Hallmark Channel Working on Another New Movie of the Week

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Hallmark Channel has been known for years now for providing family-friendly made-for-TV movies and that is just the case with their 2-hour movie ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove’, which will be debuting next Saturday and will become the network’s first scripted drama. They will also have another made-for-TV movie – ‘Where The Heart Is’ – will debut in October with plans for a TV series to following 2014. And, as we reported here last week, the network is planning another movie-into-TV series with ‘The Mystery Cruise’ based on the novel by best-selling authors Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.

Now comes news that the network isn’t stopping there, they are going into production with ‘Touched By An Angel’ executive producer Martha Williamson on Dead Letters [which is the working title of the project, as of right now], another Hallmark Channel original movie of the week that will potentially become another new primetime series for the network.

‘Dead Letters’ introduces a dedicated, quartet of civil servants in the Dead Letter Office of the U.S. Postal System who transform themselves into an elite team of lost-mail detectives. Their determination to deliver the seemingly undeliverable takes them out of the post office into an unpredictable world where letters and packages from the past save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but always miraculously on time. The intrepid team is led by the charming and handsome, but idiosyncratic, Oliver (Eric Mabius of ‘Ugly Betty’ fame) who still considers the stamped and mailed letter to be the gold standard of human communication. His hapless team of lost letter experts include free-spirited Rita (Crystal Lowe from ‘Smallville’) and oddly-intuitive Norman (Geoff Gustafson from ‘Primeval: New World’), are thrown for a loop when a beautiful, no-nonsense technophile named Shane (Kristin Booth from ‘The Kennedys’) is mistakenly transferred to their inner sanctum. Shane inspires the lovable crew to step up in a risky and unorthodox way, beginning with a chance to clear the name of a wrongfully accused man and reconnect him with the love of his life.

‘Dead Letters’ will be executive produced by the aforementioned Williamson as well as Joel S. Rice (‘Banner 4th of July’), Michael Prupas (‘The Kennedys’) and Jesse Prupas (‘Cyberbully’) from a script written by Williamson and directed by Scott Smith (‘Call Me Fitz’).

‘Dead Letters’ will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, October 12 at 9/8c and should the TV series receive a greenlight, it will air in 2014.