Rodney Peete via Wikimedia Commons.Hallmark Channel announced that it has ordered a second season of “Meet the Peetes,” its alternative series featuring actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former USC and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete.

The series, which premiered Feb. 18, follows Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete as they attempt to balance raising four children, running their HollyRod Foundation, and spending time with Holly’s 81-year-old mother Dolores, a retired talent manager.

The family’s children include son RJ, who has been diagnosed autism and works for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The foundation seeks to provide compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.

“Viewers have welcomed the Peete family into their homes and have fallen in love with their heartfelt and touching narratives that families everywhere can relate to,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.

In other announcements, Hallmark Channel announced it has ordered a sixth season of its drama series “When Calls the Heart.”

The announcements came Wednesday in connection with the “upfront” presentation of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark Channel’s parent company, which had been planned for Wednesday at the Rainbow Room, but canceled because of the snowstorm that hit New York City.

Instead, Candace Cameron Bure, Hallmark Channel’s “Queen of Christmas” for her multiple starring roles in its Christmas movies, and Danica McKellar, who has starred in a variety of Hallmark Channel movies, were joined by Crown Media President and CEO Bill Abbott and Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Ed Georger, who wore a reindeer costume, in recording the announcement of its programming plans in Central Park as snow fell.

—City News Service

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