Heather Conkie is a veteran Canadian television writer and producer who began her career as an actress. She has subsequently worked extensively as a writer for numerous television series in Canada including Road to Avonlea, 7th Heaven, The Zack Files, Pit Pony, Dark Oracle, as well as several made for television movies. She’s currently an Executive Producer and writer for CBC’s landmark series Heartland which is galloping through its 8th season with no signs of being put out to pasture.
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I understand those Heartland fans who are upset that Ty and Amy have broken up yet again. I’ve gotten your emails, and I admit I’m kind of in the same boat. But as actress Amber Marshall explained a couple of weeks ago, Amy is basically starting all over again from the bottom and working herself back up again this season.
That means she and Ty are, yes, taking a break, which led to lots of awkward moments during Sunday’s episode, “Endings and Beginnings.” Those moments came courtesy of Georgie, who kept calling Ty with fake concerns over the orphaned wolf pup in hopes that once he arrived at Heartland the sparks would fly and the lovebirds would get back together again. Instead we were treated to awkwardness.
The most interesting of the characters to me in Sunday’s episode (and the season so far) was Ty. As a relative newbie to the show, I’m fascinated not only by Graham Wardle’s portrayal of him, but the direction the character is going. His business pairing with Caleb and job at the wildlife sanctuary is the mark of a young man trying to figure out his place in the world and what his passions are. Rather than just take the easy road by working for Tim, he has partnered with Caleb on what may be a dubious business venture. But if it does fail, he’ll at least have gained some valuable knowledge into the way the business world works. Or sometimes doesn’t.
Meanwhile, his discovery of the dead black bear mother devoid of her gall bladder unleashed an angry, environmental side of Ty. Enraged at learning the bladders are a hot commodity on the black market, he cut down the poacher’s camera. The hunters, of course, came looking for Ty and beat him up, but I have a feeling that won’t stop Ty from doing what he believes in. Sadly, he also believes that time away from Amy is what he needs to. As he told Jack, he doesn’t want to hold Amy back from the incredible opportunities her gift as a horse trainer (how great was she with Hustle and Flirty?) has afforded her.
But I think Ty wonders if Amy might be holding him back as well.
- I want a wolf pup.
- What is it with Jade, Heartland fans? Has she been around for a few seasons? Is she a former friend of Amy’s?
- Jesse Stanton is supposed to get on my nerves, right?
Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.
Heartland, CBC – “Endings and Beginnings”
Amy struggles to turn a pair of horses into a team, and is forced to go head-to-head with a rival trainer.
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The Directors Guild of Canada handed out 19 awards tonight honouring the best work created by Members this past year in a star-studded, elegant event. Two special career acknowledgments were also handed out during the evening.
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From Bill Brioux:
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CBC saw it’s top drama, Murdoch Mysteries, pull 1,029,000 on a Thanksgiving Monday. Strange Empire followed at 9 with 312,000. Continue reading.