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CBC’s number-one family drama, HEARTLAND, is set to break a Canadian television record for longevity. On Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) the heart-warming series airs its 125th episode, making it the longest-running Canadian one-hour family drama in television. The 125th episode was written by Heather Conkie and directed by Bruce McDonald. By season’s end, HEARTLAND will have extended the record to 139 episodes, far surpassing any previous records. Each week, the series draws around a million viewers and has gone on to be an international success, licensed in more than 119 countries.
“Heartland has been a staple of CBC’s broadcast schedule for the past eight seasons and this record is a testament to its popularity with audiences of all ages,” said Helen Asimakis, senior director of drama commissioned and scripted programming for CBC. “On behalf of CBC, congratulations to everyone involved with the creation and production of the show on this truly remarkable and well-deserved accomplishment.”
On Thurs. Oct. 2, it reached another impressive milestone as it entered into its 1000th day of production. HEARTLAND has won the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best TV Series: Family from 2009-2013, making it the only series to win five consecutive awards from the Guild.
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