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A first look at Hallmark’s new movie The Jane Mysteries: Inheritance Lost starring Jodie Sweetin and Stephen Huszar

Hallmark has released previews for its new movie The Jane Mysteries: Inheritance Lost starring Jodie Sweetin and Stephen Huszar. In the clip, Jodie Sweetin stands onstage in the spotlight, wearing a sequined evening dress and bright red lipstick. “She’s about to go from center stage to the scene of the crime,” a narrator says. Jodie […]

Jodie Sweetin’s new Hallmark movie is a mystery

Full House star Jodie Sweetin has a new Hallmark movie in the works. The actress took to social media to share that she recently filmed a movie for Hallmark Media. “I was very quiet in February,” she said in a video shared on Instagram. “I was in Toronto working, I was doing a new Hallmark […]

Hallmark star is cooking up something sweet in new mystery

Hallmark star Ali Sweeney is working on a new mystery movie for the Hannah Swensen series. “In case you haven’t heard …. We’re back!!!” she wrote in an Instagram post. “@cameronmathison & I are working on a new #HannahSwensen mystery with @barbaraniven & @hoganfilm ! and we can’t wait to enjoy another delicious whodunnit with […]

James Denton and his son Sheppard will pair up onscreen in the new Hallmark movie Perfect Harmony. It’s the first time the two have appeared onscreen together since Hallmark’s 2016 movie For Love and Honor.

“James Denton has long been an audience favorite and we can’t wait for viewers to see him showcase his musical talent in this role,” said Elizabeth Yost, senior vice president of programming at Hallmark in a statement to Variety. “The story is fun and full of heart, and sharing the screen with his son Sheppard is an added bonus.”

The movie, which will feature original music composed by Jack Lenz, also stars Sherri Saum, Barrett Woodward, and Julia Benson.

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In the movie, James Denton plays laid-back former pop star Jack. Sherri Saum plays buttoned-up college professor Barrett. When their best friends decide to tie the knot, Jack is asked to be the best man, and Barrett is asked to be the maid of honor. Though they have never really clicked, they decide to put their differences aside so their friends can have the perfect wedding.

According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “At the engagement party, Barrett is horrified to learn Jack’s plan for party music was nothing more than a playlist. She guilts him into performing but he insists she join him on stage, much to his son Teddy’s (Sheppard Denton) dismay as Barrett also happens to be his professor. Jack and Barrett bring down the house with their duet and with that, the frost between them begins to thaw. As Jack and Barrett continue to spend time together leading up to the wedding, they surprisingly find themselves getting along. Slowly, they begin to change their perceptions of each other and find they may be more in tune than either of them would have imagined.”

About the cast

James Denton rose to fame playing Mike Delfino on the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. He has appeared in the movies That Old Feeling, FaceOff, and Primary Colors. For seven seasons he played Dr. Sam Radford on the Hallmark series Good Witch.

He reunited with his Desperate Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher in the Hallmark movie A Kiss Before Christmas.

Sherri Saum got her break playing Vanessa Hart in the NBC daytime soap opera Sunset Beach. She won an Emmy for the role in 1999. She went on the play Keri Reynolds in One Life to Live and Natalie in the FX drama series Rescue Me. In 2012, Saum was cast along with Teri Polo in the lead roles of the Jennifer Lopez-produced drama series The Fosters for ABC Family.

In 2009, she co-starred with Cicely Tyson and Eriq La Salle in the Hallmark movie Relative Stranger.

Perfect Harmony will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, October 16 at 9/8c.

Teri Hatcher and James Tupper find love when they least expect it in the new Hallmark movie Mid-Love Crisis. The movie, which will premiere as part of Hallmark’s fall lineup, also stars June Laporte, who plays Rachel Thom on When Calls the Heart.

“Wanna find acceptance and hope even when things aren’t going as planned.?! I hope you will, watching #midlovecrisis. I’m So grateful to have shared the screen with this Lovely cast! Thanks also to an Amazing director & crew,” wrote Hatcher in an Instagram post.

