Saturday, January 14, 2017


Hallmark Press Release...

FOR 2017

(including...) Al Roker and Holly Robinson Peete
Mystery Wheel Franchises in Development
New Movies for Returning Popular Mystery Franchises
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,”
“Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and
“Hailey Dean Mysteries”

PASADENA, CA, January 14 – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the premiere television destination for thrilling mysteries and poignant dramas, will present an unprecedented slate of new, original world premiere movies on its 2017 program schedule. Cable television’s fastest-growing network unveiled plans for new movie installments of its returning popular mystery franchises, new dramatic world premiere movies and many exciting projects in development for 2017. The announcement was made today to a semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena. The network announced development projects with Al Roker based on his book series of murder mysteries featuring Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef turned amateur detective as well as a new mystery franchise series with Holly Robinson Peete.

New installments from “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,” “Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and “Hailey Dean Mysteries” will also premiere in 2017. “Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ original content continues to drive the tremendous growth of the network,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “We are excited about expanding our library of mysteries and partnering with high caliber talent such as Al Roker, Holly Robinson Peete and Kathie Lee Gifford.”

Additional information on upcoming original programming is detailed below:


“Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery” – Sunday, January 15 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Jewel (“Ride with the Devil,” “Ring of Fire”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”).
In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in Victorian home restoration. Through her work, she stumbles across clues hidden in the old homes, uncovering past secrets and becoming an unlikely sleuth to crack unsolved mysteries. In the premiere movie of the franchise, Shannon Hughes gets a partner in crime-solving when her new client offers to help hammer out the details of her friend and neighbor’s untimely death. The “Fixer Upper Mysteries” movies are based upon New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle’s novels. **”Fixer Upper: Crown and Moldering” will premiere in April 2017.

“An Uncommon Grace” – Sunday, February 12 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Jes Macallan (“Mistresses”), Sean Faris (“Pretty Little Liars,” Never Back Down ), Kelly McGillis ( Witness, Top Gun )
Grace Conner, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family's rescue and saves his mother's life. A deep attraction develops - even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects - the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother - who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family. Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground” – Sunday, February 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”), Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) **Special guest stars: Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” “Rizzoli & Isles”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”), Keb’ Mo’ (Grammy award winning singer/songwriter – “Hot Pink”) and Karen Holness ( C hicago ).
Featuring inspirational music by Grammy Winner Keb’ Mo’, “Signed Sealed Delivered: Higher Ground” begins in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where local New Orleans handyman and blues singer-songwriter Gabe Recolte (Keb' Mo’) was left homeless and broken hearted. The storm came right before he had a chance to express his love for club owner Hattie (Holness). As he is forced to evacuate and relocate, Gabe wrote a heartfelt letter to Hattie. The POstables face unusual challenges in solving the postal mystery in post-Katrina New Orleans. Oliver grapples with his unexpressed feelings for Shane while Norman and Rita’s relationship continues to get stronger.

“Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels” (wt) – Sunday, March 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Christmas Under Wraps,” “Fuller House”), Marilu Henner (“Taxi,” “Brooklyn 99”)
Librarian and real crime buff Aurora “Roe” Teagarden never liked Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, but she also never wanted to see him dead but when he winds up murdered, she can't help but get involved. When other strange things happen around her, ranging from peculiar (her irascible cat turns up wearing a pink ribbon) to violent (her assistant at the library is attacked) to potentially deadly (her former boyfriend is stabbed), she must decipher the personal message in the madness before it’s too late.

“Murder She Baked 5” (wt) – Sunday, March 26 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”) Hannah Swensen’s winter heats up when her pet project leads to murder. The televised Hartland Flour Bake-Off that Hannah organized is a fun diversion for Eden Lake and a great opportunity for a new baker to become a star... until one judge, high school coach Len Bishop, is killed in a bizarre hit and run with a twist. As Hannah and Detective Mike Kingston uncover suspects and unravel the mystery of Bishop's life and murder, a close call for Hannah ups the ante in their romance.

