Pair of sequels set at Hallmark


Hallmark Channel has greenlighted sequels to its original movies "The Good Witch" and "The Note."

"Witch's" Catherine Bell and Chris Potter and "Note's" Genie Francis and Ted McGinley will reprise their roles in "The Good Witch 2" (working title) and "Taking a Chance on Love," respectively.

"Witch 2" goes into production this month in Toronto for a 2009 premiere.

The original "Witch," which premiered in January, ranks as Hallmark Channel's second-highest-rated original. The sequel is from Whizbang Films, with Frank Siracusa, Orly Adelson and Jonathan Eskenas exec producing. Bell is co-executive producing. Craig Pryce will direct from a script by G. Ross Parker.

"Love" is set to go into production next month in Toronto for a January premiere.

"Note," which aired in December, ranks as the network's fourth-highest-rated original movie. The sequel, from Lightworks Pictures and Muse Entertainment, is exec produced by Joel S. Rice and William Spencer Reilly. Douglas Barr will direct from his own script. (partialdiff)