8:41pm PT by Philiana Ng
Hallmark Channel Adapting 'Chesapeake Shores' Book Series for TV
Hallmark Channel is hoping to bring the Chesapeake Shores novels by New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods to the small screen.
The cabler announced Saturday evening at the winter Television Critics Association press tour that it is developing a potential series for a 2015 launch. This would mark the Crown Media Holdings-owned network's fourth scripted offering should it go to series.
Woods, who has written more than 100 romance and mystery novels since 1982, began the 10-book Chesapeake Shores series in 2009 -- the first title being The Inn at Eagle Point. The most recent, A Seaside Christmas, was released in September 2013.
The series focuses on the O'Brien family, a multigenerational clan who reunite in their hometown on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay after years apart to face the memories of their past and learn the importance of reconciliation.
“We are looking forward to working with the multitalented Sherryl Woods to develop Hallmark Channel’s fourth scripted series,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vp programming at Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. “Woods’ Chesapeake Shores’ series of books truly embodies the emotions of life’s lessons, family and community, that we know will captivate our viewers.”
The development news comes as the Hallmark Channel continues its push in to the scripted space, with Andie MacDowell's Cedar Cove, Lori Loughlin's When Calls the Heart and Eric Mabius' Signed, Sealed, Delivered on its slate. All three of these series are based on novels.