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Everything we know about Season 7 of Chesapeake Shores

Will there be a Season 7 of Chesapeake Shores? Hallmark Channel wrapped up the sixth season of its hit series Chesapeake Shores on October 16. The finale was jam-packed with plot developments. Kevin and Sara have their baby, Evan proposed to Abby, Mick turned the family business over to Abby, Luke and Bree broke up […]

Will there be a Season 7 of Chesapeake Shores? Hallmark Channel wrapped up the sixth season of its hit series Chesapeake Shores on October 16. The finale was jam-packed with plot developments. Kevin and Sara have their baby, Evan proposed to Abby, Mick turned the family business over to Abby, Luke and Bree broke up and kinda got back together, and Megan and Mick got remarried.

Most fans were thrilled with the way the story lines wrapped up.

“Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ending to a stunning series!” wrote one Chessie on Facebook. “I sobbed my heart out.”

Some have already decided that six seasons isn’t enough. There are already two petitions on Change.org asking for Hallmark — or Great American Family — to renew the series for Season 7.

Season 7 of Chesapeake Shores

Chesapeake Shores has been a staple of Hallmark programming since it premiered in 2016. Based on the best-selling books by author Sherryl Woods, the show followed a single mother (Meghan Ory), who returns to her small coastal hometown following a divorce. She is immediately thrown back into the drama of her large family and she reconnects with ex-boyfriend Trace Riley, who was played by Jesse Metcalfe. The show also starred Dianne Ladd as the family’s formidable matriarch, Nell O’Brien, and Barbara Niven and Treat Williams as Abby’s parents. Brendan Penny, Emilie Ullerup, Laci Mailey, Jessica Sipos, and Andrew Francis also starred in the show.

Fans are petitioning for Season 7 of the Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores
Fans are petitioning for Season 7 of the Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores.

For six seasons fans watched the O’Brien family navigate the ups and downs of their lives. Metcalfe dropped out of the series shortly before filming began on Season 5. After his character left town, a handsome, eccentric billionaire (played by Robert Buckley) turned up in Chesapeake Shores. He eventually won over Abby with his charms.

‘Comforting and entertaining’

Some fans have decided that more seasons of the show are needed. So far, two petitions have been started on Change.org to save the series.

“‘Chesapeake Shores’ is a family-friendly, family-oriented, comforting and entertaining show that we’d love to see renewed by Hallmark Channel or picked up by another network (Great American Family?)” reads the text of one of two petitions on Change.org. “It’s perfect for the entire family to watch and has an extremely loyal following, even as it closes out its 6th year. For anyone who thinks you can never go home, this show inspires otherwise. And in these trying times, people need this type of uplifting programming to remind them of what’s important. We’re hoping that the producers will either convince Hallmark to change course and renew them for a 7th season, create a spinoff with many of the same characters, or else convince another outlet to pick them up.”

The text of the second petition reads, “For six seasons we have followed the O’Brien family and seen them through many ups and downs. The show can’t end now. Not when there are so many stories left to tell such as Jess and David having a baby and Connor and Margaret representing Dennis Peck for his trial. Please sign this petition so we can see this and so much more. We need this show back. If not for more seasons than at least for a few movies.”

The petitions can be accessed here and here.

Chessies, what do you think? Do we need more of the O’Brien family?

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Fans tuned in to the Chesapeake Shores series finale on Sunday for one last evening with the O’Brien family. In the final episode of Season 6, “All Or Nothing,” Chessies met Kevin and Sara’s new baby, saw Evan propose to Abby, and watched Megan and Mick say “I do” all over again.

“Just watched the finale,” wrote one fan on Facebook. “Sad to see it sign off, but an awesome closing show to a wonderful, enjoyable series. Great writing, great acting, and great crew. Thank you for all the evenings of lovely entertainment you have given us!”

“Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ending to a stunning series!” wrote another fan. “I sobbed my heart out.”

Chesapeake Shores series finale

The series finale was jam-packed with both action and emotion. After struggling with fertility issues and a miscarriage, Kevin and Sara had a healthy baby boy and named him Mick.

