Heartland Holiday Greetings

Posted on Dec 22, 2016

Hey Heartlanders! Today I have a pretty low key blog. I'll return to posting a bunch of photos and more info next week, but this week the only image on this page is one through the gallows gate entrance to the Heartland ranch set. This was taken during the filming of "A Heartland Christmas" - which is still avaiable to stream online for all of Canada on the CBC Player.

The only other bit of news I want to pass on is the constant reminder that the next new episode (1010) of Heartland will be on CBC on Sunday, January 15. That's in 24 days. And in 17 days - on January 8 - CBC will repeat episode 1009 for those who missed it.

I'd also like to alert you all to be watching for a Christmas greeting video from most of the lead cast of Heartland. Unfortunately Shaun was not available during the taping, but Amber, Graham, Michelle, Alisha, Jessica and Chris all took the time to send you season's greetings. That will be up tomorrow. Oh, and on Christmas Day I will post the cast & crew photo that was taken on the last day of production of season 10. Even the most behind-the-scenes member of the production crew will be front and centre.

All that's left now is for me - your faithful Blog Whisperer - to wish you the best this holiday season as 2016 winds down.

Besides being a time to relax and enjoy the year end festivities it is also a time to look back on the past twelve months.

As far as Heartland goes, one year ago this week we were worrying about Georgie, who had run off to Vancouver to see Peter. That of course was concluded when 909 aired in early January. This year we have concerns on two continents as Tim has vanished after the accident and we are unsure how the horse with no name is, trapped inside the damaged trailer. Meanwhile in Mongolia, we hope to learn the fate of the Gobi bear cub Bob tranquilized.

Back to 2016, from January to March there were nine additional season 9 episodes that ran on CBC, with the season concluding with Amy telling Ty he would be a father soon. At the same time we learned that there would be an 18-episode season 10.

Production started in May on the current season and concluded a couple of weeks ago.

And so here we are at year's end.

I don't know about you, and I know that time chugs along at its constant and consistent pace, but this year seemed to fly by compared to the previous seasons. I'm uncertain if that's a good thing, but one thing I do know is that I savour doling out photos and Heartland news to our fans across Canada and all around the world. I love reading your comments and am glad that Heartland is the hit that it is.

I've been doing this for a very long time and I can honestly say that collectively Heartland's fans are the finest group of people a television series could hope to have, and all of you truly make this part of my job most enjoyable.

Growing up where I did we would say Merry Christmas this time of year and although a lot of people resort to saying "Happy Holidays" I am not going to do that. When I am told "Happy Hanukka!" or "Eid Saeed!" I am not offended and I take these greetings in the context they are intended, ones of glad tidings and good wishes. So to all Heartlanders - wherever you are - I wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a very healthy and happy 2017.

I guess next Thursday I can repeat the happy new year wishes, for I will return with my weekly Thursday blog next week on December 28. Until then I remain - as always - obediently yours.