'When Calls the Heart' Is Officially Getting a Spinoff Series, 'When Hope Calls'

Here's how to tune in, Hearties.

  • Beloved Hallmark series When Calls the Heart just entered its sixth season.
  • The network that, following the show's success, a spinoff will launch in the next few months.
  • The cast members have already been briefly introduced during When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing.

    Hearties, we come bearing excellent news. Hot on the heels of the When Calls the Heart season six premiere, which aired February 24, Hallmark announced that the well-received series is getting a new spinoff.

    Contain your squeals momentarily as we share the rest of the exciting details. According to a Crown Media Family Networks press release, the tentatively-titled When Hope Calls will be available for everyone's viewing pleasures later this summer. The new show also marks a groundbreaking initiative—its the network's first-ever streaming series.

    When Hope Calls has big shoes to fill, considering When Calls the Heart has officially taken over as the Hallmark Channel's most-watched primetime show ever. With that being said, we have a feeling the spinoff will rise to the occasion. While it's unclear whether Elizabeth Thornton herself will make any cameos, we still know plenty of info about the sister series.

    What's the Spinoff About?

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    When Hope Calls character Lillian.
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    When Hope Calls occurs in the early 1900s, and will follow the lives of orphan siblings Lillian and Grace, who grow up apart but reunite later in adulthood. The sisters decide to open up their own orphanage in a quaint northwestern town (presumably Hope Valley), which is in the process of transitioning from the simple horse-and-buggy lifestyle to a more modern, technology-infused culture.

    Who Is Joining the Cast?

    If you tuned in to the When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing last year, you've already gotten a glimpse at the cast.

    Lillian's and Grace's characters actually made their first appearances on the holiday special, and they're played by real-life actresses Morgan Kohan and Jocelyn Hudon, respectively.

    How Do I Watch When Hope Calls?

    The inaugural streaming series will be featured on digital service Hallmark Movies Now, which debuted in October 2017.

    When Does the When Calls the Heart Spinoff Premiere?

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    Grace from When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing
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    Mark your calendars for August 2019!

    Has When Calls the Heart Been Cancelled?

    It's too soon to say for sure, but it's definitely a good sign that the series just got renewed for its sixth season. Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming and Network Publicity for Crown Media, also explained that the spinoff's goal is simply to create another equally enjoyable experience for WCTH fans.

    "When Calls the Heart has developed a passionate community of loyal viewers and we wanted to serve their increased appetite by developing a spin-off series that we know will evolve into another beloved classic," she told . "When Hope Calls is a seamless fit to debut on our streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, and speaks to our dedication to our loyal fans."

    Guess that mean's we'll just be getting a double dose of Hope Valley. The more the merrier!

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