Mick Sr. then turned over the family business to Abby with the parting advice not to let it take over her life. Evan asked Abby to marry him. Luke broke Bree’s heart, before showing up at Mick and Megan’s wedding, giving audiences hope that they might make it after all.

Mick and Megan’s wedding went off without a hitch. The couple seemed to have resolved their issues and were planning to travel the world after their big day.

A fond farewell

Cast members have been sharing emotional posts on Instagram.

“I’ve been going through my photo album from this final season and want to share some special moments and memories,” wrote Barbara Niven in an Instagram post. “You #Chessies have become so dear to us, thanks for making it possible. Thanks also to all the people behind the scenes who made this show possible, including @hallmarkchannel, @dpaulsonprods, the producers, writers, cast and crew. I will never forget you.”

Treat Williams weighed in with his own post.

“Thank you @hallmarkchannel and @dpaulsonprods for Six great years playing Mick Obrien. I will miss this cast,” he wrote.

The Chesapeake Shores series finale was filled with emotion.
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Chesapeake Shores premiered on Hallmark Channel in 2016. Based on the best-selling books by author Sherryl Woods, the show followed a single mother (Meghan Ory), who returns to her small coastal hometown following a divorce. She is immediately thrown back into the drama of her large family.

In addition to Meghan Ory, Barbara Niven, and Treat Williams, the series also starred Diane Ladd, Brendan Penny, Emilie Ullerup, Laci Mailey, Jessica Sipos, and Andrew Francis. Actor Jesse Metcalfe appeared on the series for the first four seasons playing Trace Riley, the on-again, off-again love interest of Abby O’Brien. He dropped out of the series shortly before filming began on Season 5.

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Sara and Kevin have good news on Chesapeake Shores. In the episode “That’s All There is to That” Sara (Jessica Sipos) surprised Kevin (Brendan Penny) with the announcement.

“…Sometimes there isn’t the ‘right time’ to share certain news, you know?” she said. …“I’m determined not to be terrified or stressed by the ‘what-ifs.”

Sara and Kevin have good news

Sara and Kevin have faced a long road when it comes to fertility. In Season 5, Sara found out that she had endometriosis and might not be able to get pregnant.

“I haven’t even worked up the nerve to tell Kevin yet,” she confided in Jess.

Jess replied, “One way or another you will find a way to fill your arms with babies.”

After Sara told Kevin, they went to another doctor for a second opinion. This time, the doctor told the couple they could still have children. She said to try for another six months and then if they had no luck, they could look at other options.

Soon after, Sara fell off a ladder. At the hospital, she found out she was pregnant. Kevin and Sara were overjoyed to find out they were expecting. But their happiness turned to grief when she suffered a miscarriage soon after.

Hard times

Both Kevin and Sara were devastated. Sara told Kevin she didn’t want anyone to find out, but he ended up telling his parents. Sara was furious until Meg told her she had her own miscarriage.

This time when Sara shared the news about her pregnancy, she said she was going to try not to worry about what was to come.

“We have to promise each other that we’ll just move forward, be positive and just hope for the best,” she said. “I’m determined not to be terrified or stressed by the what-ifs.”

Chesapeake Shores airs on Hallmark Channel on Sundays at 8/7c.

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Will Diane Ladd be back for the final season of Chesapeake Shores? Chessies have been asking after her since the show’s premiere.

“Where is Nell??” one fan wrote on Facebook. “It’s not the same without her.”

The sixth and final season of the popular Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores premiered on August 14. While fans were thrilled to see the O’Briens again, many have chimed in on social media that they miss the family’s matriarch.

“Everything she says is profound,” another fan wrote. “She is an amazing woman.”

Will Diane Ladd be back?

Hallmark has not said whether Ladd will return this season. On the show, her character is making a trip to Ireland. Fans say they have missed her presence, as well as the bits of wisdom she regularly dispatches, which fans call “Nell’s Nuggets.”

“You should always like who you love, but you don’t always have to love who you like,” is one. “The love you share around the table is often more important than the meal you have on top of it,” is another.

