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On heels of continued ratings growth, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces programming to start 2018

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Mon, Jan 15th 2018 11:20 am
Jewel and Colin Ferguson are shown on the set of `Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery.` (©2016 Crown Media United States LLC photo by Ryan Plummer)
Jewel and Colin Ferguson are shown on the set of "Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery." (©2016 Crown Media United States LLC photo by Ryan Plummer)
New movies for popular franchises 'Fixer Upper Mysteries,' 'Emma Fielding Mysteries,' 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' and 'Hailey Dean Mysteries' are joined by 'Morning Show Mystery' from executive producer Al Roker & starring Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox
Long-running mystery detective dramedy 'Psych' joins weekday lineup
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, a premiere television destination for thrilling mysteries, will offer a slate of new, original world premiere movies, as well as a new acquisition to further bolster the schedule.
On the heels of record-breaking ratings in Q4, the network unveiled plans for new installments of returning, popular mystery franchises along with a new offering from Executive Producer Al Roker ("Today"), starring Holly Robinson Peete ("Christmas in Evergreen," "Meet the Peetes") and Rick Fox ("Greenleaf," "Oz").
The announcement was made as part of Crown Media Family Networks' bi-annual TV Critics Association Press Tour.
"Viewers have a strong appetite for our mystery programming, as reflected in the ratings surge that Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has experienced with continued year-over-year growth," said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. "We're thrilled to introduce new franchises to complement returning viewer favorites as we take sleuths on smart, exciting and thrilling adventures through our storytelling."
Audiences will be able to immerse themselves in their favorite mysteries with new installments of "Emma Fielding Mysteries" starring Courtney Thorne-Smith ("According to Jim," "Melrose Place") and James Tupper ("Big Little Lies," "Revenge"), "Fixer Upper Mysteries" starring Grammy Award nominee Jewel and Colin Ferguson ("Eureka"), the return of the "POSTables" in a new "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" adventure starring Eric Mabius ("Ugly Betty"), Kristin Booth ("Orphan Black"), Crystal Lowe ("Primeval: New World") and Geoff Gustafson ("Rogue"), along with a new "Hailey Dean Mystery" from Executive Producer Nancy Grace and starring Kellie Martin ("The Guest Book," "ER"). The network will premiere "Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps," an all new original movie from Roker ("Today") starring Robinson Peete and Fox.
Further solidifying the network's compelling mystery lineup is the addition of "Psych," the long-running dramedy starring James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen and Maggie Lawson. The series follows young police consultant Shawn Spencer (Roday) who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that Santa Barbara PD detectives think he's psychic. Beginning Jan. 15, three episodes air every weekday from 6-9 p.m. ET/PT, leading out of three episodes of "Monk."
Compared to 2016, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network's annual "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" programming event showed double-digit increases over the same period a year ago among HH (up 20 percent), W18-49 (16 percent), W25-54 (12 percent), A18-49 (11 percent), A25-54 (13 percent) and total viewers (19 percent). *
*Source: Nielsen (10/28/17 - 1/1/18 vs. 10/29/16 - 1/2/17)

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