Hallmark Channel announced via a press release, that it had renewed its hit drama series “When Calls the Heart”, for a fifth season. The full text of the press release is posted below. The season finale was beautifully done and gave us strong moments of joy and redemption, just without any sighting of the character of Jack Thornton played by actor Daniel Lissing. A recap was posted.
When we reached out to the network’s representative about whether or not Lissing would return in his role as Mountie Jack Thornton, we got a cryptic reply. According to the media relations person, the press release should give us a clue about that. We consider ourselves well read and bright people, so maybe we’re missing something.
The only tidbit that might be good news for #Hearties everywhere is the inclusion of Lissing’s name among those that star in the show. Some fans claimed that Daniel Lissing was not listed on the credits of the last few shows after his character left to fight in the Northern Territories. Make of this what you wish, or hope, but we choose to see this as a good sign!
Here’s the press release for you to decipher.
Hallmark Channel has ordered a fifth season of the network’s original, primetime drama series ”When Calls the Heart,” it was announced today by Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. Having just concluded its fourth season, “When Calls the Heart” has thrived on a highly competitive Sunday night, with the sweeping, frontier drama series enjoying double digit gains in HHs and key demos, year over year.*
“Viewers have fallen in love with ‘When Calls the Heart’ and have embraced the themes of faith, family and community,” began Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “The talented writing staff and our amazing cast have created our best season yet and the record ratings reflect this. We’re thrilled to be able to bring our viewers more drama, romance and adventure next year as we continue the saga of Hope Valley.”
The series boasts a passionate fan base known as the #Hearties, who have become a social media phenomenon, making “When Calls the Heart” one of the network’s most social series. The #Hearties’ activity on social media has reached record levels, causing the show to trend consecutively during every new episode since season four premiered on Sunday, February 19.
To date, “When Calls the Heart” has seen a 15% growth in social media impressions secured over season three. Based on the book of the same name by Janette Oke, the series stars Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House,” “90210”), Daniel Lissing (“The Last Resort”), Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Pascale Hutton (“Sanctuary”) and Kavan Smith (“Supernatural”). Hallmark Channel’s Original Primetime Series “When Calls the Heart” is a WCTH Season 4 Production in association with Brad Krevoy Television and Believe Pictures. Brad Krevoy, Robin Bernheim Burger, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Susie Belzberg, Eric Jarboe, Michael Shepardand Jimmy Townsend are executive producers. Paul Jackson, Cynthia J. Cohen, Amanda Phillips Atkins, Lori Loughlin, Derek Thompson, Neill Fearnley, Peter DeLuise and Michael Rohl are co-executive producers. Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm serve as producers. Richard Manning, Charles Lazer, Simon Richardson and Shelley Matheson serve as supervising producers. DoranS. Chandler and Vince Balzano are associate producers. *Source: Nielsen Company. “When Calls The Heart” Season 4 vs. 3
“When Calls the Heart” completed its fourth season on Hallmark Channel, Sunday April 23, 2017 Image credit: Crown Media US.