Hallmark Channel and Other Related News Australia
Sharing news from Hallmark Channel
I read a lot of press releases, blogs, Facebook posts and tweets to try and discover Hallmark Channel Movies and Series come to Australian tv screens.
I find all sorts of tid bits of information that I find interesting so I thought I might share that with you! I won’t strictly share Hallmark Channel news only, I’ll share other relevant information as well.
If you are looking for How to watch Hallmark Channel Movies in Australia then head over here to find out.
When Calls the Heart Renewed
Candace Cameron Bure leaves Hallmark Channel for GAC Family
April 2022 – Hallmark darling Candance Cameron Bure is no longer. Candance has signed a contract to create content for the new channel GAC Family.
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries also looks like it will not be renewed. Such a shame.
Hallmark Stars going to new channel GAC Family
April 2022 – The new channel GAC Family has steadily been poaching Hallmark stars to sign on their own channel. It has been happening since December last year but today the news came of probably the biggest name moving from Hallmark for GAC Family. Candace Cameron Bure has signed a deal to develop, produce and star in GAC Family movies.
Other Hallmark stars that have signed onto GAC Family are:
- Jessica Lowndes
- Jen Lilley
- Trevor Donovan
- Danica McKellar
- Cameron Mathison
I sincerely hope not but I think Candace’s move to GAC Family means no more Aurora Teagarden Mysteries on Hallmark.
Chesapeake Shores Update - Season 6 is Final Season
March 2022- Hallmark have renewed Chesapeake Shores for Season 6 but this will be the final season. Seasons 1 to 5 are currently available to stream on Netflix.
Cancelled: Hailey Dean Mysteries, The Picture Perfect Mysteries and Matchmaker Mysteries
March 2022 – Hallmark stars have confirmed that they have cancelled 3 of their popular mysteries series seen on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel in America.
Hailey Dean Mysteries, The Picture Perfect Mysteries and Matchmaker Mysteries won’t be making anymore movies.
When Calls the Heart Season 9 premired with 3 million viewers in the USA
March 2022 – When Calls the Heart is extremely popular both in USA and Australia and in the USA, the Season 9 premiered with 3 million viewers. It was the number one program for women 18+. With these kinds of figures you’d think there would be a Season 10 but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Source: Crown Media Press Site
Lacey Chabert signs with Crown Media Networks
February 2022 – Lacey Chabert has signed a multi picture deal with the Crown Media Family Networks which Hallmark is owned by.
Good Witch Cancelled
July 2021 – Good Witch has officially been cancelled by Hallmark. The season finale aired in America on July 25th 2021. It’s last season is Season 7. In Australia,you can watch Seasons 1 to 5 of Good Witch on Netflix. I am unsure if we will receive Season 6 or 7.
When Hope Calls Season 2 Announced - with Lori Loughlin joining the Cast for the season opener (America)
29/09/21 – GAC Family, the new Hallmark Channel rival premiered in America on 27th September 2021. They announced yesterday via deadline.com that ‘When Hope Calls’ Season 2 will premiere on GAC Family. Not only that but Lori Loughlin, who starred in ‘When Calls the Heart’, will reprise her character on ‘When Hope Calls’ for the season 2 part opener.
Note: there is no news of Australia receiving ‘When Hope Calls’ season 2 as yet. You can watch season 1 in Australia on Stan.
GAC Media New Channel - Hallmark Rival (America)
9/9/21 – GAC Family, the new channel lead by the ex Hallmark CEO, has a debut date of September 27 2021 as mentioned on heavy.com.
As mentioned on LinkedIn, the new channel will air their first 3 original movies in October. ‘An Autumn Romance'(starring Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowdnes), ‘Much Ado About Christmas’ (starring Susie Abromeit and Torrance Combs) and ‘Christmas Time is Here'(starring Dewshane Williams and Rukiya Bernard).
Hallmark Ex CEO to Launch New Holiday Movie Channel (America)
27/8/21 – The former CEO of Hallmark Channel, Bill Abbott is launching two new channels in America. They are GAC Family and GAC Living. They will both feature family friendly shows, including holiday movies.
Of course the first thing I think of is will these been shown in Australia. I’m not finding any information saying they will be but I’ll update here if I find out otherwise.
When Hope Calls Christmas Special (America)
27/8/21 – heavy.com has reported that When Hope Calls has been listed on a production list as filming a Christmas Special. Wouldn’t it be nice if this turned out to be the start of Season 2! No mention of any screening date in Australia.
Ree Drummond to Star in Christmas Movie (America, Not Hallmark)
26/8/21 – Ree Drummond shared on her blog that she is appearing in a Christmas Movie this upcoming festive season. Not on Hallmark. Not on Lifetime. Not on UP. Not on Netflix. So where?
It sounds just like a Hallmark Movie. It’s called ‘Candy Coated Christmas’ and will appear on Discovery Plus in America. Discovery Plus is a new streaming service in America and includes the Food Network and this movie is their first scripted movie.
Discovery Plus sounds like a streaming service we need here in Australia so I dug deeper to see if we will be lucky enough to get it. It looks like from this article from Finder that it will be here in Australia by the end of 2021. Interesting times hey?
Sources: The Pioneer Woman, Variety and Finder
Channel 9 and Channel 7 Midday Movies (Australia)
August 2021 – Free to Air tv channels, 7 and 9 both can have midday movies screened Monday to Friday. Both of these channels in recent times have screened a couple of Hallmark Movies. I share which ones here. (scroll down) I’m popping this news item here so you can keep an eye out.
Here are a couple of TV guides I use: Freeview and OurGuide.
When Calls the Heart Renewed For Season 9 (America)
July 2021 – The ever popular Hallmark Channel series ‘When Calls the Heart’ has renewed for Season 9! Wow, what an amazing success this show has been for Hallmark. Understandably so, it’s a great family friendly show that everyone can watch. It is very popular in the States but also here in Australia. The Where to Watch When Calls the Heart in Australia is one of my most popular pages on the website.
Source: Hallmark Channel
When Hope Calls - is there a Season 2 (America)
July 2021 – ‘When Hope Calls’ is a spin off from ‘When Calls the Heart’ and the one and only season (so far) is streaming on Stan. There has been a lot of talk on whether there is a Season 2. There hasn’t been a yes or no as yet from Hallmark. However as heavy.com indicated here that the producer has said they are ‘working on a plan’.
Good Witch Not to be Renewed for Season 7 (America)
July 2021 – According deadline.com ‘Good Witch’ won’t be renewed for Season 8. Season 7 has just be screened in America and it will end there. In Australia we have Seasons 1 to 5 on Netflix and some libraries have DVDs of the movies.