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Small Towns and Seashores with Phoef Sutton

Friday 09/17/21

Small Towns and Seashores with Phoef Sutton

Chesapeake Shores is a place where everybody knows your name, and every family is said to be the backbone of the community. A small town where people dream to go, and many wish they lived, especially in the O’Brien home. These engaging stories of beloved characters provide a break from reality every Sunday night, much like how corals form barriers to protect the shoreline from harsher waters. Season four left Chessies eager for more, and while the delay of season five sparked disappointment, the creative team continued planning to ensure a new season would film when it was possible. Appointed to lead this team to bridge the gap in stories and filming is Emmy-award-winner, Phoef Sutton.

Stepping into season five, Phoef added a new twist in storylines and a few sprinkles of humour on an old favourite. His understanding of each character and his ability to add levity while embracing difficult topics is a gift to this series. After months away from his own family for writing and filming, and time invested in post-production, he generously shared even more of his time to chat all things Chesapeake, while giving fans an opportunity to know more about him too.
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Sailing Along with Dan Paulson

Thursday 09/09/21

Sailing Along with Dan Paulson

The waters have been a wild ride in the two years since our last encounter with the O’Brien family, and the breathtaking views of the Shores. While fans waited with anticipation and curiosity, discussing potential arcs and character development, the creative team was sailing on to ensure a new season of Chesapeake Shores would be ready when filming was possible. This tidal wave of talent, whether behind the scenes or in front of the camera, is captained by Executive Producer, Daniel Paulson.

Dan Paulson brings a wealth of experience and passion to this show. A believer in collaboration, and in fostering talent, Dan’s dedication has continued to produce a series enjoyed by Chessies around the world. With a love of the ocean, a great sense of humour, and the periodic on camera appearance, Dan looks forward to interacting with Chessies throughout season five. Despite a busy schedule, Dan warmly offered a chance to chat all things Chesapeake in this latest interview.
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You Might Be A Chessie

Friday 08/13/21

#YouMightBeAChessie

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Family, Film, and Faith with Viv Leacock

Friday 05/07/21

Family, Film, and Faith with Viv Leacock

As the finale of When Calls the Heart approaches, it is easy to reflect upon all of the wonderful stories that the Canfield family have been part of this year. Joseph, Minnie, Angela, and Cooper have brought family, fortitude, and faith throughout their storylines this season. Although the characters have continued to experience life without a pandemic, the actors have made many adjustments, to ensure this program was possible. This show has also been a reminder that there are people you meet that have an instant and lasting impact, and for the townsfolk of Hope Valley, that person has been Joseph Canfield.

Joseph left a lasting impact from when he first offered to pray for Lee and also in giving advice to Jesse and Clara, with a warmth and kindness that are also characteristics of the man who portrays him. Viv Leacock was a welcomed addition to this series, as he is well known among the fans, and can also be found in a number of programs on Super Channel Heart & Home. With When Calls the Heart coming to a close for another season, Viv kindly sat down to share more about his character, family, and faith, in Hope Valley as well as in his own home.
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More to the Story with Teryl Rothery

Wednesday 04/21/21

More to the Story with Teryl Rothery

As Helen Bouchard stepped off the stagecoach, it was a mystery as to what type of person she would be. With experience as a book editor, Helen might be the first to note that people should not judge a book by its cover, yet it would be a challenge to not form a quick opinion of this elusive and bristly Bouchard. Although she was warmly welcomed, it was evident that it was going to take a few chapters to thaw that cold exterior and connect with the folks and the families in her son’s new town.

In contrast to her character, Teryl Rothery is warm, funny, and relatable. She brings a depth to Helen that gives you a glimpse of the table of contents, while making you want to explore each future chapter, knowing there is a lot more to the story. Although Helen did not stay long in Hope Valley, Teryl’s portrayal of her left a lasting impact on the Hearties, and a lingering curiosity if her story will continue. Teryl kindly joined us for a second interview, click here for the previous one, this time with a focus solely on When Calls the Heart and the character she loved to play.
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Friendship Goals with Johannah Newmarch & Loretta Walsh, Part II

Wednesday 04/07/21

Friendship Goals with Johannah Newmarch & Loretta Walsh, Part II

A loyal friend is one of life’s greatest treasures, something that Molly Sullivan and Florence Blakeley know well. From the earliest of days supporting one another through heartache and loss, these two women have remained connected as confidants and a constant source of companionship and community throughout the years.

The beauty of the relationship between Florence and Molly also remains true for the actors that portray them. In part one of this interview, Johannah and Loretta revealed more about their personal friendship, the growth of FloMo, and the stories that they love to share with the fans. In part two, these true friends continue their sweet, funny, and delightful sentiments about their characters and potential suitors, as well as a thank you to Hearties for helping to achieve eight seasons and more opportunities to work together on When Calls the Heart.
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Friendship Goals with Loretta Walsh & Johannah Newmarch, Part I

Tuesday 03/30/21

Friendship Goals with Loretta Walsh & Johannah Newmarch, Part I

Hope Valley is a place of frequent visitors, new townsfolk, and friends that become family. From the first episode of season one, Florence Blakeley and Molly Sullivan have been on screen examples of friendship, community, healing, and humour. Florence first appeared in the Mercantile where she made sure to note that Elizabeth was two days past her expected arrival. Molly made her debut only minutes later in the scene with an eyebrow raise when Miss Thatcher indicated she needed a drink, but not a drink-drink.

Episode two was the first time that Team FloMo appeared together while the widows were determining what their future would hold. From that moment forward, the bond that they share would be demonstrated throughout the seasons, in their support of each other and their heart for helping others. As fans continue to delight in their growth and transformation, including their enjoyable storylines in season eight, Loretta and Johannah sat down with us in a special duo interview, to share more about their characters and how Florence and Molly really are friendship goals.
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Wednesday 03/17/21

#YouMightBeAHeartie

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Stories Carry On with Meredith Thomas

Friday 03/12/21

Stories Carry On with Meredith Thomas

A story is created by ideas, inspired by memories, impacted by people, and woven together most often with words. Stories involve some of our earliest memories with fairytales and other beloved books, or as keepsakes and traditions passed down as part of a family’s legacy. When a story is told in print, in person, or on TV, there are connections and emotions evoked, as part of the human experience or as fictional realities in entertainment.

Whether portraying a character and sharing her narrative, or assisting students to bring their scripts to life, Meredith Thomas finds a way to help others tell their story. Often incorporating her love of vintage clothes, thrift shop treasures, and handed-over heels, Meredith gives items a second chance to tell a new tale. With Save the Wedding now on Super Channel Heart & Home, it was the perfect time to catch up with Meredith to find out what stories have carried on since A Christmas in Royal Fashion.
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Around the World with Natasha Burnett

Thursday 03/04/21

Around the World with Natasha Burnett

Travel provides endless opportunities for adventures, discoveries, and memories. Unlike the many days it would have taken the folks of Hope Valley to arrive at their desired destination, travel has become so mainstream that journeying to the other side of the world can be measured in hours. Someone who knows this well is Natasha Burnett.

Born in the United Kingdom, Natasha found her love of performing and sense of adventure at a young age. After several years on stage in the UK, followed by a year of cabaret in Australia, Natasha found herself on the other side of the ocean when Canada called. She now finds herself travelling back in time in her new role as Minnie Canfield on When Calls the Heart. Natasha enthusiastically shared more about filming season 8, working as an actor during a pandemic, and connecting with her Canfield costars.
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