Well I hope everyone had a great time with loved ones and family this Christmas. It's still a week when no one is in school and at a lot of businesses there isn't much work being done, so I guess we're all still feeling festive, no? I know I am! Anyways, I have, as usual, lots of news, information, and answers for you! Click on though!
First of all, did you miss "A Heartland Christmas" on the 25th? Or would you like to see it again? Well, you're in luck! It's now up for viewing online on the CBC video player! You can find it here.
This upcoming Sunday will be the last one without a new Heartland episode for a while (Yay!) and before I tell you a bit about what you can expect on Sunday, January 8 when the new episode of Heartland premieres at 7:00pm (7:30 in Newfoundland), I want to tell you what is happening this Sunday (New Year's Day) on CBC, when comedy is the order of the day!
At 7:00pm the "22 Minutes Holiday Special" will air, followed at 8:00pm by the "Royal Canadian Air Farce Special" and by the "Ron James Show Holiday Special" at 9:00pm.
Now for some of you none of this will be as funny as Jack and Tim barking at each other, Lou worrying about Katie, Caleb acting dumb, or Ty dropping Chase or Liam with a single punch, but that --along with all the drama Heartland has to bring-- will have to wait one last week.
I'll go into full detail next week about the challenges that Amy's facing in Episode 510: "Trust", but it has to do with the surviving racehorse that she and Caleb came across. One of the two horses they found was so ill and beyond saving that Caleb did the humane thing right there and then. The second horse --Alcatraz, pictured at the top of this post-- is beyond help in the minds of several... Jack, Scott and Ty included. The adventure of this mistreated horse becomes Amy's focus when Heartland returns in 10 days.
A lot of you enjoy the horse stories Heartland brings, and this one is going to be GREAT!
Speaking of great, wouldn't it be great (and fun!) to have a 15 minute personal video chat with Amber Marshall?? One lucky fan somewhere in the world is going to get to do exactly that, by first correctly guessing the date that Heartland on CBC's Facebook Page is going to record its one hundred thousandth (100,000th) "Like".
You have 17 days, until 11:59PM EST, Sunday January 15th, 2012, to make your one guess and enter the contest. Full details can be found here - http://www.cbc.ca/heartland/contest/ . Good luck!
On last week's post, Heartland fan Eric Lutz asked an interesting question - "When you guys (the cast) set down to a full course meal, do you get to really eat it, or what becomes of it once that scene is a take?"
Some of that food looks pretty good, doesn't it? Well, all food that is served at the Bartlett/Fleming dinner table, or at Maggies Diner, is the responsibility of the props department, the same department that supplies Ty's vet text books, Tim's lasso, Jack's fishing equipment and Katie's toys.
The food is indeed edible - sometimes you see the cast eating it - and in many scenes there are multiple versions of the same meal, as some scenes are shot over and over again.
But the food is just a prop, used for those scenes only. When the cast and crew break for lunch they eat the meals provided by the caterers, not the prop food which is used specifically for filming the eating scenes only. If food on the table goes untouched it might not even be real. A cardboard box with icing on it can look like a delicious cake! And a pitcher of water with a little yellow food colouring passes nicely for lemonade.
Speaking of good food... I have a craving for a leftover turkey sandwich and I also have a refrigerator that can provide me with the ingredients to make myself one (Yum!)
So then that's it for this last Thursday before the CBC begins broadcasting new episodes of Heartland one week from this Sunday (in 10 short days). Enjoy the last of your days off and I hope you end 2011 on a high note!
Next month Heartland will still be going strong on CBC, starting the second half of its 5th season. Who would have thought that four short years ago?
To paraphrase Scottish poet Robert Burns, who authored what has become the most famous New Year's Eve poem of all time - we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
On behalf of everyone at Heartland and everyone at the CBC - Happy New Year, everybody!