Here we are, winding down another year and --as I always do this week before Christmas-- making note of the fact that half of the season has aired and there is still half to go! I have tons of IMPORTANT information for you though, so click on through!
A lot of you have commented that it is a long wait between Episode 509 (which aired December 4) and Episode 510 (which is coming up on January 8) and that's true. Because CBC is Canada's Home for the Holidays, all of the network's regular programming gets delayed while great Christmas and Holiday classics --both past and present-- get aired during this Yuletide part of the year.
But reading all of your comments made me realize that this period with no new Heartland episode is the second longest wait fans of the series have to endure each year. The longest of course (by far!!!) is the break between the end of March's last episode of one season and the late September or early October season premiere of the following season. That's like six months!!!
By comparison these 5 weeks are nothing, but for all us Heartland fans these 35 days are still tough to endure!
Fortunately we have the holidays to help us get over the pain of waiting. And this year CBC is going to rebroadcast "A Heartland Christmas" on Sunday --Christmas Day-- at 8:30pm. And it's going to run commercial free!
A Heartland Christmas
"A Heartland Christmas" first aired on December 12, 2010, and was the most watched Heartland ever. Everyone is hoping it'll become a regular part of family viewing and that families everywhere find the time to wind down from the excitement of the day and the enjoyment of the holiday dinner by gathering round and enjoying Heartland's first ever television movie.
The photos on this page are all from "A Heartland Christmas."
There've also been a few comments asking why a new Heartland Christmas movie isn't being shown this year. There are a few answers to that one, but I'll give you two -
1) Last year it took a lot out of the cast and crew to film 18 full episodes of Season 4 and "A Heartland Christmas." It was a really big, exhausting project and really kept everyone going non-stop, with hardly a break - although the results, as I'm sure you'll agree, were AWESOME. To try to pull something like this off alongside a full season takes lot of pre-planning and scheduling, especially since when they aren't working on Heartland, many of the cast have other projects going on as well - plus, pretty much none of them actually live in the Calgary area, so filming all year round takes them away from their families for, well... almost a year, instead of 7 or 8 months away as usual. Not to say that there will never be another Heartland movie of some sort, but it's not in the immediate plans.
2) But more importantly (and more relevantly), as I've written before, everyone is hoping "A Heartland Christmas" becomes an annual classic, like "It's a Wonderful Life," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "The Polar Express." Did those Jimmy Stewart, Chevy Chase or Tom Hanks classics have multiple versions? Nope, nope and nope!
Last week I gave you an early present of a song from this season, sung by Shaun and Amber.
This week (TOMORROW) my present to you is... well, just check out the video below.
Before you go making your guess, STOP and read the following!
As you can see, the Official Facebook page just nosed above 91,000, and by figuring out when nine more thousand are going to "Like" the page, one of you is going to win the coolest prize ever. Details here on what that prize is. But don't post your guess here -
wait for the entry form to go up here on the site tomorrow. I was going to launch the contest today, but we had a few technical difficulties - So MAKE SURE you come back tomorrow! I PROMISE the entry form will be up! UPDATE: The contest entry form is up here at cbc.ca/heartland/contest So enter away!
And... a hint. For the past year, the Heartland Facebook page has never gained more than 1400 fans in a week, and never gained fewer than about 450 fans in a week. What the future holds... well, who knows! But that's the historical data.
Just a little present for Heartland fans everywhere... Good luck!
Speaking of contest winners, here are the names of the lucky fans who won Heartland Season 4 and "A Heartland Christmas" DVD sets, which were recently released in Canada by eOne Films - Susan V. from Preeceville SK, Kerri-Lyn C. from Smiths Falls ON, Marie-Pier B. from Valleyfield QC, Kate P. from Guelph, ON, and Christine F. from Brockville, ON. Congratulations to all of you!
Now before I sign off I want to point out that the calendar on the home page of this site has been updated so now you can all see on which Sundays the remaining Season 5 episodes of Heartland will be on. That ends the surprises and the guesswork!
In closing I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. If you are reading this you are probably a follower and a fan of Heartland, and it's your continued devotion to the series that has kept it on the air for half a decade. Thank you for that, from everyone responsible for Heartland - from the cast and crew and from the CBC.
Next week I'll start to get you up to speed on what the first new episode in 2012 will bring (and let me tell you, it's intense), but for now here's hoping you have a great week. Make sure you catch or PVR "A Heartland Christmas" Sunday night at 8:30pm (9:00pm in Newfoundland) if you can! And it will be back up here on the site between December 26 and January 2nd, I've been told!
Heading off to do my annual baking extravaganza... Blog Whisperer out!