Cedar Cove is gearing up to premiere quite soon, but Hallmark Channel is not only launching that as a TV series, as they are delving further into scripted series territory, as now they are starting production of its newest original greenlit TV series: When Calls The Heart.
When Hallmark Channel’s second original primetime series “When Calls the Heart” begins filming this summer, it will mark the first time a TV series has been shot in the gorgeous surroundings of Telluride, Colorado. It also will be the first narrative TV series shot in Colorado since 1991, when the “Father Dowling Mysteries” series was filmed here. “We are delighted with Hallmark Channel’s choice of Colorado for its latest series,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “With Hallmark Channel’s brand behind it, the show will have a positive economic impact for our state and provide tremendous national exposure for Telluride and all of Colorado.”
Hallmark Channel’s choice of Colorado to film episodes of “When Calls the Heart” was facilitated by the Colorado Film Office with the legislation signed last year by Gov. Hickenlooper. Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, said “Hallmark Channel is coming to the gorgeous state of Colorado. The state provides the perfect backdrop for our Western inspired series, ‘When Calls the Heart’ and we are incredibly proud to infuse the state’s economy with new jobs and resources as a result of filming our family targeted program here.” The legislation added incentives to make Colorado more competitive for television and film production. “While we can’t compete side—by—side with other state incentive programs, we continue to see the benefits of our modest incentive package coupled with Colorado’s talented workforce and extraordinary scenery,” said Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s Film Commissioner.
Three-time Emmy® winner Jean Smart (“Designing Women” “Samantha Who?”) and Lori Loughlin (“Full House” “90210”) star in “When Calls the Heart” a Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series, the special extended pilot premieres, October 5 at 9p.m. ET/PT, 8C. Erin Krakow (“Army Wives” “Castle”) and Daniel Lissing (“Last Resort”) star in the Original Primetime Series set to premiere January 2014, Smart and Loughlin have the possibility to reprise their roles when the series returns in January.
Based on Janette Oke’s bestselling Canadian West book series, “When Calls the Heart” is the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a small prairie town in the Western Frontier lead by two strong coalminer widows, Abigail Stanton (Loughlin) and Frances Tunnecliffe (Smart). Elizabeth must deal with her restless students as well as the new Constable in town, Jack Thornton (Lissing). Set against the wild canvas of a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west.
“When Calls the Heart” is a Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy Television production. Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Roman Viaris, Francisco Gonzalez, and Jimmy Townsend are executive producers. Eric Jarboe is co-executive producer.
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