“Stay at Home Dead” (wt) Stars: Brennan Elliott (“UnREAL,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) **Based on the book series by Jeffrey Allen
Ex-football star and stay-at-home father, Deuce Winters, finds the dead body of his high school rival in the back seat of his mini-van. As the number one suspect in the court of public opinion, Deuce is determined to clear his name and must reconnect with people from his past to find the real killer. With the help of his savvy lawyer wife and the small town’s only private detective, Deuce will have to untangle a slew of clues to find the true culprit and get back to his quiet life.

“Hailey Dean Mystery 3” (wt) - April 2017 Stars: Kellie Martin (“Mystery Woman,” “Hello It’s Me”) **Based on the book series by Nancy Grace.
After her fiancĂ© is murdered, Hailey Dean (Martin) becomes one of the country’s most revered felony prosecutors. When the former attorney-turned-therapist helps her close friend Pam sell the estate of Pam’s grandparents, she falls head-first into a harrowing mystery. Without notice, Pam disappears on a “dream vacation.” But that dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare for Hailey, who’s convinced her long-time friend is a victim of foul play. Then, Pam’s beau is left for road-kill after a hit-and-run, and Hailey’s love interest falls mysteriously ill. It all goes sideways when Hailey’s intuition takes over. It’s a race against the clock as crimefighter Hailey Dean puts her own life on the line!


“The Midnight Show Murders” Al Roker Mystery Franchise
This mystery wheel franchise revolves around a fictional TV morning show, like “Home & Family.” Billy Blessing is the food anchor for the show and owner of a successful local bistro. After the mysterious death of one of the network execs, Billy’s life takes a turn as he becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and he is forced to investigate to clear his name. Billy solves a new mystery in each movie. Based on the mystery books written by Al Roker.

“When God Winks at You” Kathie Lee Gifford and SQuire Rushnell
This is about true stories demonstrating that God communicates with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. As you read the riveting accounts of everyday and famous people – you will begin to recognize that God winks in your own life, both past and present. Through these tangible signposts from God, we receive personalized messages that reassure us, stop us from worrying, chart our path in life and help us keep the faith.

“Darrow and Darrow” Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim,” Father of the Bride )
Three generations of women aspire to share a house, a law practice and their feelings. Claire Darrow, an idealistic lawyer, fights for what’s right, regardless of whether it makes her a dime. Naomi is her estranged mother, whose view of the law is more elastic and profitable. They clash on nearly everything, but especially on the best way to raise Claire’s daughter, Louise, a bright 12-year-old with an older soul. Louise takes after her mother in brilliance but takes after her grandmother in knowing what makes people tick. The three of them make an unbeatable team.

“Emma Fielding Mysteries” Courtney Thorne-Smith (“Two and a Half Men,” “Melrose Place”)
Brilliant, dedicated, and driven, archaeologist Emma Fielding finds things that have been lost for hundreds of years – and she’s very, very good at it. A soon-to-be-tenured professor of archaeology, she has recently unearthed evidence of a 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it – a corpse washed ashore near the site – has embroiled Emma and her students in a different kind of exploration. With her reputation suddenly in jeopardy due to the ruthless machinations of a disgruntled rival and a second suspicious death heartbreakingly close to home, Emma must unearth a killer among the artifacts. But that means digging deep into her past to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archeological community – which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding. (more)

“The Beach House” Andie MacDowell (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)
Cara Rutledge receives a letter from her mother asking her to visit the South Carolina island on which she spent most of her summers growing up. Though she is skeptical, the timing couldn’t be much better for Cara as she was recently sacked from her high-powered job at an ad agency and doesn’t have much of a life outside of work. Cara also learns the devastating news that her mother is dying and won’t live past the summer. This news flips a switch in Cara, who suddenly realizes that she doesn’t have much time to make amends with the woman who she’s spent so much of her life resenting. Finally seeing clearly Cara moves into the beach house with a new outlook on what is important in life.

