I was looking at the number of days (38) that we have to go until the Season 6 Premiere of Heartland on CBC and I quickly realised that next week we will be down to 31 days. Read on for the blog... I answer questions, and more!
31 days! That's the number of days in the month of July or August. In other words, we will shortly only have one full month to wait until the new season of Heartland begins. Yessss!
For those of you not following Heartland on CBC on Twitter (where we have 3 to 6 tweets a day from set), you may not know that production on Season 6 is rapidly approaching its midpoint, with today being the 2nd of 15 days to film all of the 9th and 10th episodes of Season 6 (609 and 610). That means the actual midpoint in filming will be one week from tomorrow - the middle day of the middle 15-day block of the 6th season.
Now that doesn't mean once an episode is filmed it is ready to be seen -- far from it. There are many things that have to be completed on each episode. That would include the editing, colour correction, the addition of sound effects and additional dialogue and balancing all the levels of the sound -- as well as adding the great songs that you're going to hear. Then each episode will be screened several times for the producers, the director, the screenwriters and personnel from the CBC in order that they may be able to pick up on any errors and correct them to ensure the episode is as good as it can be. With this system of checks and balances in place it is very difficult for a blatant mistake to occur.
And on that note...
This week I am going to answer a few more of your questions after telling you what I'm thinking of doing for next week's Monday Time Killer... but first I want to clear up something that many fans (including myself) thought was a mistake in Season 3.
Remember the episode where the Heartland males (Jack, Tim, Ty and Peter) go off on a weekend fishing trip? In that episode, when Peter hooks a fish, a few viewers reported that he yelled Shaun's (not Jack's) name out. And it sure does sound like it... but Heartland's post production supervisor has contacted me with the facts.
What Gabriel Hogan (who plays Peter) actually says is "Fish on!!!" This is an expression fly fishermen use when they have a fish on the line to alert other fishermen nearby to reel in their lines so they do not get tangled up in case the hooked fish starts jumping and moving all over the place.
So that was not a mistake; it was actually a researched line which was added for authenticity!
Research on the show is meticulous, starting with the writers and continuing with everyone from the actors and the crew to the post production folks who all have a common goal -- to make the best episode possible.
Now a word about Monday's upcoming Time Killer puzzle.
I chose a pretty easy one for our most recent puzzle, after two in a row that many of you found very difficult. In fact, no one in Canada got all the answers correct on the last set trivia questions I gave you. We only had two fans get all the answers right, and they're from the US and Germany!
So -- feeling you needed a break -- three days ago I presented you with an easy word ladder, and of course some of you commented that it was too easy.
So what is a Blog Whisperer to do? Let democracy rule I say!!!
This weekend I am going to conduct a poll in Heartland on CBC's Facebook Page, asking the difficulty level for the next puzzle. The choices will go from an easy-peasy spot-the-differences puzzle to a word ladder on international breeds of horses that is the most difficult puzzle I could come up with. I guarantee you NO ONE will know all the answers without having to look some of them up.
Which puzzle will appear on Monday? That will be up to all of you. Well, all of you who take part in this weekend's poll on Facebook. Watch for it.
Now some questions from last week:
Anet wrote: Hey bw will Ashley return in season 6?
No. Ashley has not been any of the first 10 episodes of Season 6. I have not seen the last 8 episodes (in fact some of them have yet to be written) so there is a chance, but I doubt it.
Supergirl wrote: More episodes that end and pick up from the previous episode like 'Broken Arrow', 'Eye of the Wolf', 'Road to Nowhere' and 'Aftermath'. They are my favourites. Does that mean that 'Candles in the Wind' will be like that?
No. The back to back episodes will occur within Season 6. Some time will have passed between the botched proposal scene ending Season 5 and the start of Season 6.
Maddy wrote: Hey,BW Are you going to give us the titles to the other episodes for season 6?
Yes I will. Next Thursday. Promise.
JeNNa!! :) wrote: hey i need to ask this i sent fan mail a like maybe 8 months ago and never got a repiled or anything so i am wondering will i ever hear back or be notice it has arrived ??? also is ther any new character um i think there's the girl alisha.
A two parter so I will answer twice.
First, all backlogged (and there was a lot) mail has been sorted and was either answered this week, or if it was personally addressed to an actor it was delivered this week to him or her.
Everyone is trying to stay on top of the mounds of mail as they arrive.
As to your second question, yes there is a new series regular this Season on Heartland. Meet Georgie, played by 11-year-old Alisha Newton, riding a new character horse named Phoenix.
I have shown photos of both before, but never in character. Georgie is also 11, so it is a perfect part for Alisha, whose friends now call her The Luckiest Girl In The World, cause she gets to be on Heartland.
And lastly I wish to post my favourite comment from last week, from Hally, who wrote: The flies are on steroids this summer and that makes my horse and me cranky. Teacher is therefore handing out grades today to Heartland license/rights holders: 1) E One Entertainment, the Heartland DVD rights holder, F, for not releasing the Season 5 DVD until September; and 2) the U.S. TV rights holders, F, for being 2+ seasons behind in their broadcasts. Teacher orders them to detention and to sit in the corner and write "I promise to stop being mean and thoughtless to Heartland fans" 1,000 times on the blackboard. (Teacher can't say what teacher really wants them to write on the blackboard in a family oriented blog.)
I laughed when I read this, but I hope you review and change your marks when you read this.
eOne realised the best time to release Season 5's DVD release was when Season 6 was about to be broadcast, so that was why they delayed the release date. The buzz surrounding the DVD release and the Season Premiere will only help one another, and that is a good thing.
And please Don't be getting down on the US broadcasters who are behind. They at least are playing Heartland for Americans to enjoy. It is unfortunate that it took 3 years for broadcasters to come on board, but they have now and thanks to gmcTV and the CW and other stations across America Heartland can be watched and enjoyed.
Hope that they never catch up, for they will not play 40+ episodes in a year; that is not done. If and when they do catch up it will be because there are no new episodes being made of the series, and we don't want to go there, do we?
Oh and Hally... In a subsequent comment you made a suggestion and I guess great minds think alike. I was told by the producers that all fan mail has now been taken care of, by the method you suggested. :)
So then, that's it for another week. More questions and Heartland news on Thursday and a new Time Killer on Monday. Will it be easy or hard? That's up to you.
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