Friday, July 28, 2017

TCA NEWS! HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES - Returning Favorites & New Suspense!



HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES ANNOUNCES
NEW INSTALLMENTS OF RETURNING FRANCHISES,
ALL-NEW MOVIES FROM AL ROKER, JUDY SMITH
AND UPCOMING ORIGINAL WORLD PREMIERES

New Movies for Popular Mystery Franchises “Garage Sale Mystery,” “Aurora Teagarden,” “Gourmet Detective,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Hailey Dean Mysteries,” and “Fixer Upper Mystery” Will Return to the Network

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – July 27, 2017 – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the premiere television destination for thrilling mysteries, will present a slate of new, original world premiere movies for its upcoming program schedule. Cable television’s fastest-growing network unveiled plans for new movie installments of its returning popular mystery franchises, along with two newly developed deals: one with Al Roker (“Today”) that stars Holly Robinson Peete (“Chicago Fire,” “Angel of Christmas”) and one with crisis management expert, Judy Smith. The announcement was made today as part of Crown Media Family Networks’ bi-annual TV Critics Association Press Tour.

Viewers will be treated to more of their favorite mysteries with new installments of “Garage Sale Mystery” starring Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House”); “Aurora Teagarden” starring Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”) and Marilu Henner (“Taxi”); “Gourmet Detective” starring Dylan Neal ( Fifty Shades of Grey ) and Brooke Burns (“The Chase”); “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” starring Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Primeval: New World”) and Geoff Gustafson (“Rogue”); “Hailey Dean Mysteries” starring Kellie Martin (“ER,” “The Guest Book”) and “Fixer Upper Mysteries” starring Grammy Award nominee Jewel and Colin Ferguson (“The Vampire Diaries”).

Building on these audience favorites, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will release new, original world premieres. These highly anticipated mysteries include “Darrow & Darrow” (working title) from Emmy Award ® Winner Phoef Sutton (“Cheers,” “Boston Legal”) starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Father of the Bride”), Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash,” “Ed”) and Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”) and “The Midnight Show Murders,” based on the book penned by Al Roker and Dick Lochte, which will star Holly Robinson Peete. Also new to the network is the original world premiere movie “The Adjuster,” which is loosely based on the real-life experiences and professional work of Judy Smith, crisis management expert and inspiration for the TV series “Scandal.”

Viewers have made Hallmark Movies & Mysteries the home for mysteries on cable television, as reflected in a raise in ratings continuing in 2017. The second quarter of 2017 tied the fourth quarter of 2016 as the network’s highest quarter ever among Total Day HH delivery, and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie Premieres during that quarter were up year over year by +59% among W25-54. Most recently, June 2017 became the network’s highest June in history among Total Day HH, W18-49, A18-49, A25-54, and Total Viewer delivery, and became Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ second highest month ever behind an astronomical December 2016 among Total Day HH delivery.*

“Our viewers have really responded to the suspense, sleuthing and thrills in our original movies, and we are excited to deliver even more high quality mystery content through the rest of the year and in to 2018,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “We know they will love the new installments of their favorite franchises and are confident that they’ll embrace the new mysteries we have in store.”

* Source: The Nielsen Company:
2Q17 (3/27 – 6/25/17)
4Q16 (9/26 – 12/25/ 16)
June 2017 (6/29 – 7/25/17).
Total Day (Mon – Sun 6A - 6A).

via: Pam Slay, George Zaralidis -- CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS --

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-- end of Hallmark Press Release --

20 comments:

  1. No more Murder She Bakes it would appear - I wondered if we'd reached the end of the line when they got engaged in the most recent movie. I'll miss these but look forward to more of the series they are continuing.

    Thanks for your dedication in keeping us up to date, Net!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, I don't want it to ever end. I guess we know there will be no new "Murder She Baked" movies for the near future, but you never know next year! I'm still hopeful, especially if fans keep expressing an interest. I keeping hoping they will, at least, give us the wedding!

      So glad you love it, Julie... as much as I do!!!

      Thanks for sharing, too, how much you enjoy "It's a Wonderful Movie!" Means so much to me!!! :)

      Blessings, Net

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  2. I hate to be a complainer but I was disappointed in not seeing more Murder She Baked in the list. Hopefully we will sometime next year.

