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Virgin River star Colin Lawrence appearing in new Hallmark movie

Virgin River star Colin Lawrence will headline the new Hallmark movie Napa Ever After. Set among the vineyards of Napa Valley, the movie is a romance that stars Denise Boutté as a woman who inherits a family vineyard. Part of the Mahogany series, the movie will premiere this weekend as part of Hallmark Channel’s Summer […]

Three friends on a weeklong retreat rediscover their passions and purpose in the new Hallmark movie Girlfriendship. The movie, which will premiere as part of Hallmark’s Fall Into Love lineup, stars Tamera Mowry-Housley, Lyndie Greenwood, Krystal Joy Brown, and Brad James. It was directed by Keisha Knight Pulliam.

“Behind the scenes of all this Melanin poppin…#girlfriendssummergetaway,” wrote Mowry-Housley in an Instagram post promoting the movie.

“The last three weeks I made long lasting friendships, learned a lot about myself, worked with women who paved a way for me to see myself on screen and made a movie!” wrote Brown in her own Instagram post.

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In the movie, Mowry-Housley plays Samara Williams, a woman who is celebrating both her birthday and what looks like an upcoming promotion with a trip to Charleston with her two best friends (played by Greenwood and Brown). But a mistake during the booking process means the women aren’t staying in the city but on Edisto Island, where they are expected to take part in a back-to-nature “rewilding” retreat.

Though it’s not the vacation they had in mind, the women try to make the best of the situation. They soon find themselves learning more than they expected at the hands of the retreat leader, Ariella (played by Samantha Beaulieu), a descendent of the Gullah Geechee people of Edisto Island.

Samara meets Kareem, a handsome Gullah doctor with a secret dream of becoming a chef. She starts to listen to the call of her inner artist and finds herself painting again for the first time in years.

About the cast and director

Tamera Mowry-Housley starred with her twin sister, Tia, in the hit series Sister, Sister. She starred in the Disney movies Twitches and Twitches Too, as well as the TV shows Family Guy, Roommates, Hollywood Darlings, and Melissa & Joey. She has headlined several movies for Hallmark, including The Santa Stakeout (2021), Christmas Comes Twice (2020), and A Christmas Miracle (2019).

Lyndie Greenwood is a Canadian actress who has appeared in the TV shows Flashpoint, Covert Affairs, Saving Hope, Nikita, Sleepy Hollow, S.W.A.T., and The Expanse. Krystal Joy Brown has starred in the TV shows Castle, Englishman in L.A., Sydney to the Max, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Keisha Knight Pulliam is perhaps best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She has also starred in House of Payne, The Christmas Aunt (2020), Radio Christmas (2019), Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta (2019), and Jingle Belle (2018).

Girlfriendship will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, October 1 at 8/7c.

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The new Hallmark movie Marry Me in Yosemite will premiere as part of the network’s Fall Into Love programming event. The romantic comedy stars Cindy Busby, Lexy McKowen, and Tyler Harlow.

In the movie, Busby plays a photographer who needs help navigating the wilderness while on assignment in Yosemite National Park. Harlow plays an off-the-grid nature guide who agrees to help her out.

“To shoot in a place like Yosemite was awe-inspiring,” Harlow said in a recent interview. “It’s one of the wonders of the world, it really is. You really feel a spiritual sense there, it really has that gravity of power to it. To wake up every day and know that I was filming a movie at Yosemite was awesome.”

Both actors shared a brief video on Instagram showing a few behind-the-scenes moments.

“This is what @sweet_t_6 had to deal with while working with me on #marrymeinyosemite,” Busby wrote in the caption. “We had a BLAST and I know you’re all gonna absolutely love this movie and especially love this hilariously talented human!”

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According to a synopsis from Hallmark, Busby stars as Zoe, a photographer known for her “Zoe’s Best” series of books that showcase pictures of famous cities. But when her publisher suggests she make one about Yosemite National Park, Zoe finds herself out of her depth.

