That's right, everyone - you don't have to be a mathematician to figure out how to count down to the September 18 Season 5 Premiere of Heartland! All you have to do is go to the previous Thursday's blog posting on this site and subtract 7 from the number of days in the heading.
So let's see... 52 minus 7 equals... wait, let me google it... YES... 45!
Alright then! 45 days to go until Sunday, September 18, when - at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland!) The first of 18 brand new episodes of Heartland will premiere on CBC Television across Canada.
Last week --when there were 52 days remaining-- I used an image of playing cards, 52 of which make up a complete deck.
So for the photo to go along with this week's blog post why didn't I use an image of a Colt 45 pistol, or a 45 RPM record (whatever those are) or just the Roman numerals XLV? Why did I use an old production photo from Heartland?
I'm so glad you asked!
That's not just any old production photo. That's an image of director Dean Bennett (standing) discussing a scene about to be filmed with Chris Potter.
It's a great shot and with it comes yesterday's awesome news that Dean has been nominated for a 2011 Gemini Award for his work on "A Heartland Christmas," in the category of Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
Dean's was one of 5 Gemini nominations Heartland received. The others were -
* Keith Power - Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series, for the episode "Homecoming,"
* Nicholas Campbell - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, for "A Heartland Christmas,"
* Alberta Watson - Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series, for the episode "Where the Truth Lies," and
* Kevin Banks, Richard Calistan, Steve Foster, Robert Hegedus, Kevin Howard, Sid Liberman, Ron Osiowy and Paul Shubat, for Best Sound in a Dramatic Series.
The Geminis are the Canadian Television industry's highest honour (next to being renewed for another season :D) and on behalf of everyone - the fans, the CBC and fellow cast and crew members - congratulations to Heartland's nominees!!!!
The Gemini Awards will be handed out on September 7 in Toronto. I may even go!
Today on set, a new block of two episodes started shooting with Grant Harvey. Grant is back directing Episode 509 - "Cover Me," by Leila Basen and David Preston, and Episode 510 - "Trust," written by Heather Conkie.
(Has anyone noticed how many Heartland episodes by Leila and David have titles that are also the names of songs by Bruce Springsteen? Just asking! See if you can identify them all...)
Anyway, production is indeed nearly at the halfway point of Season 5. How time flies, no?
No news can top our Gemini nominations, so I think I'll close off by answering a few questions on this later-than-usual Thursday post:
Chloe asks, I love Heartland and have read all the books as well as watching it everyday,I was wondering when heartland season 5 would come to England as that is where I live and wanted to know how long I would have to wait. ? xo
Chloe, nobody in Canada has any control over when Heartland will air in the U.K. or anywhere else other than Canada. That is up to the broadcaster in each country that buys the right to show it. I can tell you that it can't air until the final episode of Season 5 has premiered in Canada, and that will not be until March 25, 2012.
Jenna asks, BW. Do you know when the site will change to the Season 5 site like it does every year? Like when the character descriptions change with new pictures, and the layout is different? Always look forward to it every year! Thanks for all your doing BW. Most other blogs shut down for the summer. But not this one! Thanks a bunch!
Jenna, you're more than welcome! The update to the photos and the character's bios (and there will be some new ones added) will happen shortly before Season 5 premieres on September 18. And a few other things are going to change as well!
Jillian asks, hey i was just wondering the pics of JACK on the home page i think do u change those pics just wondering?
Jillian... sorry... what pictures of Jack? ;) Seriously, thanks for the reminder. You can now see great photos of Lou (Michelle Morgan) for the next little while.
TC writes, Thanks for all the fun updates, BW. You make every Thursday that much better.
Thanks, TC! I do my best... and I hope you're up on your 4-letter words, for that's what this Monday's blog post/puzzle is all going to be about... REALLY! ;)
Nikki remarks, Hen art...Wow BW, I think you have too much time on your hands. So excited for the new Season. Your posts really help me get through my Heartland withdrawal. I'm addicted to it!
