If you are a Hallmark mystery fan, the past year has been a challenge. Back in 2022, Hallmark aired the fewest amount of mysteries than they have in years. In addition, a few Signature Mystery Series like Picture Perfect, Hailey Dean, and Matchmaker Mysteries were officially canceled. Therefore, many mystery fans have been concerned about the future of the genre on HMM.
However, Sleuthers should now be happy about what Hallmark Media EVP Lisa Hamilton Daly reveals about the future of mysteries. What seems clear is that there has been a lot of thought into what they are planning for the future.
What did she have to say?
Will Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Start Focusing On Mysteries Again?
On Wednesday, Decider published an interview with Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President of Programming at Hallmark Media. She discussed the future of the network’s programming. This includes Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Firstly, she revealed that “we are leaning back more into the mysteries, which people really liked.” This is the news that Sleuthers have been waiting for!
Next, she declared her love of Only Murders In The Building. After watching this Hulu series, she realized they had an opportunity to tune up HMM’s Signature Mystery Series.
We’re trying to bring back the fan favorites but also freshen them up because — I loved Only Murders in the Building, so we are trying to see how we can feel more modern with our mysteries.
This was a statement with a lot of information. First, Daly revealed that they are trying to bring back fan favorites. We already know that they are reuniting Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison in Vancouver for Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery.
However, fan favorites indicate more than one mystery series. What other mysteries will the network resurrect? This should give Mystery 101 fans more hope. These Sleuthers have been waiting nearly two years for the eighth movie.
John Christian Plummer has confirmed with TV Shows Ace that the script is written. Moreover, he has a relation to the Deadly History cliffhanger.
What other fan favorites could the network bring back? Could The Gourmet Detective return, especially now that star and screenwriter Dylan Neal has been cast in the upcoming rodeo drama series, Ride? What about Lacey and Brennan reuniting for another Crossword Mysteries? Could Jesse Metcalfe finally return to Hallmark and make more Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries?
Her statement certainly opens the door for a cornucopia of mystery options. However, it seems that Daly has more ideas about the future of Hallmark mystery movies.
Great interview with Hallmark's Lisa Hamilton Daly
"We’re really cognizant that we want to keep our longtime fans happy, but we’re also saying, 'Who else is out there that might want to watch?' Our goal is to really bring everybody into the room with us"https://t.co/tIP6kKynY3
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Lisa Hamilton Daly Promises ‘Fun Surprises’
In this same interview, the EVP Programming at Hallmark Media was asked about the resurgence of mysteries. They pointed to Netflix’s hit Glass Onion and Peacock’s Poker Face. Lisa Hamilton Daly was quick to reveal that she thinks Natasha Lyonne is “amazing,” but admits she still needs to see more of the hit mystery Poker Face.
However, she does acknowledge that she wants to freshen up Hallmark mysteries. It seems that they have already been brainstorming how to make mysteries with a more modern look, yet still something the family can watch.
I think with our mysteries, it can be a little bit of a dusty attic kind of show but we’re saying, ‘Okay, how do we do something — which still has to be G-rated, PG maybe, especially if it’s murder — but how do we do what works for our audience but is also fresh?’ And that’s what we’re trying and I think that there’s going to be some fun surprises with that, too.
Daly ends her mystery discussion with a fabulous hint of “fun surprises” to come. It is a foregone conclusion that the new Paul Campbell and Aimee Garcia mystery series, The Cases Of Mystery Lane will be comedic. But, what other surprises could Hallmark have in store?
Sounds like Hallmark is doing more than ramping up their mystery production. They are reinventing their mystery brand to increase their audience of Sleuthers.
Which Hallmark mystery series would you like Hallmark to bring back?