By: Sharon Fitness
We’re excited to announce that due to popular demand When Calls the Heart Season Six will air again commencing Friday August 2nd at 10am AEST on ACCTV! Episodes will then be on Catchup at ACCTV Now, website and apps.
It’s time to head back to Hope Valley and catch up with Elizabeth, Abigail, Bill, Henry, Lee and Rosemary. The Greatest Christmas Blessing two-parter ushers in the 6th season, one that saw big changes in the Canadian frontier town including new technology, new residents and, of course, new romance.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead…
Season 6 picks up in episode 3 roughly a year after the death of Elizabeth Thatcher’s Mountie husband Jack Thornton. Hearties were devastated when Jack died unexpectedly at the end of Season 5, and the new season was a little tough as we all got used to Hope Valley with no Jack. But now, with the birth of Jack and Elizabeth’s baby, it’s been a joy to see how the school-teacher adjusts to life as a young widow and single mother and how much her supportive community rallies around her.
Erin Krakow, who plays Elizabeth, told Entertainment Tonight that the new baby isn’t the only change in Season 6.
“I think fans should be excited to tune in to season six because it’s really a whole new world for Hope Valley,” Krakow said. “Your favourite characters are back, [as well as] a few new faces, and we’re really getting to see how everyone moves on. It’s gonna be a breath of fresh air.”
While Daniel Lissing, who played Jack, won’t be back for Season 6, two new men in town helped to fill the void, sparking #teamnathan and #teamlucas hashtags as fans good naturedly debate respective good and bad points of each potential suitor for Elizabeth’s heart.
Kevin McGarry (Heartland, Signed, Sealed, Delivered) stars as Nathan Grant, the new Mountie in Hope Valley and Chris McNally (Altered Carbon, Supernatural) plays Lucas Bouchard, a gambler and saloon keeper with a mysterious past.
Times, they are a-changing
New residents in town aren’t the only changes for Hope Valley. In episode 3, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) prepares for the arrival of new technology: the telephone! Elizabeth will also have to deal with a decision that’s familiar to many women: whether she should return to her a job as a teacher after the birth of her baby. Loughlin said that it’s an issue that strikes close to home “for many women in today’s world.”
“She has her own dilemma this season of being a single mum and having to go back to work and what that means leaving the child home with childcare during the day,” the actress told ET. “So we touch upon on that and her struggle.”
Fans were shocked to hear part way through the North American broadcast of Season 6 that Lori Loughlin was embroiled in the College Admissions scandal and subsequently removed from the show. After some clever retooling by the program producers, the Hope Valley story continued without Abigail.
Season 6 is full of many touching moments as single mother Elizabeth leans on her friends for support, balancing motherhood with work. Elsewhere in town, romantic opportunities arise as Faith and Carson assess their feelings and Jesse and Clara take steps in securing their partnership. Lee and Rosemary deal with an emotional issue that challenges their relationship and Bill considers an opportunity that cements his place as Hope Valley’s ultimate authority.
When Calls the Heart Season Six Episode 1 The Greatest Christmas Blessing (part 1) will air August 2nd at 10am AEST on ACCTV and then on Catchup at watch.acc.tv/now and apps.
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Article supplied with thanks to ACCTV.