Will There Be a Season 7 of ‘When Calls the Heart’?

When Calls the Heart fans got more good news this weekend. After learning late last week that their beloved show would be returning on May 5 after a nearly two-month hiatus, Hearties were thrilled to hear that the Hallmark Channel has renewed the period drama for another season.

When Calls the Heart Season 6 returns May 5

Erin Krakow in When Calls the Heart
Erin Krakow on the set of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart | Andrew Chin/Getty Images

The future of When Calls the Heart had been in limbo since mid-March, when star Lori Loughlin was indicted for her alleged role in a college admissions bribery scandal. The show was in the midst of its Season 6 run, and producers quickly fired Loughlin and pulled future episodes in order to “retool” the series.

On April 10, star Erin Krakow, who plays Elizabeth Thornton, announced that When Calls the Heart would return on Sunday, May 5. Mayor Abigail Stanton, the character Loughlin played on the show, has been excised from the six remaining episodes of Season 6 through creative editing, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The show has been renewed for Season 7

On Saturday, Krakow had another exciting announcement for Hearties. After reminding fans about when the show would return, she had even bigger news.

“I’m also thrilled to announce When Calls the Heart Season 7 coming next year. We can’t wait to get back to Hope Valley,” the actress said in a video message that aired during a showing of the new Hallmark Channel movie Bottled with Love on April 13.

While Loughlin’s firing had some fans worried about the future of the program, its renewal does not come as a huge surprise. When Calls the Heart is Hallmark’s most popular show, with 3.1 million people tuning in to watch the Season 6 premiere on February 24, according to Deadline. That episode, titled “Phone Rings and Heartstrings,” was the second-most-popular scripted cable drama on Sunday night after The Walking Dead. The season premiere pulled in a record number of viewers even though it was competing against the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. The 2018 When Calls the Heart Christmas special drew 4.8 million viewers.

When will Season 7 premiere?

Hallmark hasn’t revealed any details about when we will see a Season 7 premiere. However, the past few new seasons of When Calls the Heart have premiered in late February, which gives fans a pretty good idea of when to expect Season 7. Hallmark also hasn’t said anything about whether there will be a Christmas special for 2019, though one has aired every year since 2015.

In addition to another season of When Calls the Heart, Hearties can also look forward to the show’s first spinoff. When Hope Calls will premiere in August 2019 and tell the story of two orphaned sisters raised in very different circumstances who reunite as adults in a small northwest town in the early 20th century. It will be the first-ever streaming-only series for Hallmark Movies Now, Crown Media’s digital streaming service.  

When Calls the Heart Season 6 returns to the Hallmark Channel on Sunday May 5 at 8/7c.

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