Thanks, Nikki, I may have time on my hands, but unlike hens at least I have hands... and much nicer feet, I hope...
redneck_gardener asks, Hello, I would like to say first off, I love the show. I was sending this message to find out when season 4 comes out on dvd. Anyone know at all??? Thanks
RG - Probably not before March of 2012. If that changes you'll read about it here because this site is the centre of Heartland's universe!
Cara writes, I can't wait until season 5 I hope Ty and Amy get back together in season 5 and this time stay together.
Cara - you are a diehard, constant lobbyist for Ty and Amy to be a couple! Now when the series' writers think about adding some drama by maybe having a tiff or a squabble between Amy and Ty in an upcoming episode everyone asks, "What would Cara think???" Seriously - you're going to love Season 5.
Nicole asks, When will we get an overview (not sure what to call it. A summary?) of episode 501?
Nicole, one week before it airs I'll give you some clues and a preview as to what you can expect on each upcoming episode of Heartland.
Rachel asks, Dear our beloved Blog Whisperer, How is the number of Heartland viewers watching a new episode tallied? You say that if Season 5 "does well", then there will be a Season 6. I was just wondering how this is determined. If I were to turn on the 3 TVs in my house and put on Heartland Sunday nights, would that help increase the viewers so there's a better chance of a Season 6? Would it count as 3 viewers? I was just hoping there was some way of making Season 6 possible, because Heartland is by far the BEST show on TV everrrr!!!!!!! P.S. how desperate do I sound for more seasons of Heartland?! Thank you for your amazing posts BW, your hard work is much appreciated!
A lot of questions there, Rachel, and I will start with the last one - how desperate do you sound for more seasons of Heartland...? VERY! LOL
But to answer how the number of viewers is tabulated is for a television show in Canada is complicated, as only certain households are being monitored in the country, by a company called BBM (the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement) It's like the Neilson ratings in the U.S., which you may have heard of. These homes represent a fraction of the Canadian public, but it is a fair representation, and statistically accurate. If your household is being monitored you'd know about it - because you'd have to wear a little thing that pays attention to every TV show you watch! If not, don't worry about it and just enjoy your favourite series. The simple truth is, if Heartland continues to be a great show it will attract a great audience and you can look forward to more seasons.
And thanks, by the way, for the compliments. You fans do know how to make a Blog Whisperer blush!
Courtney asks, Hey BW, thanks so much for the time you spend on the blog. It makes waiting for Heartland so much easier! I was just wondering, will the Heartland cast be coming to Vancouver or the surrounding area anytime soon?
Courteney - mark September 30 on your calendar and watch future posts for updates and more information!
Samantha asks, Hey BW: do you know if they are going to change the opening credits for this season??
Samantha - they were tweaked a bit last year. No reason to tamper with something great, unless new lead actors are being introduced.
And Samantha also asks, Will we be able to see the cast shots that where shot today???
Absolutely! These gallery photos will form the images for new pictures here on the Official Heartland site, on Facebook and on the marketing and advertising the CBC does to promote Season 5 of Heartland.
Marilynn asks, BW, Sorry to post this here, but KTBU Channel 55 in Houston that has been airing Heartland, just turned Hispanic and will be Spanish speaking only. Is there a chance another station will pick it up? I have UVerse and they don't carry the GMC station. There's no current blog on The Heartland Ranch site, so I didn't know where to ask.
Marilynn - you get points for asking here, even though this is the site for Canada, where Heartland plays on the CBC. Normally theheartlandranch.com would give you this information, but this is an oddity, with the station turning Hispanic half way though its 2 year commitment to Heartland.
Don't worry, however. I contacted the American distributor of Heartland and there are other stations in the Houston area interested in picking up the series and broadcasting it. Heartland USA (The Heartland Ranch site) will have this info on the American 2nd season of Heartland (23 episodes) soon, but do expect Heartland on television in Houston in September!
Tah - dah!!!!!
Again - a LOTS of information crammed into one Thursday blog post for an off-broadcast week!
That's it for me, everyone, as summer is still beckoning, and I can smell the barbecue...
Watch for a new word puzzle on Monday, and until next Thursday... have fun!!!
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