The Thursday BW Farrago

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

Sometimes - most times actually - my Thursday blog has a theme everyone can follow. Be it an upcoming episode, a contest, a question and answer blog, production stories and stills or just photos of our favourite animal (those are horses, in case you have stumbled onto this site by accident) I generally don't veer off topic.

Today it's a little different. I am floating all over the place as I present a crazy quilt of thoughts, a series salmagundi if you will, or we could call it a Heartland hodgepodge. I'm going to - in my gallimaufry - combine production photos taken recently with production photos taken last year during block 3. And I am going to go on about different things that pop into my head.

And first, we'll start with the nine photos.

The top photograph was taken last week during a show jumping competition that will happen in block 2. That's camera operator Kirk Chiswell filming Alisha Newton as her character Georgie as she competes in an equestrian jumping event.

There's another photo of Alisha practicing her mounted archery moves. That's stunt coordinator Tom Eirikson to the left, filming her on a tiny camera called an Osmo.

I have three photos of Heartland horses hanging around the ranch, plus one production shot of the outside of the barn set in Heartland's Calgary studio. You can tell at a glance if horses are in the studio scenes by the paneling forming a path to the barn. This is laid down so the horses don't have to pound their hooves on the hard concrete that is the floor of the building.

The other three production photographs were all taken last year around this time when season 10's block 3 was being filmed. I hope you enjoy them.

While we are on the topic of block 3, I just want to remind everyone that the same two directors on last year's block 3 - editor Ken Filewych and 1st AD Pierre Tremblay - are also handling the directing duties on episodes 5 (Ken) and 6 (Pierre), as they did last year.

Now if you've been following us on Twitter (and if not why not? It's free and so informative as I will tweet over 1,000 times this year with the hashtag #HLinProd [HeartLand in Production: get it?]) you must have noticed we are heavy on horses this season. That can only be a good thing, no?

But will these tweets give away too much of the storylines of the season 11 episodes? For some of you that may be true ("Oh great! Now we know Amber Marshall is in the episode!!!") so in that case, you are excused; if you do not follow my Tweets on Twitter I will understand.

But if you do follow us you will notice I pretty well have mapped out what I will and will not reveal, so any spoilers are really minor.

Now, I wish to remind you that Heartland is television's favourite family drama. Each episode has three or four storylines that will appeal to fans of all ages. The most important things about Heartland are the stories and I think you are really going to be thrilled when season 11 premieres in late September or early October across Canada on CBC Television. It will once again air on Sundays at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland) and as soon as the premiere date is confirmed I will post it here in an upcoming blog and we can all start the countdown to our next Heartland Sunday.

Speaking of countdowns (I'm a numbers BW so I notice these things), as you are probably aware we are followed by 115,000 on Instagram, we just hit 100,000 on Twitter and in the upcoming week we will hit 350,000 fans liking our Facebook page. You fans are great! Thanks for all the love you show us.

Next week I will go on a bit about Canada Day, which falls on July 1. It will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, or when Canada became a country. If you are Canadian I hope you plan to do something special to celebrate it.

A little trivia you may not be aware of. There have been thousands of one-hour scripted dramatic television series produced in the United States and Canada. You may know that Heartland is the longest running one-hour drama in Canadian television history, but when you add in the longevity of American series it still is doing pretty well.

In the United States, there are only 17 1-hour scripted dramatic series that have been around longer than Heartland. Out of the many that have been produced since the late 1940s that's not bad, huh? This year Heartland ties "7th Heaven" as the longest running family drama. "7th Heaven" lasted 11 seasons. At the top of the overall list, tied at 20 seasons each are "Law & Order" and "Gunsmoke," both of which made it to 20 (yeah, twenty!) seasons. And "Law & Order: SVU" was recently renewed for a 19th season, so who knows, in two years time a spinoff series might be the longest running television series in this category. Besides "L&O:SVU," four other series - "NCIS," "Grey's Anatomy," "Supernatural" and "Criminal Minds" - have all had more seasons than Heartland.

I told you I was going to ramble, didn't I? But I think that's enough for this week.Next week I will be back with a very Canadian blog as our country celebrates its sesquicentennial birthday (yeah that's the right word: sesqui means one and a half and centennial is a one hundred year anniversary).

I look forward to y'all reading me then. Until then I remain, as I always am, obediently yours.