Hallmark Channel Announces the Season Nine Premiere Date of “When Calls the Heart”





Hallmark Channel Announces the Season Nine Premiere Date of the Network’s Highly Rated and Longest-Running Original Series “When Calls the Heart”
The series returns Sunday, March 6 at 9:00/8:00c with the first of 12 all-new episodes.
[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]
HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES THE SEASON NINE PREMIERE DATE OF THE NETWORK’S HIGHLY RATED AND LONGEST-RUNNING ORIGINAL SERIES “WHEN CALLS THE HEART”

STUDIO CITY, CA – January 5, 2022 – Season nine of Hallmark Channel’s beloved primetime drama series, “When Calls the Heart,” will make its compelling return with more romance and drama in store for the residents of Hope Valley, premiering on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 9pm/8c with 12 all-new episodes!

Hope Valley is in a state of growth, with the foundry’s progress and the evolution of key relationships. The Mayoral race has the town buzzing with a few members of the town running against one another. Elizabeth and Lucas focus on their relationship beyond courtship, and as she gets to know Lucas better, she learns about his past which gives Elizabeth pause about their future.

“‘When Calls the Heart’ is a cherished series that continues to grow in the ratings annually. It continues to gain fans and is a tentpole of our network’s storytelling, said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “We are thrilled to showcase a new season from the talented writers and amazing cast. Continuing with original stories of romance, drama and friendship, we are thrilled for viewers to tune in to the new season.”

The hit drama “When Calls the Heart” ended its eighth season on a high, with this season’s final episode (8012) ranking as the most-watched episode of the series in Households (2.9 million) and among Total Viewers (3.6 million) on a Live+3 basis. In fact, season 8 became the most watched of the series in Households, and among Total Viewers and Women 18+, with the program delivering 2.7 million Households, 3.3 million Total Viewers, and 2.4 million Women 18+. The program also ranked as the #1 original scripted series on ad-supported cable in 2021-to-date among Households and Women 18+. However, among Women 18+, the program was also this year’s #1 original series (including reality) on ad-supported cable in 2021-to-date.

With its 12 episodes, the season reached 9.5 million unduplicated Total Viewers.

Source: Nielsen, Season 8 (2/21-5/9/21), Live+3 Days. Original scripted series ranker excludes news, sports & repeats, and they reflect rank standings at time of air, thru 5/9/21 only.



Upcoming DVD Releases





NOW AVAILABLE:
* The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 11 DVD Collection (Time Life)
$99.95 SRP DVD (Deluxe 21 DVD Collection also available for $199.90 SRP)

EXTRAS: You’ll get a FREE Bonus DVD with exclusive bonus features including a reunion special, interviews, home movies, and more! And a 36-page Collectible Memory Book full of personal photos from the Nelson family, production photos, and fun facts about the show.
—–The Nelsons invented the family sitcom, and for 14 years they brought love, laughter and music into our homes. The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet started as a radio show in 1944 and transitioned successfully to television in 1952, going on to last 14 seasons! Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky turned their real lives into one of the most cherished TV shows of all time. In this brand new, official Nelson family collection, you’ll see the evolution of the Nelson family starting with the very first episode through Ricky’s emergence as a singing teen sensation, and both his and David’s marriages to their real-life wives in the final color season! You’ll get the full-length, unedited episodes, not seen in decades! And each and every show has been beautifully remastered from the original films, under the Nelson family’s personal loving care. 50 of the best episodes across all 14 seasons including “The Rivals,” “The Valentine Show,” “The Campers,” “Rick Goes on TV,” and so many more. Including 10 lost episodes not seen since they first aired! All episodes fully remastered from the original 35mm camera negatives. Upgrade your order to The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Deluxe 21-DVD Collection and receive 10 more DVDs! You’ll get 50 more episodes, including 10 episodes that haven’t been seen since they first aired. That’s a total of 100 episodes and over 47 hours of entertainment!
NOTE: our thanks to all the readers who emailed us about this item

* The Richard Pryor Show – The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored (Time Life)
$99.95 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Special Features including deleted scenes, outtakes, and a no-holds-barred interview with Richard’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. Plus, a Collector’s Booklet with personal photos, diary entries, tour notes and more!
—–Get ready to experience greatness! From his groundbreaking stand-up to his television appearances, blockbuster films and beyond, Richard Pryor always told the whole, hilarious truth. A once-in-a-generation innovator, changing comedy forever, Richard’s intimate storytelling made the world feel like we knew him and loved him. There’s simply never been a comedian like Richard: totally genius and outrageously funny. Now all of his most memorable stand-up and television performances are together in The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored. You’ll get 13 DVDs including: Richard’s 1977 NBC TV Special and all four controversial episodes of The Richard Pryor Show, featuring Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, and more! All four of Richard’s full-length concert films – Live & Smokin’, Live in Concert, Live on the Sunset Strip, and Here and Now. Richard’s most memorable TV appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Feature film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, written, produced, and directed by Richard. Never-before-released footage from Richard’s infamous first film, Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales, lost since 1968. Exclusive footage of Richard’s final performances and a tribute event at The Comedy Store. Two acclaimed documentary films: Richard Pryor – Omit the Logic, and I Am Richard Pryor.
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COMING ON 9/14:
* Guilt – Season 1 (PBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–Brothers Max and Jake couldn’t be more different. Max-Mark Bonnar, Catastrophe is wealthy with an apparently perfect life. Jake-Jamie Sives, Chernobyl scrapes by, running a record shop. Driving home late one night, they accidentally kill an old man on a darkened street. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 10/26:
* Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete Series: 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook (ViacomCBS)
$144.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. The First Officer is Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. The Chief Medical Officer is Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. Their mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before! 20-disc set.
NOTE: the original Star Trek series has been released before, on both DVD and Blu-ray. This item appears to be a disc-content-identical re-release of the discontinued 2016 Complete Series set on Blu-ray, but with Steelbook packaging for this new Limited Edition set (each individual season in a Steelbook, all slid into an outer slipcover to hold the three; see attached artwork). The set was announced in early July to have a release date this coming week, but this item has now been rescheduled with an October 26th street date. Additionally, the non-Steelbook Blu-ray version of this set, and the DVD version of this set, are getting re-released on this new street date as well.

