The co-creator of Hallmark Channel’s longest-running original series told fans that one way or another, there will be a Season 10 of When Calls the Heart.
“Whether or not the Hallmark Channel wants to keep us around forever doesn’t matter,” said Brian Bird in a recent interview. “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.”
Season 9 of the series finished in May with an action-packed finale that saw Lucas propose to Elizabeth and Rosemary share the news with Lee that they were expecting a baby.
Though fans were pleased overall with the ending, many have been left wondering when they will be able to find out what comes next. In the past, Hallmark Channel has announced a new season almost immediately following the finale. But so far, there has been no word from the network.
In his interview, Bird dropped hints that another network could pick up the series. GAC Family, which was started by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott, has already picked up the show’s spinoff series, When Hope Calls. But GAC Family hasn’t said whether it will pick up When Calls the Heart.
About the show
When Calls the Heart premiered on Hallmark Channel in 2014. Based on a series of books by Canadian author Janette Oke, the show followed a wealthy woman, Elizabeth Thatcher (played by Erin Krakow), who moved to a small Canadian mining town to work as a teacher. She fell in love with and eventually married a mountie — short for Royal Canadian Mounted Police — named Jack Thornton (played by Daniel Lissing).
The series has had its share of controversy. At the end of Season 5, Jack Thornton was killed shortly after his wedding to Elizabeth. In Season 6, two men were brought in to replace him, and they vied for Elizabeth’s hand until she chose between them in the Season 8 finale.
Many fans were upset when Elizabeth chose businessman Lucas Bouchard (Chris McNally) over Mountie Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry). Some vowed never to watch the show again.
Season 10 of When Calls the Heart
Soon after the Season 9 premiere, Bird posted a letter to social media telling fans their support would be crucial to having a Season 10.
“If indeed there is to be a season 10 and beyond of WCTH, it will be because you reached down into your hearts and found that same excitement and passion for rallying your friends and family to watch the only show on TV that celebrates hope, faith and love every week,” he wrote.
In a recent interview, the show’s front runner, John Tinker, told fans that they can expect a lot of action in the coming season.
“I just love this tenth season coming up,” Tinker said. “You’re going to have babies and weddings and people in jail and sick people.”