Will Diane Ladd be back this season on Chesapeake Shores?
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Ladd, who will turn 87 in September, has portrayed Nell since the show premiered on Hallmark Channel in 2016. In an interview to promote the series, she called Nell O’Brien “a lady of wisdom.”

“And some morality,” she added. “…She’s gentle. She’s a harmonizer. She loves family. And that’s kind of nice and she brings the family together. So her modus operandi is love.”

About Diane Ladd

Ladd has won more than 35 awards for acting in her lifetime, including a British Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Film Award, and the Cannes’ Palme d’Or Award. She has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Academy Awards for the films Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart, and Rambling Rose.

She has also written the books “Spiraling Through the School of Life – A Mental Physical and Spiritual Discovery,” and “Find Your Miracles.”

A native of Mississippi, Ladd attended finishing school in New Orleans, where she also launched her acting career. She is a distant cousin of Tennessee Williams.

In a 2013 interview, she lamented the quality of television being made following the cancelation of her series Enlightened.

“I can’t tell you how many people when I’m doing my book signings come up to me and say, ‘Why, why, why did they take that series off? It was the best series,’” she said. “You know how bad TV is today. It would be nice if we could get some more great shows on it. And it’d be nice if we can get some great shows where nobody’s being killed, tortured, or murdered.”

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The moment Chessies have been waiting for is right around the corner! After a drama-filled Season 5 finale, fans have been desperate to find out what is going on with the O’Brien family. Here is everything we know so far about Season 6:

1. Connor is Alive (Woo hoo!)

Perhaps the most shocking moment of the Season 5 finale was when Connor O’Brien (Andrew Francis) collapsed in the driveway of the O’Brien house while talking with his paralegal Margaret. He had been battling stress and a bad heart all season, following a legal battle with his former employer.

But previews for Season 6 show the handsome guy tucked up in a hospital bed with his family around him. Don’t know if he’s going to have any more cardiac episodes, but for now, he is safe.

2. There’s a new Margaret in town

In Season 5, Connor met a gorgeous, brilliant paralegal at his new firm. When he decided to set up his own practice, she helped. They also shared a lot of lingering glances and one very sweet kiss.

While Margaret is back, this season she is played by actress Mariesa Crouse.

Treat Williams and Barbara Niven introduced her in a video they posted to Instagram. The three went hiking on a day off from filming, and then found an amazing donut shop that they raved about:

3. Abby picked Evan….maybe?

At the end of Season 5, Abby told her sister she had finally decided between the two men who were interested in dating her. In true cliffhanger style, she didn’t reveal to the audience whether she chose mild-mannered schoolteacher Jay or zany billionaire man-child Evan.

Fast forward to two weeks ago, when Hallmark released a clip that shows a luxurious yacht anchored in the water in front of the O’Brien house. Evan appears in a tux and Abby comes down to meet him in….sweats.

“I don’t think I’m dressed for this date,” Abby says.

“You have never looked lovelier,” he replies.

(Swoon.)

The next thing you know, she is in a green ball gown and the two are dancing aboard the boat. Case closed. Or is it?

We all know how much Hallmark likes to keep us guessing. Could this scene just be a dream sequence? Will we find out that it was just something Abby imagined while she and Jay were waiting for a table to open up at Golden Corral?

4. Luke and Bree are together. Probably

Another preview shows Bree (Emilie Ullerup) and her high-school friend Luke (Stephen Huszar) walking hand-in-hand. Luke returned to Chesapeake Shores last season and began working at The Bridge. He finally admitted to Bree that he had been in prison and that he was still on parole. If Bree had any misgivings, she appears to have gone over them. The two looked quite cozy in the Season 6 previews.

Seven things we know about Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores. (Image: Crown Media)
Connor lives! (Image: Crown Media)

5. Mick and Meg are back on

Season 5 was a strange one for Mic (Treat Williams) and Meg (Barbara Niven). The couple, who divorced when their children were little, grew steadily closer until they announced they were getting back together as a couple. But when Meg had a chance to work at a prestigious gallery in California, Mick became angry. He also appeared to be abusing the pain meds he was prescribed following an accident with his plane.

