Season 11 Premieres Sunday!

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

It is SO on! And it's on this Sunday. Yes Heartlanders across Canada, SEASON 11 IS HERE. This blog - all 12 photos and what follows here - is about the brand new season of Canada's longest running one-hour dramatic series. Here we go...

On Sunday, September 24 at 7:00pm (7:30pm in parts of Newfoundland), episode 1101: BABY ON BOARD will premiere across the country on CBC. What can we expect? Read on dear fans...

As the season starts, Ty (Graham Wardle) struggles with control issues when his mom (guest star Megan Follows) stops by for an unexpected visit hoping to bond with her granddaughter, and Amy (Amber Marshall) is forced to mediate. Meanwhile, Amy and Georgie (Alisha Newton) work with a traumatized elite jumping horse by the name of Flame and Georgie, as a result, finds herself considering an amazing offer. Tim (Chris Potter) and Jack (Shaun Johnston) step in to help out when Ty makes a bad decision about a new truck. Also appearing in Sunday's episode will be Kevin McGarry as Mitch and Wanda Cannon as Val Stanton.

The twelve photos accompanying this blog (yes, I'm at it once again) are all from the new episode and you'll notice there are none of Amy & Ty's baby girl. Don't worry, you'll see plenty of her on Sunday, and her name will be revealed within 5 minutes of the episode starting.

There have been two photos posted of Baby_______, along with her proud Heartland parents on this blog and on our other social media platforms, and these have prompted questions of how old the baby is, and why we are not seeing her as an infant to kick off the season. I thought I would address that now.

Heartland is not filmed in Los Angeles where the weather is consistent. The series is shot in and around Calgary, Millarville and High River, Alberta from May through the end of November. The timeline of each Heartland season starts in the spring and usually ends in the winter. In each and every season we can see there is snow on the ground when a season ends and we are into spring when the next season premieres. In Sunday's new episode you will see snow on the Rockies in the horizon; that snow does not completely melt until late summer.

So here is the timeline the series is following as far as the baby is concerned - Amy told Ty he was going to be a father at the end of Season 9, on New Year's Eve. Season 10 started in March and ended at the beginning of October, when Amy gave birth to the series' new little star. If you will recall there was snow on the ground. Season 11 begins in the spring, so five to six months have now passed. Therefore we now know the approximate age of Baby______ (oops, almost gave it away!).

So there you go! And with this explanation comes the realization that no Heartland episode has ever taken place in January or February. I had never really thought about that before.(!)

A few Thursdays ago I wrote how thrilled I was anticipating this season and my enthusiasm has not waned one bit. Sunday's episode was written by Heather Conkie and directed by Grant Harvey. Every one of the cast & crew in Calgary and the Toronto crew here, along with the team at the CBC are thrilled to be bringing you the 11th season of Heartland starting Sunday.

BABY ON BOARD (episode 1101) will be the first of 5 consecutive Sundays with a new Heartland episode. By then we will all be totally engaged, won't we?

So then, our Tick... Tick... Ticking to new episodes ends in three short days, just as summer officially ends tomorrow.

And speaking of tomorrow, I will put up the 'First Look' from episode 1101, which will not reveal any baby names, but will start off with a bang involving the season 11 guest horse, Flame, whose real name is Escondido. Check it out, for it is worth watching more than once.

As for me, I'll be watching this Sunday along with all of you. Yes, I'll be watching again because the episode deserves it! And then next Thursday I will be here, as I always am, to tell you about the new episode airing on October 1st.

Until then I remain, as always, obediently yours.