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In Mid-Love Crisis, Teri Hatcher plays Mindy, a divorced teacher about to turn 50. Her daughter comes for a weekend visit with her girlfriend, who happens to be the niece of Mindy’s former boyfriend Sam (played by James Tupper). Things become even more complicated when her daughter invites Mindy’s ex-husband, played by Brian Markinson, to the festivities.

“As the weekend progresses, an assertiveness inside her awakens and Mindy finds herself not only embracing her life but discovering what it is she truly wants as she gets ready to start the next chapter,” reads a synopsis from Hallmark.

This is the second movie Hatcher has made with Hallmark Media. In 2021, she reunited with her former Desperate Housewives co-star James Denton for the romantic comedy A Kiss Before Christmas. The pair made the announcement on Hatcher’s Instagram account in a short video.

“You guys, I’m so excited,” Hatcher said. “I’m finally working again. And you want to know why it’s even more exciting?”

She pans over to show Denton sitting beside her.

“We’re back,” he says.

“Yeah, it’s a thing,” she says. “It’s a thing. Stay tuned.”

June Laporte, who appeared on Season 8 of When Calls the Heart as Rachel Thom.
June Laporte, who appeared on Season 8 of When Calls the Heart as Rachel Thom. (Image: Hallmark Media)

About the cast

Teri Hatcher got her start on the ABC series The Love Boat in 1985. She went on to star in the shows Capitol, Star Trek: The Next Generation, MacGyver, Seinfeld, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. For eight seasons she starred as Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives.

James Tupper starred as Dr. Andrew Perkins on Grey’s Anatomy. He also appeared in the TV shows Revenge, Big Little Lies, A Million Little Things, and The Hardy Boys. In 2021 he starred in the Hallmark movie My Christmas Family Tree.

June Laporte played Rachel Thom in Season 8 of When Calls the Heart, though she appeared in the credits as Jennifer Laporte. She has also starred in the TV series V. C. Andrews Landry Family and V. C. Andrews Heaven.

Mid-Love Crisis will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, October 9 at 9/8c.

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In the new Hallmark movie Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths, estranged twin sisters must work together to track down a killer. Hunter King and Rhiannon Fish star in the film, which will premiere as part of the fall lineup on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

“Justice with a side of wings?” wrote Hunter King in an Instagram post promoting the movie.

“I am so excited for this one,” wrote Rhiannon Fish in her own post.

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In the movie, King and Fish play fraternal twins who have been estranged for 10 years. They are reunited when they inherit a detective agency. Nikki (King) is a streetwise, struggling actress who can barely pay her rent every month. Nora (Fish) is a successful lawyer at a high-profile Chicago law firm on track to make partner.

Nikki wants to liquidate the agency for the money, but before she can convince Nora, a client comes to them asking for help solving a murder. Eager to try out her acting skills by going undercover, Nikki agrees to take on the case. As Nikki and Nora are pulled deeper into the murder mystery, they realize that their twin sister connection gives them a unique advantage and a real knack for solving mysteries.”

The movie is one of several new mystery franchises launched by Hallmark in 2022. Earlier in the year, the network introduced two new amateur sleuth characters. Nikki DeLoach starred as Goldy Berry in Curious Caterer: Dying For Chocolate. Julie Gonzalo played a stylist who solved a murder in Cut, Color, Murder.

About the stars

Rhiannon Fish made her debut in the popular Australian shows Neighbours and Home and Away. She starred in the American series The 100 and had roles in the romantic comedies For the Love of Chocolate and A Love to Remember. Hallmark audiences will know Fish from her roles in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made and the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: How to Con a Con. She also appeared in the Hallmark movies You’re Bacon Me Crazy, and The 27-Hour Day.

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.

Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, October 2 at 9/8c.

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A private investigator must track down her fiancé’s killer in the new Hallmark movie Francesca Quinn, PI. The film stars Mallory Jansen and Dylan Bruce.

In a post to Instagram, Jansen showed off one of her looks in the film.

“Been busy solving crimes,” she wrote in the caption.

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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.

