Hello friends and fans! It's Thursday, and really the best kind of Thursday, because it's a Thursday before a brand new episode of Heartland. I hope you're as excited as I am! Click through for more photos and some info on the things you can expect this Sunday, January 20 on CBC.
If you follow us on Facebook you've already seen five photos from this Sunday's episode. I'm sure some of you thought I might scrimp and not give you the usual six images that these Thursday blogs normally contain, but not only do I have six here, I'll give you additional photos again on our Facebook page on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Heartland's great stills photographer, Andrew Bako, took a lot of photos during the filming of this episode, so I might as well share them with you, no?
All of these photos has prompted some of you to question my dedication to my New Year's resolution, which was to not give too much away. Don't worry, I haven't lost my mind. I'm not giving any more of the plot away; I'm just giving you more to look at, digest and enjoy!
So let's get this week's photos out of the way and then I'll tell you a bit about them and 612...
This Sunday's episode, the 97th episode of the Heartland saga, is entitled "Playing With Fire." It was written by David Preston and directed by TW Peacocke.
In it, a local horse show is cancelled and Lou saves the day for Georgie and Mallory by stepping up to host it at Heartland.
Amy trains Georgie to take on Olivia (that's her in the pink sweater in the Maggie's Diner photo above, played by Helen Colliander), an entitled girl from school, who will remind you of what Ashley was probably like at 11. :)
Mallory's not-so-secret crush on her coach, Jeremy Hughes (series guest star Rhys Ward) heightens, but she learns the hard way that she really doesn't have a chance with him.
Meanwhile, Peter pressures Lou to fire Caleb as Ty tries to convince Caleb to apologize for "the punch of 611," while Jack grooms his lawn to perfection -- just in time to have it turned into a parking lot for the horse show.
Again, there's a whole lot of Heartland going on, which is just the way most of us like it.
Now you may notice that Amy and Ty don't look overly pleased in the above photo, and they don't look too happy in the earlier images I posted on Facebook. Don't be too concerned; it has nothing to do with them as a couple. I've given the BW Guarantee that nothing is going to disrupt their engagement and believe me -- nothing is more sacred than a BW Guarantee. :D
Fan appreciation time! I say all the time that the most important part in this show's success is its audience. If you don't like it and don't show up in large numbers to watch it then its chance of success (and successive seasons) is low. But this year Canadian audiences have so far turned out in far greater numbers than what they did for Season 5, and that can only be a good thing.
Also, I just want to say how happy I am at the well thought out comments this blog gets every week. I always ask for your comments and opinions, positive or negative, and you never fail to impress me with your posts.
I have noticed however some bizarre questions recently and some odd requests. I have not answered your questions in here for a few weeks, because we've had three new episodes in a row, but soon I'll get around to addressing some of them in another Thursday blog post.
So that's it for this week, but I'll leave you with one piece of advice -- a mantra, so to speak -- before I go, and that is...
Trust the Writers.
There are some choppy waters to navigate the good ship Heartland through from now through the end of the season, and I hope you'll wait and see the outcome before you start launching torpedos in the comment box below. (I don't know why I'm using a maritime analogy when the Heartland Ranch is 6,610 kilometres from the nearest ocean, but I hope you catch my drift!)
Watch "Playing with Fire" this Sunday at 7:00pm everywhere in Canada except Newfoundland, where it starts at 7:30pm.
Heartland kicks off a great Sunday evening of entertainment on CBC Television, followed by "Dragons' Den" and "The Republic of Doyle."
Always happy to have you all on board (There I go again!)
Until next week...
Your Blog Whisperer (You can always call me BW)