‘When Hope Calls’: Hallmark Channel to Air First Two Episodes of Streaming-Only Series

There’s some good news for people who wanted to check out the new When Calls the Heart spinoff series When Hope Calls but didn’t want to sign up for another streaming service. The first two episodes of the show — which normally can only be seen on Hallmark Movies Now — will air on the Hallmark Channel on September 21.

Fans are disappointed that ‘When Hope Calls’ is a streaming-only series  

RJ Hatanaka in When Hope Calls
RJ Hatanaka| ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood

When Hope Calls is Hallmark’s first streaming-only series. To watch the show, which focuses on two sisters who run an orphanage in the frontier town of Brookfield, you need to sign up for Hallmark Movies Now. New episodes of the show are available every Friday on the service, which costs $5.99 a month. Subscribers can also watch Hallmark original movies and episodes of shows like Chesapeake Shores, Cedar Cove, and Meet the Peetes. 

Some fans were disappointed to discover that When Hope Calls wouldn’t air on the Hallmark Channel or its sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. A few were confused about how to sign up for the streaming service. Others said they were already paying for cable and didn’t want or couldn’t afford another subscription.

“I already pay over $240 a month for cable. Cannot keep paying for additional channels,” commented one person on Instagram.

“I don’t have extra money to spare for two Hallmark channels,” another complained

Watch ‘When Hope Calls’ on the Hallmark Channel on September 21

A number of people on social media voiced their hope that Hallmark would relent and show the episodes on one of its traditional cable channels. Now, it seems they’ve gotten their wish — sort of. 

While new episodes of When Hope Calls will continue to be exclusively available on Hallmark Movies Now, those who haven’t signed up for the service can get a taste of the series. On Saturday, September 21, the first two episodes of When Hope Calls, “New Hope” and “From the Ashes,” will air beginning at 9/8c on the Hallmark Channel.

So far, four episodes of the 10-episode new series are streaming, which means that fans won’t be able to completely catch up. But they will get a chance to see what they think of the show and decide if they like it enough to subscribe to Hallmark’s streaming service to watch the other episodes. 

What to expect from ‘When Hope Calls’ 

Like When Calls the Heart, When Hope Calls is set on the Canadian frontier in the early 20th century. The new series, “tells the story of two sisters who open an orphanage in the 1916 Western town of Brookfield. Caught between traditions of cattle ranchers and ambitions of a growing town, they strive to find romance and happiness while overcoming the challenges of helping the children in their care,” according to a synopsis from Hallmark. 

In the series premieres sisters Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon) confront the town’s disapproval when they open an orphanage in Brookfield. But when a fire breaks out, they are caught up in the efforts to save their community. In episode 2, Lillian must defend two of her orphans after they’re accused of setting the fire. Plus, two familiar faces to Hearties — Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee Coulter (Kavan Smith) — arrive to help with reconstruction efforts.