But in the clips Hallmark has released, the two appear to be back on track, and there are no signs of Mick needing rehab. Yay.

6. David’s dad is on the run

In Season 5, Jess (Laci Mailey) and David (Carlo Marks) were shocked to find out his father had stolen money from his trust fund. It turns out his father had been accused of some illegal dealings and has fled the country.

In a Season 6 preview, David receives a phone call from his dad. Will this turn out to be a misunderstanding or is Dennis Peck looking at extradition and hard time?

7. Kevin and Sarah are hanging in there

In Season 5, Sarah (Jessica Sipos) had a miscarriage. She was so devastated she asked Kevin (Brendan Penny) not to tell anyone, but he ended up confessing to his parents. Sarah was furious until Meg came to visit and told her that she too had a miscarriage. That moment of understanding served to heal some of the bad feelings between Kevin and Sarah, but it will be interesting to see where are now. Could there be a Baby O’Brien by the end of the season?

Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, August 14 at 8/7c.

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Meghan Ory was pregnant while filming Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores. The actress announced the news on Instagram in a post celebrating the end of shooting Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores.

“I started this season with #hyperemesisgravidarum and ended it with #covid — it has been quite the run!,” she wrote, “thank you so much to our amazing cast and crew for having so much patience with me while I tried not to barf on anyone.”

Ory, 39, has a son with her husband, actor John Reardon. In an Instagram post announcing the birth of her son, Ory shared a photo of herself right before he was born.

“Feeling very grateful to say goodbye to my built in coffee table and hello to Baby who is here and healthy! So much gratitude this #canadianthanksgiving,” she wrote.

Months later, she shared a photo of herself feeding her son.

“Anyone else get the #breastfeeding face smash?! #momlife,” she wrote.

Meghan Ory shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her son on Instagram.
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Meghan Ory pregnant

Ory’s fans and her castmates responded with enthusiasm to the news that she is expecting.

“BRAVA bella,” one wrote in a response to the post. “You are strength incarnate.”

Robert Buckley, who plays Ory’s love interest on Chesapeake Shores, replied with, “You are unstoppable.”

Ory has played Abby O’Brien on the hit Hallmark series since it debuted in 2016. Based on a series of books by Sherryl Woods, the show followed a single mother (Ory), who returns to her small hometown in Maryland following a divorce. She is thrown right back into the drama of her large Irish family and reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Trace Riley, who was played by Jesse Metcalfe on the series.

Fans were shocked when Metcalfe announced he was leaving the series shortly before filming began on Season 5.

“I just felt that there wasn’t really anything else I could do with the character,” he said in an interview.

Writers introduced a new character in Season 5, an eccentric billionaire developer who falls for Abby despite their widely different personalities.

About Meghan Ory

A native of Victoria, Canada, Ory made her television debut in the film The Darklings. She went on to star in the series Higher Ground, The Outer Limits, and Dark Angel. In 2006 she made her Hallmark debut on the mini-series Merlin’s Apprentice. While filming the show she fell for her co-star, John Reardon. The couple married in 2008.

From 2011 to 2016 she played Ruby Lucas/Little Red Riding Hood on the TV series Once Upon a Time. After starring in the Hallmark movie Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow, she was cast as Abby O’Brien in the network’s new series Chesapeake Shores.

Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, August 14 at 8/7c.

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Hallmark has released a preview for the sixth and final season of Chesapeake Shores, and it looks like Abby picked Evan. In the 22-second clip, Evan (played by Robert Buckley) arrives at the O’Brien house looking all James Bond-y in a tuxedo. He has anchored a luxury yacht offshore (as you do), and Abby (Meghan Ory) comes down to the dock wearing sweats and looking embarrassed.

“I don’t think I’m dressed for this date,” Abby says.

“You have never looked lovelier,” he replies.

In the next shot, the two are slow dancing aboard the yacht, and Abby has magically changed into a green ball gown.

Swoon.

