• Thomas Bonifield

New Season of "When Calls the Heart" Just Months Away

The show's Christian executive producer gives a glimpse of what's to come, including "hope, faith, love and grace."

"When Calls the Heart" stars Kevin McGarry, Erin Krakow and Chris McNally (left to right). Image: Hallmark Channel.

As it heads into its 8th season, this prairie romance series is both the longest-running and most popular of the Hallmark Channel's prime-time programs. And while When Calls the Heart is not faith-based, it is certainly family-friendly: co-creator and executive producer Brian Bird sees to that.


Also a screenwriter, with scripts like The Case for Christ, The Ultimate Life and Touched by an Angel to his credit, Bird is both a top-notch professional and a committed Believer. In an interview with The Christian Post, he tells the publication he's praying this season of When Calls the Heart will prove "a vaccine against the frustration and loneliness of 2020." He goes on to cite the counter-programming approach of the show as part of its success.

"When everybody else is serving up zombies, vampires, crystal meth dealers and dead bodies, we're serving up hope, faith, love, grace, forgiveness and community."

Romance is also a key component of the show's formula for success and Bird promises there will be some resolution this time around, because Elizabeth, played by lead actress Erin Krakow, "makes a decision," about her love interest. Oh, my!


You're going to have to wait until February 21st of next year when the first new episode debuts to find out more, though. In the meantime, you can catch a sneak preview of season 8 on Hallmark Channel during an encore showing of last year's When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas, which airs Christmas Night at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST. And if you'd like to read the entire interview Brian Bird gave to The Christian Post, it's available via this link.