Hallmark is expanding into the streaming business. Crown Media Family Networks' first-ever streaming series, "When Hope Calls" (wt), is in development to premiere in 2019 on the company's SVOD subscription service, Hallmark Movies Now. The series is spawned from Hallmark Channel's longest running, most-watched primetime series to date, "When Calls the Heart," currently entering its sixth season on the network.
"'When Calls the Heart" has developed a passionate community of loyal viewers and we wanted to serve their increased appetite by developing a spin-off series that we know will evolve into another beloved classic," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. "'When Hope Calls' is a seamless fit to debut on our streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, and speaks to our dedication to our loyal fans."