When Calls the Heart fans might have had to say goodbye to Mayor Abigail Stanton, who is being written off the show because of actress Lori Loughlin’s role in a college admissions scandal. But they do have something new to look forward to. The popular period drama is getting a spinoff. Hearties can expect the new series, When Hope Calls, to premiere sometime this summer.
The show will be streaming only
Unlike When Calls the Heart, which airs Sunday nights on the Hallmark Channel, When Hope Calls won’t be seen on regular TV. Instead, it will be first-ever series for Hallmark Movies Now, Crown Media’s digital streaming service.
Hallmark Movies Now is available on iOS, Amazon Fire, Android, Roku, and other devices, as well as through Comcast’s Xfinity XI and Cox’s Contour platforms. Subscribers get access to nearly 1,000 hours of commercial-free Hallmark content that isn’t available elsewhere, including movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame library. An annual subscription costs $59.99, or $4.99 a month, or you can subscribe monthly for $5.99.
We’ve already met some of the characters
When Hope Calls will follow two orphaned sisters raised in very different circumstances. Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon) reunite as adults and open an orphanage in a small northwest town in the early 1900s. The town is in the process of adjusting to modern times, as horses and buggies give way to cars and technology.
Hearties will remember Lillian and Grace, who were introduced in 2018’s When Calls the Heart holiday movie, The Greatest Christmas Blessing.
When Hope Calls premieres in August 2019
Hallmark hasn’t announced an exact release date for the new series, but we do know that it’s supposed to arrive sometime in August 2019. And the network is convinced that When Calls the Heart fans will embrace this new show.
“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. This is another series that viewers are sure to treasure,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity for Crown Media said in a statement.
What’s happening with When Calls the Heart?
Of course, Hearties are waiting with bated breath to find out what happens to When Calls the Heart, which is currently on an unexpected hiatus. Right now, producers are figuring out how to proceed with the remainder of Season 6 now that Lori Loughlin has been fired by Hallmark. They’re assuring fans that their beloved show hasn’t been canceled and that it will return to TV soon.
“When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and IT HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED,” producer Brian Bird wrote in a message on Instagram. “With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.”
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