This show is a spin-off from the Hallmark Channel series, "When
Calls the Heart." I've never seen that series, so I can't compare
them. I've seen some other shows that I assume are similar, such as "Cedar
Cove." All of these shows have a bunch of mostly-white Canadians in small towns
with some romance and slight adventure.
In this new series, which takes place in a small
town in 1916, two sisters open an orphanage in the
small town of Brookfield. One of the sisters,
Lillian, is from there, and there is some sort of
scandal about her father. The other sister, Grace,
who was raised in an orphanage, is new to the town.
Lillian is the more sensible of the two sisters, for
the most part.
Lillian has a crush on the town mountie, Gabriel
(RJ Hatanaka), while Grace flirts with the
veterinarian, Chuck (Greg Hovanessian).
There's a new hotel in town, run by Ronnie Stewart,
who wants the town to be successful. His
sister-in-law, Tess (Wendy Crewson), runs a ranch.
She's kind of grumpy and tough. Joe (Jefferson
Brown), who's very handsome, runs the town store.
In the first episode, Grace buys a cow from Tess.
The hotel has a big grand opening party. The town
store burns down, as well as the infirmary next to
it (doctor's office). Gabe thinks that the fire is
You can tell by that description, that it's not
exactly an exciting show, but it's entertaining
enough. The only thing I didn't like is that Lillian
and Grace wear a lot of makeup. Women back then
didn't wear much makeup (unless they were women of
ill repute). They cast these beautiful women in the
roles...they should not have them made up so much.
If you like Hallmark shows and movies, this one
should be no different. Also, if you grew up
watching shows like "Little House on The Prairie"
and "The Waltons," then you should enjoy this as
This series is only on Hallmark's new streaming
service, Hallmark Movies Now. You have to pay the $5
a month to watch it after your free trial runs out.
HALLMARK MOVIES NOW'S FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES "WHEN
HOPE CALLS" PREMIERES FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th, 2019
Spin-off of Hallmark Channel's Beloved Series "When
Calls the Heart" To Debut Exclusively on Hallmark Movies
STUDIO CITY, CA - July 15, 2019 -- "When Hope Calls,"
Crown Media Family Networks' first-ever streaming
series, will premiere Friday, August 30th, 2019 on
Hallmark Movies Now, the network's digital streaming
service. The first two episodes will be available
Friday, August 30 with new episodes premiering every
Friday through October 25.
From the beloved world of "When Calls the Heart"
comes "When Hope Calls," the first Hallmark Movies Now
Original Series. "When Hope Calls" tells the story of
sisters Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon)
who open an orphanage in the 1916 Western town of
Brookfield. Caught between the traditions of cattle
ranchers and the ambitions of a growing town, they
strive to find romance and happiness while overcoming
the challenges of helping the children in their care.
Throughout their journey, they discover community,
acceptance and love as they create the family they
always longed to have.
"'When Hope Calls' embodies the same heartfelt themes
of community, family and faith that have resonated so
strongly with 'When Calls the Heart' fans over the past
six years. This is another series that viewers are sure
to treasure," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice
President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown
Media Family Networks. "The series rounds out the
experience we are offering loyal viewers in 2019. Along
with our linear networks, publishing and podcast
platforms, our SVOD service is another way to enjoy the
original content our brand is known for," Vicary
"When Hope Calls" characters Lillian (Kohan) and
Grace (Hudon) first won viewers over in the 2018 ratings
record-breaker, "When Calls the Heart: The Greatest
Christmas Blessing." Joining them in this spin-off
series will be Gabriel (Ryan-James Hatanka), the
Brookfield Mountie who has caught Lillian's attention,
and local ranch hand Chuck (Greg Hovanessian), who is
vying for Grace's heart. Rounding out the ensemble is
Tess (Wendy Crewson), Chuck's mother and until recent
events, a long-time family friend of Lillian's.
Hallmark Movies Now launched in October 2017.
Subscribers to the service have access to a robust
library of content not available on Crown Media Family
Network's linear channels, with new programming
available every week. Hallmark Movies Now is available
on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire, among other
devices. The SVOD service is also now available over the
Internet on both Comcast's Xfinity X1 and Cox's Contour
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