Hallmark Photo: Lacey Chabert, Ektor Rivera Credit: ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal

Hallmark’s ‘Groundswell’ Stars Lacey Chabert, Ektor Rivera

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Hallmark has adapted Katie Lee Biegel’s bestselling novel Groundswell for television, in their first collaboration.

Groundswell stars Lacey Chabert (The Wedding Veil, Christmas Waltz), Ektor Rivera (Sugar Plum Twist, StartUp), Katie Lee (Younger), Darren Darnborough (Love, For Real, Timeless),  Napoleon Tavale (General Hospital, NCIS: Hawaii), Omar Bustamante (Shades Of Blue, The Blacklist), Bernard Aderhold-Lindsey (20 Minutes, Life), Lundon Knighten (Murder Mystery 2, Illicit), Andrea Elizabeth Sikkink (Hidden Gems, Two Tickets To Paradise), Chris Costanz (Messy., 6 Angry Cubans), Darny Chau (NCIS: Hawaii, Magnum P.I.), and Anuhea Jenkins in their acting debut.

This movie is based on Katie Lee Biegel’s novel, Groundswell. Heather Maidat (Mad, Slow Learners) wrote the story, and John-Eliot Jordan (Meet Me At Christmas, Angel Falls Christmas) wrote the script, with Lee Friedlander (A Royal Queens Christmas, Switched For Christmas) directing.

Hallmark-Photo: Lacey Chabert, Ektor Rivera Credit: ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal
Hallmark-Photo: Lacey Chabert, Ektor Rivera Credit: ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal

What Is Hallmark’s Groundswell About?

According to the IMDb synopsis, Emma (Chabert) is an Atlanta-based chef who is experiencing both a personal and a professional setback.

Therefore, she heads to Hawaii to pivot. She needs to find herself again. There, she meets Ben (Rivera), a reclusive surf instructor. He starts to teach her how to ride the waves of life, no matter how daunting.

When Can You Watch Hallmark’s Groundswell?

The premiere of Groundswell is on Sunday, August 21, at 9 p.m., Eastern on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. More so, encore showings include Tuesday, August 23, at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 25, at 9 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at 5 p.m., Friday, September 9, at 9 p.m., and Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m., all times Eastern.

Katie Lee Biegel’s First Hallmark Movie

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Groundswell is based on Katie Lee Biegel’s bestselling novel of the same name. According to Deadline, this new movie has been a process.

“This project has been a long time in the making and it’s a dream come true to see my characters brought to life for viewers. I could not be happier!”

Moreover, watching her only novel become a Hallmark movie has been a thrilling experience. “I am so thrilled to be working with Hallmark to bring my novel Groundswell to the screen.”

Hallmark Photo: Lee Ann Wong, Lacey Chabert, Katie Lee Credit: ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal
Hallmark Photo: Lee Ann Wong, Lacey Chabert, Katie Lee Credit: ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal

In addition, Hallmark Media SVP Programming, Elizabeth Yost, believes that Katie Lee Biegel is a powerhouse.

“As an award-winning television personality, chef, cookbook writer, and bestselling novelist, it seems that there’s nothing Katie Lee Biegel can’t do.

We are so excited to work with her on yet another accomplishment … bringing her wonderful debut novel, Groundswell, to life on screen … and know that viewers will fall in love with this story.”

Finally, don’t miss the premiere of Groundswell on Sunday, August 21, at 9 p.m., Eastern, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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