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Heartland’s Alisha Newton discusses Georgie’s Season 10 journey

The folks at Heartland ranch have been through a lot this season. After being away for months Ty (Graham Wardle) returned to Canada a very sick man. Amy (Amber Marshall) is about to give birth. Lou (Michelle Morgan) is struggling to expand the business into New York City and Tim (Chris Potter) … well, Tim’s world is always in disarray.

Georgie’s life has been a roller coaster this past year too. She witnessed Lou and Peter (Gabriel Hogan) break up, then Mitch (Kevin McGarry) started dating Lou, she competed to land a spot on the Extreme Team and now she and Adam (Kataem O’Connor) have broken up. That’s a lot for someone to endure, so we landed a chat with Alisha Newton to discuss her character’s experiences in Season 10 and a hint as to what Sunday’s season finale of Heartland, “Greater Expectations,” is all about. (And, as most fans already know, Heartland has been renewed for Season 11.)

Congratulations on five seasons of being on Heartland.
Alisha Newton: Thanks! It’s been quite the journey.

You’re not filming now, are you?
No, we’re on a break between seasons and I’m just catching up on school. I’m in a program where I can attend school when I’m home but the rest of my courses can be done online. It can be really hard to focus on set sometimes because I’m in and out of the school trailer a lot. It’s hard to stay caught up when you’re given that must responsibility and you don’t have teachers making sure you’re doing your work.

Georgie has been through a lot over the past couple of seasons. Lou and Peter separated and Mitch has been dating Lou. Georgie then competed to be on the Extreme Team, helped out Bob and Ty at the animal sanctuary and now the situation with Adam. What have you thought about all of these different storylines?
I’ve really loved all of the storylines I’ve had these past few seasons. It’s been a lot of fun to play a character that’s grown so much over the years. I’m really grateful to have these really interesting storylines and a lot of teens can relate to them. I really love them.

Is it tough to play emotional scenes? 
Because I’ve been acting for so long it kind of comes naturally for me now to turn on the waterworks and get into it. It can be hard some days when I can’t seem to focus or if I’m dehydrated if can be really hard to cry sometimes.

That’s the secret to crying? Water?
Yup, drink lots of water. [Laughs.]

Heartland’s storylines have always been grounded in reality. It would have been so easy to have Georgie and Adam get back together, but instead, they’re just friends. I respect that.
It makes it a lot more interesting when the characters get rejected and it’s not always a happy ending. It’s a lot more realistic than having them get back together. It’s interesting to be able to play the relationship that isn’t always perfect and we’re not always doing the same thing. It is a little bit rocky.

The winter season finale was really dramatic. Tim had a concussion and the horse trailer tipped over with one trapped inside.
Personally, I love those scripts. I loved filming that episode because I love working with Chris [Potter] and Amber [Marshall] because they’re brilliant actors and the scenes for that episode were really well shot. I like it when everyone is on the edge of their seat and not sure what’s going to happen.

I’ve loved the scenes Georgie has had with Jade this season. How much fun have you and Madison Cheeatow had this year?
I love working with Madison. She is definitely one of my best friends on-set and we’re just as good friends off set. I like that Heartland shows a lot of the younger generation’s storylines as well. It’s really cool.

Do you have a favourite horse co-star?
This season my favourite horse was probably Morgan, the horse that survived the barn fire. At the beginning of shooting that episode, a lot of the male wranglers on set were complaining because Amber and I and the female wranglers were turning him into a girly horse. Before he was working with me he was this tough horse and the guy wranglers loved him. And now he’s a treat suck and loves snuggles. [Laughs.]

You own horses and train them in real life. Could you compete in a real Extreme Team?
Every once in awhile they’ll have me perform a bit of a little trick. In one of the last episodes, I was working with a horse named Tab and was trying to train him to be a trick riding horse and was doing these stunts where I would get half off the horse and then putting my leg back over. We were just doing that at a trot and it was so difficult. I don’t know if I would ever join the Extreme Team or do trick riding myself because it scares me so much.

What can you tell me about Sunday’s season finale?
I think it’s going to be a little bit of everything. It’s going to be very exciting and everyone will be on the edge of their seat for sure. The ending of the last episode is one of my favourite endings yet in the series and I’m really excited for fans to see it.

Heartland‘s season finale airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Heartland renewed for Season 11 on CBC; plus season finale images

Giddy up! CBC has made it official: Heartland has been renewed for Season 11. Star Amber Marshall made the announcement Tuesday morning in a video on the show’s official Facebook page.

“I wanted to thank you all for watching Season 10 of Heartland,” she says. “And I am so excited to tell you that Season 11 will be starting on CBC this fall.” The news comes just days in advance of the season finale, where it’s expected that Amy Fleming and Ty Borden will welcome the birth of their first child.

Here’s the episode synopsis for Sunday’s finale, “Great Expectations.”

Amy, Ty and the entire Heartland family are thrilled to welcome a new member into the fold. Meanwhile, the ghost horse returns and Amy disagrees with Georgie’s plan to capture and gentle him. Then, Lou changes her mind about a business deal but not before Mitch makes a surprising choice. And hoping to impress Cass’s parents, Caleb asks a reluctant Tim for a full-time job.

Check out images from Sunday’s episode!

Look for our interview with Alisha Newton later this week on TV-Eh.com!

Have you got a message for the stars of Heartland? Pass them along in the comments section below!

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

Image courtesy of CBC.


Ty Borden returns to Heartland

Heartland fans have been begging Ty to return to Canada for weeks. Finally, he does, but no one is celebrating. Wracked with sickness, Ty has been hospitalized and totally out of it. With a baby on the way, will Ty survive to see his child born, or will he die in front of Amy?

Here’s CBC’s episode synopsis for “Dreamer,” written by Mark Haroun and directed by Alison Reid:

Amy and the family pull together as the gravely ill Ty returns home and is admitted to hospital.
And here’s some spoiler-free info we gleaned from watching a screener.
Ty isn’t the only one having a hard time
Yes, Ty is hooked up to tubes and unresponsive, but others are suffering in their own way this week. A major situation hits Lou out of nowhere, putting her future in jeopardy as well. And, just to make things super-interesting/awkward, Peter visits.
We find out what’s been ailing Ty
Turns out four months in the Gobi desert is full of dangers, the least of which are poachers. A Calgary doctor gives the family her prognosis … and not everyone is happy with her news. That leads to a very, very dramatic scene in the hospital between two major characters that could affect their relationship going forward. Meanwhile, Ty has been pumped full of drugs, leading to some very interesting visions … and a special guest star.
Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Shaun Johnston shines in Sunday’s Heartland

We were left with a couple of serious questions following last week’s episode of Heartland. What would Georgie say to Adam? Was Ghost really a ghost? And, most importantly, would Ty be OK? Sunday’s new episode, “A Long Shot,” written by Pamela Pinch and directed by Canadian Screen Award winner Eleanore Lindo, answers two of three queries … and adds plenty of drama when it comes to Jack.

Here’s what CBC’s synopsis teases:

A secret from Jack’s past threatens to change his relationship with the family forever.

And here’s what we can tell you after screening Sunday’s instalment:

So, how’s Ty?
Amy was super-worried about her husband last Sunday and was losing sleep over it. She had a good reason: those dizzy spells haven’t stopped and Bob is concerned there is something really wrong with his friend. Has anyone Googled, “Diseases you can suffer from in Mongolia”? Malaria, cholera, typhoid fever, viral hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever all pop up. That’s not good.

Tim finds out about, you know
A simple conversation between Mitch and Jack turns dramatic when Tim overhears Lou’s name brought up. Tim’s always been a guy to react without thinking and Sunday is no different. As an aside, Kevin McGarry appears in Sunday’s episode of Saving Hope, showing a very different side of him than we see on Heartland.

Is Trouble too much … trouble?
A dangerous situation develops at Heartland, and Georgie calls on Trouble to come through. But is the horse too skittish to be relied on when lives are at stake?

Kari Matchett guest stars
It’s always great to see Kari Matchett on television, and she certainly makes an impact on Heartland. Her character, Claire Wallace, pays a visit with a Canadian horse she wants Amy to look at. A horse isn’t the only reason for her visit; she has some news that shakes Jack up. I’ve written this before and it still stands: Shaun Johnston doesn’t get a ton of airtime—you simply can’t on a show with such a large cast—but he makes the most of that time when he does. He’s simply fantastic in this episode.

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

Images courtesy of CBC.


Heartland: Adam, awkwardness and announcements

Well, I certainly didn’t see the breakup between Georgie and Adam coming at the end of last week’s episode, did you? I mean, I knew he was the jealous type, but I never suspected she’d decide to walk away from the relationship. It will be interesting to see, as this season winds down, if that will stick or they’ll reunite. Adam will have a lot of growing up to do if that’s going to happen.

Meanwhile, heading into Sunday’s episode, “Written in the Stars,” we’re scratching our heads over why Mallory really came back to Canada. Jake riding up in the final moments added a twist we weren’t expecting. Here’s what CBC says about Sunday’s storylines written by Mark Haroun:

Jake’s unexpected arrival at Heartland forces Mallory to admit to Amy and Jack the real reason she came back to Heartland.

And here’s what we can tease after watching a screener:

Mallory explains
The episode begins with Mallory and Jake discussing the circumstances surrounding their experiences overseas. It’s intense and touching, and made even more so by some stellar camera work. The duo make a surprising decision about next steps.

Scott needs a haircut
That’s not part of the story, just an observation. No, Scott’s got a cutting horse named Tab that needs tending to and naturally calls on Amy for help … but it’s Georgie who solves a problem.

A special dinner
There have been plenty of folks given a spot at Heartland’s dinner table, and new faces are added on Sunday. Some of my favourite scenes are filmed around that table and this is particularly noteworthy.

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

Images courtesy of CBC.