Filming in Vancouver: The X-Files, When Calls the Heart, and TV series on holiday hiatus

The X-Files

It’s holiday season for TV series, with every TV series in Vancouver going on hiatus until the new year.

Meanwhile two series are calling it a wrap just in time for Christmas.

Let’s take a look at all the shows taking a wintry break—and when they’ll be back in action.


Here’s a rundown of all your favourite shows, with most of them already on hiatus:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2), from November 2 until January 2
  • Arrow (Season 6), from December 15 until January 2
  • Blue Book (Season 1), which just started on December 6, will break from December 22 to January 10
  • Colony (Season 3), from December 20 until January 2
  • DC Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3), from December 18 until January 3
  • iZombie (Season 4), from December 15 until January 3
  • Life Sentence (Season 1), from December 16 until January 3
  • Once Upon a Time (Season 7), from December 18 until January 2
  • Riverdale (Season 2), from December 22 until January 8
  • Supergirl (Season 3), from December 8 until January 3
  • Supernatural (Season 13), from December 16 until January 2
  • The 100 (Season 5), from December 16 until January 3
  • The Flash (Season 4), from December 16 until January 2
  • The Good Doctor (Season 10), from December 15 until January 2
  • UnReal (Season 4), from December 21 until January 4

While we previously mentioned that The Magicians wrapped up Season 3 last week on December 12, two more TV series will be finishing up production this week on their latest seasons.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson star in The X-Files.

One series that’ll be finishing up production on Thursday (December 21) is The X-Files.

The sci-fi revival, executive produced by creator Chris Carter, started filming 10 episodes for Season 11 back on August 8.

The X-Files

While Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner.

Fun fact: Robbie Amell is the cousin of Stephen Amell, who stars on Arrow, which is also shot in Vancouver.

Guest stars this season will include Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment, and William B. Davis as Cigarette Smoking Man.

William B. Davis

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect in Season 11. (See if you can spot any familiar Vancouver backdrops.)

And here’s the trailer for Season 11, which includes some hints of UFOs, strange creatures, and other things that go bump in the night.

But there’s not much of a wait now to see the final product—the Season 11 premiere is slated for January 3.

Erin Krakow stars in When Calls the Heart

Even though another TV series also wraps up on the same day (December 21), When Calls the Heart probably could not be more different from the previously mentioned paranormal investigative drama. 

This romantic frontier drama started production on Season 5 back on August 22.

The heartening news is that the Season 5 premiere will be soon be hitting screens on February 18 (on the Hallmark Channel).

When Calls the Heart

The season will kick off with Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) awaiting the return of her fiancé Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) from the northern territories so they can plan their wedding. As she tries to focus on teaching her students, she receives a surprise visit from her sister Julie (Charlotte Hegele), who lets her know that she has taken an unexpected career turn.

Daniel Lissing

Meanwhile, Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin) will face two crises: one as mayor of Hope Valley facing financial challenges, and the other when she is uncertain whether or not to trust unasked-for advice from former mayor Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins), who is adjusting to life as a mill labourer.

But when a mysterious sickness sweeps across the town, Doctor Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene) will find himself facing the toughest test of his abilities.

When Calls the Heart

But the even better news is that the airing of the two-hour When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree is not far away at all—it’s next week on December 25 on Hallmark Channel.

This seasonal special sees the residents of Hope Valley placing their desires and dreams on the branches of a new wishing tree. That includes Elizabeth, who hopes Jack will make it back in time for Christmas. And to add to the festive cheer, Abigail has organized a new Christmas parade for everyone to enjoy.

Meanwhile, as Rosemary LeVeaux-Coulter (Pascale Hutton) and Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith) learn about the importance of Christmas traditions, Doctor Shepherd treats a woman who has become disillusioned with the seasonal celebrations and Henry gets a second chance to redeem himself.

When Calls the Heart

We’ll leave you with this trailer for the special and as next week is holiday time, we wish you the best from the streets where everyone has been working hard to bring your sweet screen dreams to life.

And if they haven’t thus far, here’s to them coming true in 2018!

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