When Jane gave me screeners to “When Calls the Heart,” she knew it was a show that would be right up my alley. She was right. The show reminds me of “Little House on the Prairie,” a series I watched faithfully as a child every Monday night. It wasn’t much of a surprise when I discovered that “When Calls the Heart” is produced by Michael Landon, Jr., son of the executive producer and star of “Little House on the Prairie.”
Based upon a series of bestselling novels by Janette Oke (also the author of “Love Comes Softly” – one of Hallmark’s highest rated movies), “When Calls the Heart” follows the city-bred Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) as she takes a teaching post out in the remote town of Coal Valley. Accustomed to maids, hot baths, and indoor plumbing, Elizabeth is a little out of her element, but befriends most everyone in the town except for the new Constable, Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing).
Thornton believes Elizabeth’s shipping tycoon father made arrangements for the Mountie to watch over the sleepy little town of Coal Valley (and subsequently, his daughter as well). Of course, when two young, good-looking people find themselves the only young, good-looking people about town, romance is bound to blossom. The chemistry between Krakow and Lissing is almost palpable and is even evident in interviews with the pair as they promote the show.
The show also stars Lori Loughlin (“Full House,” “90210”) and guest stars 80s heartthrob Jack Wagner in a few episodes. Can a guest stint from John Stamos or Candace Cameron Bure be far behind?