* The Twilight Zone – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$72.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Original Pilot Version with Rod Serling’s Sponsor Pitch, Audio Commentary by Cast and Crew, Interviews with Cast and Crew, Radio Dramas, Isolated Scores, And much more!
—–All 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series are now presented in pristine high-definition in this spectacular Blu-ray box set. Also includes many hours of bonus features, including: Rare unofficial pilot episode “The Time Element,” Original unaired pilot version of “Where is Everybody?” with Rod Serling’s network pitch, Numerous audio commentaries and interviews, Rod Serling’s audio lectures, Promos for “next week’s” show, Radio dramas, Sponsor billboards, Isolated music scores, and so much more. 24-disc set.
NOTE: this item was originally released in 2016, and is now being re-released for those fans who missed it the first time around
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COMING ON 11/2:
* Sex and the City – The Complete Collection (HBO)
$139.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: To Be Announced
—–Carrie Bradshaw and friends Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte have offered us their hilarious, outspoken and outrageous look at dating, mating and relating in the big city. Celebrate the franchise that explores the day-to-day (and night-to-night) world of single women with the ultimate collector’s set — all 7 seasons, plus the two films, and an exclusive bonus disc! 16-disc set.

* Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$106.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Includes behind-the-scenes and in-depth featurettes
—–DEEP SPACE. ENDLESS ADVENTURE. Relive all seven seasons of the series that took the Star Trek franchise into uncharted territory. Commander Benjamin Sisko is in charge of a diverse crew aboard Deep Space 9, a space station in a constant power struggle with rival species due to its strategic position close to a nearby wormhole, which allows speedy travel to the far reaches of space. The complete series collection includes all 176 episodes from all 7 seasons on 48 discs. Starring Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, CirrocLofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Michael Dorn, and Nicole de Boer.
NOTE: this item was originally released in 2016, and is now being re-released for those fans who missed it the first time around; it is still only available on DVD format, and has NOT been announced for any other disc format

* Under The Dome – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

—–Based on the bestselling book by Stephen King, Under the Dome is the epic story of Chester’s Mill – a town suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a massive dome. The residents struggle to break free of their nightmare and maintain control, while facing every new obstacle that comes their way. As the truth about the dome begins to unravel, it becomes clear that some won’t make it out alive. Relive the excitement and drama of all 3 seasons of the entire series, in one amazing collection. Starring Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Rachelle Lefevre (Mary Kills People), Aisha Hinds (9-1-1), Mike Vogel (The Brave), Natalie Martinez (The Stand), Britt Robertson (Big Sky), and Alexander Koch (Black Bear). 12-disc set.
NOTE: this item was originally released in 2017, and is now being re-released for those fans who missed it the first time around; it is still only available on DVD format, and has NOT been announced for any other disc format

* Jack Irish – Season 3 (RLJ/Acorn)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Emmy Award-winner Guy Pearce reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, former criminal lawyer, and part-time debt collector, with a penchant for getting wrapped up in things he shouldn’t. The long-suppressed trauma of Isabel Irish’s brutal and random murder by Jack’s former client Wayne Milovich – which launched the first Jack Irish installment, Bad Debts – rears its ugly head when Jack discovers there was more to those fateful events all those years ago. Namely, a criminal conspiracy involving his trusted friend, homicide detective Barry Tregear.

* Punky Brewster – The Complete Series (Shout!)
$69.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: EXTRAS: Interview with Creator/Executive Producer David W. Duclon, Actors George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Ami Foster, and Writer Barry Vigon; All Episodes of the animated spin-off, It’s Punky Brewster
—–Punky Brewster will turn your world around! Soleil Moon-Frye stars as the orphaned little girl with an indomitable spirit, who, with her faithful dog Brandon, brings light and laughter into the life of a grumpy, old photographer played by George Gaynes. 16-disc set.
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COMING ON 11/9:
* Emily in Paris – Season 1 (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Includes deleted scenes and three exclusive to DVD featurettes: “A Parisian Dream Come True,” “Just Risque Enough,” and “Like Wearing Poetry”
—–After suddenly landing a dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) embraces her adventurous new life. Emily says oui to possibility as she juggles work, friendships and romance while navigating a whole new culture. This is the first season of the Golden Globe Award and Emmy nominated series from Darren Star, creator of Sex and the City and Younger. Also starring Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (Call My Agent!), Ashley Park (Tales of the City), Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold (Pandemica) and Bruno Gouery (Doc Martin).

* Younger – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: including deleted scenes from every season, and over 30 minutes of hilarious bloopers
—–From Sex and the City creator Darren Star, Younger stars two-time Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old mom passing herself off as a 20-something assistant. Though her ruse lands her a dream job in publishing, a hot young boyfriend, and a fun new millennial squad…cracks began to form in her plan as she realizes that her secret was hurting those closest to her. Younger follows Liza’s journey through professional and personal ups and downs, on her way to discovering that the truth can be so much better than fiction. Available on DVD for the first time ever, this 10-Disc set includes all 84 episodes from the unforgettable series. Packed with special features, this is the definitive, must-own collection for Younger fans.

