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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: September 14, 2015.

The Hallmark Channel has a prolific filmography with many titles that are well loved by families everywhere. They have many favorite holiday movies.  Some of the best known and loved television series, such as Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and When Calls the Heart, are products of Hallmark’s artistry.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told, the latest film in a series of movies about reconnection and reconciliation, airs on Hallmark Channel Movies & Mysteries. This movie is a reconciliation story between a father and a son. The Signed, Sealed, Delivered TV series and films have followed the lives of postal workers who have sought to find intended recipients of undeliverable mail.

The POstables are on a mission to deliver a soldier's letter; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

The POstables are on a mission to deliver a soldier’s letter; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

Martha Williamson, the series’ creator, has said that the lead protagonist, Oliver O’Toole, is a man of faith who has been based on her father, who was born in 1901. Martha said to Hallmark, “I want to write a character…who wants to do the right thing; who will be honest and avoid all sorts of opportunities and temptations because he knows it’s going to take him down the wrong road… This is a tender sort of storytelling that people are really embracing because it reminds them of the days when you could really go into people’s hearts and court not just people’s romantic side, but court their spiritual side.”

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told tells the story of postal workers who are trying to investigate the truth about a “war torn letter about a soldier missing in action.”

Crystal Lowe as Rita and Geoff Gustafson as Norman; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

Crystal Lowe as Rita and Geoff Gustafson as Norman; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

Martha Williamson has also written and produced Touched by an Angel (1994), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love (2015) and Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014).

Michael Landon Jr. produces today, as did his father before him (Little House on the Prairie), inspirational frontier television series that have been aired on the Hallmark Channel, such as When Calls the Heart. In an exclusive interview, Erin Krakow, who plays the lead role of Elizabeth Thatcher in the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart, describes how women in the show who have lost their coal miner husbands learn to survive and provide for their children in a bleak labor environment.

The premiere for Season Three has been planned for a two-hour, December special. She has also shared how the first season, of 10 episodes each, can be viewed through streaming on Netflix and other streaming sources. Further, the first two seasons of 10 episodes each are available individually or in boxed sets are available on DVD.

Erin Krakow in 'When Calls the Heart'; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

Erin Krakow in ‘When Calls the Heart’; Photo Courtesy of Hallmark.

Brian Bird, co-founder and partner with Michael Landon, Jr. in Believe Pictures (specializing in life-and-faith-affirming films and television) holds recent writing and executive-producing credits including the 2015 Paramount feature films, CaptiveThe Ultimate Life (2013) for 20th Century Fox, along with the TV film, Beverly Lewis’ The Reckoning for the Hallmark Channel (2015). Additionally, he has served as executive producer and head writer of the Hallmark original series, When Calls the Heart.

In the exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Brian Bird has said movies that people have loved are redemption stories. He has said that we all are hungry for redemption and want resurrection stories because it is innate within us. Brian has said that today there is void which redemptive media can fill. He has contended that souls are starved and redemptive media producers can feed these souls.


Originally written by Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), for Austin Movie Examiner

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