I love a good period drama, so it always makes me happy to see one of these kinds of series doing well. Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart is one of the latest period dramas that seems to be captivating audiences. But as the series approaches its Season 4 finale on Sunday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET, I have to wonder if When Calls the Heart will return for Season 5.
UPDATE: Deadline reports that WCTH has officially been picked up for Season 5. The premiere date has not yet been announced.
EARLIER: I have to ask this question because Hallmark Channel has yet to announce whether or not it will be renewing When Calls the Heart for another season. However, I'm pretty confident that there will be more When Calls the Heart in the future.
First of all, When Calls the Heart's ratings have only continued to grow each season. The series' Season 3 finale had a 2.6 household rating and 3 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in the show's history, according to Deadline. When Calls the Heart's 2016 Christmas special garnered a 2.9 household rating and 3.7 million total viewers. I think the numbers for When Calls the Heart's Season 4 finale are going to be big, and no network should want to cancel a series with this kind of showing.
Plus, When Calls the Heart seems to have cultivated a passionate fan base. There's even a name for this fandom: Hearties. That's when you know you've made it. Hallmark Channel wouldn't break the hearts of Hearties the world over by canceling When Calls the Heart, right?
Without an official greenlight from the Hallmark Channel, there's really no telling when this series will return for Season 5 if it is granted one. However, most new seasons of this series have premiered in January or February in the past, so I think it's likely that When Calls the Heart will return with new episodes in Winter 2018, if Hallmark Channel does, in fact, order more episodes.
What intrigues me the most about When Calls the Heart is that it's a period drama that's not set in the United Kingdom or in medieval Europe, where most series of this type seem to take place. No, When Calls the Heart is set in the fictional town of Hope Valley in Western Canada. So yes, there are Mounties in this series, and it is glorious. As much as I love British period dramas (Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife are two of my favorite TV shows of all time), When Calls the Heart proves that there are plenty of places around the world whose history deserves to be explored again.
The first three seasons of When Calls the Heart are available for your perusal on Netflix if you'd like. Or, if you're looking for something similar yet different, you can check out one of these period dramas not based in the U.K. currently streaming now.