Abby picked Evan

Season 5 ended on a romantic cliffhanger for Abby. In the finale episode, she confided in her sister that she had made a choice between the two men pursuing her. One was schoolteacher Jay Ross (played by Greyston Holt) and the other was Evan Kincaid, a billionaire man-child who was one of the family’s clients.

However, she didn’t reveal her choice to the audience. Unless the clip Hallmark released is some sort of dream sequence (which would NOT be cool, Hallmark), it looks like Abby chose Evan.

Unfortunately, not all fans approve of him.

“Evan needs to leave right now,” one fan wrote on the Chesapeake Shores Facebook page. “He is not the man for Abby.”

Another agreed, but for more selfish reasons.

“Evan can make a move on me,” she wrote.

Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores

Fans were thrilled when Hallmark announced the series would come back for another season. But many were disappointed to find out it would be the show’s last.

Based on a series of novels by Sherryl Woods, the show follows a single mother (Ory) who returns to her small coastal hometown following a divorce. She immediately gets caught up in the problems of her large family. She also reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Trace Riley, who was played by Jesse Metcalfe.

Shortly before production on Season 5, Metcalfe announced he was leaving the series.

“I just felt that there wasn’t really anything else I could do with the character,” he said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Writers immediately introduced a new love interest for Abby. However, she wasn’t the only one who found romance in Season 5. Connor fell for his paralegal Margaret, and Bree reconnected with a friend from high school.

The stars of the show, who have been sharing behind-the-scenes photos on social media, say the final season is going to be full of surprises.

“This is by far the best season we’ve had yet, and we hope you will love watching it as much as we loved making it,” Barbara Niven wrote in an Instagram post.

Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores will premiere on Sunday, August 14 on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c.

Hallmark has announced a date for the Season 6 premiere of Chesapeake Shores. The sixth and final season of its hit series Chesapeake Shores will air in August.

“The rumors are true!!” read a Tweet from the network. “Chesapeake Shores returns to Hallmark Channel on August 14! Come see what the O’Brien family has been up to! What are you most excited about #Chessies?”

Hallmark Channel announced a date for Season 6 premiere of Chesapeake Shores.

Fans weighed in with what they want to see during Season 6.

“Hopefully #BabyObrien for Kevin + Sarah!” wrote one.

“Connor recovering from heart attack! More Margaret!” wrote another.

Chesapeake Shores Season 6

The stars of the series have been sharing photos from the Vancouver Island set on social media.

Barbara Niven, who plays Meg O’Brien on the series, posted a photo from her last day of shooting.

“This is by far the best season we’ve had yet, and we hope you will love watching it as much as we loved making it,” she wrote. “I’m not going to say goodbye. But I will say this, which is an old Irish blessing that I think Nell would say too: ‘Until we meet again… May God hold you in the palm of his hand.’”

“My last time in the Chesapeake hair and makeup trailer,” wrote Treat Williams. “Thank you all.”

Based on a series of books by Sherryl Woods, Chesapeake Shores debuted on Hallmark Channel in 2016. The show follows a single mother (played by Meghan Ory) who returns from New York City to her small hometown following a divorce. She reconnects with her ex Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe) and is thrown back into the drama of her large family.

Metcalfe surprised fans when he decided not to return for Season 5 of the series. In an interview with ET, he said it was time to move on.

”Life’s all about growth,” Metcalfe said. “I tend to put myself in challenging situations because I feel like that’s the fastest way to grow. No one saw this decision coming for me to leave Chesapeake, but sometimes the hardest decisions are the best ones to make and the ones that you grow the most from.”

Season 5 finale

Season 5 ended with several cliffhangers. Connor (Andrew Francis) collapsed from a suspected heart attack. Mick (Williams) and Meg (Niven) had an argument following their reconciliation.

Abby (Ory) chose between the two men who were pursuing her, and Bree (Emilie Ullerup) started a new relationship.

Chesapeake Shores Season 6 will premiere on Sunday, August 14.

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Filming is wrapping up on Chesapeake Shores Season 6. Cast members have been sharing photos and videos on Instagram of the set, many saying how sad they were to be saying farewell to the show.

“Goodbye O’Brien house. You have been a comfort for six lovely years,” wrote Treat Williams in an Instagram post.

