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Hard Rock Medical, shot in North Bay returns for fourth and final season Jan. 2

Who will earn a white coat? In upcoming season, students get their final year of medical training
hard rock medical jim calarco, jamie spilchuk,  Leigh Elliott
Hard Rock Medical actors Jim Calarco, Jamie Spilchuk, Leigh Elliott. Photo supplied by Jim Calarco.

TVO's popular series Hard Rock Medical kicks off a fourth and final season with back-to-back episodes Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

The series was shot in North Bay and contains many local lead and background actors.

See: Hard Rock Medical great news for local actors

Inspired by the world-renowned Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the dramatic and entertaining fictional series brings to life the distinct challenges of delivering quality health-care in Northern Ontario. 

The opening episodes will be available to stream on starting Jan. 3, with additional episodes posted each week. 

"TVO exists to spark moments of learning, and one of the most powerful ways we can do that is by sharing voices and stories,” said Lisa de Wilde, TVO Chief Executive Officer, in a news release.

“Whether it's through our new Ontario Hubs journalism initiative, our TVOkids content, or programs like Hard Rock Medical, at TVO we are dedicated to reflecting the diverse communities of Northern Ontario and all regions of this vast province.

"We are delighted that Ontario audiences and critics have embraced Hard Rock Medical over the past three years, and we thank our production partner APTN and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for helping to showcase Northern Ontario through this series." 

"TVO has been paramount to the success of Hard Rock Medical. Over the four seasons their support allowed us to discover the outstanding talent in the North with both cast and crew," said co-creators Smith Corindia and Derek Diorio. 

Facing challenging life circumstances and demanding courses, the students at Hard Rock U will now work through their fourth year of offbeat medical training. A big question remains: Who has the determination and resilience to earn the coveted White Coat? 

Canadian icon Eric Peterson joins the already stellar ensemble cast of Canadian actors including Patrick McKenna, Angela Asher, Jamie Spilchuk, Tamara Duarte, and Northern Ontario favourite Stéphane Paquette. 

Key storylines of this final season will follow the continuing trials and tribulations of Hard Rock's beloved Northern Ontario medical students. 

After donating bone marrow to Mylo, Eva convalesces at home on the Rez. A judge orders Gary into reconciliation classes with a racist cop. Charlie struggles to keep it all together as his wife undergoes chemo treatments and his family is forced to move into his father's home. 

Gina and Melanie are placed with an elderly doctor (Eric Peterson) who has a drug dependency and a healthy dislike of their youthful energy. The death of a friend and lover sets Cameron off on a self-destructive path. And Nancy and Farida are seconded to pediatrics in the North Bay hospital – while both of them work to carefully define the line between caring and over-sharing. 

Co-created by Smith Corindia and Derek Diorio, Hard Rock Medical is produced by Distinct Features. The series is filmed entirely in Northern Ontario. 

Hard Rock Medical repeats Fridays at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 5, and Sundays at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 7.