‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 8: Hearties Are Asking Hallmark for Even More Episodes
Hearties are getting organized. When Calls the Heart super-fans are asking Hallmark Channel to give them even more Hope Valley. They’re planning a virtual rally for May 3 in an attempt to convince the network to add additional episodes to the show’s next season.
Hearties want more Hope Valley
An April 29 post from the official When Calls the Heart Instagram account announced the upcoming rally.
“Hearties! Did you catch the latest interviews with the cast?” the post asked. “They’ve asked for our help to approach Hallmark Channel for MORE episodes per season!”
“The past few seasons have been a Christmas episode plus 10 hours of great television,” the post continued. “We know that all Hearties are craving more WCTH, so this year we’ve worked up a campaign to approach Hallmark with our request.”
When Calls the Heart fans are being urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for more episodes in season 8. The messages will then be shared with Hallmark. They’re also being asked to use the #MoreHopeValley hashtag on social media. On May 3 between 7 and 8 p.m. ET, they’ll be making a special effort to coordinate their tweets and send a strong message in support of their beloved show.
Erin Krakow will be tweeting along with fans
When Calls the Heart star Erin Krakow — who plays Elizabeth Thornton — confirmed that she’d be joining fans in tweeting for more episodes of the frontier drama.
“Can’t wait to tweet with all of you this Sunday,” she commented on the post. Her co-star Paul Greene has also been retweeting message from fans with the #MoreHopeValley hashtag.
WCTH executive producer Brian Bird also got in on the action. “Ahem #Hearties a new challenge for you. Rally for #MoreHopeValley,” he tweeted.
‘When Calls the Heart’ once had a longer season
Since season 2, every season of When Calls the Heart has come in at 10 episodes or fewer. The one exception was season 1, which had 12 episodes. In recent years, there has also been a feature-length Christmas special that airs in December.
But season 6 had just nine episodes. That was because of Lori Loughlin’s involvement in the college admissions scandal. After the actress was accused of bribing officials to admit her daughters to the University of Southern California, Hallmark fired her. It then pulled WCTH off the air temporarily so that she could be edited out of future episodes. The resulting edits meant one episode from the season was lost.
Now, Hearties are arguing that there are plenty of stories to tell in Hope Valley, especially since the show was just renewed for another season.
“Hey @hallmarkchannel Thank you for season 8 on @WCTH_TV!” tweeted a fan. “Us #Hearties really do appreciate it! Could we please have a few more episodes for these beloved characters in Hope Valley?”
“We would love to have more episodes per season,” read another tweet. “There are so many stories to tell, we need more episodes to do it the right way. Go ahead and renew season 9 & 10 now while you’re at it. We love our WCTH.”