Meg Tilly (Lorna Corbett) has written her second romance novel. CLIFF’S EDGE. The book follows Eve Harris as she prepares to house-sit for her neighbour and run her bakery in a quiet village on Solace Island, which is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Her sister Maggie is away on her honeymoon. (Eve and her sister opened the bakery in Tilly’s first novel.) Her neighbour Luke, it turns out, has already offered the house to his friend, movie star Rhys Thomas, who needs a quiet place to be after completing his latest film. Eve and Rhys find themselves attracted to one another, but they aren’t as alone as they might think. CLIFF’S EDGE can be pre-ordered from most distributors, including Amazon and Google Play Books, and will be released on 21 May.
Jodi Balfour (Gladys Witham) will be pilot Ellen Waverly in FOR ALL MANKIND, an eleven episode series that will explore an alternate reality in which the global space race never ended. Not a lot of detail is available about the series, but the second episode is titled “He Built the Saturn V” (probably meaning Werner Von Braun) and Episode Three is titled “Nixon’s Women”, which might be a reference to Nixon’s “women’s initiative” of 1971, which tripled the number of women in top level positions in the American government. (Nixon was also responsible for shifting the U.S. space program away from manned lunar and planetary exploration, effectively ending the space race.) Matt Battaglia appears as John Glenn in that episode. Created by Ronald D. Moore (co-creator of Battlestar Galactica), FOR ALL MANKIND will soon begin filming in Los Angeles, and should be available on Apple’s new streaming service APPLE TV+ in the fall.
Ali Liebert (Betty McRae) will make her directorial debut with the TV movie AMISH ABDUCTION which stars Sarah Canning as Annie, an Amish wife and mother whose life is disrupted when her abusive husband leaves to live among what he calls “normal Americans”, and then returns to seek custody of their son by “any means necessary”. No word yet on a release date. A trailer is available on IMDB.
Liebert will reprise the role of Darcy Archer in the Hallmark romance A GIFT TO CHERISH, a sequel to the 2017 film A GIFT TO REMEMBER, which was based on the 2013 novel by Melissa Hill. In that film, as she cycles to her job at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Philadelphia, Darcy collides with a well-dressed man (Peter Porte) who is walking his dog. The man is knocked unconscious. Both his phone and wallet are washed into a storm drain, and he ends up in hospital with amnesia. Darcy, after finding his keys and some unmailed Christmas cards with his return address, breaks into his apartment, and makes questionable assumptions about the man’s identity. No details are yet available on the sequel’s storyline.
Antonio Cupo (Marco Moretti) is Bruno Fabi in BLOOD & TREASURE, a 13-episode series about antiquities expert Danny McNamara ( Matt Barr), and art thief Lexi Vaziri (Sophia Pernas). The two join forces in an attempt to capture Karim Farouk (Oded Fehr), a terrorist who funds his operations by stealing valuable artifacts. McNamara and Vaziri travel the world looking for Farouk and unexpectedly find themselves attempting to rescue Danny’s mentor, Dr. Anna Castillo (Alicia Coppola), whom Farouk has kidnapped. A trailer is available on YouTube. BLOOD & TREASURE will premiere 21 May at 9/8c on CBS.
Cupo will also be Harry in TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, a film about Joe (Andy Favreau), Alice (Erika Christensen), Harry, and Emily (Carmel Amit). Joe is handsome, wealthy, and successful. He marries Alice and moulds her into the ideal socialite wife, but cheats on her a lot. Joe’s proclivity for extramarital sex begin to negatively affect his career, and Alice finds herself becoming involved with Harry, who is the boyfriend of her best friend Emily. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD is based on a novel by Jane Green and directed by Monika Mitchell. The film will premiere on Lifetime on 22 June at 8/7c.
Anastasia Phillips (Vera Burr) stars as Catherine in the dark comedy TAMMY’S ALWAYS DYING. Catherine’s mother, the charmingly self-destructive Tammy (Felicity Huffman) who regularly threatens suicide, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Catherine’s feelings of isolation intensify as her mother’s condition requires more and more of her time. Illana Wiseman (Lauren Holly), who is described as “a glamourous purveyor of talk show tragedy porn”, talks Catherine into selling her mother’s life story, but it gradually becomes clear that Tammy’s actual death is Catherine’s only real way out. Kristian Bruun is also in the cast. Directed by Amy Jo Johnson (who was Jules Callaghan in 75 episodes of FLASHPOINT), and written by Joanne Sarazen, TAMMY’S ALWAYS DYING completed filming in Hamilton, Ontario last December.
Charlotte Hegele (Kate Andrews) is Julie Thatcher, younger sister of Elizabeth Thatcher, on WHEN CALLS THE HEART. Julie’s most recent appearance on the show was when she returned to Coal Valley for Elizabeth’s wedding in Episode 5.5, “My Heart Is Yours”. (She had left town three episodes earlier to attend art school.) Tom, the brother of the groom, with whom she had a previous involvement, also showed up for the wedding, still unattached and apparently successful. Julie told Tom she is having a showing of her work in Hamilton “in a few months” and invites him to it. That may be the next time we see the two of them together. WHEN CALLS THE HEART airs Sunday nights at 9pm on The Hallmark Channel.