When she arrives, she is awed by the park’s beauty but is having trouble navigating her way around. A park guide suggests she work with Jack (played by Harlow) a conservationist and former rock climber who likes to stay off the grid. They work together and begin to develop romantic feelings for each other. Zoe explains that she wants to take the kind of photo that shows she is a true artist. But will her desire for perfection could cost her more than she is willing to give up?

About the stars

Cindy Busby is a Hallmark fan favorite, having appeared in two different series for the network: Cedar Cove (as Rebecca Jennings) and When Calls the Heart (as Marlise Bennett). She has also starred in the Hallmark movies A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love, Heart of Down Under, Wedding March 5: My Boyfriend’s Back, Chasing Waterfalls, and Romance in the Air. She also starred in Joy for Christmas, which premiered on Great American Family (the new network started by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott) in December 2021.

Outdoor enthusiast Tyler Harlow was a trained firefighter and EMT before landing a role in Water by the Spoonful. He is a professional model and has appeared in the movie Secret Diary of a Cheerleader.

Marry Me in Yosemite premieres on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, September 3 at 8/7c.

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Get ready for romance in Tuscany in the new Hallmark movie Unthinkably Good Things. The first in the network’s Mahogany series will feature Karen Pittman, Erica Ash, Joyful Drake, Jermaine Love, Lance Gross, and Luca Seta.

Hallmark Media announced in July 2021 that it would be making movies that reflect the company’s Mahogany brand.

“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 Hallmark 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.”

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In the movie, Karen Pittman plays Allison, who is living in Tuscany and has come to a crossroads in her life. When her two friends (played by Erica Ash and Joyful Drake) come to visit, the reunion causes each woman to reexamine the state of her own life and relationships.

According to a synopsis from the network, “While they have different personalities and perspectives, they know each other’s truths and help to make life-changing decisions.”

Pittman shared a photo on Instagram promoting the movie.

“Fall in love with your fresh start,” she wrote in the caption.

Luca Seta and Karen Pittman at the premiere of the new Hallmark movie Unthinkably Good Things.
Luca Seta and Karen Pittman at the premiere of the new Hallmark movie Unthinkably Good Things. (Image: Instagram/@thekarenpittman)

About the stars

Karen Pittman has appeared on the TV shows 30 Rock, Law and Order, The Americans, Luke Cage, and Homeland. A graduate of Northwestern University and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Pittman has also appeared on Broadway and in the films The Bourne Legacy, Begin Again, and Last Night.

Erica Ash starred in the comedy sketch show MADtv before taking roles in Legacies, The Big Bend, and Aquaman: King of Atlantis.

Joyful Drake starred in the TV shows Cuts and Let’s Stay Together. She has also appeared in the movies Catching Hell, Chasing Waterfalls, and You Can’t Hurry Love.

Hallmark began producing greeting cards aimed specifically at African American consumers in 1962, according to the company’s website. The Mahogany line debuted in 1987.

Unspeakably Good Things will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, August 28 at 9/8c.

Real-life couple Alexa and Carlos PenaVega are starring in the new Hallmark movie Love in the Limelight.

“GUYS!!! We have a NEW movie coming out THIS weekend!!! Saturday!” Carlos wrote in an Instagram post. “WITH – All new original music written by yours truly!”

In Love in the Limelight, Alexa plays Summer Rivera, who meets her long-time pen pal and teenage crush (played by Carlos).

“Nick Mendez comes into her life and just kind of opens up a whole new side of Summer that her family hasn’t even seen,” Alexa said in an interview to promote the movie.

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Carlos and Alexa have been married since 2013. Both devout Christians, they met at a bible study group in Los Angeles. They moved to Hawaii soon after their first child was born.

“We…knew that we didn’t want to raise our kids in Los Angeles,” she said in a recent interview. “I felt this tug in my heart. I felt it was God going, ‘You guys need to get out of here. It’s time.’ I didn’t want to move. I knew it was the right decision, but it wasn’t something that I was so excited about.”

