When Calls the Heart co-creator Brian Bird recently told fans when they can expect a final season of the hit Hallmark series. The good news is that it’s not anytime soon.
“… We’re going to try to catch up with The Simpsons, which is in season 42 or something like that,” he said during the 2023 Hearties Family Reunion.
When Calls the Heart
Bird addressed fans at the three-day event on the set of the hit Hallmark series, telling them they were the reason the show was still going.
“As I’ve said many times over the last decade, you Hearties are the reason for the show,” he said. “I think one of the big reasons that the show is still going strong is all of you.”
When Calls the Heart debuted on Hallmark Channel in 2014. The show, which is based on a series of books by Canadian Janette Oke, follows a wealthy young woman who moves to a coal mining town to work as a teacher at the turn of the 20th century.
The show avoids profanity and limits violence, focusing instead on religious faith and the day-to-day life of a small community.
Actress Erin Krakow, who has starred on the show since the first season and is also an executive producer, has talked about how unique the series is.
“I cannot say enough how grateful I am,” she said during an interview with Southern Living. “There’s an element of risk and chance that comes with taking the leap of being an actor and making that one’s career. And it doesn’t often come with, let’s call it job security. It has been really nice to have this really good job for the past decade. And in addition to getting to play a part that I really care about. I get to work with people on set and off who I really care about. It is such a positive workplace full of people who have become some of my best friends and that’s just on set. But working with our writers, executives at the network, they’re all incredible people who have become dear friends as well. It’s just a really good, positive team, and very collaborative.”
Hearties Family Reunion
The Hearties Family Reunion takes place every fall on the When Calls the Heart set. Fans are able to visit the buildings featured on the show, get a close-up look at costumes, and meet the stars.
As one of the speakers at this year’s event, Brin Bird talked about the longevity of the show, which he co-created with Michael Landon Jr.
“The network orders a certain number of episodes,” he said. “We, the production company, produce those episodes for the network. So, it’s really not up to us how many. There’s also something to be said for the anticipation. You know, you love the show so much. You can’t wait till it returns and so there’s this incredible anticipation while that’s happening.”
Though Bird implied it is up to Hallmark Media, in previous interviews he has told fans that the series can continue even if the company drops it from its lineup.
“Whether or not the Hallmark Channel wants to keep us around forever doesn’t matter,” he said in an appearance on the When Calls the Heart After Show. “There will be somebody else who wants it because it is so unique. And we will keep making the show as long as those Hearties want to show up and watch the show.”