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January 11, 2014

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HALLMARK CHANNEL’S FIRST-EVER PRIMETIME SERIES
‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’

BEGINS PRODUCTION ON SECOND SEASON MARCH 2014

New Season To Premiere July 2014 With Returning Cast
Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Sarah Smyth,
Brennan Elliott, Bruce Boxleitner and Barbara Niven;

Sue Tenney, Veteran Television Producer Appointed as Show Runner for Season Two

Hallmark Channel’s highly anticipated season two of “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” will begin production March 2014 in Vancouver with an anticipated premiere in July 2014. Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Sarah Smyth, Brennan Elliott, Bruce Boxleitner and Barbara Niven will all return to the second season of the beloved series. Celebrated television producer, Sue Tenney, whose impressive list of credits includes co-executive producer and writer for the award winning, inspirational series “7th Heaven,” as well as ”Life is Wild” and “The Exes,” has signed on as show runner for season two.

The first season of the critically acclaimed series has garnered tremendous popularity and success. “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” season one premiered on Saturday, July 20, 2013 and was named the #1 primetime program on all of television and the #1 general entertainment program for cable in social media, the night of the premiere. The finale, which aired on Saturday, October 12, 2013, ranked as the top program on cable for Saturday (excluding sports). Over the 13-week run of “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” (7/20-10/12/13), the series averaged a 2.0 household rating, making Hallmark Channel the #1 cable network in the Saturday 8-9pm time period. (Source: The Nielsen Company, July 15 – October 13, 2013 and Trendrr).

“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” season two will be produced by Unity Pictures and distributed by Dan Wigutow Productions. Executive producers are Ron French, Dan Wigutow and Sue Tenney. Co-executive producer is Stephen Harmaty and producer is Connie Dolphin. Tenney is show runner. “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” is based on the popular book series Cedar Cove by New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 88 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. The channel is also home to a range of lifestyle programming, anchored by Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.

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