‘Love, Classified’: Melora Hardin, Katherine McNamara Star in Inclusive Hallmark Movie

TL; DR:

  • Love, Classified premieres April 16 on Hallmark Channel.
  • Melora Hardin, Katherine McNamara, and Arienne Mandi star in the inclusive rom-com.
  • McNamara says the movie represents a “new chapter” for Hallmark.

A new app promises to create old-fashioned connections in Hallmark Channel’s latest movie, Love, Classified. The all-new rom-com with Katherine McNamara and Melora Hardin. Arienne Mandi, Max Lloyd-Jones, and Steve Bacic also star. 

‘Love, Classified’ premieres April 16 on Hallmark Channel 

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Love, Classified premieres Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. Hardin plays a successful romance novelist named Emilia Bloom who returns to her hometown for an author event arranged by the local bookstore. In the process, she blows back into the lives of her two adult children, Taylor (McNamara) and Zach (Lloyd-Jones). 

Both Taylor and Zach have turned to an app called Classified to explore new and past relationships. Zach gets the chance to heal old wounds, while Taylor matches with Franki (Mandi), a woman who changes how she thinks about love.  

Melora Hardin says her new Hallmark movie is ‘inclusive’ 

Smiling Melora Hardin sitting at a table with Steve Bacic in Hallmark Channel movie 'Love, Classified'
Melora Hardin and Steve Bacic in ‘Love, Classified’ | ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Allister Foster

In a behind-the-scenes video for Hallmark Channel, the Love, Classified cast reflected on the movie, which is one of a growing number of films and shows for the network to feature an LGBTQ couple. Other efforts include 2020’s The Christmas House with Jonathan Bennett and the now-canceled series Good Witch

Love, Classified is a series of modern love connections,” McNamara said. Her co-star Mandi  – who viewers will recognize from The L Word: Generation Q – called the film “really special.”

“The audience is going to love the story … it’s really inclusive,” The Office alum Hardin said. “It just touches on so many different forms of love.”

“This is a movie about bringing people together,” she added. 

Katherine McNamara says ‘Love, Classified’ is a ‘new chapter’ for Hallmark 

Arienne Mandi and Katherine McNamara smiling at each other while sitting at a table in Hallmark's 'Love, Classified'
Arienne Mandi and Katherine McNamara in ‘Love, Classified’ | ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Allister Foster

McNamara, who has also starred in Freeform’s Shadowhunters and Arrow on The CW, spoke to the Kansas City Star about why she was inspired to make her first Hallmark Channel movie. 

“The thing that I loved about Love, Classified in particular is the message behind it,” she said. “It’s a new chapter for Hallmark, and they’re taking this leap to telling a story that’s a bit more open. I love the fact that it’s just a story about letting love surprise you and letting love find you and being open to whatever comes your way.”

“There’s a lot of inclusion in this film, but there aren’t a lot of labels, which is something that is really important for a lot of kids that I’ve talked to, especially with Shadowhunters and Arrow being very prevalent in the LGBTQ+ communities,” she added. 

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