Demetrius Grosse and Keesha Sharp in the new Hallmark movie Spring Breakthrough. (Image: Hallmark Media)

The new Hallmark movie Spring Breakthrough will premiere this weekend on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. The film stars Keesha Sharpe as a single mother who finds love when she least expects it. Rhyon Nicole Brown plays her daughter and Demetrius Grosse plays the man who steals her heart.

New Hallmark movie

In Spring Breakthrough, Keesha Sharp plays Monica, a mother looking forward to her daughter’s annual spring break trip home. But her excitement is tempered when she loses her job and finds out that her daughter (played by Brown) won’t be returning home. Instead, her daughter announces that she is engaged to a young man named Shawn (played by Akono Dixon).

The news comes as a shock to Monica, since she didn’t even know that her daughter was seeing someone. Convinced that her daughter is too young to be married and is making a huge mistake, Monica packs her bags and heads to The Gulf Shores for the engagement celebration, secretly determined to put an end to it.

On the way, she meets Clark Randall (played by Grosse) at the airport, who also happens to be Shawn’s godfather. The two spar over what she perceives to be his juvenile attitude. But as she learns more about Clark, Monica begins to have a change of heart and finds that she might be ready to open herself up to love once again.

Mahogany series

The movie is part of Hallmark’s Mahogany series, a collection of films based on the card brand of the same name.

“Mahogany is a beloved brand by millions of consumers around the world and we are thrilled to bring the brand to life on screen with this first new movie,” said Toni Judkins, senior vice president of programming development at Crown Media – Mahogany. “We are committed to telling beautiful, emotionally rich, authentic stories that show Black women experiencing the joys of love through romance, sisterhood and community.”

The first movie in the series premiered in 2022. Unthinkably Good Things starred Karen Pittman, Erica Ash, and Joyful Drake as friends who find romance during a journey through Tuscany.

The cast of Unthinkably Good Things, one of eight new movies coming to Hallmark in August.

Famous location

Spring Breakthrough was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama. The movie showcases the beauty of the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear.

In an interview with Southern Living, Sharp said she loved filming in Alabama.

“Most of the things in Fairhope were family run…What I loved about it was it felt like it was [a sense of] community, which you don’t get a lot in cities,” she said. “It felt like they cared about their town.”

About the cast

Keesha Sharp is a renowned actress, writer, director, and producer. From 2002 to 2008 she starred on the CW comedy series Girlfriends, a role that won her a nomination for an NAACP Image Award.

She has appeared on the TV shows Cold Case, American Crime Story, Are We There Yet, Empire, and Lethal Weapon.

Demetrius Grosse starred in Straight Outta Compton, Saving Mr. Banks, and This is Martin Bonner. He has also appeared on the TV shows Justified, Criminal Minds, ER, NCIS, Heroes, Bones, Dexter, CSI: Miami, and Frontier.

Spring Breakthrough will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, April 30 at 7/6c.

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