UPDATE: I did it! I managed to get "A Heartland Christmas" up here on the website as of TODAY! Obviously they were just happy to get me to shut up!
Hi everyone! So, as you know this Sunday there is no new episode of Heartland on CBC... instead, you get to watch "A Heartland Christmas," a standalone 2-hour feature that will run from 8:00pm to 10:00pm on CBC Television across Canada. Click on through to the blog post find out WAY more and see some new pics!
Because of this TV event, I decided to find a different way to drive home the point of the extra-specialness of this Sunday:
(With ENORMOUS apologies to J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, who wrote "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," you can sing the following words to that same well-known tune)
You better watch out ♩♫
this Sunday night ♬
A Heartland Christmas is on... it's gonna be great (grite?! Darn!)
Eight o'clock PM on CBC. ♪ ♫
Because it's so great, ♬
We're showing it twice! ♪♫
The first time this Sunday. It's gonna be nice, ♪
Eight o'clock PM on CBC. ♫ ♬
You'll see it with your family ♪ ♫
You'll watch it with your friends. ♪
You'll feel very Christmasy... ♬♫
For the two hours 'til it ends! ♫♪
You better watch out ♬
this Sunday night ♩♫ ♪
A Heartland Christmas is on... You're feelin' all right!!! ♬♫
Eight o'clock PM on CBC. ♩♬
Ahem! Okay, okay, hold your applause... perhaps some of that doesn't quite scan, but hey - I'm a Blog Whisperer, not a songwriter! Plus, be glad you didn't hear me actually sing it!
All right, let's get back to normal. I know while some of you have been patiently (and some IMpatiently) waiting for "A Heartland Christmas," knowing it is going to rock, there may be some skeptics out there... so for you non believers, I wish to remind you (not unlike the Ghost of Christmas Past!) of when I first told you about the movie, in a February 25th post called "It's beginning to look a lot like... Christmas?"
I didn't even have photos from the movie back then, but I do now. Take a look at the following:
Does this not look like a fun Christmas movie?
Back then, on February 25, 2010 at 4:03pm, Holly (How's THAT for a Christmasy name?) posted:
omg!! I'm so happy they are making a Heartland movie!!!! I can't wait till it comes out haha even though I know its still far away I will be looking forward to the premiere of this movie :) Thanks so much for making a Christmas Heartland movie. I'm sure it will be wonderful.
For Holly and for all of you who have been looking forward to the December 12 premiere - you will not be disappointed. "A Heartland Christmas," written by Heather Conkie and directed by Dean Bennett, is sure to be a perennial holiday treat you will be able to watch next year and the year after and so on and so forth!
For a bit more information on "A Heartland Christmas" you can go to its official page and read a bit about it, if you haven't already! There's some hints of the plot for you to chew on, the preview to watch and of course an awesome contest where you could win one of two signed screenplays from "A Heartland Christmas," PLUS a full size Heartland poster autographed by Amber Marshall. PLUS the complete DVD sets of Seasons 1 & 2.
Do you want some other ways to kill some time while you wait (tick... tick... tick...) for Sunday night? How about reading this article by Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald? Eric had an exclusive set visit during filming and had a chance to interview guest star Nicholas Campbell, pictured in the third photo above. Eric has also seen a copy of "A Heartland Christmas," so this is a review as well as an interview piece. Plus, the caption under the first photo makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.
And visit AOL's TV Squad article. They caught up to Amber, Graham and Nicholas in Toronto recently and the conversation about "A Heartland Christmas" was revealing and actually pretty funny.
Watch for other articles in the next 3 days appearing in newspapers across Canada and remember - those of you who want to finish the dishes after dinner on Sunday - you have an extra hour because "A Heartland Christmas" starts an hour later than a regular Heartland episode, at 8:00pm!
One last word for everyone who may be unsure of what a standalone television movie is. Everything within the story of the movie is self contained. Because there is lots of snow on the ground, you might think it was the first Christmas after Lou and Peter were married, and you would not necessarily be wrong. But none of the friction or plot lines that you have seen so far during Season 4 appear in "A Heartland Christmas." It is just a good story well told, of horse rescue, fun and redemption, featuring the regular cast of Heartland and some special guests.
I do not often give my Blog Whisperer guarantee, but I have no problem doing that right here and now - I absolutely guarantee you are going to love "A Heartland Christmas."
Please come back and let everyone know what you thought of it!
Sunday night at 8:00pm... Enjoy!