* When Calls The Heart – Holiday Double Feature: Home For Christmas & The Greatest Christmas Wish (Shout!)
$14.98 SRP DVD

—–Join the residents of Hope Valley in celebration with these special holiday-themed movies! In Home For Christmas, Elizabeth and her friends prepare for Little Jack’s first Christmas, with the hope of establishing traditions that will last a lifetime. Then, in The Greatest Christmas Wish, a group of orphans are stranded for the holidays, and the residents of Hope Valley band together to make this an unforgettable Christmas. Meanwhile, Elizabeth teaches her students the art of selfless giving. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 11/16:
* Doctor Who – Story #036: Evil of the Daleks (BBC)
$24.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: to be announced
—–The TARDIS has been stolen. Marooned on Earth in the year 1966, the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time-machine. Their investigations bring them to a mysterious London antiques shop, where all the antiques all seem to be brand new. Kidnapped by the antique shop’s owner, the Doctor is then brought face to face with a very old enemy: the Daleks. Working from a house in Victorian England, the Daleks have a new masterplan to conquer the universe. And in order to carry it out, they need the Doctor’s help. The original 1967 master recordings of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ were lost soon after the program’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of all seven episodes have survived, and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic. Starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Marius Goring, John Bailey, Deborah Watling, Brigit Forsyth, Gary Watson, Jo Rowbottom, Windsor Davies and Sonny Caldinez. Single-disc release.
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COMING ON 11/30:
* Grantchester – The Complete 6th Season (PBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

—–“Masterpiece Mystery” brings James Runcie’s books to the small screen with this British detective series about the unique if unlikely partnership between Anglican priest Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The two join forces to solve baffling crimes when the vicar decides to take up sleuthing work as a hobby in his home village of Grantchester. With Morven Christie, Tessa-Peake Jones. 8 episodes on 2 discs.
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Hallmark Channel Kicks Off Production on Season Nine of Hit Series “When Calls the Heart”





Hallmark Channel Kicks Off Production on Season Nine of Hit Series “When Calls the Heart”
The hit drama ended its eighth season on a high, with this season’s final episode ranking as the most-watched episode of the series.
[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]
HALLMARK CHANNEL KICKS OFF PRODUCTION ON SEASON NINE OF HIT SERIES “WHEN CALLS THE HEART”

STUDIO CITY, CA – July 21, 2021 — Season 9 of “When Calls the Heart,” Hallmark Channel’s longest-running, most-watched primetime series to date, has started production on twelve all-new episodes. Premiere to be announced at a later date.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin shooting season 9 of ‘When Calls the Heart,’ said star and executive producer Erin Krakow. “It’s a wonderful feeling being back on set with the amazing cast and crew. There are a lot more stories to tell this season and thanks to the talented writing staff, there will be more drama, adventure and romance and we can’t wait for our fans to see what Hope Valley has in store.”

The hit drama “When Calls the Heart” ended its eighth season on a high, with this season’s final episode (8012) ranking as the most-watched episode of the series in Households (2.9 million) and among Total Viewers (3.6 million) on a Live+3 basis.

In fact, season 8 became the most watched of the series in Households, and among Total Viewers and Women 18+, with the program delivering 2.7 million Households, 3.3 million Total Viewers, and 2.4 million Women 18+.

The program also ranked as this year’s #1 original scripted series on ad-supported cable in 2021-to-date among Households and Women 18+. However, among Women 18+, the program was also this year’s #1 original series (including reality) on ad-supported cable in 2021-to-date.

With its 12 episodes, the season reached 9.5 million unduplicated Total Viewers.

Source: Nielsen, Season 8 (2/21-5/9/21), Live+3 Days. Original scripted series ranker excludes news, sports & repeats, and they reflect rank standings at time of air, thru 5/9/21 only.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON (SATURDAY) 7/10:
* Ultraman – Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman (Mill Creek)
$25.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions
—–A DeepDiscount EXCLUSIVE release, Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman is a Blu-ray set containing 9 exclusive episodes of the original Ultraman series featuring English dubs. Ultraman and the Science Patrol will fight for peace against Kemular, Goldon, Seabozu, Skydon, and more! Included in this exclusive Blu-ray release is a 12-page collectible booklet and episode guide. Enjoy 228 minutes of this classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy with the original broadcast edits that are fully remastered in HD, and available for the first time ever with English dubs in DTS-HD Master Audio. Secrets of The Rise of Ultraman, a new 5-part bonus feature made in collaboration of Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. This video series takes place within the vast multiverse of the Ultraman series that explores the exciting connections between the various television series and movies, and the all-new storyline of the comics. Featuring art created by Arthur Adams on the cover from a collaboration of Marvel Comics and Tsuburaya Production, The Rise of Ultraman Collection will include the following episodes: Episode 3 – SCIENCE PATROL, MOVE OUT: Fuji and Hoshino investigate strange sounds and movement coming from the well of Odawara Castle. According to folklore, 500 years ago a famous samurai drove a rampaging monster, Neronga, underground and it remains alive; Episode 21 – BREACH THE WALL OF SMOKE: The mysterious death of birds near the dormant Mt. Omu may be a prelude to renewed volcanic activity, but when a picnic party reports seeing shining eyes through a sudden fog, the SSSP investigates; Episode 28 – HUMAN SPECIMENS 5 & 6: While investigating a series of mysterious bus crashes, Muramatsu and Ide encounter a strange spatial phenomenon. Even though the bus plunges off a cliff, all the passengers are accounted for and escape serious injury; Episode 29 – CHALLENGE TO THE UNDERGROUND: A subterranean monster at the Otayama gold mines has laid the town of Muro to waste. Captain Muramatsu orders the airlift of the Vellucidar, a new drill-boring tank capable of tunneling underground; Episode 30 – PHANTOM OF THE SNOW MOUNTAINS: Yuki, a teenage orphan, is vilified by the locals as “Yukinko” (Snow Girl). She vexes hunters by setting free the animals caught in their traps and believes her late mother was a mythical figure in tune with nature; Episode 31 – WHO GOES THERE?: SSSP Agent Goto returns to Japan after many years in service of the Bolivian branch, but his behavior and questions about the defensive capabilities of SSSP headquarters raise suspicions; Episode 34 – A GIFT FROM THE SKY: Unleashed from a meteorite, a giant monster of tremendous mass, Skydon, begins to lay waste to the city. The SSSP is ordered to dispatch the beast, but even their most advanced weapons are ineffective; Episode 35 – THE MONSTER GRAVEYARD: During patrol of space in a realm designated the “Ultra Zone,” Ide and Arashi discover a repository of monsters defeated by Ultraman and dub it the “Monster Graveyard”; Episode 38 – SPACESHIP RESCUE COMMAND: The Nippon Astronautics Space Agency has been monitoring their unmanned Prospector Probe on the planetoid designated “Q.” Suddenly, the monitors flash with an extremely bright light.
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COMING ON 8/10:
* Charmed – The Complete 7th Season (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

