So we have another brand new Season 6 episode for us all to watch this Sunday, the 3rd of 18 to be premiered only on CBC Television.
[ Click through for info and photos on the episode and some answers to a few questions ]
Life on the Heartland ranch goes on... and although the engagement of Amy and Ty seems to be on the back burner for now, some things are certainly front and centre. In this episode we will learn the value of family and friendship -- but not without misunderstandings and a little accidental grief thrown in.
In Sunday's episode, written by Ken Craw and directed by Dean Bennett, Tim hopes for a big payday when he helps Lanny, a wealthy weekend cowboy look for his dream ranch, while Amy's stuck teaching his trophy wife (Paige) how to ride. Lou also pushes hard for Lanny's business when she learns he's looking for a new financial advisor. Meanwhile, the stress from Ty's up-coming finals and failed marriage proposal causes him to make an embarrassing -- but somewhat hilarious -- gaff at the clinic.
Lisa returns to Heartland and is shocked to learn Jack is acting as a foster parent to Georgie, and Scott becomes concerned with Ty's stress and decides to do something about it... a move that takes Ty aback.
As it often happens on Heartland, there is a lot going on.
Lanny and his wife Paige are respectively played by guest stars Rob Stewart and Carlyn Burchell, and this is the episode which introduces us to Cassandra Lee, played by Kaitlyn Wong Leeb. And before the first commercial break something is going to happen to make some of you very happy. And no -- it has nothing to do with what's on the back burner. :)
That's all I have to tell you regarding this new episode of Heartland, premiering this Sunday (September 30) at 7:00pm across Canada (7:30pm in Newfoundland)... but it has been a couple of weeks since I have addressed some of your comments and questions, so I thought I'd take some time and do just that right now.
First, to answer several questions and comments that have cropped up regarding our DVD giveaway contest -- this contest is for Canadian residents only. Sorry, but rules and regulations vary depending on what country you are in, so we have to limit those who can enter to residents of Canada only. Besides, Season 5 DVDs are not available in other countries yet, and different broadcasters have those rights; we cannot be infringing on them.
And now to answer several comments regarding Ty and Amy's relationship.
There are some of you who would like to see them engaged, married and off living on their own ranch, all happening in one episode. And there are some of you who are concerned that the series is not going to handle the situation with the respect it deserves.
I'm not going to go into detail, but I will say that the writers have gotten us this far (this Sunday is the 88th episode!) and you are reading this so you must be somewhat captivated by what has unfolded until now, so all I can tell you is to trust the creative team behind Heartland.
From reading all your comments on this site and on Facebook I believe I have a pretty good idea this season is going to deliver, as the seasons in the past have.
Lisa wrote, Since we can't see Heartland in the USA except Season 3 on GMC what would it hurt for us to be able to watch it on-line on this website?
A good question, and one that I will again answer. GMCtv has the right to broadcast Seasons 5 and 6 in the US, only after they have shown the episodes from Seasons 3 and 4 (which they are doing now). When they show these episodes it will be for the first time in the US and they will be selling advertising for what will be for them a first-run show. Advertisers might not be so eager to place ads on a show that all of America has been able to watch online on the CBC website. Therefore CBC has to respect this and can only stream episodes in Canada and not allow them to be seen outside its borders.
There are also a slew (or should that be slough?) of questions about specific characters -- Lisa, Ashley, Mallory, Badger, Blair, Chase, Stumpy(!), Miranda, Shane, Janice and others who even I have forgotten. I will repeat what I have written in past blogs, for I don't expect you to read and remember everything I write -- though some of you do -- and every week there are first time fans of Heartland joining our ever growing community.
When I write the preview for an upcoming episode I try to reveal just enough to entice you, but I do not want to give away too much. Every episode will have something new, and this is one Blog Whisperer (that would be me!) who will not be accused of spoiling.
That being written, there are some characters who perhaps the writers wanted back who will not be able to for various reasons. Over the course of six years many things can happen and although many of the characters you know and love will remain on the series for its duration, some will not be returning. This I think is part of the fun of watching the new episodes -- you never know what to expect, despite my teases and previews.
So that's all for this week. We're now into fall and Heartland is well under way on CBC. Everything is unfolding exactly as it should.
Enjoy Sunday's new episode and as always, come back and tell us all what you thought of it. But remember -- the cards have been dealt, so to speak. If you request something to happen it may or may not occur, for the scripts for the rest of the season have either been filmed or have been written.
Trust the production team, friends and fans. They have gotten the Bartletts and the Flemings this far, and there are still roads ahead. Let's all enjoy the ride.
And as you may or may not know, it's Culture Days in Canada this weekend. There are dozens of events happening across Canada, maybe even in your community.
In Calgary, Heartland cast members Amber Marshall, Shaun Johnston, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle and Alisha Newton will be joining George Stroumboulopoulos on stage at Olympic Plaza for a chat before a live concert featuring Big Valley, Samantha Savage Smith and the Dudes.
It all starts around 5:30pm. If you can make it, great!