Heartland Host Bill Landry
Knoxville television's iconic program about local history and culture is making a return to the airways on WBIR, Channel 10 in Knoxville.
The original program's cast and crew including host Bill Landry, videographer Doug Mills and producer Steve Dean have signed on to produce four special programs to run throughout the year. WBIR's Sam Moore will continue editing the programs to complete the team.
The first installment, titled "The Ways of Winter," will run Saturday, March 27 at 8:00p.m. and will be broadcast in High Definition.
"The Ways of Winter" explores how life changes for man and beast during the winter months. The Heartland Series' crews taped throughout East Tennessee and Kentucky to capture the beautiful landscapes created by the winter snowfall.
"Life in the winter has changed considerably in the past 100 years and it is our goal to present some beautiful and heart touching examples of that change." said Dean, the show's chief writer and producer.
The program's cameras document a wide range of activity from whitewater kayaking in the Smokies during a snowstorm to an incredible true story of an 11-year-old's attempt to save cattle trapped by a winter storm. The program also looks at some new residents of Tennessee, the sandhill crane and the Muskellunge.
Original production of the short vignettes of The Heartland Series ended last year on WBIR although the short subject programs continue to run on Channel 10. Landry, Mills and Dean will also be joined by some of the show's original producers as their schedules allow during the year.