The new season of Chesapeake Shores

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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