—–Picking up where season six ended, the seventh season begins with the sisters questioning themselves after Gideon’s betrayal. Phoebe is such an emotional wreck that her boss lets her take a break, and hires a ghost writer…a man with whom she takes awhile to warm up to, but eventually develops feelings for. Paige becomes headmistress of Magic School after fighting to keep it open, and starts a relationship with Agent Kyle Brody. Phoebe becomes close to a demon named Drake who wants to repent and lead a good life. Piper is forced to take care of Leo, who was also deeply effected by Gideon’s attack, while raising her new son, Chris. Leo also confesses that he is one of the Avatars, magical beings who dream of creating a utopia on Earth. Finally, darkness surrounds the sisters in the form Zankou, a demon who had been locked away by The Source. In the season finale, Zankou hatches a plan to absorb all of the sisters’ powers. When they realize what Zankou is up to, they are faced with a life-altering decision: sacrifice their powers…or their lives. 5-disc set.
NOTE: this title has previously been released on DVD format, but is now coming to Blu-ray Disc format for the first time, as an MOD (manufacture on demand) item

* Charmed – The 8th and Final Season (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

—–The final season of the series begins where season seven ended: with the sisters having to live under false identities to be free of demons. Each sister remains unhappy, and eventually decides to return to their Charmed lives. Paige, however, begins helping a young witch named Billie, who eventually discovers the sisters’ magical secrets but agrees to keep them under wraps in exchange for witchcraft training. The sisters also help Billie search for her sister Christy, whom she thinks was abducted by a demon years before. In the sisters’ love lives, Paige begins dating Henry Mitchell, Phoebe is sent a Cupid to help her find love, and Piper and Leo have marital problems as he adjusts to his new life as a human. Once Billie reunites with Christy at the end of the season, it is apparent that Christy has been brainwashed into thinking the sisters are evil and convinces Billie of the same. They set out to tarnish the Halliwells’ reputation, forcing the sisters to get stuck in the underworld. In the series finale, Piper and Leo travel back in time to attempt to prevent the destruction of Piper’s sisters, and of the manor. 5-disc set.
NOTE: this title has previously been released on DVD format, but is now coming to Blu-ray Disc format for the first time, as an MOD (manufacture on demand) item
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COMING ON 8/24:
* S.W.A.T. – Season 4 (Sony)
$45.99 SRP DVD

—–Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the S.W.A.T. team faces challenges like they’ve never experienced before, both personally and professionally. From securing a safe memorial service for a beloved pop star, to saving Guatemalan activists from a hitman, to exposing a white nationalist sympathizer within their own ranks, the team must work against the clock to keep Los Angeles safe. Meanwhile, Hondo’s loyalty is torn between the Black community and his brothers in blue, as he reckons with racial tension in L.A., both past and present. Street explores his boundaries with his mother and his love life, while Chris grieves an unexpected loss and Luca aids the team from afar. Deacon struggles with the public’s changing attitudes toward police officers, Tan celebrates his love for Bonnie, and team friction builds when a chance to work abroad gets competitive. 5-disc set.
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COMING ON 8/31:
* The Good Doctor – Season 4 (Sony)
$45.99 SRP DVD

—–Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his romantic relationship with Lea deepens, he also faces new responsibilities as a fourth-year resident, when he is put in charge of supervising a new set of residents that will test him in ways he cannot predict. Meanwhile, the team must deal with the uncertainty and pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic brings now that it has hit their hospital. 5-disc set.
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COMING ON 9/7:
* Chicago P.D. – Season 8 (Universal)
DVD
—–From Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf and the team behind Chicago Fire comes Chicago PD, a gripping police drama about those who put it all on the line to serve and protect. District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes, and the intelligence unit, the team that combats the city’s major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders. Leading the intelligence team is Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight’s command. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, “life on the job” is a daily challenge. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 9/21:
* The Blacklist – Season 8 (Sony)
$45.99 SRP DVD

—–Following the startling revelation that Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) isn’t who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is torn between the relationship she’s developed with the man claiming to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies. Meanwhile, Red leads Liz and the FBI to the most strange and dangerous criminals yet, growing his empire and eliminating rivals in the process. All throughout, Liz and Red engage in an uneasy cat-and-mouse game in which lines will be crossed and the truth will be revealed. 5-disc set.

