Heartland (Canadian TV series)
|Created by||Lauren Brooke|
|Opening theme||"Dreamer" by Jenn Grant|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||139 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Heather Conkie
|Running time||approx. 44 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||SEVEN24 Films
|Original release||October 14, 2007 – present|
The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke. The TV series changes the setting from Virginia, USA (in the original novels) to the Alberta Rockies in Alberta, Canada. Heartland follows sisters Amy and Lou Fleming and their grandfather Jack Bartlett through the highs and lows of life on a horse ranch in cattle country. The story details how, although Amy and Lou's mother was killed in a car accident, they continue to keep their mother's dream alive by healing abused and neglected horses through their family business. Amy (Amber Marshall) faces adversity, but she overcomes every obstacle that stands in front of her.
Cast and characters
- Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming Borden
Amy Fleming was only 15 when she was involved in a car accident that killed her mother and seriously injured herself. As she was in the hospital she couldn't go to her mother's funeral and her father surprisingly showed up. Amy inherited her mother's gift of being able to intuit the needs of horses and of practicing natural horsemanship. When Amy returned home, she decided to continue her mother's work of healing abused or damaged horses, including Spartan, the horse that her mother died saving. Amy also had to deal with the return of her older sister, Lou, who had been living in New York City. Before Amy's mother died, she agreed to allow Ty Borden to live at Heartland as part of his probation and when he arrived, Amy's grandfather went through with his daughter's wishes, allowing Ty to live as a ranch hand. Ty grows close to Amy and becomes best friends with her, later falling in love, although this resulted in a heartbreaking break up. However, later in the show, while working with a pair of horses, they manage to make amends, even with Ty giving Amy a promise ring in season 3. In the last episode of Heartland season 5, Ty secretly makes plans to propose to Amy, but after hearing her say how they should never "tie themselves down," backs out of his proposal. However Amy, after hearing his phone ringing and going to answer it, goes through his coat pocket and ends up finding the ring; thus leaving the season on a cliffhanger. At the beginning of season 6 she and Ty discuss the ring and marriage, and a few episodes later, Ty finds the perfect moment to proposes to Amy, and she accepts. Lou and Amy give each other good advice. In Season 8, Amy and Ty go through a relationship break up for a while. Then they get back together when a herd of horses gets penned up by ranchers who think they are ruining the land for their cattle. Then in the end Ty and Amy get married in Jack's house. Amy was escorted by Tim and Jack and she rode in on Spartan.
- Michelle Morgan as Samantha Louise "Lou" Fleming Morris
At the beginning of the series she moves back home from her job in New York to help run Heartland. She was initially reluctant to stay in Hudson because she had a long-term boyfriend and a lucrative job in New York, but was told by a financial officer from the bank that without her presence to oversee the financial plan she had drafted for the survival of the ranch, it wouldn't work. Once Lou decides to stay, she tries to re-kindle a romance with Scott Cardinal, and sets her mind to starting a new business venture: The Heartland Equestrian Connections. This idea is met with much resistance, especially from grandfather, Jack. Family members derisively refer to the business as the "Dude Ranch", and the name sticks, though no longer with the negative connotation. In Season Two, Lou's relationship with Scott dissolves. She eventually meets her future husband, Peter, thanks to a setup by Lisa, and starts a secret relationship with him due to Peter's job in the oil industry--something Jack wouldn't approve of. Later they have a more public relationship with him and they marry at the end of season 3. They move to Dubai, but she soon feels very alone in such a foreign country and grows to miss Heartland and her family. When they move back home, Lou finds out she is pregnant. She later gives birth to a baby girl, whose name is Catherine Marion Minnie Fleming Morris (often referred to as Katie). After several failed attempts to buy a place of their own and even to build a home somewhere among the 600 acre property, Lou and husband Peter buy Mr. Hanley's ranch from Mrs. Bell and they are planning to move into it and refurbish it. Unfortunately, faulty wiring in the structure causes a fire, and the buildings and stables burn, leaving them no choice but to remain at Heartland. Lou and Amy are shown to have a positive relationship with each sister providing a listening ear and timely advice when the other needs it. Lou and Tim are also seen to be close, with Lou being the first one to extend an invitation to let Tim back into their lives after Marion's death. In Season 6, Lou and Peter decide to adopt an orphan named Georgina Crawley, whom Jack had been fostering. In season 8, Lou and Peter start having relationship problems since Peter is always in Vancouver for his job. On Amy's advice, Lou goes to Vancouver to talk things over with him, but they decide to separate. At the end of Season 8, it is still not clear if Lou and Peter will divorce or if they will find a way to patch things up. During a fan Question and Answer period at a screening of the Season 8 finale in Toronto, Michelle Morgan answered a question about the divorce plot line. She answered: "I think there's probably some people here who've had their parents divorce, and there's probably lots and lots of people in Canada who've had their parents split up. So, there's probably lots of kids who know what that's like. So, maybe it would be nice for them to see a story like that on TV that can help them deal with what they're going through."
