Hallmark Channel said today it is boosting its original programming efforts, adding another scripted series to its schedule and two pilots to its development slate. The network unveiled during parent Crown Media’s upfront presentation in NY that it has greenlighted 10 episodes of When Calls The Heart, based on the book series by Janette Oke. The movie pilot is set to premiere October 5 and the series will debut in January 2014. It joins Hallmark’s first original scripted series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, the Andie MacDowell-starrer that premieres July 20 as a two-hour movie, followed by new one-hour episodes on Saturdays beginning July 27. Set in the Western frontier, Heart centers on young teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Poppy Drayton) who trades high society life for a classroom post in the prairie, determined to prove she is brave enough to live on her own. She learns through her aunt’s secret diary that she had been a pioneer woman herself, and uses it as a guide to embark on her own adventures.
Hallmark also announced today that it has given an early Season 2 order to the daily daytime lifestyle show Home & Family, which in November saw the departure of original host Paige Davis. Mark Steines and Davis’ replacement Christina Ferrare will return to co-host. The network also said it has acquired off-network rights to Home Improvement from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and will air the hit ’90s sitcom beginning in September. It joins recently acquired series The Good Wife, which will air in January 2014, and The Middle, which is set for March 2014.
Here are the network’s descriptions of the pilots in development: READ MORE »
In an arrangement that reflects the changing off-network options for serialized dramas, CBS’ The Good Wife has been sold in a complex multi-window deal that involves two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication, for what I hear is a combined license fee of nearly $2 million per episode. “This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today’s television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp.
Under the deal, the first three seasons of The Good Wife will become available on Amazon Prime tomorrow, with the current Season 4 coming later this year. Hulu Plus will roll out previous seasons of the show in September 2013, while Hallmark Channel will begin airing The Good Wife in January 2014. A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country, including the CBS O&Os, in a barter deal. Read More »
The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade will air on the Hallmark Channel on December 10 at 6 PM ET. This year’s Grand Marshal is Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Rat Pack). He’ll be joined by Lou Ferrigno, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paige Davis is leaving Hallmark Channel‘s new daily daytime lifestyle program Home & Family. She is taping her last episode today to air tomorrow. Co-host Mark Steines is staying on, joined by Christina Ferrare until a permanent co-host is found. “After much thought and careful consideration, and after close to three months away from her own home and family, Paige has decided to temporarily return to New York,” Hallmark Channel said in a statement to Deadline. “We deeply appreciate the contribution Paige made to Home & Family and for the warmth and talent she brought to the set each day. Talk show veteran Christina Ferrare will step into the co-host role through the holiday season and will begin appearing on air on Monday, November 19th.” Read More »
Hallmark Channel today announced that it has given green light to its first primetime series Cedar Cove starring Andie MacDowell. Stargate veteran Carl Binder will serve as showrunner on the series, which will film in Vancouver. Cedar Cove is based … Read More »
The owner of the Hallmark Channel says that its original movies are still working — and advertisers like the network’s daytime programming plans which include a two-hour daily show Home And Family and Marie Osmond’s Marie. Crown … Read More »
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Just when everyone assumed that the original television miniseries was either dead or restricted to being the loss-leader indulgence of HBO, up pops History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys in May to show the world that if you make a three-night event on a compelling subject with big stars (Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton) and a quality pedigree, the masses will still flock. Hatfields averaged nearly 14 million total viewers nightly, building to 14.3 million on Night 3 to become the most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable.
Despite that success, so few miniseries are being done that the TV Academy last year was obliged to merge TV movies and miniseries into a single category. There simply is no longer close to the number of ambitious, big-budget minis as were commissioned in the days of Roots (1977), Jesus Of Nazareth (1977), The Winds Of War (1983) and War And Remembrance (1988-89). When it happens now, it’s generally on HBO via the likes of Angels In America (2003), John Adams (2008), The Pacific (2010) and Mildred Pierce (2011). Yet even HBO’s once-abundant longform output has slowed in recent years just to a few projects annually. Blame the shifting economics of the TV business. Read More »
Former Trading Spaces host Paige Davis is set to co-host alongside Mark Steines the new Hallmark Channel weekday lifestyle series Home & Family, which premieres October 1. Home & Family, which has an order for 220 original two-hour … Read More »
Andie MacDowell is set to star in Hallmark Channel‘s two-hour pilot Cedar Cove. Hallmark Channel in March announced its foray into primetime series with two two-hour pilots, Cedar Cove and When Calls The Heart, which both … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Crown Media Family Networks’ SVP Barbara Fisher, who has overseen original programming for the company’s Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel since June 2007, will leave her post in a couple of weeks. For the … Read More »
Hallmark Channel made a slew of announcements today in conjunction with its upfront:
– The network officially announced a new daily daytime talk show hosted by Marie Osmond, which is slated to replace the departing Martha Stewart Show. Titled Marie!, the one-hour afternoon talker will start production shortly for a Q4 premiere. Associated Television International is producing. Additionally, Hallmark announced another new daytime series, Home & Family, which also will launch in Q4. Created by Woody Fraser, it has received an order for 220 two-hour shows over 44 weeks. Read More »
With The Martha Stewart Show coming to an end after Hallmark Channel opted not to renew it, the channel is in negotiations for a new daily daytime talk show, this time hosted by Marie Osmond. A rep for Hallmark … Read More »
After five seasons in broadcast syndication and two on cable, Martha Stewart’s daytime show is ending its run, at least for now. Hallmark Channel, where The Martha Stewart Show has been airing since fall 2010, has opted not to renew … Read More »
The owner of The Hallmark Channel had a happy story of its own to tell in 3Q as ad sales improved, marketing expenses dropped — and it recorded a big gain from a deferred tax asset. With that … Read More »
Hallmark Hall of Fame, the longtime TV movie franchise that ran on CBS for 16 years before it was dropped by the network in May, has landed a deal ABC beginning with the upcoming season. Under terms of … Read More »
Jonathan Chase is in final negotiations for the male lead in Cinemax’s 13-episode late-night half-hour dramedy Chemistry, executive produced by Bill Haber. Written by Richard Christian Matheson and Norman Steinberg, the series focuses on the complexity of the relationship between … Read More »
The impasse in the negotiations between AT&T U-Verse and Crown Media, the parent company of the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel, over a new carriage agreement resulted in the two channels gong dark for 2.3 million … Read More »