* The Equalizer – Season 1 (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

—–Robyn McCall (Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning Queen Latifah) – an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background – uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is “The Equalizer”…an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

* Nancy Drew – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–In season one, the Drew Crew helped Nancy (Kennedy McMann) discover the stunning truth that Lucy Sable, the ghost who’d been haunting her all season, was her biological mother, and her biological father was corrupt billionaire Ryan Hudson (Riley Smith). Season two is a direct pickup from season one, so it will span the autumn of 2019, during Nancy’s gap year before college. Ryan will attempt to redeem himself through forging a father-daughter bond with Nancy while keeping her parentage a secret from the rest of his powerful family. Nancy will also find a way forward with her adoptive father Carson Drew (Scott Wolf) by becoming an investigator for his legal practice. Her adventures will bring the Drew Crew standalone cases, new romances, and emotional journeys of self-reinvention as Nancy tries to navigate with both her biological parent and the man who raised her — but the compounding intrigue and menace of the Hudson family will ultimately force her to make a life-altering choice. 4-disc set.

* G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Complete First Series (Shout! Factory)
$64.98 SRP DVD

—–ALL 95 EPISODES OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES! G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against COBRA, a ruthless organization determined to rule the world! In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his – and her – own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years. Now you can relive the original animated adventures of Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Flint, Lady Jaye and the rest of the team with this 16-disc complete series set of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, including all 95 episodes and in-depth bonus features celebrating G.I. Joe’s rich history!
NOTE: this title has been released on DVD several times in the past, but has been discontinued; it is now being re-released on DVD again for any fans who previously might have missed purchasing it

* When Calls the Heart – Year 8 Six-Movie Collection (Shout! Factory)
$26.98 SRP DVD

—–Welcome back to Hope Valley for incredible adventures and heart-warming friendships. Elizabeth finds a second chance at love as she comes to terms with how she feels about Nathan and Lucas. Rosemary reflects upon her life’s purpose, and the entire town comes together for a memorable wedding. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 9/28:
* The Flash – The Complete 7th Season (Warner/SDS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–After last season’s cliffhanger, which saw the Mirror Master victorious and still at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and find his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry will ultimately defeat Mirror Master. But in doing so, he’ll unleash a more devastating threat…one that threatens to tear his team – and his marriage – apart.
NOTE: “SDS” (Studio Distribution Services) is a new company created earlier this year, as a joint effort between AT&T/WarnerMedia and Comcast/NBCUniversal to continue to distribute physical discs – DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD – at retail in a world where viewers are increasingly turning to streaming services. Artwork for this title, shown in the attached collage below, is not yet finalized and could be subject to change.
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DATE NOT YET ANNOUNCED:
* Long Way Round – Complete Series (Long Way Productions)
DVD

—–From London to New York, Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Charley Boorman (The Emerald Forest, Excalibur, Deliverance) chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls’ testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads. And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride more than twenty thousand miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they traveled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. 2004. 10 episodes.
NOTE: DVDs for this limited series (the first of a trilogy of adventure docushows) were first released in 2005, but all previous DVDs are discontinued; it is coming back in print via this upcoming release

* Long Way Down – Complete Series (Long Way Productions)
DVD

—–After their trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Charley Boorman (The Emerald Forest, Excalibur, Deliverance) couldn’t shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth. And so they set off on their 15,000-mile journey with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip. Joining up with producer/directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian and the Long Way Round team, their route took them from John O’Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa. Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humor and honesty they tell their story – the drama, the dangers and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder. 2007. 10 episodes.
NOTE: DVDs for this limited series (the second of a trilogy of adventure docushows) were first released in 2008, but all previous DVDs are discontinued; it is coming back in print via this upcoming release

* Long Way Up – Complete Series (Long Way Productions)
DVD

—–Best friends Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Charley Boorman (The Emerald Forest, Excalibur, Deliverance) reunite for “Long Way Up,” after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting-edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. 2020. 11 episodes.
NOTE: this is the first-ever DVD release for this limited series (the third of a trilogy of adventure docushows), and it is the second-ever disc release for a show that is an original program for the Apple TV+ streaming service (this week’s release of Defending Jacob, on DVD and Blu-ray, is the first Apple TV+ original show to be available on disc)

* Long Way Round/Down/Up – Trilogy Box Set (Long Way Productions)
DVD

—–Best friends Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Charley Boorman (The Emerald Forest, Excalibur, Deliverance) travel over various parts of the globe on motorbikes in 2004’s Long Way Round, 2007’s Long Way Down, and 2020’s Long Way Up. 31 episodes altogether.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 7/6:
* No Activity – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–NO ACTIVITY celebrates the mundane in what should be a high-stakes operation. Season Two finds us back in Car 27 with SDPD detectives Cullen and Tolbeck as they stake out the seedy underbelly of a cockfighting ring. Meanwhile, the SDPD is rocked by a massive corruption scandal, and the culprit might be close to home. Patrick Brammall and Tim Meadows reprise their roles as Detectives Cullen and Tolbeck, and are joined by returning guest stars Jake Johnson as Detective Haldeman, Sunita Mani as SDPD Dispatch’s Fatima, Jason Mantzoukas as haphazard criminal Marco, Amy Sedaris as SDPD Dispatch’s mother hen, Janice, and Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons as Leon, the internal affairs investigator with a fondness for deep sea fishing. New guest stars joining them this season include Jessica Alba, Chris Gethard, Max Greenfield, Joe Manganiello, Cristin Milioti and Nasim Pedrad, among others. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 7/13:
* I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$85.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Your Wish is Our Command! All 139 episodes filled with hilarious blinks! With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head, Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series. Enjoy all 139 episodes in their original broadcast presentation – including the first season in black & white – on this 12-disc collection that re-introduces Larry Hagman as Captain Anthony Tony Nelson, an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden) whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together, he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with some of television’s brightest guest stars, I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV’s Golden Age. 12-disc set.
NOTE: this first-ever Blu-ray Disc edition of the title was originally scheduled for release on June 29th, but has now been delayed until July 13th.
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COMING ON 7/20:
* The Walking Dead – The Complete 10th Season (AMC/Lionsgate)
$70.98 SRP DVD; $80.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: 6 bonus episodes including the backstory “Here’s Negan”; Audio Commentaries; In Memoriam featurette; Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–Winter has turned to spring, and the collected communities are grudgingly respecting the new borders imposed upon them by the ever-brutal Alpha. But having organized themselves into a militia-style fighting force, our group of survivors is prepared for battle…though they’re keenly aware that the Whisperers, and the horde of dead they mingle with, pose a threat unlike any they’ve ever faced. Paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, infighting – all of these will test the group, individually and collectively, with the survival of civilization in a world filled with the walking dead hanging in the balance. Featuring the six additional episodes of the extended 10th season, including Negan’s long-awaited backstory, “Here’s Negan.” 6-disc set in either format.

