It’s the news Aussie Hearties have been waiting for! We are so excited to announce that the Australian Premiere of When Calls the Heart Season Six will air April 25 at 7:30pm AEST on ACCTV, so mark your calendars and set an alarm – you don’t want to miss it!
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 will usher in a new season that will see big changes in the Canadian frontier town including new technology, new residents and, of course, new romance.
Season 6 continues then, 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 will undoubtedly be a little tough as we all get used to Hope Valley with no Jack. But now, with the birth of Jack and Elizabeth’s baby, we’ll see how the schoolteacher adjusts to life as a young widow and single mother.
Erin Krakow, who plays Elizabeth, told Entertainment Tonight that the new baby isn’t the only change on the horizon 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 may help fill the void.
Kevin McGarry (Heartland, Signed, Sealed, Delivered) will star as Nathan Grant, the new Mountie in Hope Valley and Chris McNally (Altered Carbon, Supernatural) will play Lucas Bouchard, a gambler and saloonkeeper with a mysterious past.
“We are thrilled to welcome actors Chris McNally and Kevin McGarry to the cast of ‘When Calls the Heart,’” Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks, said. “Their characters will add another layer to the already rich and compelling storytelling that our legions of fans love. Lucas and Nathan are sure to bring some exciting stories to Hope Valley that our loyal viewers will be rewarded with when the new season premieres.”
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.”
Season 6 will no doubt have 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, Jesse and Clara take steps in securing their bond, and Abigail reconnects with a mysterious artist from her past. 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.
Here at ACCTV, we’re already planning our Heartie Parties for the premiere and we’ll be tweeting along during the episode. We’ve got giveaways and lots more planned to celebrate too, so stay tuned!
When Calls the Heart Season Six Premiere The Greatest Christmas Blessing (part 1) will air April 25 at 7:30pm AEST on ACCTV and then on Catchup at watch.acc.tv/now and apps. (More great news! Catchup will now be available for a whole month! Yay!!)