The couple, who have three children together, recently released a book called “What if Love is the Point? Living for Jesus in a Self-Consumed World.” (It can be found on Amazon here.)

The PenaVega family on tour with Big Time Rush. Alexa and Carlos will star in a new movie for Hallmark.

About the stars

Alexa made her debut as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kid movie franchise in 2001. She went on to guest star on TV shows such as Unsupervised and Royal Pains, and appeared in the movies Hairspray, Broken Hill, and The Devil’s Carnival.

Carlos starred in the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush. He released his first solo album in 2014. He is currently on tour with Big Time Rush, and recently posted a photo on Instagram of his family on the road with him.

“People always ask me ‘WHY would you bring your family on tour?’ THIS is why!” he wrote. “No way Im spending 3 months away from the people that matter most to me. Don’t get me wrong. It’s hard. We had to pay for our own bus…And sometimes sleep is not guaranteed… but it’s been worth every penny and sleepless night. Love our little team like no other. If I’ve learned anything – fight for your family. Fight to be together when you can. And don’t take any moment for granted. We are not promised tomorrow. So make memories TODAY 🙂 That’s all I got! Love y’all!”

Alexa and Carlos have made a number of Hallmark movies together. In 2017 they starred in Enchanted Christmas. Love at Sea was released in 2018. They also played alongside each other in the Picture Perfect Mysteries series.

Love in the Limelight will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, August 6 at 8/7c.

A new Hallmark movie starring Lacey Chabert is in production in Hawaii. Groundswell, which is based on the novel by Katie Lee Biegel, will premiere in August on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

“Aloha y’all!!!!” Biegel wrote in an Instagram post. “First day on set of Groundswell! Could not be more excited! Pinch me moment! @hallmarkchannel @hallmarkmovie.”

Chabert replied to the post with, “So happy you’re here!!!!!!”

Groundswell was Biegel’s first novel. The Food Network star published the book in 2021.

From the set of her new Hallmark movie, Lacey Chabert responds to an Instagram post by author and celebrity chef Katie Lee Biegel.
Lacey Chabert responds to Katie Lee Biegel on Instagram. (@katieleebiegel/Instagram)

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According to a synopsis from the network, Chabert stars as Emma, an Atlanta-based chef who suffers a setback at work and decides to take some time off with a vacation in Hawaii. She meets a handsome surf instructor who helps her regain her confidence. The instructor will be played by Ektor Rivera, who starred in the 2021 Hallmark Christmas movie Sugar Plum Twist.

“I am a huge fan of Lacey’s movies, and she has been my dream choice to play Emma, from Day 1,” said Biegel in a statement to Deadline. “This project is close to my heart, and there is no one better to bring us along on Emma’s journey.”

A co-host of the Food Network series The Kitchen, Biegel has more than a million followers on Instagram. She lives in the Hamptons with her husband and her 20-month-old daughter, Iris.

Biegel began cooking at the age of 4 under the guidance of her grandmother. Her first cookbook, The Comfort Table, was released in 2008, soon followed by The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions (2009) and Endless Summer Cookbook (2015). Biegel sits on the Celebrity Board for Feeding America.

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Nikki De Loach and Andrew Walker in the Hallmark movie Curious Caterer: Dying For Chocolate. (Image: Crown Media)

Groundswell is Hallmark’s latest foray into the world of culinary drama. In February, the network debuted the rom-com Welcome to Mama’s, starring Lorraine Bracco and Melanie Scrofano as a woman trying to restore her family’s restaurant to its former glory.

In April, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries debuted Curious Caterer: Dying For Chocolate, a mystery starring Nikki DeLoach as a crime-solving chef, and Always Amore, starring Autumn Reeser as a widow trying to keep her late husband’s restaurant in business.

Groundswell will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on August 21.

