Everything about Heartland, eh?

Link: Orphan Black and Call Me Fitz top DGC winners

From a media release:

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.

Arisa Cox hosted the Awards Gala which was held at The Carlu in Toronto.  Broadway, film and television star Eric McCormack returned to the stage with a dazzling opening number and comedian Sean Cullen closed the show with a comedic performance. Continue reading. 


Review: Heartland celebrates 125 episodes with fireworks and fistfights

Heartland celebrated Episode 125–making it the longest-running hour-long drama in Canadian TV history–with fireworks. As Amber Marshall told me recently, Prince Ahmed isn’t the type of guy to take “no” for an answer. So I wasn’t really all that surprised when he rode up to Amy moments after she had waved goodbye to Ty at the beginning of “Secrets and Lies.” And there really was no sugar-coating his comment that Amy looked beautiful: the Prince was there to ride off with her heart.

I can’t help but think he knew exactly what he was doing when he insisted on accompanying Amy back to Heartland; those few minutes were enough to get Tim thinking of landing deals with the Prince, Georgie upset with Amy all over again and Ty steamed his royal rival was back. Things only got worse when Ahmed asked Amy to accompany him to check out some horses; he made a side visit to a mansion he’s thinking of buying. You know, so he can be even closer to Amy. Sheesh. I have to give him credit for saying “I love you,” and getting things out in the open but I was relieved Amy nipped that in the bud and severed her relationship with him. (Things got a little dusty at my house during the conversation between Georgie and Amy about the video.)

Who else was surprised Amy, Georgie and Lou didn’t pull Tim aside when he showed up with Ahmed to tell him about that admission of love? If they had, it would have saved everyone from that super-awkward dinner and the massive “I hate you!” from Georgie. And while I was more than happy to see Ty deliver a head-butt and a punch to the Prince, I can’t help but think Ahmed will make life hell for him by laying charges on Ty or something. Or perhaps all he really wanted was to drive a wedge between the engaged couple. He certainly accomplished that.

Meanwhile, Ty’s new gig at the wildlife sanctuary has become more than a full-time job and Ben’s laid-back attitude when he was trying to woo Ty has been replaced–so far at least–by a stressed dude with an iPhone. Best moment of the night: Ty being spit on by an escaped llama. Second worst moment of the night: mama wolf dying and just one pup surviving.

Worst moment? Ty saying the following to Amy while “Say Something” played in the background: “Sometimes we lose things and no matter how hard we try to hold on, and without even knowing it, we’ve lost it.”

Thoughts on 125 episodes, and last night’s episode

  • How lucky are these folks to film Heartland in such a stunning location? I jealously pine for the foothills of Alberta every Sunday night
  • Is it just me that has the show’s the theme music stuck in their head? Between that and Murdoch Mysteries, my mind is full of CBC show tunes
  • Do you think Tim should really go on the rodeo tour? Part of me says yes, but the thought of him being away from Heartland for an extended period of time would be a bummer. Who would Jack tease?
  • “I have a sore knee today Lou. And I bet if I looked up ‘sore knee’ on the Internet I’d find a bunch of articles and opinions making me think I have to have my whole damn leg taken off at the hip.” Reason No. 456 why I love Jack
  • I’m a little conflicted over Lou making such a big deal out of whether Katie was behind on her skills. I understand Lou wanting to make sure her daughter had all the help she needed, but she was going a little overboard, no?

Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.


Link: Heartland perfectly fills ‘teacup drama’ niche

From James Bawden:

Heartland: A CBC Winner For Sure
Sunday night marks a big anniversary for CBC-TV’s perennial family drama Heartland.
That’s because with its 125th episode it will finally surpass CBC’s Street Legal as the network’s longest continuing hour TV drama. It still has quite a ways to overtake Beachcombers which ran for 17 seasons but in a half hour format. Continue reading.


Tonight: Heartland, Canada’s Smartest Person

Heartland, CBC – “Secrets and Lies”
In the 125th episode, a surprise visitor makes an unwelcome declaration and Amy (Amber Marshall) is forced to deal with the devastating consequences. Meanwhile, a dire animal crisis at the Wildlife Reserve eerily parallels Ty’s (Graham Wardle) personal life when he realizes that some things just can’t be saved. Still stinging from Katie’s pre-school rejection, Lou’s (Michelle Morgan) insistence that a specialist test her daughter brings an unexpected result. And Georgie (Alisha Newton) realizes she needs her own trick riding horse in order to keep up with her nemesis Olivia (Helen Colliander).

Canada’s Smartest Person, CBC
An entrepreneur, teacher, ayurvedic cleaner and a magazine editor compete in six revealing intelligence challenges that go beyond the average IQ test or trivia quiz. Plus, there will be a special guest appearance by world-renowned choreographer to the stars Sean Cheesman.