A new EMT drama called County Rescue is set to premiere on Great American Family. The show, which stars Julia Reilly, will be the first scripted series to debut on the network since it was founded in 2021 by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott.
In a statement to Deadline, Abbott talked about how the show was part of a strategy to introduce more original content on the network. He said that cozy mysteries would be next.
“We are continuing to build on the phenomenal growth of our media brand and are excited to now fully capitalize on the synergies now available with Sony and Great American Pure Flix,” Abbott said. “Our portfolio of content is a trusted source of family-friendly and faith-based entertainment, and our 2023 results greatly exceeded our expectations. “We are looking forward to having a positive impact on viewers and the entertainment business by creating quality content that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”
New EMT drama
In County Rescue, Stranger Things actress Julia Reilly stars as an EMT in training vying for one of three open spots on the team. The show also stars Stacey Patino, Percy Bell, Tim Perez-Ross, Riley Hough, Keller Fornes, Angel Luis, Kristin Wollett, and Brett Varvel.
The 5-episode first season will premiere on PureFlix — the streaming platform owned by Great American Media — on February 16. It will have its debut on Great American Family — the company’s cable network — on February 17.
Great American Family
Great American Family is one of two cable networks run by Bill Abbott, the former CEO of Hallmark Media.
Abbott made headlines in June 2021 when he announced he had partnered with Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners to purchase two networks in a deal Bloomberg estimated at $90 million. Programming on the two channels began in September 2021. One network, which has been renamed Great American Family, ran romantic comedies and TV series including I Dream of Jeannie, Full House, Fuller House, Who’s the Boss, and Bewitched. The other, Great American Living, airs lifestyle programs including First Time Flippers, Aloha Builds, Growing Up Gator, and Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen.
The company also unveiled a host of original holiday movies starring Hallmark favorites such as Jen Lilley, Danica McKellar, Trevor Donovan, Jesse Metcalfe, and Jessica Lowndes.
In April 2022, Candace Cameron Bure announced that she was leaving Hallmark to work with Great American Media in an executive role.
“I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose,” Bure said. “[Great American Media] fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision of creating compelling wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family. Great, quality entertainment with a positive message is what my partnership with [Great American Media] is all about!”
County Rescue will premiere on PureFlix on February 16. It will premiere on Great American Family on February 17.