“J.L. Family Ranch 2” Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), James Caan ( The Godfather ), Teri Polo ( Meet the Parents ) Trevor Donovan (“90210”)
“J.L. Family Ranch 2” picks up where the movie left off…Veteran rancher and former sheriff John Landsburg (Voight) and his family are holding their ground in a tense face off with the federal bureaucracy regarding ownership of the Landsburg family ranch. The Landsburg family will not go down without a fight. Tap Peterson (Caan) is seeking revenge over a decades-old grudge and has the Feds on his side.

“Gourmet Detective 4” Stars: Dylan Neal (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Brooke Burns (“The Chase”)
The “odd couple” at the center of the Gourmet Detective series are beautiful, tenacious Detective Maggie Price (Burns) and dashing Henry Ross (Neal), an ex-chef with an eye for detail who helps her solve any crime occurring in the food world. Their bickering and bantering masked a mutual attraction about which they were both in denial until Henry finally made a move and they shared their first kiss. Their adventures in crime-solving – and, now in romance – continue in the fourth installment of the popular franchise.

ABOUT HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES With sister cable television network Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is the second 24-hour linear channel under the Crown Media Family Networks umbrella. Distributed in both (HD) and standard definition (SD) in 67 million homes across the United States, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is one of the fastest growing networks in cable and a leading destination for quality, family friendly entertainment. Launched in 2008 as Hallmark Movie Channel, the network was re-branded in fall of 2014, transitioning into Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. True to its name, the channel brings the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres into focus with rich, dramatic, and thought-provoking storytelling. The network’s programming lineup features a unique mix of new, original movies, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, and such time-honored acquired series as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Matlock,” “Hart to Hart” and “Diagnosis Murder.” The channel is also home to the annual, eight-week holiday programming event “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas,” which helps viewers celebrate the season with new, original movies and beloved holiday classics, including “A Christmas Carol,” “Holiday Affair,” “Babes in Toyland,” and “Christmas in Connecticut.” Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.


  1. The fictional talk show in Al Roker's book is more like the Today show but I guess they used the compairson of Home & Family to plug that show.

  2. Wow! I didn't know Al Roker wrote mystery books! LOL A lot of new mystery movies to watch!


  3. Oh! No! I do not see Brooke Shields Mystery Movies on here :0( Are they not going to be making anymore movies?

    1. Live to know the answer to that

    2. Please bring Brooke Back!

    3. Hopefully that is the one show Hallmark has done away with.

    4. Please bring Brooke Shields back!! A lot of my friends are not watching the Hallmark Channel.

    5. I love Flower Shop Mystery shows. Keep Jewel, bring Brooke back!

  4. I'm so excited for the new SSD and Aurora Teagarden movies.

  5. Isn't It's a Crime is about a Texas Ranger --- starring Bruce Boxleitner not on the list? When it will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?

    1. Unfortunately, I didn't hear anything on this one. It may still be under the radar in development, or they may have passed on it.

  6. Sherry In CaliforniaSunday, January 15, 2017

    I was practically dizzy with the details as they were rolling in. I was glued to social media last night, absorbing all of the photos of people arriving at the event, listening to/watching the announcements that some of them made, and then reading the flurry of press releases that came out.

    It was a lot to deal with at one time! It seemed like this was a bigger and grander event than the Summer TCA Tour in July, and even a bit bigger in scope than the Winter 2016 event... although I could be imagining it.

    I could barely let one surprising thing sink in (like the fact that Hallmark is developing projects with Holly Robinson Peete, Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker), before another 10 announcements popped up!

    There is so much information distributed among the different press releases... BUT... then some of the actors at the party start announcing things that they are doing, which are not mentioned in any press releases (such as Alicia Witt announcing her Christmas 2017 movie that is without a title, based on a story that she is developing herself).

    And then... some of the members of the press who attend the event start posting little tidbits on social media that are not mentioned in press releases, such as...

