Posted on Dec 7, 2017

Last Sunday marked the midpoint of the 11th season of Heartland and I though it would be nice to give everyone a little recap of the nine episodes we have seen so far. And yes, all of the episodes are available just by clicking ‘Episodes’ on the menu bar at the top of the page, but I thought I’d list them in here, along with some new photos.

Before I do that, I feel I need to point out that these nine episodes are only the first half of season 11, and there are still nine additional season 11 episodes to come, which will premiere beginning in January on CBC (where else?) after this fun month of December has passed with its Christmas and holiday specials and movies on CBC, the home of Heartland.

Mark your calendars to make sure you do not miss any of the rest of Season 11.

Every Sunday in January, beginning January 7, there will be a new Heartland Season 11 episode. Episode 1110 will air January 7, episode 1111 will air January 14, episode 1112 will air January 21 and episode 1113 will air on January 28. I could also tell you that the following Sunday, February 4, will be the episode 1114 premiere, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, okay?

Now you know that the first five Sundays in 2018 will have a new Heartland episode air on CBC. That should help you wait out the end of the year, no?

Meanwhile there is still a lot going on with production, or rather post-production. Several episodes are still being edited, colour corrected and the sound and music are being added.

And the production office for the past nine years is closing, so the crew who have worked out of the same building for almost the past decade – the producer and line producer, the writers, the editors, the costume department, the interactive producer, transportation, accounting, locations, publicity and office staff – are all in the process of packing everything up and moving to a new location, where hopefully season 12 of Heartland will have its headquarters. It would be a shame to relocate and then not have a 12th season, wouldn’t it?

That decision is still a ways away, so let’s not get concerned about that right now. Of more immediate concern are the nine episodes on the horizon, and before you watch them, you do want to get caught up with the past nine episodes, which (I'll state again) anyone in Canada can do by clicking on ‘Episodes’.

Let me give you the half-season recap now, with a couple of photos from each episode you may not have seen…

Episode 1101 – Baby on Board – was written by Heather Conkie and directed by Grant Harvey. In it, Ty (Graham Wardle) struggles with control issues when his mom (Megan Follows) stops by for an unexpected visit, hoping to bond with her granddaughter Lyndy, and Amy (Amber Marshall) is forced to mediate. 

Episode 1102 – Highs and Lows – was written by Mark Haroun and directed by Grant Harvey. This episode has the family banding together to support Georgie (Alisha Newton) as she decides whether to face a ghost from her past, or leave it behind.

Episode 1103 – Decision Time – was written by Ken Craw and directed by Eleanore Lindo. This is the one where Tim (Chris Potter) steps up Jade’s (Madison Cheeatow) training regimen when a fierce new competitor shows her up at practice.

Episode 1104 – How to Say Goodbye was written by Heather Conkie and again directed by Eleanore Lindo. In it, Amy and Ty work together to prepare a wild horse for overseas transport, but the horse’s temperament may be more than they bargained for.

Episode 1105 – Measuring Up – was written by Bonnie Fairweather and directed by Ken Filewych. This episode sees Lou (Michelle Morgan) return from New York, only to find things are not running as smoothly as she had imagined they would.

Episode 1106 – Strange Bedfellows – was written by Pamela Pinch and directed by Pierre Tremblay. It’s the one where Amy has to get creative when asked to work with Lisa’s (Jessica Steen) racehorse, but conflict arises when information about the horse’s breeding comes to light.

Episode 1107 – Our Sons and Daughters – was written by Mark Haroun and directed by Chris Potter. In it, Amy tries to teach some old friends about the life-changing power of connecting to a horse.

Episode 1108 – Truth be Told – was written by Ken Craw and directed by Chris Potter. Drama ensues when Tim’s erratic behavior sparks concern from his loved ones, causing Jack (Shaun Johnston) to suspect something else is going on.

Episode 1109 – Challenges – was written by Heather Conkie and directed by Bruce McDonald. The first half of season 11 concludes with Amy trying to get everything at Heartland organized before joining Ty on a work-related journey.

Half a season down, half a season to go.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone is being nice and avoiding being on anyone’s naughty list. I certainly am, by getting this blog up early-ish today. And I’ll be back next week with more information and photos as we move day by day closer to Christmas, New Years and the second half of season 11 of Heartland.

Until then I remain, as I always will be – obediently yours.