* The Spanish Princess – Part 2 (Starz/Lionsgate)
$34.98 SRP DVD
—–The epic story of Queen Catherine and King Henry VIII continues in this conclusion to the dramatic miniseries. Beloved by their people and presiding over the most glamorous court in Europe, Catherine and Henry see their relationship tested as Catherine prepares to give birth to an heir, and England wars with France. Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Rauiri O’Connor, Aaron Cobham, Richard Pepper, Laura Carmichael, Georgie Henley, Philip Cumbus, Jordan Renzo. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 7/27:
* Keeping Faith – Series 3 (RLJ/Acorn)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–This record-setting, award-winning thriller comes to a close in a dramatic final season. Series 3 finds small town lawyer Faith Howells (Eve Myles; Broadchurch, Torchwood) attempting to navigate the disillusion of her marriage, while taking on an emotionally wrenching case involving a gravely ill young boy. Into this mix, Faith is confronted by a terrible and long-buried figure from her past: her mother, Rose Fairchild (Celia Imrie; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), whose reappearance uncovers secrets in Faith’s background and will force audiences to ask the question: Who is Faith Howells? 2-disc set in either format.
NOTE: this item was originally scheduled for release on June 29th, but has now been delayed until July 27th.
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COMING ON 8/10:
* When Calls The Heart – Pre-Wedding Jitters And Changing Times (Shout! Factory)
$14.98 SRP DVD

—–In Pre-Wedding Jitters, Elizabeth is distraught over the revelation of Nathan’s secret, causing friction – even between Elizabeth and Rosemary – until everyone puts their differences aside to help Ned and Florence prepare for their wedding. Then, in Changing Times, Carson and Faith’s relationship is put to the ultimate test, while Elizabeth’s own romantic destiny finally becomes clear – though a threat to the Jack Thornton School might interfere with her plans! Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 8/17:
* Gridman: The Hyper Agent (Mill Creek)
$40.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Three computer-savvy kids – Naoto, Yuka and Ippei – created their own videogame superhero, but then discover it’s possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer’s digitized monsters in order to prevent the computerized demon from wreaking havoc on the Human World. 4-disc set.
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DATE NOT YET ANNOUNCED:
* Superman & Lois – The Complete 1st Season (Warner/SDS)
$29.98 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–After years of facing supervillains, monsters, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero (Tyler Hoechlin) and comic books’ most famous journalist (Elizabeth Tulloch) come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever: dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.
NOTE: “SDS” (Studio Distribution Services) is a new company created earlier this year, as a joint effort between AT&T/WarnerMedia and Comcast/NBCUniversal to continue to distribute physical discs – DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD – at retail in a world where viewers are increasingly turning to streaming services. Artwork for this title, shown in the attached collage below, is not yet finalized and could be subject to change.

* Batwoman – The Complete 2nd Season (Warner/SDS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–At the end of the first season, Crows Commander Kane has declared war on Batwoman, forcing everyone around them to choose sides. Season two kicks off with a major game-changer, that will alter Gotham and The Bat-Team forever. A new hero emerges from the shadows. Relatable, messy, loyal, a little goofy, Ryan Wilder couldn’t be more different than the woman who wore the Batsuit before her, billionaire Kate Kane. Living in her van, Ryan has been made to feel trapped and powerless by the system her whole life, and believes the Batsuit is the key to breaking out of it. But what she’ll come to discover is that it’s not the suit that makes Ryan Wilder powerful, it’s the woman inside of it…who finds her destiny in changing Gotham City for good!
NOTE: “SDS” (Studio Distribution Services) is a new company created earlier this year, as a joint effort between AT&T/WarnerMedia and Comcast/NBCUniversal to continue to distribute physical discs – DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD – at retail in a world where viewers are increasingly turning to streaming services. Artwork for this title, shown in the attached collage below, is not yet finalized and could be subject to change.

* The Flash – The Complete 7th Season (Warner/SDS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–After last season’s cliffhanger, which saw the Mirror Master victorious and still at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and find his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry will ultimately defeat Mirror Master. But in doing so, he’ll unleash a more devastating threat…one that threatens to tear his team – and his marriage – apart.
NOTE: “SDS” (Studio Distribution Services) is a new company created earlier this year, as a joint effort between AT&T/WarnerMedia and Comcast/NBCUniversal to continue to distribute physical discs – DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD – at retail in a world where viewers are increasingly turning to streaming services. Artwork for this title, shown in the attached collage below, is not yet finalized and could be subject to change.



HALLMARK CHANNEL’S WHEN CALLS THE HEART WRAPS SEASON EIGHT AS #1 MOST-WATCHED





HALLMARK CHANNEL’S WHEN CALLS THE HEART WRAPS SEASON EIGHT AS #1 MOST-WATCHED
ORIGINAL SERIES OF THE YEAR

Season Propels Network to be #1 Most-Watched
in Weekend Primetime for Entire 12-Episode Run

NEW YORK – May 14, 2021 –Hallmark Channel fans tuned in in droves for Season Eight of hit original drama series When Calls the Heart , which concluded on Sunday night as the #1 most-watched original series on ad-supported cable in the year-to-date among Women 18+. On a L+3 basis, the season finished strong with the finale episode ranking as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the week among Households and Women 18+, which further propelled the network to be #1 most-watched in Weekend Primetime among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers. What’s more, the episode reached 4.2 million unduplicated Total Viewers and became the #1 most-watched episode in the series-to-date among Households and Total Viewers.