    Last night one member of the press revealed on social media that Hallmark is now trying to make 30 -- yes, THIRTY -- Christmas movies this year (distributed between the 2 channels). That immediately wiped out their original plan of going for 29 Christmas movies in 2018! Forget 29 next year -- now they are going for 30 Christmas movies in 2017! Astounding. I mean... WOW.

    Also, Hallmark will then start posting little nuggets of info on their social media pages, such as that they are aiming for a total of 90 movies this year!!!!!! (Clearly, Hallmark abandoned the "85 movie" plan and aimed higher for 2017.)

    Thirty-five of those 90 movies will go to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and the other 55 will go to the main Hallmark Channel.

    And, of course, 30 of those 90 movies will be Christmas movies!

    I would guess at that least 20 of the 30 Christmas movies will go to the main channel (meaning at least 19 during the Countdown to Christmas and at least one new one in July), leaving the rest (anywhere from 8 to 10) to go to HMM.

    Plus, there were people at the event last night who did not make any announcements, but you know they will end up in something this year or next year, like Victor Webster (who may or may not be doing "Christmas Villa," but I suspect he is in another project).... and Alexa PenaVega... and Bruce Davison.

    It was strange to see Andrew Walker with full facial hair -- I almost didn't recognize him.

    And what a surprise to learn that Darrow & Darrow and The Beach House are FINALLY going forward!

    But, conspicuously absent from this event were Autumn Reeser (yep... I think she has fled the Hallmark family for a while) and any mentions of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Love Hewitt! No Brooke Shields either!

    Jewel Kilcher was not there, as she was sick. Danica McKellar and Lacey Chabert were not there -- I guess they didn't feel like making the journey from Canada to L.A. if it wasn't necessary. And no Lori Loughlin either!

    I was surprised to see Jennifer Finnigan at the TCA Winter event, as she had just been in Europe and I thought she was still there.

    Ashley Williams announced that she was pregnant right before arriving on the red carpet (it would have been hard to hide!).

    Jessy Schram was there, but I didn't see Luke Macfarlane.

    And Jerry O'Connell was there -- but I didn't see Rebecca Romijn.

    All in all... it was a night full of total surprises as well as confirmations of things we already knew were in the works, and hints of possible things to come that were not yet announced. Of course, I'm sure we know that not all of the announced projects will go into production this year -- some of them will be pushed off until 2018 -- but I think the 30 Christmas movies will go forward!

    1. Sherry In CaliforniaMonday, January 16, 2017

      I didn't see that my comment ^^ had been posted earlier when I checked, so I thought it got trapped in Spam again.

      Anyway, now that it has appeared, I want to follow up on a couple of things I mentioned above.

      On Saturday night, Hallmark tweeted that there would be 35 new movies on HMM this year, and 55 new movies on the main Hallmark Channel (2 separate tweets, in other words).

      Hallmark also tweeted a couple of extra details about the HMM project that is in development for Holly Robinson Peete -- who it is based on, etc.

      Yesterday - after I typed up the above post -- I noticed that Hallmark took down all 3 tweets. They removed the one that specified that 55 movies would premiere on the main Hallmark Channel this year. They removed the one that indicated there would be 35 movies on HMM this year. And they removed the one that mentioned what Holly Robinson Peete's project would be about.

      So I can only assume that approximately 90 movies are still in the works for the 2 channels this year, with 34 or 35 going to HMM and 54 or 55 going to the main Hallmark Channel.

  7. Are they not doing another Flower Shop Mystery with Brooke Shields and Brennan Elliott? That's the only mystery movie that does not appear to be renewed for 2017.

    1. They better!!!! I was shocked to not see them on the list. That was one of my favorites and when she was on the chew awhile back she said they was going to do quite a few like 10 to 20.

    2. No news, yet, on Flower Shop Mystery, but I'm still hopeful! There were rumors last year that Gourmet Detective might be ending, and yet, another is coming this year! Until it's solved, this is another mystery!

