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Q: Do you know if "Chesapeake Shores" will ever be back on Hallmark or anywhere else? I read all the books and loved the shows. 

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You have to hand it to the people at Hallmark. They know when they have a good formula going. They knew it with the greeting card (they're all pretty much the same, after all), and now they know it with their TV shows.

The network has made four original series so far, all of which are about someone feeling torn between staying in a small town or moving (back) to the big city. The latest print from this mold is "Chesapeake Shores," and much like the show's protagonist, Hallmark is sticking with Chesapeake Shores: It's back as of Aug. 6.

The show features a career-driven New Yorker who visits her hometown (named Chesapeake Shores, of course) and considers staying there to raise her children.

Hallmark is producing two other original series at the moment. "When Calls the Heart" is a period drama about a big-city teacher who moves to a small coal-mining town in the Canadian West. "Good Witch" started as a made-for-TV movie about a witch who moves to the small town of Middleton. When Hallmark turned it into a series, the premise became about her falling for a man from New York (where else?) who just moved in next door and is having trouble adjusting.

The channel's first-ever scripted series was, by comparison, quite different. In "Cedar Cove," it's a small-town woman who's weighing a move to the big city. Perhaps even that was too far off-message, though -- it was canceled in 2015.

You can't chalk all the credit/blame up to Hallmark, of course. All of them but "Good Witch" were based on book series, so this was a romance-genre trope before Hallmark ever got involved.

 

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