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Alison Sweeney will star in new Hannah Swensen

Alison Sweeney will return as everyone’s favorite baker-turned-detective in a new Hannah Swensen movie. But Cameron Mathison won’t play the romantic lead in this one. Instead, Victor Webster will step in. “I’ve always loved working with Victor — from our years in daytime [TV] to our work together on ‘The Wedding Veil,’” Sweeney said in […]

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Hallmark is filming three new Wedding Veil movies. Star Lacey Chabert revealed the news during a recent appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show.

“We’re going to be back,” Chabert said.

The Wedding Veil trilogy, which aired earlier this year on Hallmark, starred Chabert, Alison Sweeney, and Autumn Reeser, as three college friends who discover an antique wedding veil rumored to bring true love to its owner. In The Wedding Veil, Chabert’s character meets the man of her dreams. In the sequel, The Wedding Veil Unveiled, it was Reeser’s turn to meet a handsome stranger. And in The Wedding Veil Legacy, Sweeney found her happily ever after. The movies were among the network’s most-watched films of the year.

Three new Wedding Veil movies

During her appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show, Chabert talked about how happy she was to appear in Hallmark movies.

“I think now, more than ever, like, we just need some goodness in the world,” Chabert said. “People come up to me all the time and they go, ‘You know, it’s my husband and I, it’s our favorite thing to do together. This movie has helped bring my family together.’ So I consider it an honor to be a part of.”

Chabert shared with the audience that she had starred in 33 movies for Hallmark Media. Fallon claimed to have seen every one of them.

“I watch them with my dad,” he said.

Chabert then asked if he wanted to be in one.

“Like, I have some stuff next year,” she said. “I would love to be in one with you.”

Wedding Veil Trilogy

The Wedding Veil trilogy made headlines when it premiered on the Hallmark Channel in January 2022. Fans were excited to see three of their favorite stars together in three different movies.

And while the focus of each movie was true love, Chabert said that the story was really about the friendship between the women.

“I think the sisterhood is at the heart of these stories,” Chabert said during a Facebook Live event to promote the third film.

Reeser agreed, saying that the relationship between the three characters reminded her of her own friendships in real life.

“The love stories that have meant the most to me in my life are the love stories between me and my friends,” she said. “I think friendship gets put in a second-place position and for so many of us, those are the relationships that carry us through our life.”

New movies

Chabert didn’t reveal much about the new Wedding Veil movies, other than the fact that the first one will premiere in January 2023.

In a recent interview, Hallmark star Alison Sweeney talked about the possibility of a new Murder, She Baked movie. Sweeney, who plays amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen in the franchise, said she will do what she can to make sure the series continues.

“…Believe me, I am a big fan of Hannah Swensen and if I can make that happen, I will,” she told Us magazine.

Hallmark last released a Hannah Swensen movie in August 2021. Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery was the six movie in the series, which are based on the cozy mystery books by author Joanne Fluke.

A new Murder, She Baked movie

Sweeney, who starred in the 2022 Countdown to Christmas movie A Magical Christmas Village, said she enjoys playing baker-turned-sleuth Swensen.

“I love making those movies,” she said during an interim with Us magazine. “Those are my favorites to be honest.”

Hallmark released the first of the movies, Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery, in 2015. The film followed bakery owner Hannah Swensen, who finds her friend and delivery driver, Ron (Jason Cermak), shot to death behind her shop. Swensen helps local police detective Mike Kingston — played by Cameron Mathison — to solve the murder.

Four more movies followed: Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (2015), Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery (2016), Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe (2016), Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts (2017). Fans had to wait four years for a new movie. In Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery, Sweeney’s character was preparing for her wedding to Mike when she finds a dead body.
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Sweeney said she would love to make more of the Chronicle Mysteries series.

“I love that series. I love that show,” she said. “Unfortunately, it’s, like, not my decision. But believe me, if ever there was interest, I would be ready to take it up again.”

Canceled Hallmark mysteries

Hallmark mystery fans were shocked earlier this year to find out that several of their favorite mystery series were canceled.

“I just found out that Hailey Dean is done at Hallmark,” Kellie Martin wrote on Twitter. “Really sad and sorry to report.

Kellie Martin and Viv Leacock in Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill
Kellie Martin and Viv Leacock in Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill. (Image: Crown Media)

Also canceled were the Matchmaker Mysteries and the Picture Perfect Mysteries.

Fans found out that Aurora Teagarden was also finished when Candace Cameron Bure announced she was leaving Hallmark to work with the new family-friendly entertainment company Great American Media.

Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney rose to fame playing Samantha “Sami” Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. She also hosted the series The Biggest Loser from Season 4 to Season 16.

In addition to the Murder, She Baked and Chronicle Mysteries movies, Sweeney has starred in the Hallmark films Love on the Air, The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, Christmas at Holly Lodge, and Time For You to Come Home For Christmas.

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Actress Alison Sweeney has signed a multi-picture deal to produce and star in content for the Hallmark Channel.

“Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, executive vice president of programming at Hallmark Media. “She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

“I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer,” said Sweeney in a statement through the network.

New Christmas movie

As part of the deal with Hallmark, Sweeney will appear in and serve as an executive producer for the Countdown to Christmas movie “A Magical Christmas Village.”

According to a synopsis from Hallmark, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter, Chloe. When her mother Vivian (played by Marlo Thomas), moves in, she sets up an heirloom miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Luke Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community. Ryan and Summer learn they share much in common. As they spend more time together, Ryan slowly helps Summer learn to open her heart to love again. Meanwhile, living under the same roof gives Summer and Vivian the chance to mend fences as the holiday nears and, perhaps with a little help from the magic of the Christmas village, the family will be brought closer together.

Autumn Reeser and Alison Sweeney in The Wedding Veil
Autumn Reeser and Alison Sweeney in The Wedding Veil. (Image: Crown Media)

About Alison Sweeney

Sweeney began her acting at age four and at age 16, she joined the cast of “Days of Our Lives,” playing the Emmy-nominated role of Sami Brady. She also hosted 13 seasons of NBC’s inspirational series “The Biggest Loser,” has hosted numerous live television specials, and made many guest-starring appearances on popular television series and true crime podcasts. Sweeney serves as an Ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer and American Humane Association and is a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America.

Sweeney has headlined more than a dozen movies for Hallmark Media (formerly Crown Media) over the years. She has played amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen in the film series Murder, She Baked, which is based on the cozy mystery books by Joanne Fluke.

She starred in The Irresistible Blueberry Farm (2016), Christmas at Holly Lodge (2017), Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (2019), Good Morning Christmas! (2020), Open by Christmas (2021), Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas (2021), The Wedding Veil (2022), The Wedding Veil Unveiled (2022), and The Wedding Veil Legacy (2022).

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