The Hallmark movie Caribbean Summer will premiere as part of the network’s Summer Nights lineup. Starring Heather Hemmens and Ser’Darius Blain, the romantic comedy was shot on location in Belize.

“Vacation, islands, love!” wrote Heather Hemmens in an Instagram post promoting the movie. “What a dream it was to make this movie! So excited for you to see #CaribbeanSummer premiering June 11 at 8pm/7c! On @hallmarkchannel.”

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Heather Hemmens stars as Jude, a stressed-out TV producer who is sent on a mandated vacation after making an on-air gaffe. At first, she finds it hard to relax, but that all changes when she meets a handsome stranger. Unfortunately, she finds out something about the stranger (played by Ser’Darius Blain), which would prove a major scoop. Jade must decide whether to enjoy her vacation or break one of the biggest stories of her career.

About the stars

Ser’Darius Blain has appeared on the TV shows NCIS, Chicago PD, and The Vampire Diaries. He played Galvin Burdette on the CW revival of Charmed and Reggie Sadler in The Big Leap.

Heather Hemmens has starred in the OWN series If Loving You is Wrong and in the CW series Roswell, New Mexico. Caribbean Summer is her third movie for Crown Media Family Networks. She appeared in Hallmark Channel’s Love, Take Two in 2019 and Christmas in my Heart on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries in 2021.

In March, Hemmens announced that she had signed a multi-picture deal with Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark Channel’s parent company.

“Manifestation update!!” Hemmens wrote in the caption. “As a black girl from rural Maine, an offer to spread joy, love and fun with the @hallmarkchannel is a dream come true! And on #internationalwomensday! I’m overcome with gratitude. Thank you to the wonderful team at #Hallmark for this very official welcome to the family. I am honored!”

A network spokeswoman said Hallmark was thrilled to have the star on board.

“We are excited to sign this multi-picture deal with Heather Hemmens,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media. “Heather is such a pro at what she does, making every movie she works on unique and special. We are lucky to have her on-board, starring in multiple movies for us.”

Caribbean Summer will premiere on Saturday, June 11 on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c.

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The Hallmark movie Hidden Gems will debut as part of the network’s Summer Nights movie lineup.

Starring Hunter King and Beau Mirchoff, the romantic comedy was filmed entirely on location in Honolulu, Hawaii. King stars as Addie, the maid of honor in her sister’s destination wedding. During a paddleboard yoga session, Addie loses an heirloom ring that belonged to her grandmother when it slips off her finger and sinks to the ocean floor.

Hysterical, Addie becomes determined to get the ring back. She hires a dive instructor (played by Mirchoff) to look for it but insists on coming along. At first, they don’t get along, but as they spend more time together, they develop feelings for each other.

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In a recent interview, King said she had a blast working in Hawaii.

“My second day there I was driving to a wardrobe fitting and I missed my freeway exit and suddenly there wouldn’t be an exit for 11 miles,” she said. “So for 11 miles I was driving through the mountains surrounded by jungle and I just started laughing. It didn’t even feel real! I’ve never been lost in a more beautiful place and I was just feeling so grateful and giddy to be lucky enough to be where I was. But having family and my best friends come visit me was definitely a major highlight for me.”

She has plenty of advice for people who want to visit.

“I would definitely recommend spending a day at the North Shore,” she said. “There’s so much to do there between going to the beach and watching all the surfers to visiting the cute little shops and having shaved ice (that’s a must). There’s also this cute little outdoor cafe nearby called Farm To Barn that has the BEST bagels. Not to mention all the hikes that Oahu has to offer. Can’t go wrong with any of them!”

About the stars

Hunter King, star of the Hallmark movie Hidden Gems
(Image: Instagram/@hunterking)

Hunter King has played Summer Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless for more than 10 years. She has also had parts in the TV shows Dexter, ER, Workaholics, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Beau Mirchoff is a Canadian actor best known for his role on the TV show Narcos: Mexico. He has also played the character Jamie Hunter on the show Good Trouble for three seasons. Mirchoff has had parts on the series Heartland, Desperate Housewives, and CSI: Miami.

