8 Things You Didn’t Know About Heartland
Heartland is one the biggest shows in Canadian television, and with its long run has now garnered fans throughout North America. With nine seasons under its belt, the show has had a lot of success on CBC since first premiering in October, 2007. Fans have tuned in dutifully over the years to follow the story of sisters Amy and Lou Fleming and their life on the ranch in the fictional town of Hudson, Alberta. With a show that has been on so long, there is no doubt that it is entertaining, well cast and perfectly written, so we dug up 10 interesting facts now widely known about the hit show! Check it out:
The entire Heartland show is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke; however, the show changed the setting from Virginia, USA (which is in the books) to Hudson, Alberta for the show. There were of course other minor changes. In the book, Lou’s name is Louise Fleming, but in the TV series her name is Samantha Louise Fleming. Producer Jordy Randall also credits the Oscar-nominated film Brokeback Mountain for why Heartland was filmed and based in Alberta. “We talked about what Alberta has and how iconic it was here,” says Randall. “I think that stuck with them and when they were stuck with the girl-and-a-horse in a Quebec series, I think they put two and two together. I also credit Brokeback Mountain for Heartland ending up here.”
7. Ty’s Story
Another change from the books to the series is the story of lead character Tyler “Ty” Borden. In the books, Ty comes to the ranch just to work after school hours which then develops into a full time job, but of course in the series it comes about after he is hired by Marion because he is a troubled teen who needs help.