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Preview: Heartland strikes “A Fine Balance”

When we last left the fine folks at Heartland, things were in turmoil. Tim was suffering the effect of possible brain cancer and Ty was in danger in Mongolia. Even worse, Amy and Tim were headed to Mongolia, unaware of the uncertainty that lay in store.

Now Heartland is back with a brand-new episode on Sunday and to say we were anxious to see what befell our favourites is an understatement. Here’s what the CBC released as an episode synopsis for “A Fine Balance,” written by showrunner Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke and directed by Bruce McDonald:

Ty finds himself in a dangerous situation and in order to save him Amy must turn to an unexpected source for guidance.

And here are more tidbits from the two main storylines we can reveal after watching a screener.

Road trip!
Ty may be in grave danger and Tim’s health uncertain, but seeing Amy and her dad in Mongolia together is fun, particularly when Tim grouses about local customs. What isn’t funny is the push and pull put on Amy, who is caught between wanting to find Ty and taking care of Attila. As for Ty, we’ve seen him in danger before but Sunday’s instalment sees him in the worst ever.

Georgie’s jumping
She and Flame have got the jumping course nailed but Val is concerned they’ll clam up on the big stage. As much as I appreciate Val, I find her really annoying sometimes. Why can’t she just trust Georgie’s instinct and be supportive instead of a naysayer? Also, someone has taken a keen interest in Georgie and Dylan, but who?

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




TV Eh B Cs podcast 73 — A Potter’s Craft

Chris Potter was born in Toronto and raised in London, Ontario, Canada. An early start in theatre and music ultimately led to him finding a calling in film and television work.

An actor with great versatility, Chris has a flare for edgy roles. He has accumulated an impressive volume of credits in a 25 year career. Chris is also an accomplished director and producer. On Heartland he has directed 18 episodes. He has starred in seven successful TV series (over 550 cumulative one-hour episodes) in addition to numerous TV guest appearances, television movies and feature films.

Over the length of his career, Chris has become a recognized international actor and star to many loyal fans. He continues to donate his time, his support, and loyal commitment to numerous charities. Chris and his wife Karen have also placed their family life and raising their four, now grown up, children as their top priority.

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Link: Ex-Londoner Chris Potter has forged a long, successful career in TV

From Joe Belanger of the London Free Press:

Link: Ex-Londoner Chris Potter has forged a long, successful career in TV
Almost 30 years later and Chris Potter still doesn’t know for certain where he’ll find his next gig.

That’s a simple truth about the entertainment business — but one the former Londoner hasn’t had much to worry about since quitting his job as an insurance salesman to take an acting job. Continue reading. 


Preview: Friendly faces and weird art on Heartland

I have some catching up to do! I thought I knew all of the main players on Heartland, but Sunday’s new episode brings back faces fans haven’t seen in years.

Here’s what the CBC says about this week’s instalment, “Our Sons and Daughters,” written by Mark Haroun and directed by Chris Potter:

When some old friends return to Hudson on vacation, Amy tries to teach them about the life-changing power of connecting to a horse, in order to help them cope with parenting struggles. Meanwhile, Georgie gets invited on a road trip, but it might not be everything she hoped for. And with Lou back in New York, Peter takes care of Katie, but worries when she doesn’t come home from a trail ride. Then, Jack and Lisa receive an unexpected housewarming gift.

And here are some non-spoilery bits we can reveal after watching a sneak preview.

Peter, Jack and a strange work of art
I love it when Jack is allowed to show his sarcastic, comedic side and he gets to do that alongside Peter this week. Speaking of Peter, he has his hands full taking care of Katie while Lou is away and is crushed when he overhears a conversation between his ex-wife and daughter.

Cara Pifko returns
I haven’t seen Cara Pifko since she co-starred on CBC’s excellent This is Wonderland and had no clue she’d previously appeared on Heartland as Mackenzie Hutton. Well, she’s back—alongside hubby Ian (Gord Rand)—and has some key news to share with Amy and the rest of the family.

Wyatt + Georgie
Dempsey Bryk has been a welcome addition to Heartland and his Wyatt looks cute as a button next to Georgie. After singing her that sweet song last week things can only get better for the pair, right?

Drones rock
Drones with cameras mounted on them have become all the rage in television production and Sunday’s episode begins with a sweeping overhead shot of the dude ranch that is simply breathtaking. Drones also help with a key piece of storytelling later in the episode.

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


Preview: Strained relationships on Heartland

It’s been two weeks since we’ve had a new episode of Heartland. Fourteen days to think about Georgie’s horse jumping success, Jack and Lisa’s argument and Lou and Mitch’s kiss. This season is shaping up to be an entertaining ride, isn’t it?

Here’s what CBC has to say about this Sunday’s instalment, “Strange Bedfellows,” written by Pamela Pinch and directed by Pierre Tremblay.

Amy has to get creative when asked to work with Lisa’s racehorse, but conflict arises when information about the horse’s breeding comes to light. Meanwhile, when her business expands Lou must make a decision about her relationship, and Georgie tries to figure out where she stands with Wyatt when he makes an unlikely new friend. Then, when lingering tension between Jack and Lisa comes to a head, their stubborn personalities could test their marriage.

And, as always, we’ve got a few more tidbits after watching a screener of the episode!

Amy is burning both ends
With Ty away saving the wolves, Amy is left juggling Lisa’s racehorse needs with baby Lyndy. Thankfully, she’s got plenty of babysitters to help lessen the load, like Grandpa Jack. But we’re hoping Ty returns soon; he’s missing some key moments in his daughter’s life. It is, however, great to see Amy back on a horse.

Lou makes up for lost time
Now that Lou is back for awhile, she and Mitch are making the most of it, if you know what I mean. Trouble is, Katie is missing out of primo time with her mother, but will a summer in New York City with a nanny solve that?

Lisa is in bad shape
It’s been a tough few weeks for Lisa, financially. Sadly, things don’t seem to be improving for her on Sunday either and that puts a major strain on her relationship with Jack.

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

Images courtesy of CBC.