The new season of “Heartland” is in production, and ET Canada has an exclusive first look at the upcoming season of the CBC drama.
Set in the fictional town of Hudson, Alberta, “Heartland” is the longest-running Canadian TV drama in history, following life on the iconic Heartland ranch as Amy Fleming (Amber Marshall) and her family deal with running the horse ranch that has been in their family for six generations.
“The excitement, love, and drama continue in season 13 of ‘Heartland’,” reads the synopsis for the new season. “As Amy and Ty (Graham Wardle) continue to build their business together, the inevitable ups and downs of entrepreneurship will test the strength of their marriage. The added pressures of building a new home, raising their young daughter, Lyndy, and keeping an eye on Luke (Lucian-River Chauhan), a young boy they are fostering, will also challenge the couple along the way.”
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The synopsis continued: “Georgie (Alisha Newton) returns from an elite equestrian training camp in Europe only to realize that things in Hudson are not as they were when she left — or perhaps she is the one who has changed. We follow Georgie’s momentous life experiences, including high school graduation, as she grapples with what’s next for her in relation to competing, academics, and romance. When a dangerous storm heads towards Hudson, Jack (Shaun Johnston) is forced to face some tragic memories from his past. He will also end up weighing some major decisions for his business and his future. Lou (Michelle Morgan) and Mitch (Kevin McGarry) make things official in their relationship, but soon realize that their career aspirations may not be as in sync as they had hoped. Tim (Chris Potter) sorts out what happens next after last season’s failed marriage proposal and it might include a new business venture.”
Production on the 13th season of “Heartland” began on May 6, 2019, and is expected to wrap on August 22, 2019. Alberta filming locations for the new season include Calgary, High River, Millarville, and Longview.
“I have had the opportunity to work with the main ‘Heartland’ cast members for 13 years now,” says Marshall. “That includes Stormy, the horse who plays the role of Spartan. It’s incredible to be able to develop such a strong bond with Stormy over the years, and have my character parallel that connection. It’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes ‘Heartland’ so special.”
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The new season will also feature a flashback to the earlier life of Jack Bartlett, with the younger version of Shaun Johnston’s character portrayed by the actor’s real-life son.
“Working with my son onscreen for the first time felt like Christmas in the middle of summer,” says Johnston. “It’s like I asked Santa for a special gift and, by golly, he brought it. Thank you, Summer Santa!”
The 13th season of “Heartland” will debut in the fall; in the meantime, check out these never-before-seen photos from the new season: