Country singing star Blake Shelton will executive produce a Christmas movie for Crown Media Family Networks for the second consecutive year, it was announced Saturday evening.
The film will chronicle the emotional journey home at Christmastime. Songs from Shelton’s library of Christmas music will be featured, said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity for Crown Media Family Networks, the parent company of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
“The theme of making your way home at Christmastime to be with loved ones resonated with our viewers in the first film Blake Sheldon produced for us,” Vicary said, referring to “Time for Me to Come Home For Christmas,” which aired on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
“We’re excited to offer a brand-new, heartfelt story with compelling characters our audience will connect with.”
In other announcements:
— The first original series on Hallmark Movies Now, the network’s digital streaming service, “When Hope Calls,” will premiere in August.
“When Hope Calls” is a spinoff of Hallmark Channel’s longest-running and most-watched prime-time series, “`When Calls the Heart,” which is entering its sixth season.
“`When Hope Calls’ embodies the same heartfelt themes of community, family and faith that have resonated so strongly with `When Calls the Heart’ fans over the past six years,” Vicary said.
“When Hope Calls” stars Morgan Kohan and Jocelyn Hudon, sisters who were orphaned and raised very differently, as they reunite as adults and open an orphanage in a small Northwest won in the early 1900s.
The characters were introduced in the Hallmark Channel holiday movie “When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing,” which premiered on Christmas Day.
— Hallmark Channel has renewed the multi-generational family drama “Chesapeake Shores” for a fourth season, which will begin airing in the summer;
— The fifth season of the Hallmark Channel fantasy comedy-drama “The Good Witch,” will premiere May 5;
— Hallmark Channel is developing another installment of its movie franchise about postal workers who track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”; and
— “The Christmas Company” will become the first novel from Hallmark Publishing to be adapted to a Hallmark Channel movie.
The announcements were made in connection with the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, which is being held in Pasadena.
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