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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Kicks Off Exciting Summer of Mystery with "Darrow & Darrow," "Hailey Dean," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "Aurora Teagarden" and more...!


Hallmark Press Release:

HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES
KICKS OFF ITS SUMMER OF MYSTERY
WITH FOUR MONTHS
OF ACTION-PACKED
NEW, ORIGINAL PREMIERES
TO SCINTILLATE SLEUTHERS

Returning Favorites Joined by New Faces for a Thrilling Lineup

movie images via: Hallmark Crown Media

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries heats up when the network's Summer of Mystery kicks-off with "Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder," premiering Sunday, May 6, (7 pm ET/PT), and starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, "Nashville"), Wendie Malick ("BoJack Horseman," "Hot in Cleveland") and Tom Cavanagh ("The Flash," "Ed").

June brings the return of "Hailey Dean Mysteries" reuniting star Kellie Martin with former "Life Goes On" co-star Chad Lowe in a three-movie arc that tells the true, tragic story of Executive Producer Nancy Grace's real-life journey to becoming a prosecutor and victims' rights advocate.

In July, The POstables (Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson) tackle a new dead letter case in a new "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox are back in "The Morning Show Mystery: Murder on the Menu," while Candace Cameron Bure dives into another mystery in "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game."

"Garage Sale Mystery" starring Lori Loughlin will once again takeover the month of August with four all-new adventures.

Summer wraps up with more suspense and whodunnits with the introduction of "Crossword Mysteries" starring Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott, "Picture Perfect" starring Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, "Mystery U" and "The Chronicle Mysteries," starring and executive produced by Alison Sweeney.

--- Hallmark Press Release ---

43 comments:

  1. I have a question for some of you. Is the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel really worth it outside of Christmas? My current TV package doesn't include Hallmark M&M. Just Hallmark channel. I pay for an extra package during Christmas time so that I can get Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Other than Signed Sealed & Delivered which I know is great but only has a couple movies on it a year are the other shows worth it? Like all these mysteries and murder type shows and movies? Do you all enjoy them like you do the movies on the regular Hallmark Channel? I know they are a different style but do you get the same feel good feelings that you do from the Hallmark Movies. There are great actors in them so was wondering. I haven't seen any of these type movies. Trying to decide if I want to change my tv package to include M&M all year round. Thanks.

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    1. Is Hallmark Movies & Mysteries worth the added expense? That is an excellent question, Jim. It sounds like you have already put some great deal of thought into this.

      Two of the main reasons I invested in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel several years back was Christmas and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Beyond that, I have always enjoyed mystery type shows, as long as they are not creepy. Hallmark is the perfect fit for me on that front, although I do wish there were less "murder" type mysteries, like "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" or "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm."

      I have found some people enjoy mysteries, while others do not. I personally like the "Monk" television series which runs daily, and an occasional episode of "Psych," when I can catch one of them. Plus, each weeknight from 9-11 EST. they play one of the HMM mystery movies.

      The weekends often consist of marathons of "Monk" and "Psych" and marathons of the HMM movies, too, like "Aurora Teagarden," "Garage Sale Mystery," or "Murder She Baked," etc...

      Is HMM the same feel as the Hallmark Channel? No, I must say, it is not. The mystery aspect does make the shows and movies a bit darker, but our heroes and heroines always save the day, so I guess we can say - there's LIGHT at the end of the tunnel!!!

      There will also be Christmas in July on HMM, but as of now, no new movie premieres are planned.

      I know it's a tough decision, financially speaking. For myself personally, I find it is worth it, because I turn to the station quite often throughout the week, and especially on the weekends.

      I would suggest visiting the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries web-site..., and look through their schedule and videos to see if their programming interests you.

      Hope this is helpful in your decision making.

      Blessings on your day! Net

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    2. Thanks so much Net. This helped a lot. I am what is called a cord cutter now. I don't have the cable or Satellite packages anymore (the traditional means of watching TV). I subscribe to a streaming service called Directv Now. It's not the regular Directv that everyone is familiar with It's a totally different animal. They are coming out big now.

      Lots of people are heading this way because it's usually much cheaper. My streaming package has everything I want except H M&M. I've been adding Sling TV just for the Christmas months on H M&M.

