Even though it seemed like a really long time before we all knew that there was going to be a 6th Season of Heartland, once production started this past Monday CBC was quick to have a crew from CBC LIVE on set, to film some interviews with the cast members and to capture some of the cast and crew doing what they do best. The CBC team --Jamey and Adam-- were on set for most of the day and were able to shoot a lot of great footage that will be coming your way little by little! Read on!
On that note for a moment, did you notice that there are --just like last year-- daily tweets coming from the set every day of production, that it's not just me on Twitter?? Yes, my spies are back! And sometimes they reveal things that even I'm not aware of! If you follow Heartland on Twitter you may be among the first to find out something I don't know about yet! For example, yesterday this was tweeted in the morning - "Day 3 of production and already we have actors returning from past seasons... though today's cast member was not in Season 5." Now I have to find out who that is, and to be honest I didn't even know there was someone returning from a past season. (Hmmm... I may have to send my spies more swag!)
The point is, if you want to be as up to date on all things Heartland as you can be, besides reading these Thursday blog posts (and honing your skills every Monday on the "Monday Time Killer") and liking and following Heartland on Facebook, you really should follow Heartland on Twitter it's easy, and there is stuff about the show there that you will NOT find anywhere else!
Now as for the Monday Time Killer, a lot of you reported that you had fun solving the 4-letter word ladder. I know some of you asked to see the answers, so here they are, in order - HEAR, HEAD, HEED, REED, READ, REAR, LEAR, LEAN, LEAD, DEAD, DEAR, DEER, DEED, NEED, NERD, HERD, HARD, HARE, HALE, DALE, DARE, DANE, LANE, LANA, LADA, LARA, LARD, LAND.
See how each word only changes one letter to form the new word? A tip to help you solve future puzzles like this - if you're stuck on a word, solve the words before and after it and you should be able to figure it out!
Now I should explain what's going on in all of the photos posted today. They were all taken yesterday as the CBC LIVE crew had their day on set.
This first shot is of the Heartland Production crew setting up a shot near the entrance to the ranch. You can see the Heartland barn and ranch house in the background.
This one was taken from the monitors where the director can watch what is being filmed. In the background the wranglers are getting the horses ready for a tricky stunt.
Here's the Wrangling Captain, Ray Breckenridge, overseeing and making sure all the animals are doing what they are supposed to.
These next three photos are of CBC LIVE's crew interviewing some of the cast members they spoke to. That's Graham Wardle (Ty), Amber Marshall (Amy) and the last photo is our first look on set of 10-year-old Alisha Newton, who has joined the cast of Heartland for Season 6.
And while Amber was having her interview her super cute dog China was lying nearby, enjoying the late afternoon sun!
So there you go!
Now I'm going to answer a few of your recent questions.
Sarah wrote (about the word ladder), Very entertaining! took about 10 minutes, but I recruited help from my Mother. Is that cheating??
It's never cheating asking your mom or dad for help, unless it is a real test in school, it which case texting them to find out an answer would probably be frowned upon.
<3land <3er wants to know what Mrs. Bell's first name is.
It's only been spoken twice in the five seasons of Heartland so far so that is indeed a tough one. As Heartland fan Major_Wizard helpfully answered in the comments, her first name is Sally!
Brittany asks, When will we get to see a clip of the first episode of Season 6 and will Ty finally ask Amy to marry him in the first episode?
Previews will be coming closer to the premiere date in the fall. And although that date has not been announced yet I expect it'll be made known over the next couple of months. As soon as I know you will know! Will Ty ask Amy to marry him? Good question; I'm kind of wondering about that myself. :D
Sarah asks, I would like to send a fan mail letter to Amber and one to Graham. I was just wondering if you could tell me where to send them?
Sarah - scroll up on this page and look on the right column. You will see "Fan Mail" listed right under the episodes. Click on that and all will be revealed. And if you want to make sure a letter goes directly to a specific cast member make sure you address it to him or her.
Aubrey wrote, Do you by any chance know if there is a heartland website for those of us in the united states?
There is! http://theheartlandranch.com --but I think you'll find this one WAY more fun. :) Seriously though, the US site is great for letting you know which episodes are playing, when, and on what channel.
Tanya wrote, I've been out to the Heartland set since it's not- far from home, and sometimes there are horses in the fields. Are these horses ones that Heartland uses in its filming or are they owned by the individual who owns the property?
Those are background actors --they just happen to be horses! They are brought in on days when filming takes place at the ranch.
Bailey wrote, This is so exciting! Heartland will have their 100th EPISODE!! BW: Do you think the producers/writers will do something special for the occasion? It would be great if they could make that episode a 2-hour special or something!
I doubt there will be a 2-hour special, or else fans would expect the same for the 200th, 300th and 400th episodes! :D Seriously though, although it may just (!) be another great episode, you can be sure that there will be something special happening around the 100th episode of Heartland, and I'll let everyone know about it long before it happens!
Evelin wrote, Hello BW ! I have a question. 118 countries have licensed heartland. Has Germany licensed also Heartland ?
Yes! Most countries in Europe are licensed to play Heartland and Germany is indeed one of them.
Samantha Melton wrote, what are Caleb and Sorayas real names? thanks for the awesome blogs BW!
You're welcome! Caleb Odell is played by Kerry James and Amy's best friend Soraya is played by Greta Onieogou.
And lastly, on last Thursday's post Hally wrote the following -
If, as someone above said they heard a rumor about, Amy were to ditch Ty for Chase, the ratings would drop to below sea level. As sadistic as the writers have been in the past toward the Heartland audience when it comes to our favorite couple, I don't think they'd go there now. Worst case scenario is that Amy says no and they go their separate ways. Not that I think that will happen. If it did, that would be a case of self-immolation by the producers because no one would watch the show afterwards. In fact, the mood across Canada would probably be almost as bad as if the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team lost the Gold Medal game in OT to Bermuda. Perhaps the writers are sadists, but they're not masochists :>)! I'm sure they want to keep the show going for as long as possible. Maybe even beat Beachcombers?! Can you say... "Grandpa Ty."
There's no question there, but this comment brought such a smile to my face I had to repost it here to make sure everyone saw it.
Don't worry, Hally. Although I wouldn't necessarily agree with you about the writers being 'sadistic' I'm sure you know that the many fans of Heartland are not going to need to rise up in revolt because of Amy winding up with Chase Powers! :)
Well, that was a good note to end the post on. And so is this: I can confirm that this Sunday at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland) there'll be a repeat broadcast of episode 406 - "Win, Place or Show" playing right across Canada on the full CBC network.
I hope you can watch it; I certainly am going to catch that one again!
Until next Monday, when I once again will help you kill time... BW - out!