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    1. I miss seeing it, too! It's such a great cast - I would love to see how all of their stories might progress. Let's keep hoping and letting Hallmark, plus Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Lisa Durupt, and Barbara Niven know how much we love the series!!!

      Thank you for commenting, Becky, and sharing your love of "Murder She Baked"!

      Blessings, Net

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    2. I wonder if it has to do with the break due to Alison Sweeney working on a few Hallmark movie projects this past year.Just Desserts, Blueberry Farm and I believe a Christmas movie also. (+ Mathison has been busy with Hallmark projects also).

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    3. Yes, Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Barbara Niven, and Gabe Hogan have many various projects on Hallmark and other other networks! Also, since Alison Sweeney was injured in a skiing mishap at the beginning of the year, and later recquired surgery, this may have changed her filming schedule up a bit.

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    4. This seems to be a minor thing. We could be seeing a month of Murder She Baked series sometime (much like the Garage sale mysteries) as writer Joanne Fluke has many Hannah Swenson mysteries available for movie production.

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    5. As long as Hallmark, the writers, and actors are into it - I can't see why not. Surely Hallmark would green-light more if the creative team is willing.

      Plus -- You are so right, regarding the books, there are plenty of more stories to tell!!!

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  3. Does this mean that Brooke Shields Flower Shop Mystery series is no longer being produced?

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    1. I'm not sure there is any hope for "Flower Shop Mystery" movies to return, but one never knows. Each time new mysteries are listed, I'm sure many of us "Flower" fans will continue to look for it.

      Thank you for asking, Cecil. Wish I could give you a more positive answer on this one.

      Blessings, Net

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    2. I REALLY hope Brook Shields comes back. She is such a awesome actress as I was looking thru the email I was hoping her series would be on here. Fingers cross we see something SOON!

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  4. Murder She Baked is my favorite! So sad to not see it listed!

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    1. I know, Jennifer - I'm disappointed, too! I'm so not ready for "Murder She Baked" to end!

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  5. There's a new movie that will be a part of hallmark's fall harvest, called "Harvest Love" starring Jen Lilley and Ryan Paevey

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    1. Yes Jen and Ryan have this on their twitter, they are filming now. I am so excited for Fall Harvest, I want it to be here tomorrow :)

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    2. Yes! I love that title! Did you see the cute candid pics Jen Lilley and Ryan Paevey took together at the TCA event - as they shared their new movie? They looked like they were having so much fun- I bet they will have great chemistry in their movie!

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  6. What??? No more Murder She Bakes! That was my favorite of all the mystery series on HMM. The last show seemed off to me...like it was missing key ingredients that have been stirred in all the rest of the series! The banter was off between the characters, the setting was off, not Hannah’s original house, the fun upbeat music between was not there...in general the writing seemed different and did not gel right with the other movies! I thought it was darker and not as light hearted. I know it is a mystery, but the other movies had that. I thought how Mike & Hannah were finally a couple and Norman was out of the picture was a big skip from the last movie. While watching the last movie I kept thinking did I miss one, because this one did not flow well at all! It lacked, it was too dry and it was baked too quickly. I believe the viewers were expecting more and we didn’t get it and it looks like we might not ever.

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    1. Well, there are no new Murder She Baked movies, yet... but, you never know next year. I agree, things did seem to flow a little differently in the last movie as it transitioned from the typical love triangle - to eventually the engagement. I kept feeling sorry for poor Norman, even if I've always been on Team Mike!

      Thank you for commenting! :)

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  7. I thought at the beginning of the year it was reported that Hallmark M&M was planning a movie based on Stay at Home Dead by Jeffrey Allen and starring Brennan Elliot. Any news on that? Is it still in the works?

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    1. Kara - Unfortunately, the movie you are referring to, Stay At Home Dead - was all set to go, and Brennan Elliott revealed in an interview with Ruth Hill (see HERE!) that there were some other issues that occurred which caused himself and the Hallmark execs to pull out from this project. For now, Brennan shared it's on hold. (I know, bummer, huh?)

      But, Brennan Elliott will be pretty busy filming the All of My Heart sequel, and I'm hoping for another Hallmark Christmas movie, too, but we'll see!!!

      Thank you for asking! Blessings on your day! Net :)

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