      From your response I will probably continue as I am and just add a service like Sling TV for the Christmas months including July to receive H M&M. The great part of these new streaming services is that you can sign on for one month and then cancel after that and bounce from one to another. It's all completely legal of course. It's the wave of the future. There's a bunch of these new streaming services now.

      Thanks so much for your input.

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    3. It was a must have for us. I like some of the HM&M movie series they have more than the standard romance on the main channel.

      Signed, Sealed, Delivered is the best thing on Hallmark in my opinion. Murder She Baked, Fixer Upper, Emma Fielding, Hailey Dean, Morning Show Murders and Darrow & Darrow are all very good movie series. All dramatic but not scary and the good guys always win. Plus they're bringing some new mystery movies into the lineup.

      We view the extra $5 we spend for the channel as a cheap date night. Kids in bed and then we try to guess who did it before the big reveal.

      The Psych reruns are a bonus too. I loved the show when it aired and it's been fun rewatching it from the beginning.

      I hope this helps.

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    4. Jim, I'm glad I could help you out with your decision on HMM. That's great you are enjoying your Directv Now service... it definitely seems cutting the cord is the way everyone's going these days. If you join back in July, then you'll probably be able to see the latest premieres, plus you'll definitely see the new SSD premiere, Aurora Teagarden, & Morning Show Mystery, and of course, Christmas! That's so wonderful you can join in for a month and then drop it, if you choose.

      Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Net

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    5. Anonymous, I feel the same way! My family and I turn to HMM quite often, so it makes sense for us to keep it. Sounds like we enjoy many of the same mysteries, too!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on HMM! Blessings, Net

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    6. Thanks for the input Anon...I'm going to try and get it worked into my package. I'll definitely have it for July, End of October, November, and December for all things Christmas. No negotiating there no matter what the cost...haha.

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    7. I'm with you there, Jim! Christmas is completely non-negotiable! Must have it 24-7! I love it! :)

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    8. Another big bonus for Sling TV is that they also have the new Hallmark Drama channel -- for no extra charge other than what you would be paying to get the Hallmark package that includes the first 2 channels. The Hallmark Drama channel is also going to be showing Christmas movies in July (Hallmark said on their Countdown to Christmas Facebook page that it would be the last week in July), and who knows which movies those will be? If they are showing movies on Hallmark Drama in July, then they will probably show some movies at some point during the holiday season too.

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    9. Great point Anon. I do remember the Hallmark Drama Channel showing up on my Sling TV guide sometime in December. It's $5 extra for the Lifestyle package and you get all three Hallmarks with that.

      I didn't know Hallmark Drama was going to show Christmas movies in July now also. Thanks so much for letting me know. That is great news. I may have to consider using Sling TV all year round.

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    10. Jim -- You're welcome! Take the 'Christmas movies in July on Hallmark Drama' thing with a measure of caution and a grain of salt, as we all know that Hallmark changes plans and schedules a lot. Also, the people who handle the social media pages don't always seem to know of some of the info that appears on the Hallmark website (such as schedule changes). I think they don't always have the latest info from their Programming Dept. (Just recently, someone asked the Facebook page team which royal/prince movie it is that was filmed in Ireland because she did not catch the title of it when she saw the commercial, and the Hallmark Facebook people were unable to tell the woman that the movie in question is Royally Ever After, even though the "filmed in Ireland" angle has been used in recent promos for the movie on the channel!)


      On their dedicated Countdown to Christmas Facebook page, I saw Hallmark mention in a couple of different replies to people that all 3 channels would be participating in the July festivities, and in one response they specifically said that Hallmark Drama's Christmas movies would be shown from July 23rd to the "end of the month." And then I checked that same page a couple of days ago, and I saw them say something different that did not include Hallmark Drama. My guess is that they will probably show some Christmas movies on Hallmark Drama at some point in July, but it could be something like one movie per night over that last week of the month, or just something more limited than what they are doing on the other 2 channels.

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    11. Anon...thanks for info. It would be so great if we get all three channels showing a week or more of Christmas. Almost a whole month of Christmas movies...Yayyy!!! We'll find out soon enough now.