- Shaun Johnston as Jackson "Jack" Bartlett
The family patriarch, Jack is Amy and Lou's grandfather and Marion's father. Jack is a former rodeo star and current cattle rancher. After Marion dies, he helps Amy and Ty maintain Heartland and its horses and is the one to fix everything.
He was initially very hostile towards ex-son-in-law, Tim. The two men have maintained a difficult relationship stemming from Tim's troubled past with alcohol and pain killer abuse, his acrimonious divorce from Marion, and lack of involvement in Amy and Lou's lives. Jack seems to barely tolerate Tim's presence at times, and they've had numerous arguments over the running of the ranch.
Jack was also initially hostile towards Ty. He warned him to keep ten feet away from his granddaughters at all times, and that any part of him that crossed that line would be removed. Later, he comes to accept Ty as a son and shows a great deal of concern and paternal affection for him. When Ty seeks permission from Jack to ask for Amy's hand in marriage, Jack grants it also gives him his blessings.
Personality-wise, Jack is very stubborn and is reluctant to accept change of any kind. This trait sometimes causes friction between Jack and others, most notably his romantic interest, Lisa Stillman, and with his grand-daughter Lou.
In season 7, Jack finally asks his long time girlfriend (Lisa) to marry him, and she says yes. They elope in the season 7 finale.
- Graham Wardle as Ty Borden
Amy's fiance with a troubled past. As a child, Ty was abused by his stepfather Wade and is arrested and sent to Juvenile hall after attacking him when he was assaulting his mother. For his probation he was sent to Heartland to work. He soon begins to enjoy his life there and decides to stay. Jack treats Ty like a son and is very proud of him especially after he earned his high school diploma and his dreams to become a vet. Ty dated Kit Bailey, a local cowgirl, for a time before admitting his feelings for Amy. They have been together ever since but in recent episodes have come to a tragic breakup, though while working with a pair of horses, they manage to talk things through. Ty buys a ring with plans to propose to Amy in the final episode of Season 5, but after hearing how they should never "tie themselves down" from Amy, leaves the room and goes outside; clearly thinking twice about proposing. After he leaves, his phone rings and when Amy goes to answer it, she finds the ring. In Season 6 Ty and Amy come to agreement to wait and Ty gets accepted to vet school. After a few episodes Ty and Amy find themselves in the perfect moment while camping and he proposes to her. She accepted leaving them engaged. In the books Ty's last name is Baldwin.
- Jessica Amlee as Mallory Wells
A friend of the family who visits frequently. She is mostly known for talking too much and getting into everyone's personal lives, which often gets her into trouble though sometimes she does have her own wise moment. She has two love interests throughout the series whose names are Jake and Badger. She is hired by Lou to babysit Catherine, which sometimes annoys her, though she really does like helping everyone out. Later in Season 5 she falls for a boy who is only interested in her dad's music, but breaks up with him. She is shown to still have lingering feelings for Jake. At the end of Season 5 she announces, much to her dismay, that she is moving to Nashville, Tennessee because of her father's music career. Mallory eventually returns home to Canada in Season 6. In season 7 she finally knows her feelings for Jake and goes to Paris, France and may be the last time we see her in the show. In the "Chestnut Hill" Series Mallory is a student at Chestnut Hill and her last name is O'Neil.
- Chris Potter as Timothy "Tim" Fleming
Amy's and Lou's father who leaves them. Later after Amy and Lou's mother dies he eventually begins to come back into the picture and becomes a regular character. He begins to date his jockey named Janice. In Season 4 it is announced that Tim has a 12-year-old son named Shane from his ex-girlfriend Miranda. At the end of Season 5 it is announced that Miranda has feelings for Tim. In the books, Tim was in a wheelchair for a while, but when he got better he moved to Australia with his new wife and daughter. He runs a high-level horse farm that focuses on training jumpers and showers. In seasoned 6-8, Tim still thinks he's a big shot. He starts a rodeo school, a horse selling business, and a new relationship. When he finds out that Miranda He tries to crash the wedding, until grandpa hides his keys and they have an argument.
