worker
  11. Special Delivery
  12. Das Bootcamp
  13. Bumpy Cover

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