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    12. Jim, I have the DirecTV Now “live a little” package, and it has both Hallmark and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. It’s the cheapest package option...

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    13. I really like the movies on HMM, but I've chosen not to pay for the channel. I have DirecTV and it's in a different movie bundle, and I don't want to pay anymore. Plus, HMM does not have a regular schedule lineup that would make it one I would watch almost at all outside of when new movies premiere. DirecTV offers a few week-long previews of the channel throughout the year and I watch and catch up on what I can during those times (one such preview is coming up this at the end of this week). It works for me, and I just keep hoping Hallmark pushes to get it moved out of the package sooner than later. I do really enjoy the HMM movies, but it's not worth it to me to add the package when I'd be doing so solely for this one channel and even then, it likely wouldn't be one I had on weekly. Unlike main Hallmark, they do not litter their weekend schedule with their original movies. Hope that helps.

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    14. Thanks Anon...Yeah I know about the "live a little" package having it. The problem is I have the "Go Big" package. I signed up for Directv Now in the very beginning so received the "Go Big" plan for $35...regular price for that plan is $60. Very strangely the H M&M channel isn't in the "Go Big" plan which is the HIGHER package. It's the only channel (H M&M) that is set up that way where it is only available in the lower package. So for me to get it I would have to lose my "Go Big" plan promotion and lose a bunch of other channels that I like in order to get that one channel and the price would still be the same...$35. Really a screw up by DTN. I was told I would get that channel also when I signed up but later found out it wasn't in higher package. Hoping they will add it to the higher package. So basically I would have to downgrade my package and lose a bunch of channels and pay same price to get H M&M.

      Thanks Toria. I pretty much feel the same way. In looking at schedule, I don't think it is worth to lose my current great package or change services at this point. I will just sign up for Sling also for the Christmas months.

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  2. Looking forward to most of these. The first Darrow & Darrow was very good and SSD is always the best. All of the new ones will make the watch list.

    Skipping Aurora and GSM in the future. Carry over from the WCTH aftermath. They've lost me as a viewer of their movies.

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    1. Oh yes, SSD is always a beautiful journey! This particular upcoming movie will be especially meaningful- because it is Norman and Rita's wedding!!! Oh, I can't wait to see it, and I keep hoping afterwards, we will hear of additional SSD movies on the way!!!

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  3. So Mystery U is also with Alison Sweeney?

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    1. I wondered the same thing, Sabrina. Are they separate, or is Alison involved in or producing both? Great question. I'm not sure. Another Hallmark mystery!!!

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    2. Joyce in CarolinaWednesday, May 02, 2018

      I'm wondering the same thing...we had not any news on Mystery U before had we?? Whatever it is I'm looking forward to seeing Alison. HMM put some her movies back on their schedule which delighted me greatly....but not Love On The Air. Can't understand what the problem is with that movie...they never show it.
      Thanks Net for always sharing the Hallmark news!

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    3. Mystery U as referred to Mystery University

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    4. I noticed that too Joyce, HMM is putting some of their drama movies back on, I am so happy. I saw Irresistible BB Farm, Strawberry Summer, The Love Comes Softly movies, and a few others I can't think of now, I was so happy as this was one of my wishes and reasons why I stopped watching HMM, they only played the mystery series over and over with Monk and Psych. I missed the drama movies. And since I can't get HM Drama, I am glad some are back.

      I have Love on the Air on my DVR from like 3 years ago, when it was still on HM channel. I watched it a few weeks ago, such a great movie.

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    5. Joyce in CarolinaThursday, May 03, 2018

      I know what you mean Sabrina...don't care for Monk & Psych. I recorded Love On The Air too. So glad I did since it's disappeared from the schedule.

      I just love this blog...we get to hear all the news from Net...she's totally awesome, and make on line friends too. Blessings to you Sabrina, Net and all who visit here!

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    6. How sweet, Joyce! Thank you!

      Plus, I absolutely agree with you both... it is so nice to see some past favorites return on HMM. I hadn't checked the HMM weeknight schedule, so I was pleasantly surprised the other night to see "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm!" That isn't one that pops up very often, but is always so fun to watch! Love Alison Sweeney in it, and of course Marc Blucas!!! It is, well... Irresistible!!!

