The cast of the Picture Perfect Mysteries series.

Three mystery series are out at Hallmark


Crown Media won’t be producing any more movies in its Hailey Dean, Picture Perfect, and Matchmaker Mysteries series. The stars of the franchises made the announcement in social media posts to fans.

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

Danica McKellar, who stars in the Matchmaker Mysteries series, broke the news in response to a fan asking when the next movie was coming out.

“They decided to stop making them last summer,” she wrote in a tweet. “Let them know how you feel; I’d love to make more mysteries — a lot of us would.”

Alexa PenaVega let fans know about the Picture Perfect series in a post on her Instagram stories. When a fan asked if another movie would be coming out, she said no.

“Sadly, no,” she said. “The mysteries have come to an end. But it was so much fun, such a good run, and we’re really proud of what we made.”

Danica McKellar in the Matchmaker Mysteries series.
(Image: Hallmark Media)

New direction

In a recent interview, Hallmark star Kristoffer Polaha said the network was trying to get away from its current formula of a woman working with law enforcement to find a murderer.

So far, Crown Media hasn’t revealed whether any other series have been canceled. A new installment in the Aurora Teagarden series is coming out later this month, and a brand new mystery movie is premiering this weekend.

In the past year, Crown Media has canceled two of its series. Good Witch, starring Catherine Bell and James Denton, finished in July. Home and Family, starring Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos, aired its final episode in August. This leaves Hallmark Channel with two shows, When Calls the Heart and Chesapeake Shores. Season 9 of When Calls the Heart will premiere in March. Fans are still waiting to hear if there will be a Season 6 of Chesapeake Shores.

Hailey Dean Mysteries (Image: Hallmark Media)

A new network?

Some fans suggested that the actors petition other networks to pick up their canceled series. GAC Family, which was started by the former CEO of Crown Media, was a popular suggestion.

“Hoping it gets picked up by another network like @GACfamilyTV for example,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for all your work in this series @Kellie_Martin! My mom and I here in France have loved it!!!”

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