Hallmark Channel Announces Production Slate of Original Movies for 2008
Original Movies Feature Top Talent Including Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Cain,
Mark Consuelos, Bob Newhart, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave
and Jane Seymour, Among Others
NEW YORK, March 26 -- Hallmark Channel, the top
family-friendly network, is a leading producer of original movies with an
aggressive slate of 30 films set to air in 2008, announced David Kenin,
Executive Vice President, Programming. The network has secured a
star-studded roster of talent, including Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Cain, Mark
Consuelos, Bob Newhart, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave and
Jane Seymour, among others.
"Hallmark Channel is, at this very moment, in production on eight
original movies in Toronto, Los Angeles and various other locations," said
Kenin. "This is an extraordinary number of films and proves what we have
known for years: that there is an insatiable desire for quality,
family-friendly programming among viewers, advertisers and distributors."
Several original movies are completed and set to air in the coming
"The Shell Seekers," starring Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell
This absorbing saga features an extraordinary cast and revolves around
the resilient daughter of a famed artist who struggles to rebuild her
shattered family after she suffers a mild heart attack. "The Shell Seekers"
premieres Saturday, May 3 (9-11 p.m., ET/PT).
"Final Approach," starring Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall and Lea
Former FBI hostage rescue specialist Jack Bender's (Cain) unique skills
are challenged aboard a domestic flight hijacked by Greg Gilliad (Hall), a
member of a radical organization who wants his jailed leader freed. Jack's
ex-wife, Alicia (Thompson), an FAA employee, discovers that the terrorists'
motives are actually tied to nuclear destruction. "Final Approach" also
stars Ernie Hudson, Sunny Mabrey, William Forsythe and Tracey Gold. "Final
Approach" premieres Saturday, May 24 (9-11 p.m., ET/PT).
"Shark Swarm," starring John Schneider, Daryl Hannah and Armand Assante
When great white sharks in Half Moon Bay begin to mutate and attack
residents, local fisherman Daniel Wilder (Schneider), with the help of a
marine biologist, discover that unscrupulous developer Hamilton Lux
(Assante) has been dumping toxic waste into the bay to kill off the fish in
the hopes that the local fisherman will sell him their land. "Shark Swarm"
premieres Sunday, May 25 (9-11 p.m., ET/PT).
"McBride: Requiem," starring John Larroquette
McBride investigates the murder of a 25-year-old classical violinist
and media darling whose father, a powerful senator, wants the case closed
ASAP and is intent on pinning the murder on his daughter's fiancee, with
whom who he has never seen eye-to-eye. Scheduled to air June 2008.
"The Gunfighter's Pledge," starring Luke Perry and C. Thomas Howell
When a gunman haunted by the past accidentally kills a stranger in a
chaotic bar shootout, he unexpectedly begins a journey that will lead him
on the path to healing and redemption. Scheduled to air July 2008.
"Murder 101: Locked Room Mystery," starring Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van
Dyke and Shane Van Dyke
Absentminded, but brilliant criminology professor, Dr. Jonathan Maxwell
(Dick Van Dyke), investigates the death of a meditation guru with private
investigator Mike Bryant (Barry Van Dyke) and Mike's law-school nephew, Ben
(Shane Van Dyke). Scheduled to air August 2008.
Hallmark Channel is currently in production on the following original
"The Ride of Her Life," starring Stephen Collins
Joe Preston (Collins) is as proud as any father can be watching his
daughter compete in the heart-pounding rodeo sport of penning. Though only
17 years old, she shows all of the signs of becoming a world-class champion
just like her father before an injury forced him to retire. But where Joe
envisions a future of competition and prize winnings for his daughter --
and is prepared to wager his family's livelihood on it -- his daughter has
dreams of earning a college scholarship and studying to become a
veterinarian, an endeavor supported by her mother. Scheduled to air July
"Dear Prudence," starring Jane Seymour
Prudence Macintyre, a humorous, Martha-Stewart-like advice columnist
and TV personality, escapes to a much-needed vacation from her work-driven
life. There she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery by using her own
quick-witted, good-housekeeping tips. In doing so, she gains a better
understanding of the mother she wasn't close to her in her youth and takes
her first steps toward finding a balanced life that includes true love.
Scheduled to air August 2008.
"Herb's Murders," starring Bob Newhart
A quirky LA police detective and his by-the-book cop daughter team up
to solve the kidnapping/murder of a wealthy publishing magnate that leaves
the rest of the force baffled. Scheduled to air August 2008.
"Saving Grace," starring Mark Consuelos
Grace is a single author, engaged to be married, when she meets Steve,
a fireman and recent widower. The two first meet at a neighborhood eatery
and soon begin running into each other quite frequently. When Grace's home
catches fire Steve comes to her rescue. Grace begins to feel conflicted
over her growing feelings for Steve and is soon faced with a tough decision
over whether to move ahead with her wedding as planned or start anew.
Scheduled to air August 2008.
"Ladies of the House," starring Pam Grier, Florence Henderson and Donna
Three mature women engage a church project by way of renovating a
dilapidated old house. They know nothing about construction, but are
determined to prove what many think they can't accomplish and in the
process re-evaluate their lives and discover what's important about life
and living -- no matter one's age. Scheduled to air October 2008.
"Mail Order Bride"
Set in the late 1800's, when her friend dies before coming out west to
be a mail-order-bride, Diana McQueen takes her place in order to escape
from a mobster who "owns her" and involves her in illegal activities she no
longer wants to be a part of. Scheduled to air November 2008.
"Thanksgiving Reunion," starring Jacqueline Bisset
Inspired by a short story written by Louisa May Alcott, Jacqueline
Bisset stars as Isabella Caldwell, a high-society woman living comfortably
in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged, widowed daughter, Mary,
becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for assistance, Mary's
headstrong daughter, Tilly, takes it upon herself to contact her
grandmother and plead for help. Isabella's arrival causes an upheaval in
many lives both within her family and in the community, but may also lead
to reconciliation with Mary and a chance at new horizons for Tilly.
Scheduled to air November 2008.
"Second Honeymoon," starring Teri Polo, Jason Priestley and Cheech
A childless couple, longing to have a baby, takes a vacation to a small
Mexican village where the spirit of the locals, in particular a disabled
young boy, teaches them about a Saint who performs miracles: one for the
boy and one for the couple. Airdate TBD.
*Movie titles and airdates are subject to change.
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is
a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality
entertainment programming to a national audience of 84 million subscribers.
The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable
systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across
the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10
ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings
and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family
programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel,
Hallmark Movie Channel, and will launch Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April