- Nathaniel Arcand as Scott Cardinal
A good Native Canadian friend of the Bartlett/Fleming household who is also Heartland's one and only vet. Marion had changed his life in a good way from the past bad boy that he was. Scott previously had a relationship with Lou and regrets the fact that he lost her and did not try harder to get her back. In season 2 Ty mentions to Amy that Scott had agreed to let Ty be his apprentice and that he would mentor Ty until he could possibly work with him after graduating vet school which has not happened yet after the end of season 7.
- Cindy Busby as Ashley Stanton
In Season 1 she was known to be the mean girl, but after Ashley needed Amy's help to fix her horse, the girls eventually all became friends. She falls for Caleb in Season 2 and starts a serious relationship with him, marrying in the season 3 finale. It takes Ashley a while to come back from their honeymoon in Italy, resulting in Caleb coming home alone. Later in the series, she moves away for college and after a long time of not being in the series, it is revealed that she and Caleb are now divorced. In the books, Ashley's last name is Grant and the name of her parents stable is Green Briar. She also starred in the first episode of the vampire diaries.
- Jessica Steen as Elisabeth "Lisa" Stillman
She is the owner of a very successful horse racing establishment. Her current horse is named "Cinders". Jack and Lisa begin a romantic relationship, but they are troubled by her constant travelling for work. After a lengthily 'break', Lisa returns to Heartland and reunites with Jack. At the end of season 7, they elope. Lisa is also the godmother to Lou & Peter's daughter, Katie.
- Kerry James as Caleb Odell
Caleb is an Irish Canadian ranch hand hired by Jack after Ty leaves for 4 months. In the beginning he is rather husky, has feelings for Amy and develops a strong rivalry with Ty over Amy. He and Amy are a couple for a short period, but Amy soon goes back to Ty. He grows close to and falls in love with Ashley; eventually getting married. Before they were married, Caleb goes to a rodeo and gets injured severely. After a long battle with pills and alcohol, much like Tim's, he manages to come out okay, but much thinner. After a difficult marriage, he gets a divorce with Ashley. Afterwards, he becomes depressed for a brief period of time. Caleb loves his American Quarter Horse, Shorty.
- Alisha Newton as Georgina "Georgie" Crawley
Georgie is Lou and Peter's adopted daughter. When she first came to Heartland she was the new girl in town and she is introduced in Season 6 after Mallory's family moves away. Georgie is in foster care and she has a rivalry with Mallory. Georgie has a habit of running away from every foster home in which she's been placed. Jack agrees to foster her till Clint found another family to foster her. Not wanting her to leave Lou and Peter agree to become her long term foster parents and later adopt her. Georgie adores Katie, daughter of Peter and Lou. She also loves Phoenix, a horse who repeatedly ran away from a neglectful home, and through the intervention of the Fleming-Bartlett-Morris family, she found a new home at Heartland.
- Gabriel Hogan as Peter Walter Morris
Lou's husband. He was first introduced as the owner of a small oil company caught doing some drilling on Heartland ranch which caused Lou to use her MBA skills to organize a protest against PW's company. In the meantime, one of Lisa's 'horsey' friends has a 'great catch' for Lou and Lisa gives out Lou's email without her permission. Stage set for Lou and PW to begin email relationship not knowing each other as Samantha Louise & Peter. Dating is kept secret because Lou's grandfather & father hate PW, the rich oil guy. Peter eventually wins the family's approval and he and Lou are married in the Season 3 Finale because Peter's business is immediately taking them to Dubai. Lou returns from Dubai for a one-week visit that stretches on because she is so far from Heartland and her family. Peter begins to commute to and from Dubai because Lou is expecting their first child. Peter ends up bankrupt in Dubai, which cause Lou & Peter to move into Jack's house. Pete eventually ends up back on his feet, but is only home on weekends due to location of his job. In Season 6, Lou and Peter decide to try to adopt Georgie when Jack isn't approved as her legal guardian.
- Lisa Langlois as Marion Bartlett Fleming
Lou and Amy's mom. Tim's ex-wife, Jack's daughter. Marion became interested in being a Horse whisperer after Tim left her. At the beginning of the show Marion is killed in a car accident when she and Amy rescue Spartan from his abusive former owner Mr. Mallen. Marion is only seen in two episodes.
