KELLIE MARTIN STARTS PRODUCTION ON ‘HELLO, IT’S ME,’
A HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES ORIGINAL WORLD PREMIERE THIS FALL
Based on the novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Markham
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces the start of production of the Original Movie “Hello, It’s Me,” which will World Premiere in FALL 2015. Kellie Martin (“ER,” “Life Goes On”) will star as a mother whose late husband communicates with her from above in this heartwarming romance along with Kavan Smith (“Rogue,” “When Calls The Heart”), Erin Pitt (“Against the Wild”), Jack Fulton, (“The Christmas Parade”) and Chad Connell (“Gone Tomorrow”). “Hello, It’ Me” is based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Wendy Markham.
“We are delighted to premiere ‘Hello, It’s Me’ on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, where both longtime fans of Wendy Markham’s work and brand new audiences will enjoy seeing this beloved novel brought to television,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “The always enchanting Kellie Martin leads a talented cast in this highly anticipated television adaptation.”
Two years after her husband Andre’s death, Annie (Martin) and her children Ella (Pitt) and Milo (Fulton) struggle to cope with his loss. Annie can’t imagine falling in love after losing Andre (Connell), until she meets James (Smith), a wealthy bachelor who is drawn to her free spirit. Annie is afraid to love again and longs for guidance when she catches herself starting to fall for James. Her concerns are answered when she starts receiving communications from her late husband that encourage her to follow her heart.
“Hello, It’s Me” is a WhizBang Films Production in association with Lee Distribution. Frank Siracusa, Orly Adelson and Jonathan Eskenas are the Executive Producers. Andrea Raffaghello is the producer. Mark Jean directs from a script by Julie Sherman Wolfe, based on the book by Wendy Markham.
Hallmark Channel’s original scripted series, When Calls the Heart, culminated a winning second season on Saturday night with the finale garnering a 2.1 HH rating and 2.1 million total viewers on a Live+3 basis. Additionally, the season 2 closer elevated Hallmark Channel to be the most watched network in the 8 pm time period among HHs and total viewers. In addition to tuning in, the show’s ardent fans, who call themselves “Hearties”, took to social media in record numbers making the finale the #1 Tweeted episodic series premiere during Saturday prime. Moreover, the episode generated the most social engagement and highest tweets (81,368) – 89% of which contained #Hearties – of any Hallmark Channel original series, movie, or special premiere in network history. Over the course of its 8-week sophomore run, which kicked off on April 25th , the program averaged a 2.0 HH rating, as well as 1.7 households and 2 million total viewers, boosting Hallmark Channel to become the most-watched cable network on Saturday nights in the 8-9 pm time period. The season’s premiere and encore telecasts combined also reached a total of 8.5 million unduplicated viewers.
“This weekend’s strong closing performance of When Calls the Heart, Season 2, is proof positive that our unique brand of storytelling in original scripted series is resonating with viewers in a big way,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity. “We want to thank the show’s deeply loyal and passionate fan base for making Hallmark Channel number 2 on Saturday nights over the past 8 weeks.”
In When Calls the Heart: With All My Heart, Elizabeth and Jack face a life-threatening experience together and finally discover the truth about what has been keeping them apart. Later, all of Hope Valley witnesses a shocking arrest and an unexpected proposal.