When Calls the Heart fans first met Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene) back in Season 4, as he showed up in Hope Valley with the railroad company. It was soon clear that he was a doctor with a bit of a troubled past, but in true Hope Valley fashion, he decided that he wasn’t going to let that past define him. Jump forward to the start of Season 6, premiering Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET on the Hallmark Channel and Super Channel, and Carson has proven himself to be a skilled physician and a dependable member of Hope Valley.
Greene himself has quickly become a favorite among the Hearties so we thought he would be the perfect person to give us a peek into what’s to come on When Calls The Heart this season. The TV Junkies recently spoke to Green about Carson and Faith (Andrea Brooks), the new guys in town and his upcoming parenting book.
The TV Junkies: From what little we’ve seen of you in previews for this upcoming season, it looks like there is going to be something going on between Carson and Faith. What can you tell me about that possible relationship?
Paul Greene: Oh, I have no idea what you’re talking about. OK, there is definitely something going on there and Hallmark has shown a few little teasers of us together. When we were filming we definitely had a lot more scenes together, but I don’t know what I can tease without giving too much away. It’s tough in a work relationship and there can be obstacles to that. There’s not a bunch of good nurses around so the stakes are high for Carson. He doesn’t want to ruin the work relationship. Work relationships are never that easy, even in 1915, so Carson is proceeding very carefully. And it’s a town with lots of gossiping from Florence and Molly and lots of other girls around that are very nosey, Rosemary especially. So there’s lots of obstacles that they have to work through before they can give it a go.
TTVJ: What’s it like working so much more with Andrea Brooks this season?
PG: She’s really great. The great thing about this whole cast is that we spend quite a bit of time together even when we’re not on set. There’s a group of us, Andrea and Erin [Krakow] and Ben [Rosenburg], and Chris [McNally] and Kevin [McGarry], we all hang out so it’s nice. I’m away from my home in LA so it’s nice to have that connection with everyone. But Andrea’s great, she comes to my trailer or I go to hers, or we hang around the piano in the saloon. She’s a great singer and we always find some old song to do together or some new song. She’s really good at harmony so we pass the time singing together so it’s great. She’s a wonderful actor as well and I think her character is really growing on Supergirl as well.
TTVJ: So is that relationship going to be the focus of Carson’s story this season or does he have any other big storylines coming up?
PG: I don’t know if I can give that away. But let’s just put it this way, that relationship is definitely one of the main focuses for Carson this season.
TTVJ: Any interesting medical cases coming up this season, since you are the town doctor after all?
PG: Yeah there’s a few small ones for sure but I can’t think of any big ones. There’s always a lot going on in town that he’s involved in though. There is a discovery made in one of the nearby fields that creates quite a bit of tension in the town.
TTVJ: We know there are two new guys coming to town this season. Did that change the vibe on set at all?
PG: Yeah, of course. It really just improved the vibe. They’re really funny and great guys. I don’t have a lot of scenes with those two this season, but they are a great addition to the show. There’s a bit of a mystery behind why they are in town. As characters in the town, we are always cautious of new people coming in and are very protective of our school teacher and of the town itself. So as welcoming as we are, people still have to prove themselves before they are fully accepted.
TTVJ: I know you guys like to have a lot of fun on set, do you have any good stories that you can share?
PG: It’s nice to have extra guys around to prank because lord knows I can’t prank Erin [Krakow] anymore. Erin doesn’t like it so much. But the guys are great and we have a lot of fun scaring the kids on set.
TTVJ: Anything else you can share about what’s coming up this season?
PG: Well, obviously there is a baby in town now and there’s all the things that come along with a single mom trying to raise her child in the town. So everyone has to come together and be a part of helping to raise that child. Like everyone in a small town would. There’s a bit of a time lapse so baby Jack is not just a newborn anymore. But with such a large cast there’s no shortage of mystery and adventure this season, but there’s also some healing and moving on from everything that happened last season.
TTVJ: I saw that you are writing a parenting book. What can you tell me about that?
PG: When I look out I see there is a bit of a gap for single dads and dads in general that never had a great mentor in their life. It’s called 52 Ways To Be The Dad You Wish You Had. It’s a weekly kind of hack for dads, new dads or dads that have forgotten how to connect with their kids. It’s everything I’ve learned from my dad and my son and my coach. It’s a field guide for dads. It’ll be a good size for dads to carry around and it would make a great gift for Father’s Day so we are really trying to get it out by then. It’s kind like and Earnest Hemingway field guide for dads.
TTVJ: Are you working on an album as well?
PG: Yeah we’re almost finished it. My engineer and producer is coming over tonight to do a mix and then Jim Scott is going to do the final mix. Jim Scott did Tom Petty’s Wallflower album so that will be great. This album is dedicated to my father who passed from ALS a few years ago so some of the proceeds will go to a therapy development institute in Boston — ALS.net. The album has a bit of a country/gospel sound to it and I’m really excited about it.
TTVJ: Are you working on any more movies?
PG: Yeah I’m developing a few projects right now. They’re both romantic comedies and we’re in conversations with Hallmark to get them produced. I’m also wanting to get my hands in to directing eventually as well, and I just finished up a short film that will be submitted into some festivals soon. I’m also reading a few other things so there are a bunch of possibilities out there but nothing is set in stone yet. I always try to let people know what I’m working on on my social media.
TTVJ: Before I let you go, give me three things that the Hearties can look forward to seeing with Carson this season.
PG: Love, Adventure and Healing.
Are you looking forward to When Calls The Heart’s return this week? Are you hoping to see Carson and Faith get together this season? Sound off in the comments section below.
When Calls The Heart airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on the Hallmark Channel and Super Channel.
Christy is a self proclaimed and proud TV Junkie. Her love for TV began at an early age with shows like Degrassi, Alias, ER, Buffy, The X-Files & Friends. You can now find her watching, ok obsessing over, shows like When Calls The Heart, Saving Hope, Arrow, Outlander, Grey's Anatomy and many many others. You can catch Christy on Twitter at @ChristySpratlin where she will likely be live tweeting her favorite shows and talking about everything TV.