A shot of the Vancouver Island house that doubles as the O'Brien home on Chesapeake Shores
The O'Brien House (Image: @treat.williams2/Instagram)

Castmate Jessica Sipos responded with two hearts. Barbara Niven added, “Loved sharing our last scene at the O’Brien house tonight. So hard to say goodbye.”

A fan also weighed in, calling the Vancouver Island home that doubles as the O’Brien house “a character in itself.”

Meghan Ory shared a behind-the-scenes photo with Emilie Ullerup, captioning it, “Reunited!! #sisters @emilie.ullerup #chesapeakeshores season 6 #lasthurrah.”

Emilie Ullerup and Meghan Ory on the set of Chesapeake Shores Season 6
Emilie Ullerup and Meghan Ory on the set of Chesapeake Shores. (Image: @officialmeghanory/Instagram)

Chesapeake Shores Season 6

Fans were thrilled when Hallmark Channel announced it was bringing back Chesapeake Shores for a sixth season. They were sad to hear it would also be the show’s last.

“Don’t understand why you are getting rid of such good shows,” one wrote on Twitter. “Did the same thing with Cedar Cove.”

Chesapeake Shores was the third show Hallmark canceled in 12 months. The series Good Witch ended in July 2021. The lifestyle series Home and Family aired its final episode in August 2021. In the wake of these cancellations, Hallmark announced it would be filming two brand new primetime series, The Way Home and Ride.

Behind-the-scenes on Chesapeake Shores

Cast members have been posting photos and videos from the set.

“For no reason,” wrote Williams in the caption of a selfie with Brendan Penny and Robert Buckley.

Emilie Ullerup posted a selfie with Meghan Ory and Laci Mailey.

“Hello,” she wrote, “it [is] us.”

On the set of Chesapeake Shores Season 6. Emilie Ullerup, Meghan Ory, and Laci Mailey

In another snap, she showed the cast gathered around a dinner table for a scene.

On the set of Chesapeake Shores Season 6
On the set of Chesapeake Shores Season 6. (Image: @emilie.ullerup/Instagram)

Barbara Niven, who plays Meg O’Brien on the show, shared a video from her day off with co-stars Treat Williams and newcomer Mariesa Crouse.

“Sunday fun day with two of my favorite peeps on the island Treat Williams and Mariesa Crouse. We hiked to two different waterfalls, then found this incredible donut shop. I love to share food with people. My fantasy is to go into a restaurant one day and walk around and try one bite off of everybody’s plate.

If you don’t know Mariesa yet you will meet her this season in Chesapeake Shores. Meanwhile you can follow her @mariesacrouse!”

Hallmark Channel hasn’t announced when the new season will premiere. Season 5 had its debut in August 2021.

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The new season of Chesapeake Shores

The cast and crew are hard at work on the new season of Chesapeake Shores, the Hallmark original series based on the book series by Sherryl Woods. Hallmark announced on March 29 that the show was coming back for a sixth and final season.

“We are so proud of Chesapeake Shores, a show that has captured imaginations and was reaching a natural conclusion, and we decided to wrap up the show on a high note in the sixth and final season, which premieres later this summer,” a network spokesperson wrote on Twitter.

The reaction from fans has been mixed. While some are glad they get one more season with the O’Brien family, others feel betrayed.

“Don’t understand why you are getting rid of such good shows,” one wrote on Twitter. “Did the same thing with Cedar Cove.”

Chesapeake Shores is the third series Hallmark has canceled in the past 12 months. In July, Good Witch ended after seven seasons. The final episode of the lifestyle program Home and Family aired in August.

With Chesapeake Shores ending after this season, Hallmark will have only one original program still on the air: When Calls the Heart. The show’s co-creator, Brian Bird, has already started encouraging fans of When Calls the Heart to support bringing the series back for another season.

A viewer responds to Hallmark's announcement that Chesapeake Shores will finish after Season 6.
(Image: Crown Media)

The new season of Chesapeake Shores

The stars of the show have been posting behind-the-scenes looks on Instagram. Robert Buckley, who joined the show in Season 5, shared a photo with the caption, “Aaaaaaaand we’re back. Chesapeake Shores sixth and final season, let’s go!!”