- Greta Onieogou as Soraya Duval
Amy's African Canadian best friend who works at her mom's diner. She is always there for Amy and becomes friends with Ashley. She is hired by Lou to run the Heartland's retreat. In the books Soraya's last name is Martin.
- Wanda Cannon as Valerie "Val" Stanton
The widowed mother of Ashley. Val is the proud owner of Briar Ridge Stables and uses more traditional methods compared to Heartland. She serves as the show's main rival. Val puts too much pressure on Ashley to win Horse Shows, but loves and spoils her daughter. In the books Val's husband Ted is alive and he helps her run their stable.
- Jake Church as Jacob "Jake" Anderson
A young cowboy who is always trying to catch the eye of Mallory. Later, in season 7, he asks Mallory to go with him to Paris, France. She decides to go with him. So far, he is not seen again.
- Vinessa Antoine as Nicole
Lou's friend from New York. She first had one guest appearance in season two, joining Lou and her other friends on a trip, before returning in Season 7 as a recurring character. She is African-American.
- Jack Knight as Badger
A Juvenile delinquent who is introduced in "Do or Die" with his best friend Tara. He is often quiet, but eventually becomes comfortable enough to talk. He has shown to be a talented artist. He is another one of Mallory's love interests and kisses her. After "A Heartland Christmas" Badger isn't seen or mentioned again.
- Anna Ferguson as Mrs. Sally Bell
An elderly woman who owns a cute Shetland pony called Sugarfoot. Mrs. Bell uses home remedies on Sugarfoot and doesn't have him see Scott or the farrier. In the books Mrs. Bell dies and Sugarfoot comes to live at Heartland.
- Siobhan Williams as Jamie Lewis
Mallory's ex-Pony Club friend who is introduced in Season 3 when she invites Mallory to try out for the club's pole bending competition. She reappears in Season 4 as Jake's new love interest.
- Wesley MacInnes as Austin Mars
An aspiring country musician introduced in Season 5. He is torn between his feelings for Mallory and the chance to get to her famous musician father.
- Maxim Roy as Miranda
Shane's overprotective mom and Tim's ex-girlfriend. Tim and Miranda have a custody battle over Shane but then they work things out. Miranda only wants what's best for Shane. In the books Miranda's name is Helena, she and Tim are married, and she's Lou and Amy's step mom.
- Sam Duke as Shane Fleming
Tim's long lost 12 year old son and Lou and Amy's Half brother. Shane is Tim's Love child with Miranda. Everyone's mad at Tim when they find out the truth about Shane. Miranda and Shane move all the time. Shane wants his parents to get along and become friends. In the books Shane is female and her name is Lily. He tends to run away and hitchhike to get to Heartland to visit his family and his horse, Pal.
- Miranda Frigon as Janice Wayne
A bossy jockey who Tim dates. Janice and Tim are eventually engaged.
- Rhys Ward as Jeremy Hughes
A professional show jumper that refused Ty and Scott's treatment for his horse Buckingham. Jeremy is a handsome young man with an evil side to him that was revealed through the season. Jeremy was introduced in season six and appeared in six episodes including the 100th episode of Heartland.
- Greg Lawson as Clinton "Clint" Riley - Ty's former Probation officer. Clint keeps his clients on a schedule. Clint is allergic to peanuts. Clint is currently Georgie's probation officer.
- Kristin Fairlie as Tara - Badger's Goth Juvenile delinquent best friend. We meet her in Season 2. At first Tara bullies Mallory and judges her. The girls eventually become friends. Tara agrees to give horseback riding a try if Mallory will go goth to freak her parents out. After "Do or Die" Tara isn't seen again, although she is mentioned again, but only once, in the episode The Haunting of Hanley Barn.
- Tatiana Maslany as Kiteredge "Kit" Bailey - Ty's Cowgirl ex-girlfriend. Kit enjoys Barrel racing on her horse Daisy. Kit's methods for breaking a horse are very different from Amy's. Amy is jealous of Kit at first, but the girls eventually become friends.
- Jeff Roop as Constable Marcus "Mark" Rodriguez - A Mexican Canadian cop who has a crush on Lou. Lou dated Constable Rodriguez after Scott broke up with her. Lou caught Constable Rodriguez cheating on her and broke up with him.