      Blessings to you both!!! Net :)

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    7. Net, I noticed they're including non-mystery movies, I watched Puppy Love the other day. As much as I love the mysteries, I wish Hallmark would go back and put more emphasis on including other Hallmark movies, that are not mysteries. I can only watch so many repeats of mysteries.

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    8. Yes, there are so many good ones to keep in circulation, Jill! I also caught "Puppy Love" the other night. It's definitely not your standard mystery, but I guess a missing dog is still a mystery, right? (just kidding... I know it's not a mystery, it's a love story!) Anyway, I absolutely agree... it is good to see some non-criminal type mysteries/movies on HMM again, after all it is HALLMARK MOVIES & Mysteries. They shouldn't all have to be a Mystery.

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    9. Joyce in CarolinaSaturday, May 05, 2018

      Net...very witty! I laughed out loud at the "well, it's irresistible!" comment about blueberry farm! ;)

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  4. Ooh this sounds like a great summer line up--I love the Hallmark mysteries. Wish they would have one with the Flower Shop Mystery gang!

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    1. Oh, I agree, Jenny! Unfortunately, though, "Flower Shop Mystery" is no more. I know it's disappointing... I really enjoyed that one, too.

      However, we can look forward to having Brennan Elliott in "Crossword Mysteries!" I think that one sounds especially intriguing!!!

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  5. That’s awesome, Net! What’s your secret? How did you find out all this info? 😂

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    1. How sweet, thank you! This is one of Hallmark's latest press releases.

      When Hallmark sends them out I receive them, and then I share these releases with all of you!

      Glad you enjoyed this latest news!

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  6. Can't wait for Peete and Fox new mystery. LOVED the last one.Hope to see many more

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    1. Yes, "Morning Show Mystery" was a good who-dun-it with plenty of potential suspects! It is nice, I agree, to see it will return on screen - in July!

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  7. The last paragraph says "Summer Wraps Up..." which can only mean one thing: Countdown to Christmas is right around the corner! Can't wait to come to this site and see all the new films and learn a little bit more about them and the characters!

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    1. Oh yes... Christmas will be shortly thereafter, Brent! Fall Harvest will follow on the Hallmark Channel and I imagine these new Mystery movies might be spread throughout September and October... which then leads to Christmas, of course!!!

      Now, we may not have to wait until then to learn many of the movies that are coming. Hallmark has been releasing a few details, and I'm keeping the list of 2018 Christmas movies *here* this year, as the networks officially release titles or details.

      Thank you for sharing in the excitement, Brent!

      Blessings, Net

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  8. Although many of these look like winners, I was hoping to see a Gourmet Detective Mystery in there. Oh well...maybe come Fall.

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    1. Dylan Neal has said (just recently, in fact, in replies on his Instagram page) that he is pretty certain that Hallmark is done with Gourmet Detective. I don't think there will be anymore.

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    2. I am super put out that Gourmet Detective is finished. That series had me hooked! Which, for me, is saying something! Smart, witty, intriguing dialogue and characters. I will be sad to see it go........hope they release the movies on DVD!
      LB

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    3. Me too, LB! Brooke and Dylan's banter reminded me of the early Moonlighting episodes with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd.

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    4. I wish we would have some finalization with these mystery series. They begin and one by one we get invested in these characters and their lives, and then once the main couple gets together - they seem to just end there. That is disappointing news; I was hoping to see more of Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns, and Bruce Boxleitner solving crimes & mysteries together! That's too bad.

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  9. LOTS of movies happening this summer.....bring it on! Looks like a great line up and I am thrilled there will be a new SSD movie for us! A little sun, surf, and some who-done-it fun!!! Sounds like the perfect summer!!!

    Kerry:)

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    1. It sure does, Kerry! We are going to have so much fun soaking in the sun and all of these new mysteries!!! :)

      Blessings, Net

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  10. I enjoy your blog and info you provide. Will there be any new "Murder She Baked" movies with Allison Sweeney? They are playing some today I see. I was very disappointed that the "Flower Shop" mysteries ended.

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