‘When Calls the Heart’ Returning to Hallmark in May, Erin Krakow Tells Fans in Video Message

Hearties can finally breathe easy. Hallmark has revealed when the popular period drama When Calls the Heart will return to TV.

Star Erin Krakow made the much-anticipated announcement in a special video message that aired on the Hallmark Channel on April 10. The show, which follows the lives of the residents of a small town in rural Canada in the early 20th century, has been on hiatus since cast member Lori Loughlin was indicted on fraud charges related to a college admissions scam in mid-March.

When Calls the Heart returns May 5

When Calls the Heart will return to TV with an all-new episode on Sunday, May 5 at 8/7c. That will be followed by a second new episode on Monday, May 6 at the same time. The show will resume its normal Sunday-night schedule on May 12. The last new episode of When Calls the Heart aired March 10.

“We can’t wait to welcome you back to Hope Valley and share more all-new stories with you,” Krakow says in the video, before sharing a sneak peek at the upcoming Loughlin-free episode, where viewers will meet a new mountie.

Krakow also teased another big When Calls the Heart announcement to come during the premiere of the new Hallmark Channel movie Bottled with Love, which airs Saturday, April 13 at 8/7c.  

What happened to Loughlin’s character?

Chris McNally and Erin Krakow from When Calls the Heart
Chris McNally and Erin Krakow from When Calls the Heart | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

Fans will have to tune in to find out exactly how When Calls the Heart has decided to deal with the loss of Loughin, who played Mayor Abigail Stanton. But sources told Entertainment Weekly that her character has been edited out of upcoming episodes.

Removing Loughlin from the show required some creative editing, EW.com reported, along with some reshoots. Those changes mean that there will only be six more episodes in this season, rather than the seven that were originally planned.

Some fans had speculated that Hallmark might hire someone to replace Loughlin as Abigail Stanton, but it sounds like a new actress won’t be stepping into her shoes this season. (When Calls the Heart has not yet been renewed for Season 7.) An informal poll by TVLine found that people were overwhelmingly in favor of recasting the part of the mayor of Hope Valley.

The producer thanked fans for their support

After the announcement, executive producer Brian Bird thanked Hearties for their patience while the show retooled. “#Hearties, thanks for sticking with When Calls the Heart through this challenging time,” he wrote in a message he shared on Twitter.

“Life throws us all painful curveballs, and the only way to survive is to walk right through them with courage, grace, a forgiving spirit, and most of all, hope,” he added. “Your care and concern means the world to us, and the best way we can thank you is to encourage you the way you encourage us … keep your eyes on the horizon because … Hope always lives here.”

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