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The new Hallmark movie The Secrets of Bella Vista is a romantic mystery starring Rachelle Lefevre and Niall Matter. It is based on the 2013 novel The Apple Orchard by best-selling author Susan Wiggs, which is the first in a trilogy called the Bella Vista Chronicles.

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In the film, Lefevre plays Tess, who gets surprising news from an estate executor (played by Matter) that she has inherited half of an apple orchard from the father she never knew and has a half-sister named Isabel (Helena Marie) she didn’t know about.

According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “When Tess visits the orchard and connects with her new-found family, she learns that the orchard is deep in debt. Using her knowledge as an antiques expert, Tess and Isabel work to unravel the mystery of their grandmother’s “treasure” that could hold the key to saving the orchard. And, in the process, Tess ultimately finds a new understanding of herself.”

About the cast

Rachelle Lefevre recently starred in the Hallmark drama Moriah’s Lighthouse opposite Luke Macfarlane. A native of Canada, Lefevre was dissevered while waiting tables at a restaurant. Her first role was as Stacey Hanson on the series Big Wolf on Campus. She also had roles on Charmed, The Hunger, Undressed, The Closer, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2008, she played a vampire named Victoria in Twilight, a role she reprised in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Niall Matter is perhaps best known to Hallmark audiences as Nick Miller in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. He has also appeared on the series When Calls the Heart as Shane Cantrell. He has starred in a number of Hallmark movies, including Rip in Time (2022), A Christmas Together With You (2021), Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater (2020), Christmas at Dollywood (2019), Engaging Father Christmas (2017), and Marrying Father Christmas (2018).

Matter has also appeared in the TV shows iZombie, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Rizzoli & Isles, Supernatural, and The Good Doctor.

The Secrets of Bella Vista will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, September 18 at 9/8c.

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The new Hallmark movie To Her, With Love will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries as part of the fall lineup. The second in its Mahogany series, the film stars Skye P. Marshall, Maria Howell, Brittany L. Smith, and Tobias Truvillion.

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In the movie, Skye P. Marshall plays Kayla, an ambitious teacher who returns to her small hometown after her stint at an elite New York school comes to an end. Her dream is to attend a competitive teaching program in London, but she is scared to apply.

Her mother (played by Maria Howell) encourages her to take a job at the local high school. When she finds out that her high school best friend Tanya (Brittany L. Smith) teaches there, she agrees to take the job.

At first, she struggles to connect with her students. But when she follows the advice of a dedicated fellow teacher (played by Tobias Truvillion), she learns to tap into their unique artistic passions and her students begin flourishing. When Kayla learns the school may be scrapping the arts department due to budget cuts, she and Jordan work together to set up a fundraising showcase.

Hallmark’s Mahogany series

Hallmark announced in 2021 that it would create a series of films under the Mahogany brand.

“We’re going to take every amazing rich, lush thing that the Mahogany card brand is, and use that as a jumping-off point to create great made-for-TV movies,” said Toni Judkins, senior VP of programming and development, in an interview with Variety magazine.

The Mahogany line of cards was introduced in 1987. According to Hallmark, “The card line exists to enhance emotional connections between family, friends and the community by capturing what’s most beloved and valued about African American culture.” Over the years, the brand has created cards with Maya Angelou, Jill Scott, T.D. Jakes, and Iyanla Vanzant.

The first movie in the series, Unthinkably Good Things, was released in August.

About the stars

Skye P. Marshall is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Following her enlistment, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. She studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Broadway Dance Center while working full-time at a pharmaceutical marketing firm.

After bit parts in the TV shows NCIS, Dexter, and Grey’s Anatomy, she was cast as Kara Fowdy on the CW series Black Lightning. She has appeared in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, This Is Us, and Good Sam.

Maria Howell starred in the movie Hidden Figures, and had roles in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Blind Side. In 2019, she co-starred with Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf in the Hallmark movie A Christmas Love Story.

Tobias Truvillion played Vincent Jones on One Life to Live from 2006 to 2008. He has appeared in the shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Blue Bloods, Empire, and Sistas. In 2021, he played Alden Conway in the Hallmark movie Sand Dollar Cove.

To Her, With Love will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, September 11 at 9/8c.

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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.

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