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When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heart

Photo Credit:  Crown Media
  • Premiered: 
    January 11, 2014
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  • Network: Hallmark
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book series (Canadian West) by Janette Oke 
  • Subject Matter: Western
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Plot Synopsis

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, receives her first classroom post in a 19th-century coal town, which is led by two strong coal-miner widows, Abigail Stanton and Frances Tunnecliffe. Far from the comfort of home and her tight-knit family, Elizabeth learns the ways of the frontier to prove she can handle the job. When she discovers her late Aunt Elizabeth's secret diary, Elizabeth learns she was a pioneer woman herself, a teacher in the frontier who struggled with prairie life and fell in love with a Royal Canadian Mountie, Wynn Delaney. Inspired by her aunt's hopeful words and unfaltering determination, Elizabeth embarks on her own adventures, using the diary as her guide and family friend Edward Montclair, another Mountie, as her support. On Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, Hallmark Channel presented the world premiere of the two-hour pilot of WHEN CALLS THE HEART, immediately following an all-day marathon (11am-9pm ET/PT) of LOVE COMES SOFTLY TV movies, also based on novels by Janette Oke. Nearly three months after its two-hour backdoor pilot first aired, WHEN CALLS THE HEART premiered as a weekly series on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on Hallmark, with Erin Krakow taking over the lead role, Lori Loughlin returning, and Daniel Lissing joining the cast. When the series began, Elizabeth has charmed almost everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton, who believes Thatcher's wealthy father has doomed the lawman's career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate's daughter. Meanwhile, Abigail and the other newly widowed women found their faith tested when the head to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT, Hallmark Channel aired the season finale of WHEN CALLS THE HEART, with Josh Brolin guest starring as Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black, an insolent, insufferable and incorruptible -- but legendary -- man, who is welcomed to Coal Valley to bring justice to the town. Meanwhile, Elizabeth struggles to decide about the teaching offer, and a romance grows between Abigail and Mountie Bill Avery, the forensic specialist called to the town to help investigate the mining explosion. WHEN CALLS THE HEART returned for its second season with a special two-hour world premiere event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. In the Season 2 opener, "Trials of the Heart," young schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher and Mountie Jack Thornton are just starting to build on their relationship. But when Elizabeth gets bad news from home, she must return to the wealthy, high-society life she left behind, where her feelings for Jack will be put to the test. The hard-working and kind-hearted citizens of Coal Valley are facing turmoil as they await justice for the coal mining tragedy, just as new romance heats up on the frontier. In Coal Valley, cafe owner and widow Abigail Stanton nervously awaits the trial that she hopes will clear her late husband's name in the fault of the mine explosion that took his life. Emotions run high and long-kept secrets will be revealed as she works with a surprising new prosecutor, and with forensic investigator, Mountie Bill Avery, who is hiding something from his past that could jeopardize their own romantic future. On Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT, Hallmark Channel premiered the two-hour Season 2 finale of WHEN CALLS THE HEART. In the season ender, "With All My Heart," Elizabeth and Jack face a life-threatening experience together and finally discover the truth about what has been keeping them apart. Later, all of Hope Valley witnesses a shocking arrest and an unexpected proposal. Season 3 of WHEN CALLS THE HEART premiered Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. This season, Elizabeth puts down roots in Hope Valley after spending extended time in Hamilton with her family. In the wake of Charles' surprise proposal to Elizabeth at the end of last season, she and Jack recommit to each other and decide to enjoy what they have now and take things slowly. But the arrival in town of Faith, Jack's nurse friend who cared for his brother in Hamilton, may complicate matters. Abigail takes in a young orphan and his sister, who has taken ill, and happily finds herself in the role of a mother once again although creating a new family isn't without its challenges. Meanwhile, the revelation of Pastor Frank Hogan's less-than-lawful past has Abigail questioning her desire to pursue a romantic relationship with him as Frank works to convince her he's truly left behind his previous life. Bill comes to the conclusion that it's time to leave the Mounties and strike out on his own as he continues his work on the right side of the law, but without the restrictions of the uniform. He and Nora come to a resolution about their relationship while she contemplates what the future holds for her and whether Hope Valley is part of it. Lee and Rosemary's romance continues to blossom but not all is smooth sailing, as a series of mishaps at Lee's paper mill creates concern about his ability to stay open -- and keep many in the town employed -- and has Bill investigating it as sabotage. Through all the trials and tribulations of frontier life, the tight-knit residents of Hope Valley truly care about each other and step in to help when times are tough. In the season opener, "Troubled Hearts," Elizabeth and Jack struggle to find time alone as their romance grows more serious. As Elizabeth makes a decision to move out on her own, Abigail learns Gowen has an upsetting new plan for her cafe, and Cody's misbehavior causes a rift between Abigail and Elizabeth. On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT Hallmark Channel premiered the fourth season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART. In the season opener, "Words from the Heart," Abigail takes on her duties as mayor and it seems nearly everyone in Hope Valley wants her attention. First order of official town business comes from Ray Wyatt with National Pacific Railroad, who proposes a new route he claims will bring business and prosperity to the area. This idea isn't met with enthusiasm by all residents and it's up to Abigail to determine the course of action that's best for the town while not sacrificing the individual interests of its people. The railroad asks Bill to head its security team leaving him to carefully consider the offer. Meanwhile, in an effort to better integrate Elizabeth's new students from the settlement with the Hope Valley children, Jack proposes a friendly competition in the form of a baseball game so he and Elizabeth divide the kids into teams with each of them serving as coach. When it's time to hit the field, the whole town turns out for the game and one of the new children becomes a hero thanks to Elizabeth's encouragement to overcome his fear.
On Monday, April 24, 2017, Hallmark Channel announced it has ordered a fifth season of primetime drama series WHEN CALLS THE HEART.

One day earlier -- on Sunday, April 23 -- at 9pm ET/PT, Hallmark Channel premiered the Season 4 finale of WHEN CALLS THE HEART. In the season ender, "Heart of a Fighter," Abigail must make a life-or-death decision as Cody lies seriously ill at the infirmary with apparent appendicitis, and a race is on to get a qualified surgeon to Hope Valley in time. When Dr. Strohm (guest star John Emmet Tracy) arrives the next day, and declares that Cody does not have appendicitis, Abigail is relieved until Carson Shepherd vehemently disagrees with the diagnosis and insists Cody needs lifesaving emergency surgery. Abigail must decide whether to allow Carson to operate against Dr. Strohm's orders, while Elizabeth tries to convince his sister-in-law that his Carson was not responsible for his wife's death. Everyone in town is concerned for Cody, especially Becky, who promises to spend more time with her brother when he gets better, even Henry Gowen. During this crisis, Abigail finally receives long-awaited news about her status as Cody and Becky's guardian.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Believe Pictures (Pilot & Series)
  • Produced by Brad Krevoy Television (Pilot & Series)
  • Produced by Jordan Films (Pilot Only)


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