- Suzanne Coy as Margaret "Maggie" Duval - Soraya's mother and Marion's best friend who owns the tack and feed store "Maggie's Diner".
- Ben Cardinal as Victor Whitetail- Marion's other best friend who fixes horses and people. Victor enjoys golf and he had an affair with Marion. Victor's horse style is different from Amy's. In the books Victor's name is Huten Whitepath and he has a son named Bill and a granddaughter named Carey. Huten dies in "New Beginnings".
- Torrance Coombs as Chase Powers - Amy's rival in "The Ring of Fire". After a clinic Amy agrees to do with him, he kisses her. Later, Ty confronts him about it and hits him twice. One for running Mrs. Bell off the road and one for kissing Amy. While getting ice for the bruises, he and Soraya become friends. He is later invited to the graduation party as Soraya's dateThere he kisses Soraya and they begin dating. In "Leap of Faith" he asks Amy to come along with him and Soraya to a movie. He tells Amy when she arrives that Soraya had to study. After the movie it is shown that he still likes Amy. During "The River" Soraya ends the relationship.
- Raoul Trujillo as Renard - Amy's new friend who runs "Dark Horse" a popular traveling horse show.
- Emma Lahana as Blair Conner - a young girl who was on the back of Ty's motorcycle when he came home to Amy in Season 4.
- Beau Mirchoff as Benjamine "Ben" Stillman - Lisa's arrogant nephew. He works at Heartland, but then he goes to work for Nick Harwell. Ben competes in jumping competitions with his horse Red.
- Stephen Amell as Nicholas "Nick" Harwell- A champion rider. Amy helps Nick's horse in "Coming Home". In the books Nick's last name is Halliwell.
- Keira and Jordan as Katherine Marion Minnie Fleming-Morris - Lou and Peter's daughter. We meet them in episode 503 "What's in a Name".
Much of the series is filmed on location in and around High River, Alberta, with additional filming in studio and on location in nearby Calgary. A June 2013 flood in High River swamped the standing set for Maggie's Diner.
Entertainment One has released the first six seasons of Heartland on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only). The standalone TV movie A Heartland Christmas were released on DVD in Canada on November 1, 2011 and in the USA on October 29, 2013.
[NOTE: USA/GMC-DVDs were released and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne)-Region 1; these are: Season 1 (which consists of Canada's Season 1-Episodes 1-13 to Season 2-Episodes 1-9) and Season 2 (which consists of Canada's Season 2-Episodes 10-18 to Season 3-Episodes 1-14)]-both US/GMC Season 1 (http://www.eonehomevideo.com/product.aspx?number=741952706496) and US/GMC Season 2 (http://www.eonehomevideo.com/product.aspx?number=741952729792) were released on August 7, 2012 and include the top heading "As Seen On GMC."
In Region 2, 4Digital Media has released the first 6 seasons on DVD in the UK.
In Region 4, Season 1 and Season 2 Parts 1 and 2 have been released by Roadshow Home Video.
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Season 1, Part 1||7||September 15, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|Season 1, Part 2||6||November 10, 2009||N/A||N/A|
|The Complete First Season||13||May 4, 2010||April 26, 2010||August 31, 2010|
|Season 2, Part 1||N/A||N/A||December 2, 2010|
|Season 2, Part 2||N/A||N/A||March 3, 2011|
|The Complete Second Season||18||May 4, 2010||June 13, 2011||N/A|
|The Complete Third Season||18||March 22, 2011||13/02-12||N/A|
|The Complete Fourth Season||18||November 1, 2011||27/02-12||N/A|
|The Complete Fifth Season||18||September 18, 2012||November 19, 2012||N/A|
|The Complete Sixth Season||18||October 15, 2013||August 12, 2013||N/A|
|The Complete Seventh Season||18||September 28, 2014||unknown||N/A|
|Other releases||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|A Heartland Christmas||November 1, 2011||N/A||N/A|
In its series premiere, Heartland beat out Global's comedy Da Kink in My Hair with 513,000 viewers in a battle of two new series. After four episodes, Heartland had an average viewership of 464,000. In its first season finale, Heartland attracted 625,000 viewers. The third season premiere brought in over 1 million viewers, a new record for the show. The 100th episode "After All We've Been Through" was watched by 945,000 viewers.
|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress||Alisha Newton||Won|||
|2014||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress||Alisha Newton||Nominated|||
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