    3. Brooke and the flower shop mysterys are my favorite. Please tell me they're coming back!When!

    4. I LOVE FLOWER SHOP MYSTERIES Brooke Shields, Brennan Elliot, Beau Bridges they absolutely must come back as for Gourmet Detective it was also a must watch until they completely erased Lucas Miller played by Patrick Sabongui for Bailey-Marc Senior. Hallmark didn't write him off on 3rd movie but actually replaced Patrick Sabongui. I'm finished with the Gourmet Detective Mysteries but let's hang in there hopefully they will bring back more of Brooke Shields Flower mysteries.

  8. What's about Hailey Dean Mystery 2? Hailey Dean Mystery 3 was in the list but Hailey Dean Mystery 2 wasn't

    *Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love was air last year
    * Hailey Dean Mystery 2
    *Hailey Dean Mystery 3

  9. Garage Sale Mystery: Drowned starts filming on 1/23/2017 to 2/10/2017

  10. I'm worried! I noticed in the release that Aurora's love interest is not mentioned. Just ex. Does this mean Martin is not coming back! I loved them together. Please let me know.

    1. Not to worry. "Martin" played by Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries - The Artful Detective) is in the next Aurora movie, "Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels!"

      Yannick posted a picture recently on set with Candace - on Instagram! Looks like he may be checking out more than books at the library! LOL!

  11. Oh no why is Flower Shop Mystery not on the list!!! That was my favorite. When she was on the Chew awhile back if I am not mistaken she said they was going to do a lot of them.

    1. Unfortunately, this is still unknown, Tabitha. There was also word last year that Brooke Shields might do a Christmas movie, and that too, fell through. So... hopefully it will eventually work out!

  12. It seems like such a long time ago we first heard about Andie MacDowell in The Beach House. I was beginning to think it would never be made.

    1. You are so right! I first shared the movie "The Beach House," starring Andie MacDowell back in May of 2015, the same year "Cedar Cove" ended on Hallmark.

      The movie was originally anticipated to premiere in 2016, but was moved to this year. All we know is - something must have delayed it in the production phase, but it's nice to see it is coming after all!

  13. I was reading the article on What’s Filming? about the upcoming show “Date My Dad”, when I saw the list of movies starting and ending production. According to the website, the only movie starting production soon is the next “Murder She Baked” movie, which ends filming next month. Both “Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels” and “Campfire Kiss” are about to end production this Friday (January 20th). Also, finishing production this Saturday (January 21st) are “Police Mom” and “Curveball”. I hope we can see some marketing and trailers for these movies soon.

  14. Thank you so much for the detailed report, it's great being able to find so many titles and upcoming air dates on your site!

    Best wishes,

  15. A Fixer Upper Mystery 3 will be filming in Vancouver/British Colombia, Canada

    1. The first 2 Fixer Upper Mysteries were filmed in Victoria, BC Canada. Makes sense that the 3rd installment will be filming there too.

  16. Please let us know if an when brooke shields mystery will be back. She's a favorite!

    1. I too, want Brooke back!!

    2. I too, want Brooke back!!

  17. Brooke Shields probably wanted too much money, and priced herself out of any more movies.

  18. Flower Shop Mysteries are my favorite as well. Hope they will make many more.

  19. I also am wanting Brooke back. Disappointed when did not see her in the promos.

  20. I too am disappointed not to see Brooke in the promos. Bring flower shop mysteries back.

  21. I thought that the Flower Shop mysteries were some of the best. I hope they do more.

  22. More flower shop mysteries!

  23. Bring back Brooke and Brennan in Flower Shop Mysteries. So much fun to watch. Need more movies everyone can watch. Bring it back!!!

  24. Yes. We want more flower shop mysteries with Brooke Shields!! I'm watching the reruns today!

  25. I too liked the Flower Shop mysteries. Even though they changed the characters from 30-ish to middle age they were were still similar enough to the books for the show to be enjoyable.


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