Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Love At The Shore" - Hallmark Announces First Movie For "Summer Nights!"

Hallmark Press Release:





Co-Stars Hallmark Channel’s “Happy the Dog”

Amanda Righetti image via: Chase Rollins /
Peter Porte image via: Sean Costello Photography

STUDIO CITY, CA – April 19, 2017 – Principal photography began in Georgia this week on “Love at the Shore,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, July 29 (9 p.m. ET/PT). “Love At the Shore” stars Amanda Righetti (“Colony,” “The Mentalist”) and Peter Porte (“Baby Daddy,” “The Young and the Restless”). The film also co-stars “Happy the Dog,” Hallmark Channel’s two-year-old adopted Jack Russell Terrier mix. Happy the Dog is one of two rescued pets belonging to Crown Media Family Networks, and the animals are the heart of the company’s mission to showcase the joys shelter pets bring to our lives and to ending pet homelessness.

Happy the Dog- image: Hallmark Crown Media

“Love at the Shore” tells the story of author Jenna Thompson (Righetti), a mother of two young children whose summer vacation plans take a turn when the family arrives at their summer rental and meets the neighbor of the adjoining duplex: stubborn, unconventional, and attractive surfer Lucas McKinnon (Porte). Jenna is neat and methodical, while Lucas rolls with and revels in life as it comes. As Lucas and Jenna spend more of the summer together, he finds a softer side of himself while dealing with Jenna and her children and Jenna realizes she may have been too quick to judge a book by its cover.

“Seasonal programming events are a winning formula at Hallmark Channel,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity.

“‘Love At the Shore’ is a terrific addition to our ‘Summer Nights’ programming event, six all new, original movies dedicated to fun, sand, and romance,” Vicary concluded.

“Love at the Shore” is a Crown Media Productions film. Stan Spry is the executive producer. Steven Monroe directs from the screenplay by Laura Grant and Nicole Baxter.


Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88.5 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing” and “Frasier.”

My Take...
If you are loving Spring and can't hardly wait to dive into Summer, then this movie news is for You! This is the First Movie to be officially announced for Hallmark's "Summer Nights" event! Did you  notice that Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity at Hallmark, shared in the press release above - there will be SIX all new original movies for "Summer Nights!" So far, that's the most for any of Hallmark's special block of movie themes this year. Course, Christmas will far surpass that! Nothing can top Christmas! Another fun element to this movie is that it will include Hallmark's two-year-old adopted Jack Russell Terrier mix - Happy the Dog! I'm sure he will be adorable in it!

Coinciding, almost at that same time with the premiere of "Love At The Shore," on Saturday Night will be the return of "Chesapeake Shores," which will air on Sunday Nights, beginning July 23!

As far as the actors go in "Love At The Shore," TV Movie fans may recognize Peter Porte from last year's Christmas movie "A Cinderella Christmas," which aired on ION.


  1. Aw, how cute does this one sound?? I love that Amanda Righetti co-stars as her character was one of my favorites on The Mentalist. YAY for Hallmark and their amazing line up. As with Spring Fling, I'm sure their Summer Nights campaign will be lovely. :)

    Already excited!

  2. Happy the dog was from 7th Heaven as Happy

  3. Another dog movie? Seems like every Hallmark movie these days has a dog.

  4. This looks cute, but........ I'm kind of skeptical about completely new people joining the Hallmark team. I'll try to be open minded.

  5. I remember A Cinderella Christmas as I caught it late one night around Christmas. It was a riot. Peter Porte was fairly handsome as the Prince, but he was completely clueless when it came to finding his true love.

    xoxo, Em

  6. I'm becoming a "YUGE" fan of Hallmark's seasonal movies, Net. Seems like they are taking larger steps every year to draw families together for great entertainment and I, for one, am loving it! Looking forward to spending some time at the "Shore" with this one...

  7. I knew I recognized the guy from something. I saw the Christmas movie and I think he's also the same guy on Baby Daddy on Freeform.

  8. Chesapeake Shore #1 FanThursday, April 20, 2017

    Thanks Net for mentioning Chesapeake Shores! I love the series and all the actors in it! Can't wait to see it's return. I like this movie title Love at the Shore, but I hope people don't get confused and think it's also Chesapeake Shores.

    Anyway, great
    post! Can't wait for Summer Nights! ⏰🌅😃

  9. Weren't there 6 Valentine movies on Hallmark?

  10. ooh thanks for the reminder of Porte being on A Cinderella Christmas, I really enjoyed that one and he's quite handsome. I love Amanda, too, she was great on Colony.
    How does this adopted dog thing work? Where does the dog actually live? In any case, unlike an earlier commenter, I'm loving all the movies with loveable pets ♥


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