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The Hallmark movie Rip in Time will premiere as part of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries May lineup.

Starring Niall Matter and Torrey DeVitto, the movie is a play on the 18th century folktale Rip Van Winkle. In the legendary story, a farmer wanders into the woods and falls asleep for 20 years, waking only once the Revolutionary War has been fought.

In the Hallmark version, DeVitto plays organic farmer Sarah. After a storm tears through her upstate New York farm, she discovers a man in 18th century clothes wandering on her land. Going by the name Rip, he appears not to have any understanding of the modern world and claims that he was born in 1758. Sarah enlists the help of a sheriff’s deputy in figuring out who he is.

Sarah’s son and her father immediately take to Rip, and he helps her solve a variety of problems she has on the farm. In an attempt to help him determine his identity, she takes him to see several doctors in New York City. The only one who has any advice is a quantum physicist, who says it’s possible Rip is from the 18th century and there could be a way to get him back.

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DeVitto posted a photo on Instagram to promote the movie. In the caption, she shared the news that her father’s band is playing on the movie’s soundtrack.

“Fun fact: we used my dads band @theslimkings song ‘all fired up,’” she wrote.

DeVitto’s father, Liberty DeVitto, played drums for Billy Joel for more than 30 years. He has also worked with Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Carly Simon. He currently plays with The Slim Kings.

About the stars

Torrey DeVitto appeared on the TV shows King of Queens, Drake & Josh, One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. She played Natalie Manning on Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med.

She co-starred with Chad Michael Murray in the Hallmark Channel movie Write Before Christmas, and with Patrick Duffy in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries film The Christmas Promise.

Niall Matter is well-known to Hallmark audiences as Nick Miller in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. He also appeared as Shane Cantrell on When Calls the Heart. He has appeared in the Hallmark movies Engaging Father Christmas, Christmas at Dollywood, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, and A Christmas Together WithYou.

Rip in Time premieres on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, May 22 at 9/8c.

The Hallmark Channel movie Road Trip Romance will premiere as part of the network’s May lineup. The movie stars Natalie Hall and Corey Sevier, who embark on a road trip to get to a wedding on time.

In a recent post to Instagram, Hall promoted the movie with photos from the set

“I had the best time shooting this film with my favorite crew in Ottawa,” she wrote. “Hilarious cast! And with the wonderful director @thesamanthawan leading the way.”

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Hall plays Margo, who is trying to get home to Wichita for her sister’s wedding. As the maid of honor, she needs to get there early so she can take part in the bachelorette party and the rehearsal dinner. But her plans hit a snag and she is forced to make the trip with her high school rival (played by Sevier).

What starts out as a tense drive turns into an adventure, as the pair find themselves stranded at a Renaissance festival — and actually having fun

Hall shared photos of herself in costume on Instagram and thanked her mother for taking care of her baby while she was filming.

“Thank you to my sweet mum for traveling with me and making sure my little 5 month old was well looked after while I got to work on set — I couldn’t have done it without you. I feel so lucky and fortunate to have such a supportive producing team who empowers me and make it possible for me to be a working mom. Check out #Roadtripromance on the @hallmarkchannel this Saturday! Live tweet with me.”

Natalie Hall shares photos from the set of Road Trip Romance

About the stars

Natalie Hall had parts on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Good Wife before landing the role of Colby Chandler on All My Children. She appeared in Pretty Little Liars, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the CW reboot of the series Charmed. She starred in Hallmark’s Love’s Christmas Journey, which was based on the series by Janette Oke, as well as the Hallmark rom-com You’re Bacon Me Crazy.

Corey Sevier first appeared on a screen when he was six months old. Over the years, he has made more than 30 films, and had parts in the TV shows Cedar Cove, CSI: Miami, Heartland, Smallville, and Supernatural.

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