Heartland (Canadian TV series)
|Created by||Lauren Brooke|
|Opening theme||"Dreamer" by Jenn Grant|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||115 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Heather Conkie
|Running time||approx. 44 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||SEVEN24 Films
|Original run||October 14, 2007 – present|
Heartland is a Canadian family drama television series which debuted on CBC on October 14, 2007. The series is loosely based on the Heartland books 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 even though 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.
- Amber Marshall as Amy Fleming
Amy Fleming was only 15 when her mother died from her injuries in a car accident in which she was involved. Amy was in the hospital and missed her mother's funeral. Amy inherited her mother's gift of horse curing. When Amy returned home she decided to carry on her mother's work healing abused or damaged horses including the horse that her mother gave her life to save named Spartan. 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 with his daughters wishes. Ty grows close to Amy and becomes best friends with her, later falling in love but they soon have a heartbreaking break up. Though later on, while working with a pair of horses, they manage to make amends. 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.
- Michelle Morgan as Samantha Louise "Lou" Fleming Morris
Amy's practical older sister. At the beginning of the series she moves back home from her job in New York to help run Heartland. She eventually meets her future husband Peter online, thanks to Lisa, and starts a secret relationship with him due to knowing Jack wouldn't approve, but starts to have a public relationship with him. The couple 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). Lou and her husband Peter buy Mr. Hanley's house from Mrs. Bell and they are planning to move into it. At first Lou wants to return to New York, but soon gets used to being back home in Canada. Lou and Tim are also seen to be close.
- Shaun Johnston as Jackson "Jack" Bartlett
Amy and Lou's grandfather and Marion's father. After Marion dies, he helps Amy and Ty maintain Heartland and its horses and is the one to fix everything. Jack also accepts Ty's proposal to marry Amy and also gives him his blessings in order to propose to Amy.
- 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 an 11 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 eventers.
- 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 the books, Scott's last name is Trewin, he has a little brother named Matt and he marries Lou and they have a daughter named Holly Marion Trewin.
- 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.
- Jessica Steen as Elisabeth "Lisa" Stillman
She is the owner of a very successful horse racing establishment. Her current horse is named "Alberta Comet". Jack and Lisa begin a romantic relationship, but they are troubled by her constant travelling for work. At one point, Jack proposes and Lisa accepts, but they later agree that they would rather keep their relationship as it is. Lisa doesn't approve of her nephew Ben working with Nick Harwell.
- Kerry James as Caleb O'Dell
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. In the "Chestnut Hill" series Caleb's last name is Smith and he's a rider at Saint Kits.
- Alisha Newton as 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 family, he found a new home at Heartland.
- Gabriel Hogan as Peter Walter Morris
Lou's husband. He is an "Oil Guy" and was at first despised by Jack, but eventually gets on a good note with everyone. He marries Lou in the Season 3 Finale. They surprise everyone by moving to Dubai, but Lou is torn up by the fact that she is so far from Heartland and her family. They eventually move back while Lou is expecting a baby. Peter's company ends up bankrupt.
- 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 deaf 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 11 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.
- 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 five 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 Beginnigns".
- Torrance Coombs as Chase Powers - Amy's rival in "The Ring of Fire".
- 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|
|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|||
|Country / region||Channel||Series premiere|
|Canada||CBC & Séries+||2007 & 2011|
|Austria||ORF 1||May 16, 2009|
|Teen nick||December 11 2011|
|Germany||RTL Passion||February 6, 2009|
|Italy||Rai 1||May 30, 2010|
|United States||local stations, Up||2010–2013|
|Mexico||Canal 5/Televisa Regional||Winter 2011/(January 2013)|
|Japan||Green channel||February 28, 2011|
|Latvia||LTV7||February 01, 2011|
|Netherlands||Teen Nick||December 03, 2011|
|Israel||HOT Family, Yes Base|
|Lithuania||LRT||May 16, 2012|
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