Hallmark Channel’s ‘Good Witch’ Movies To Spawn Drama Series Starring Catherine Bell

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 11:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

goodwitchEXCLUSIVE: Hallmark Channel has greenlighted The Good Witch, a 10-episode original scripted series based on the network’s very successful movie franchise. The series will star Catherine Bell, reprising her role of raven-haired enchantress Cassie Nightingale from the TV … Read More »

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Dick Van Dyke To Do Arc On Hallmark Channel Series ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 5:00am PST

Dick Van DykeEXCLUSIVE: The 88-year-old TV legend has signed for a guest stint on the series about a group of mail detectives in the Dead Letter Office who will deliver every last lost and dead letter to its rightful owner just … Read More »

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Hallmark Channel To Develop Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores Novels Into Primetime Series

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 12:48pm PST

woodschesapeakeHallmark Channel will develop Sheryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores novels for a potential primetime series to launch in 2015. The deal, announced today by Harlequin, comes on the heels of an agreement between Harlequin MIRA and Woods that includes two new Chesapeake … Read More »

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It’s Official: Hallmark Picks Up ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ To Series

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 6:52am PDT

Hallmark Channel this morning confirmed our scoop that Martha Williamson‘s backdoor pilot/movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered starring Eric Mabius has been picked up to series with a 10-episode order for Q2 2014, marking Touched by Read More »

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Hallmark Channel Picks Up ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ Starring Eric Mabius To Series

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hallmark Channel is expanding its scripted portfolio. I’ve  learned that the cable network has given a 10-episode order to Signed, Sealed, Delivered (formerly Dead Letters) ahead of the backdoor pilot’s October 12 premiere as … Read More »

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT

Hallmark Channel‘s Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove has been renewed for a second season. It will premiere in 2014. Based on Macomber’s novels, the Andie MacDowell-starrer has been a ratings hit for Hallmark. Since the series launched on July 20, … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Marie’ To Depart Hallmark Channel, Eyes Fall 2014 Syndication Launch

UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Hallmark Channel has released a statement confirming that it isn’t picking up a second season of Marie, saying the network is focusing on “quintessential lifestyle service shows that inform and entertain our viewers with how to, tips and ideas for living their best lives” during daytime rather than the syndie talk shows Marie currently competes with. The statement follows the original break.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 3:11 PM: Marie Osmond’s daily talk show will not return to Hallmark Channel for a second season. Instead, we’ve learned that Associated Television International, the company behind Marie, will be taking it out for a syndication launch in fall 2014. We hear talks with station groups are already underway, and that the plan had always been to make the show available to other outlets as part of a broader multi-platform strategy. Marie, which marked Osmond’s return to daytime television, premiered on Hallmark last fall when it replaced The Martha Stewart Show. Osmond recently has drawn attention for her stint as guest host on CBS’ The Talk.

Here’s the release: Read More »

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Hallmark Dates ‘Dead Letters’ For October

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 12:28pm PDT

The original movie from Touched By An Angel executive producer Martha Williamson will premiere Saturday, October 12 at 9 PM. Dead Letters, which stars Eric Mabius and Kristin Booth, was announced as part of Hallmark‘s development slate in … Read More »

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Hallmark Cards Says It May Take Crown Media Private

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT

The disclosure in an unusually dense SEC filing led to a 19.2% pop today in the share price for the parent of the Hallmark Channel, taking it to a two-year high. The greeting card company already controls 90.3% of … Read More »

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘When Calls The Heart’ Adds Cast; ‘Cedar Cove’ July Premiere Set

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT

UPDATED: Erin Krakow (Castle, Army Wives) and Daniel Lissing (Last Resort, Crownies) have joined the cast of When Calls The Heart. The one-hour original scripted series set to premiere in January 2014 on the Hallmark Channel … Read More »

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Hallmark Channel Adds Second Original Series ‘When Calls The Heart’, Renews ‘Home & Family’

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 12:53pm PDT

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 »

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‘The Good Wife’ Off-Network Rights Sell To Amazon, Hulu, Hallmark Channel, Broadcast Syndication For Nearly $2M An Episode

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 8:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Hollywood Christmas Parade To Air On Hallmark Channel Dec. 10th

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 10:37pm PST

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 »

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Paige Davis Exits As Co-Host Of Hallmark’s ‘Home & Family’, Christina Ferrare To Fill In

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 2:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Hallmark Channel Reaffirms Series Order To ‘Cedar Cove’ Starring Andie MacDowell

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 2:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Crown Media Q2 Revenues Up As Hallmark Channel Ad Sales Improve

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 6:51am PDT

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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EMMYS: Made For TV/Miniseries Economics

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 2:01pm PDT

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine

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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 »

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Paige Davis To Host New Hallmark Channel Daytime Show ‘Home & Family’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hallmark Channel Paige DavisFormer 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 »

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Andie MacDowell To Star In Hallmark Channel’s First Drama Series ‘Cedar Cove’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Andie MacDowell Cedar CoveAndie 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 »

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