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You’ve never seen a medical show like The Resident

The Resident has been described as “a powerful medical drama focusing on the final years of a young doctor's training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals.” Offering a significant assist in that area is Port Perry, Ontario’s Emily VanCamp, who plays Nic Nevin, an idealistic head nurse attempting to reform Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. “People who actually have a lot of power within themselves don’t need to show it,” VanCamp says of her character’s quiet authority. “She knows what she’s doing and she’s incredibly skilled, so she’s able to keep it together when others are losing it.”

If you experienced VanCamp as the dangerously deceitful Emily Thorne on Revenge, you might be surprised by the decision to cast her as one of The Resident’s most honourable characters. As she sees it, that was a big part of the appeal. “Playing a borderline sociopath was one of my favorite experiences, but it also took a toll,” she explains. “With Nic, I get to tap into more of my true self. Her maternal side spoke to the stage of life I’m in now. I’ve been thinking about having children, and when I read this, it made sense to me.”

If you’re intrigued by VanCamp’s latest incarnation, there’s good news: The Resident has already been renewed for a second season. “All the producers… set out to create a medical show that viewers haven’t seen before,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. “The show’s entire cast has turned in consistently heartfelt performances, and we are so excited to go back to Chastain Memorial for another tremendous season.”

The Resident airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET this fall on CTV.