Well, last week I started the countdown to the September 18 Heartland Season 5 Premiere, and now every Thursday I'll knock off 7 days and we'll all watch the "Tick... Tick... Tick..." wind its way down to zero, as the Heartland saga continues across Canada on CBC Television, Sunday evenings at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland).
The fall season should be pretty exciting, as a new season of Battle of the Blades will air following Heartland again on Sunday nights and a new talent show - called Cover Me Canada - will follow that. So CBC is definitely the place to be Sunday nights, and it all kicks off with Heartland (OF COURSE!!!) Read on...
The photo I have at the top of this post is a great one of Amber Marshall (Amy) and Graham Wardle (Ty), who took a couple of days away from production last week to join talent from across the country in Toronto and be a part of CBC's Fall launch festivities. You gotta admit, we have a pretty good looking pair of leads in Heartland, don't we?
This week Block 3, under the able direction of Dean Bennett, started filming. Dean - who's helmed more episodes of Heartland than anyone else - is in charge of the 5th and 6th episodes.
To show you how integral Dean Bennett has been to Heartland, here are the episodes he has directed over the previous 4 seasons:
#101 - Coming Home
#108 - Out of the Darkness
#109 - Ghost From the Past
#211 - Starstruck!
#212 - Divorce Horse
#215 - Dark Horse
#216 - The Ties That Bind
#303 - Man's Best Friend
#304 - The Haunting of Hanley Barn
#315 - Second Chances
#316 - Spin Out!
#403 - Road Curves
#404 - Graduation
#417 - Burning Down the House
#418 - Passages
and of course the 2-hour Holiday movie, "A Heartland Christmas."
When you add in these new episodes, #505 - Never Let Go and #506 - The Slippery Slope, that makes a total of 19 hours of Heartland Dean has directed. That's more than one entire 18-episode season!!!
This time out Dean will be applying his usual care, as these episodes introduce three new characters into the Heartland fold - Austin, Kelly and Sandra. Remember these names, as I'll be writing more about them in the months ahead!
But if any of you are concerned about what the new characters may be bringing to Heartland, don't worry... I can guarantee that none of them are riding into the ranch on the back of Ty's motorcycle. :)
So on the puzzle front, congratulations to Heartland fan Dakota C. from Tompkins, SK, who found the seven differences in this week's Spot the Differences, Dakota will be receiving an autographed cast photo, signed by the main cast members. Way to go, Dakota!
This Monday there will be a tougher 6-letter Heartland-themed word ladder, just to further test your skills and keep you entertained, because that's what I like to do!
And for those of you who enjoy watching reruns of Heartland on your television, there are two things you should be aware of:
1) On Sunday evenings starting this Sunday, June 19 at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland), most of Season 4 - beginning with episode #405 - Where the Truth Lies - will be airing on CBC.
2) On weekdays at 1:00pm (1:30pm in Newfoundland) starting this Monday, June 20, the first three seasons of Heartland will run in order right through until August 31.
To find out which episode is airing when, click on the calendar on the main page of the site here. You may also notice that in the changing images at the top of the main page there currently are 4 photos of Shaun Johnston as Jack Bartlett. Every few weeks I am going to try to swap these and feature a different actor/character from Heartland - hopefully with pics you haven't seen before. Watch for 'em!
So that's all this week, everyone! Do keep your eye on Heartland on Facebook and follow @HeartlandOnCBC on Twitter, because there are a few Tweets from set every day of production, and some of them offer tantalizing clues about the upcoming season...
Until next week then, this is your Blog Whisperer, over and out!
Oh, yes! I almost forgot -
Tick... Tick... Tick...