In the fall of 2014, the Hallmark Movie Channel will be changing it's name to "Hallmark Movies & Mysteries" and will be expanding with more Mystery Movies in 2015!
For those of you who enjoyed the Movie, "Garage Sale Mystery", starring Lori Loughlin, (from When Calls the Heart, Full House) you will be happy to know they are planning to continue the storyline from the original 2013 Hallmark Channel movie with a series of follow-up movies. (the premiere movie is available on DVD)
Here's the scoop directly from Hallmark's press release:
"Hallmark Movie Channel is excited to announce the launch of a new development deal of the network’s first-ever Original Mystery Wheel Franchise with three contemporary original series of mystery movies. Within the Mystery Wheel Franchise for 2015, is a three-part, two-hour series of films airing in alternation of each other."
"...The first movie of the franchise will be “Garage Sale Mystery,” starring Lori Loughlin. In “Garage Sale Mystery,” Lori Loughlin will star as Jennifer Shannon, an expert garage sale treasure hunter, who has a keen eye for detail and natural problem solving instincts, which inspire her to help the police solve mysteries and crime. The movie franchise will continue to follow Jennifer as she scours the sales for hidden treasures and clues."
"The second wheel stars Dylan Neal (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) who will star in and executive produce, “The Gourmet Detective,” based on the series of books by Peter King. Neal’s real- life wife Becky Southwell will write the movies about the chef turned culinary sleuth. In “The Gourmet Detective,” a culinary whiz uses his mastery of food, drink and cooking to solve crimes of the culinary world. Whether it’s the theft of a valuable recipe or a suspicious murder in the middle of a five-star restaurant, his insight, skills and encyclopedic knowledge of all things edible always lead him to the culprit."
"The third component to the movie series will be announced shortly."
*See UPDATE below!!!!
Hmmm... that sounds interesting? For now, the 3rd Mystery is a Mystery!
Let's do a little sleuthing....
Could it be?....
- "My Gal Sunday" with Cameron Mathison?
- Or, "Mystery Cruise" with Gail O'Grady?
- Or, could it be something completely new?
I have a hunch... Anything is Possible! I'll do my best to track down the answer and let you know. Until, further notice... everyone is Suspect!
So, why the switch to a Mystery format, you might ask?
Well, here's our first clue: the Hallmark Channel has been quite successful in the past with their Mystery Movies, including "the highly-rated movie series ...“Mystery Woman,” starring Kellie Martin, “McBride” starring John Larroquette, “Jane Doe” with Lea Thompson and “Murder 101” featuring Dick Van Dyke."
"Hallmark Movie Channel, the second linear channel from Crown Media Holdings, Inc., simulcast in SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition), is a trusted family-friendly network devoted to quality storytelling. Available in 53 million homes and one of the fastest-growing cable TV networks..."
I sure wish one of those 53 million homes was mine! Please DirecTV - add Hallmark Movie Channel to your SD (Standard Definition) Line-up! Millions of DirecTV customers are still waiting and hoping for this channel!
We now know the name, identity, and star of the 3rd Mystery Movie -
please click here for details!