DESCRIPTION: (from Hallmark's press release, November 2013) "When Calls the Heart," a new Hallmark Channel Original Series, rings in the New Year with stories of hope, love and encouragement when it premieres Sunday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT, 7C. Erin Krakow ("Army Wives," "Castle"), Daniel Lissing ("Last Resort") and Lori Loughlin ("Full House," "90210") star in this ensemble period piece set against the backdrop of the western frontier. The scripted drama, inspired by Janette Oke's bestselling book series about the Canadian West, is the second books-to-film project the network has developed with the acclaimed author. "When Calls the Heart" reunites Janette Oke with Executive Producer and Director, Michael Landon, Jr. who made one of the network's most beloved telefilms of all-time helming the first film in Oke's Love Comes Softly series, a franchise that eventually included 11 highly-rated Hallmark Channel Original Movies. The two-hour backdoor pilot "When Calls the Heart," from Executive Producers Brad Krevoy, Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird, premiered October 19 and was the top-rated cable television movie of the day.