There are two types of fans in the world of Heartland: one being those who read and check out every word, clue and hint that is written in here and when they get to a photo or a video they check it out and then keep on reading the post.
Then there are those who skip the reading and zip down to take in the photos and videos right away before checking out the rest of the post - especially on a day like today, where I've included a 45-second preview showing footage from "Finding Freedom," the Heartland Season 5 Premiere, written by Heather Conkie and directed by Dean Bennett!
So... without any further delay, for ALL types of Heartland fans, here you go!!!
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But related to this, I want to point out a Tweet that was posted on May 13 -
"Where's rain when you need it? No problem. That's what SPFX crew Leo Wieser and Dominic Smart are for!"
When you watch the preview and you see Amy and Ty in Ty's loft when the roof starts leaking, that was what the hint contained in the Tweet was about!
Every day from production, thanks to my network of spies, there are 3 or 4 (and sometimes more!) snippets of information about production on your favourite television series. If you're on Twitter, follow the tweets from the world of Heartland! You never know what insights are there for you - and are found there and nowhere else!
A New Block Starts Filming...
As most of you are aware, production has passed the midway point of filming, and today Gemini nominated director Dean Bennett takes the reins as he starts the 15-day process of guiding the cast and crew through episodes 511 and 512. Dean has directed more episodes of Heartland now than some series have episodes (!) The guy must be good. (Trust me - he is!)
Our Jack is Getting an Award (Yay!)...
And congratulations to Shaun Johnston - everyone's favourite patriarch on Heartland - who was announced as this year's recipient of the David Billington Award, an honour bestowed upon someone who has spent their career in the Alberta Film and Television Industry, contributing both on and off the screen. Shaun, whose charity work nicely stacks up with his on screen and on stage accomplishments, is certainly worthy of having his name put alongside past winners. Shaun will be honoured at a luncheon in November in Calgary. Way to go, Shaun!
The World of Heartland...
Last week I informed you about new countries Heartland was playing in (Turkey, Japan, etc.), and I have some more, hot off the wire!
An update to Heartland in Japan, NHK is playing Season 2 of Heartland on the Green Channel. The Season Premiere aired Saturday 30th May and the season is scheduled to end on Monday 26th September, 2011at 23.00pm. There are encore broadcasts on Thursdays at midnight, Saturdays at 2:00am and Sundays at 5:30pm. Any Japanese fans here? Say hello in the comments!
Other countries that have recently picked up Heartland and either are or are about to broadcast it are GEMTV in Iran, MY TV AFRICA in Nigeria, ZBC in Zimbabwe, NBC in Namibia, Dori Media in Israel and of course SABC in South Africa. Likewise, if you are in one of those countries, give everyone a shout-out below!
And on the international DVD front, in Australia, ABC has released the Season 3 Part 1 DVD Box Set on 7th July, 2011. They will be releasing the Season 3 Part 2 DVD Box Set on November 3, 2011.
No time for questions this week, but I'll knock off some next Thursday, as the countdown continues to the Season 5 Premiere of Heartland, which airs on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland) right across Canada on CBC Television.
That's only(!) three weeks and three days (and if you read this exactly at 3:57pm you can add "and three hours and three minutes") away!
So, enjoy the end of August; play hard and have fun. And there really is only one way to finish off this email, as your intrepid Blog Whisperer always finishes these posts off with...
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