This Sunday - A Long Shot

Posted on Mar 9, 2017

This Sunday at 7:00pm on CBC Television there will be a brand NEW episode of Heartland. And from the reaction to the preview, shared earlier this week, fans across Canada are going to be watching in three days with equal amounts of anticipation and serious concern, for Jack Bartlett. That's right, the rock of the series may not be as perfect as we all believed him to be.

Before we get into that, a reminder for those in the Toronto area which I first brought to your attention last week. This Saturday, March 11, a Family Fan Day is being hosted by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in Toronto and Heartland's Alisha Newton (Georgie) and Madison Cheeatow (Jade) will be there with stars from other television shows to meet the public and take selfies. It's going to be at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East), from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It's free and also a great opportunity for Toronto fans to meet Alisha and Madison. Just don't ask them for spoilers about Ty or Jack.

Ah yes, Ty and Jack. One needs to return to Heartland and the other is forced to return to his past in this week's episode - A Long Shot - which will be broadcast on CBC tn three day's time, on Sunday, March 12 at Heartland's regular time of 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland).

The episode was written by Pamela Pinch and directed by Eleanore Lindo. In it, a secret from Jack’s past threatens to change his relationship with the family forever. Meanwhile, Amy tries to uncover the connection between her new client Claire Wallace (Guest star Kari Matchett) and the unusually secretive Jack Bartlett. An incident spooks the Heartland horses, causing Phoenix to bolt, and while searching for her horse, Georgie comes clean about her true feelings for Adam. Forced to work together for the afternoon, Tim gives Mitch the gears when he learns of Lou and Mitch’s relationship. And as for Ty, he grows increasingly ill as he attempts to get back to Amy.

Yes, it's never one simple story on Heartland and after reading what I just wrote I am surprised all of this is fitting into a single episode. But it does, and very nicely I might add. Take a look at the ten... oh now wait, there are... eleven photos I have put up to accompany my carefully chosen words.

And here's something I know some of you will find interesting - Guest star Kari Matchett's character's horse Shamrock is a Canadian Horse, and it is the first time the breed has been featured on Heartland. You might not know a lot about the Canadian Horse, but it is worth looking up. It has had an amazing history and despite at one point nearly being extinct now has a promising future.

In 1909 the Canadian Parliament designated it the national breed of our country, and in 2002 the breed was made an official animal symbol of Canada by a Parliamentary Act. Shamrock - in the top photo of today's blog - is a fine example of a Canadian Horse.

Now, for some of you who have been, to coin a well used phrase - jumping to conclusions - you are going to have to remember the oft spoken words of your friendly Blog Whisperer when I tell you to trust the writers. That being written, there are still surprises to come, not only in this Sunday's new episode, but in the final two episodes of season 10, which will air the following two Sundays, on March 19 and March 26.

I know some of you see the word 'final' and it immediately makes you ask, "Is there going to be a season 11?" I have the same answer for you now that I have been sharing on our social media sites, that we have no news but are feeling pretty good about the prospects of a record 11th season. And to repeat one of my mantras - as soon as I know I will let you all know.

So that's it this week. Fairly short and sweet. I have a hunch you are going to enjoy "A Long Shot" for a few reasons. I know I did, and I look forward to watching it again this Sunday. Then I will look forward to watching episode 1017 and setting it up for you in next Thursday's blog.

Until then I remain, as always, obediently yours.