The CEO of Hallmark Media recently explained why the company decided to cancel its popular Mystery 101 series. In an interview with The Sun, Wonya Lucas touched on why the hit series would not be making a comeback on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
Fans were disappointed when Hallmark broke the news on its Facebook page in April 2023 that the series was finished.
“We loved making ‘Mystery 101’ and we’re so glad you enjoyed sleuthing along with us,” wrote the page administrator in response to a fan comment. “We want to let you know that our talented sleuths have solved the last mystery and are off the case. In the coming weeks and months there are exciting new mysteries on the way that we know you’ll love!”
In a post on Twitter, Kristoffer Polaha wrote, “Well kids, looks like the cat’s out of the bag. #Mystery101 has solved its last mystery.”
He went on to thank the fans and his co-stars.
“You are the most incredibly supportive fans ever!” he wrote. “We LOVE you! @JillWagner @robinthomas101 & I had the most amazing time entertaining you by bringing Travis, Amy, & Graham to life.”
The series debuted in 2019 with Mystery 101. Six more titles followed:
Mystery 101: Playing Dead (2019)
Mystery 101: Words Can Kill (2019)
Mystery 101: Dead Talk (2019)
Mystery 101: An Education in Murder (2020)
Mystery 101: Killer Timing (2020)
Mystery 101: Deadly History (2020)
In the series, Jill Wagner starred as Amy Winslow, an English professor with a knack for solving crimes. Polaha played a detective named Travis Burke. The two solved several cases together before becoming romantically involved.
In a March 2021 interview, Wagner talked about how much she adored Polaha, calling him “a great co-star.”
“…We get along really well, and I think more than anything, we have great on-screen chemistry,” she told TV Fanatic. “I think that’s really hard to find, and it’s not necessarily something you can always create just by casting two people, so I think Hallmark got really lucky with that.”
Fans were shocked when Amy and Travis broke up during the final movie, Mystery 101: Deadly History. As soon as they split, there was an 11-month time jump that showed Travis arriving at the crime scene of a murder with his partner. He sees Amy there and it’s her finance who is the victim in the case.
In a red-carpet interview with The Sun, Hallmark CEO Wonya Lucas talked about why the network would not revive the series.
“Well, we hadn’t done it in a long, long time, right? And we just brought the mysteries back. So, we’re just looking at mysteries a little differently now,” she said.
She added, “We’ve created some new mysteries, in addition to some that we’ve had in the past. So, it’s just an evolution of our mysteries. We’re just doing a lot of new things.”