Overall, the series’ 12-episode run averaged 3.3 million Total Viewers, 2.7 million Homes, and 432,000 Women 25-54, becoming the most-watched season of the series among Households and Total Viewers. Further, while Season Eight was on air, the series boosted Hallmark Channel to be the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Weekend Primetime and #2 most-watched in Total Day among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers. Eleven of the twelve episodes became the #1 most-watched entertainment programs of the week among Women 18+.

Key Nielsen Highlights (L+3)

Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart Season Eight

The Season Eight finale episode averaged 3.6 million Total Viewers, 2.9 million Homes, and 388,000 Women 25-54, and reached 4.2 million unduplicated Total Viewers
Overall, Season Eight’s 12-episode run averaged 3.3 million Total Viewers, 2.7 million Homes, and 432,000 Women 25-54
While Season Eight was on air, the series boosted Hallmark Channel to be the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Weekend Primetime and #2 most-watched in Total Day among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers
When Calls the Heart ranked as the #1 most-watched original series in 2021-to-date on ad-supported cable among Women 18+
11 of the 12 episodes became the #1 most-watched entertainment programs of the week among Women 18+
Became the most-watched season of the series among Households and Total Viewers
Season Eight reached 9.5 million unduplicated Total Viewers
Source: Nielsen Live+3 2/15/21-5/9/21, excluding news and sports; Original Series compares all ad-supported cable programs from 12/28/20-5/9/21, excluding repeats, news & sports



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 5/3:
* Baywatch – Remastered: All 9 Seasons! (VEI)
$69.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Includes Pilot, Limited Edition Poster, and Fun Facts Booklet
—–First airing in 1989, Baywatch broadcast into over 200 different countries, was translated into 48 languages, reached an estimated audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide according to TV Guide, and was awarded a Guinness World Record for having the largest global TV audience in history. Described by Entertainment Weekly as ‘the most popular show in the history of the planet’, Baywatch spawned a legion of international stars including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Gena Lee Nolan, and Yasmine Bleeth. All episodes (9 seasons, 198 episodes) are now available in High Definition, upscaled to 16:9 cinematic widescreen. In addition, 350 original songs have been created to score the iconic Baywatch montages.
NOTE: the studio, VEI, says on their Facebook page that a Blu-ray version is “coming very soon!”: https://www.facebook.com/Visual…/posts/4581745591841873…
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COMING ON 5/25:
* Genius – Season 3: Aretha (National Geographic/Disney)
$29.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–GENIUS is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season explores Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Grammy Award winner Franklin was a gospel prodigy and outspoken civil rights champion; she is widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. 2-disc set.

* Doctor Who – Story #150: Delta And The Bannermen (BBC Archive)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–With high hopes, the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) embark on an intergalactic tour bus for a prize trip to Disneyland, 1959. Their luck begins to change when the ship collides with an early satellite, and everyone winds up in a Welsh holiday camp. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 6/8:
* MacGyver – Season 4 (Lionsgate)
$29.98 SRP DVD

—–The thrilling reimagining of the classic series is back! In this action-packed fourth season, ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley, Bozer, Matty, and Desi to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city. Lucas Till, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, and Henry Ian Cusick. Created and executive produced by Lee David Zlotoff, the creator of the original series. 3-disc set.

* Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$34.98 SRP DVD
PRE-ORDER LISTING IS NOT YET AVAILABLE
—–“Power Book II: Ghost” picks up after the events of “Power” as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with his father’s death while his mother, Tasha, faces charges for the murder her son committed. Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of escaping prosecution by U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe. Tariq turns to the drug game, entangling himself with a family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada. He figures out the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him…only better.
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COMING ON 6/22:
* When Calls The Heart – What The Heart Wants & Before My Very Eyes (Shout!)
$14.98 SRP DVD

—–What the Heart Wants: Lucas and Elizabeth take their relationship to the next level, but Elizabeth worries she isn’t ready for commitment. Rosemary and Lee adjust to life with their niece with them while Rosemary ponders her life’s purpose. Before My Very Eyes: A health scare has everyone in Hope Valley worried about one of their own, and they band together to help with the recovery. Nathan works to finalize his adoption of Allie, and a new stranger comes to town with secrets of his own. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 6/29:
* Bloodlands – Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–In the gripping thriller Bloodlands from Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodyguard), veteran detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) connects a criminal’s car pulled from the sea to a notorious series of disappearances…including his own wife’s, 20 years earlier. Brannick begins an obsessive campaign to unmask a possible assassin, code-named Goliath, in a case that evokes Northern Ireland’s dark past. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 12/6:
* Ride with Norman Reedus, Season 2 (RLJ/Image)
$29.99 SRP DVD; $29.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus hits the open road once again. This time he is joined by friends like TWD’s co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, TWD’s showrunner Greg Nicotero, and comedian Dave Chappelle, as he travels the globe taking in the sites and experiencing the local culture and biker community. From as far as Spain and Hawaii to the lowlands of North Carolina and the streets of NYC, the adventure continues… 2-disc set in either format.