Barbara Niven posted a photo with a caption promising the final season would be the best one yet. Season 5 ended with a series of cliffhangers, so the pace is expected to be fast and furious in the Season 6 opener.

Here’s what we know so far:

Filming began the second to last week of March.

A Vancouver Island newspaper reported on March 27 that cast and crews were shooting scenes in the area.

Connor isn’t dead.

This is a big one, since he collapsed during the Season 5 finale from a suspected heart attack. But Andrew Francis has assured fans on his social media that his character will be back for the season. Phew.

A new face is joining the cast.

In Season 5, Connor opened his own law practice in Chesapeake Shores and ended up falling for his paralegal, Margaret. Though Raylene Harewood played the role last season, actress Mariesa Crouse is taking over for Season 6.

Evan is still in town.

In the Season 5 finale, Abby O’Brien (Meghan Ory) told her sister she had decided between the two men pursuing her. Unfortunately, the audience never got to find out which guy she picked. Fans have been left wondering if she will date the wealthy, eccentric businessman Evan (played by Robert Buckley) or Jay Ross (played by Greyston Holt), her daughter’s teacher.

Neither Buckley nor Ory has revealed whether their characters will be an item. However, the fact that Buckley is already on set means fans can expect more antics from Evan this season.

There will be 10 episodes.

This one is great news. Season 1 had only nine episodes, and Season 4 had only six.

The series will premiere this summer.

Though Hallmark hasn’t given an exact date, it has told fans to expect the first episodes in summer 2022.

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Filming has started on Season 6 of Hallmark Channel’s Chesapeake Shores. A Vancouver Island newspaper posted photos of the cast and crew shooting scenes for the next season of the series, which Hallmark confirmed would be the last.

“With a top-notch ensemble cast and creative team, Chesapeake Shores has shared stories that are relatable, poignant and unforgettable,” said Laurie Ferneau, senior vice programming of series, in a press release. “We look forward to honoring the journey viewers have been on with the O’Briens with one final, special season.”

The Parksville Qualicum Beach News reported that shooting would take place in different locations in the coming week.

A photo from the Parksville Qualicum Beach News
(Image: Parksville Qualicum Beach News)

The news confirms what one of the show’s stars had been hinting about on Instagram. Treat Williams posted a photo of his family last week, saying he would miss them when he went to Canada. Though Chesapeake Shores is set in coastal Maryland, the show is filmed on Vancouver Island.

On Friday, he shared a photo of a coastline with the caption, “Good morning. Dawn in the Pacific Northwest.”

“Omg are you filming Chesapeake?” one fan asked.

“Filming Season 6,” another wrote with prayer emojis.

Chesapeake Shores

Based on a series of books by Shery Woods, Chesapeake Shores debuted on Hallmark Channel in 2016. The show follows a single mother (Ory) who returns from New York City to her small hometown following a divorce. She reconnects with her ex Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe) and is thrown back into the drama of her large family.

Metcalfe surprised fans when he decided not to return for Season 5 of the series. In an interview with ET, he said it was time to move on.

”Life’s all about growth,” Metcalfe said. “I tend to put myself in challenging situations because I feel like that’s the fastest way to grow. No one saw this decision coming for me to leave Chesapeake, but sometimes the hardest decisions are the best ones to make and the ones that you grow the most from.”

Season 5 cliffhangers

The Season 5 finale of Chesapeake Shores aired in October. The episode included several cliffhangers. Meg (Barbara Niven) and Mick (Treat Williams) O’Brien began to argue after agreeing earlier in the season to reconcile. Mick appeared to have a growing addiction to painkillers following a plane accident.

Connor O’Brien (Andrew Francis) collapsed in the driveway of a suspected heart attack. Abby O’Brien (Meghan Ory) finally chose between the two men pursuing her, though the audience never found out which guy she picked.

Hallmark Channel has not announced when Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores will premiere. The last season premiered in August 2021.

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