New Hallmark movie
Jansen plays Francesca “Frankie” Quinn, a former police forensics investigator who has become a private investigator in St. Benedict, Minnesota. When Frankie’s fiancé is murdered, her ex-boyfriend, Detective Wyn Rousseau (played by Dylan Bruce), is assigned to the case.
According to the network, “As the one-time couple teams up to unravel a serpentine plot and unmask a sinister killer, the investigation strikes at their hearts.”
Francesca Quinn, PI is one of several new mysteries Hallmark is releasing this year following the cancellation of some of its most popular mystery series. In 2021, Kellie Martin revealed that the network had canceled the Hailey Dean Mysteries, which were based on a series of novels written by Nancy Grace.
“I just found out that Hailey Dean is done at Hallmark,” she wrote in a December 1st tweet. “Really sad and sorry to report.”
Her co-star, When Calls the Heart’s Viv Leacock weighed in with, “I’m very disappointed to find out that we don’t get to keep doing this series of magic movies. @hallmarkchannel @hallmarkmovie I think we had some magic with this one. Myself and @Kellie_Martin heard from folks all around the world about how much they loved our show.”
The Matchmaker Mysteries and the Picture Perfect series were canceled. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries have likely been canceled following Candace Cameron Bure’s move to Great American Family, a new network started by Hallmark’s former CEO Bill Abbott.
About the cast
Raised in Australia, Mallory Jansen got her big break in the 2012 mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War. She went on to appear in the TV shows Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy. She played Queen Madalena in the series Galavant and Aida in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Jansen made her Hallmark debut in the 2020 movie On the 12th Date of Christmas. She also starred in the 2021 romantic comedy Her Pen Pal.
Dylan Bruce is a Canadian actor. He played Chris Hughes on the popular soap opera As the World Turns from 2007 to 2008. He also appeared on the TV shows The Sopranos, CSI: New York, NCIS, Orphan Black, and The Murders. In 2021, he played Joe Roberts in the Hallmark movie The Christmas Promise.
Francesca Quinn, PI will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, September 25 at 9/8c.