No Candace? No problem. Hallmark revives Aurora Teagarden Mysteries without its star
Hallmark has a new Aurora Teagarden Mysteries movie in the works. Filming will begin soon on Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New, a prequel to the popular mystery series that starred Candace Cameron Bure in the title role.
Skyler Samuels will take on the role of Aurora “Ro” Teagarden, a crime-obsessed librarian who lives in the small town of Lawrenceton, Washington. Hallmark favorite Evan Roderick will play Arthur Smith, while Marilu Henner will reprise her role as Aida, Ro’s formidable mother.
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Fans were worried they wouldn’t see a new movie in the franchise after Candace Cameron Bure left Hallmark Media to work with Great American Family, a new network started by Hallmark’s former CEO Bill Abbott.
Bure played the role from in 18 films for Hallmark Media from 2015 to 2022. In the last one, Haunted By Murder, she was joined by her daughter, Natasha Bure, who played a younger version of Aurora in a series of flashbacks.
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In a statement to ET Online, a Hallmark spokeswoman said the company was excited to revive the series.
“Our viewers have been waiting for more adventures with Aurora and her friends — what better way to do that than to take them back to when the young, amateur sleuth was just coming into her own?” said Emily Merlin, development manager of programming at Hallmark Media. “The Aurora Teagarden franchise is a fan favorite and we’re excited to share this new chapter with viewers.”
In Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New, Skyler Samuels will portray a young Ro Teagarden who returns to her hometown following college graduation. She supports herself by working as a teacher’s assistant in a crime fiction class and waitressing at the local diner at night, where she shares her love of researching true crime with her friend, Sally, and police officer, Arthur (Roderick).
When Sally’s fiancé doesn’t show up at their wedding rehearsal, maid of honor Aurora gets Arthur to help her search for him. When they discover a body, everyone assumes it is Sally’s tardy groom, but when it turns out to be someone else, Sally’s fiancé becomes the main suspect.
Skyler Samuels got her start on TV working for the Disney Channel. She had roles on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, That’s So Raven, and The Wizards of Waverly Place.
She has also appeared on the TV shows American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Rookie, and Scream Queens.
Samuels recently starred in and executive produced the television movie The Gabby Petito Story. She also starred in Lifetime’s Switched Before Birth.
Hallmark has not yet given a release date for Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New. The movies are based on a series of books by author Charlaine Harris.