HALLMARK CHANNEL’S WHEN CALLS THE HEART BECOMES #1 MOST-WATCHED SCRIPTED SERIES OF 2021





HALLMARK CHANNEL’S WHEN CALLS THE HEART BECOMES #1 MOST-WATCHED SCRIPTED SERIES OF 2021

Season Eight Premiere Episode Makes Network
#1 Most-Watched in Primetime for the Week Among Women 18+

NEW YORK – February 26, 2021 –Hallmark Channel’s hit original series When Calls the Heartkicked off its eighth season on Sunday night, becoming the #1 most-watched original scripted series on ad-supported cable in the year-to-date among Total Viewers and Women 18+. The series premiere episode was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the week among Women 18+, further propelling the network to tie as the #1 most-watched in primetime for the week among Women 18+. The program averaged 3 million Total Viewers and 397,000 Women 25-54 on a L+3 basis.

Key Nielsen Highlights (L+3)
Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart Season Eight Premiere

Averaged 3 million Total Viewers and 397,000 Women 25-54
Ranked as the #1 most-watched original scripted series in 2021-to-date on ad-supported cable among Total Viewers and Women 18+
Became the #1 most-watched entertainment program of the week among Women 18+
Boosted Hallmark Channel to tie as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in primetime for the week among Women 18+, and #2 most-watched in Total Day among Women 18+, Total Viewers, and Households
Program reached nearly 3.5 million unduplicated Total Viewers
Source: Nielsen Live+3 2/15/21-2/21/21, excluding news and sports; Original Scripted Series compares all ad-supported cable programs from 12/28/20-2/21/21, excluding repeats, reality, news & sports



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 3/23:
* The State – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$26.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: OVER TWO HOURS of bonus content that includes COMMENTARY: featuring Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wain; and INTERVIEWS; OUTTAKES; an EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC INCLUDING: The Pilot Episode, Over 90 minutes of Unaired Sketches with Commentary from the Cast, Special Appearances, Promos and more!
—–The State was simply one of the sharpest, funniest, and most underrated shows of the 1990’s. Originally created as MTV’s first foray into the sketch comedy genre, The State was a comedic gem that rocked Generation X with slapstick, smarts and witty sarcasm. The dynamic cast features 11 multi-talented actors who have continued to collaborate on such projects as RENO 911!, STELLA, VIVA VARIETY, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and THE TEN. MTV’s timeless sketch comedy show The State is finally here. 5-disc set.
NOTE: this title was originally released on DVD in 2009; the studio is now re-releasing it back into stores.

* Run’s House – Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Over an hour of bonus footage including interviews, extended scenes, music videos and room tours from “Run’s House: Family Confidential”
—–There’s never a dull moment when hip-hop meets holy, but that’s just the way it is at Run’s House. Run, of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, has become a Reverend and a family man. With a chaotic household consisting of three sons – Jojo, Diggy, Russy – and two daughters, Vanessa and Angela, the funk never stops as the Reverend creates his own Heaven on Earth with his wife, former MC Justine. 3-disc set.
NOTE: this title was originally released on DVD in 2007; the studio is now re-releasing it back into stores.
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COMING ON 5/11:
* When Calls The Heart – Open Season & From The Ashes (Shout! Factory)
$14.98 SRP DVD

—–In Open Season, Elizabeth has at last finished her manuscript, and frets when Lucas’s mother Helen comes to Hope Valley to start edits … but Helen also has another reason for coming to town. And Nathan finally reveals how he truly feels about Elizabeth. Then, in From The Ashes, the town comes together when a geyser erupts at the oil rig, while Nathan’s declaration is sidetracked when he is summoned for an inquiry by a Mountie from his past. Single-disc release.
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COMING ON 5/25:
* Supernatural – The Complete 15th and Final Season (Warner)
$44.98 SRP DVD; $49.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–The epic journey of the Winchester brothers come to a close as SUPERNATURAL enters its fifteenth and final season. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) and the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) have battled demons and angels, mythical creatures and monsters, in a seemingly unending quest to save the world. But in the final battle of the show’s 14th season, they faced off against God Himself (Rob Benedict) – refusing to kill their surrogate nephilim son Jack (Alexander Calvert), and thus bringing about God’s decision to end this reality once and for all. 5-disc set on DVD format; 4-disc set on Blu-ray format.
NOTE: attached artwork is a preliminary image and has not been finalized; art could be subject to change

* Supernatural – The Complete Series (Warner)
$329.99 SRP DVD; $359.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, brothers bound by tragedy and their family’s eerie history. Together, they criss-cross mysterious back roads in their ’67 Chevy Impala in search of their missing father, while hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way.
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COMING ON 6/1 (Canada):
* Doctor Who – Jon Pertwee: Complete Season 2 (BBC)
CA$79.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Behind the Sofa – New episodes with Katy Manning, Stewart Bevan, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Sacha Dhawan and Anjli Mohindra; In Conversation – Matthew Sweet chats to companion Katy Manning; A Devils Weekend – Actors Katy Manning and John Levene take a personal trip back to the picturesque village of Aldbourne, 50 years after they recorded the Doctor Who story The Daemons there; The Direct Route – Doctor Who directors Michael Briant, Graeme Harper and Tim Combe take an epic road trip to all the filming locations from Season 8 as they discuss directing the show in the early 1970s; Terrance and Me – Lifelong Doctor Who fan, Frank Skinner sets out to meet the family, friends and colleagues of the late, much-loved writer, Terrance Dicks; Blu-Ray trailer – A specially shot mini-episode; Extended Episode 1 of The Claws of Axos; 90-minute omnibus edition of The Daemons; Immersive 5.1 surround sound on Terror of the Autons and The Daemons; Optional updated special effects and CSO clean-up on Terror of the Autons; Unseen studio footage; Rare archive treats; Convention footage; HD photo galleries; Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files; The eight-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD; And lots more!
—–Stranded on 20th Century Earth, the Third Doctor teams up with UNIT and new companion Jo Grant to thwart alien invasions! And that’s not all, he must also contend with the arrival of his deadliest foe: arch-nemesis The Master. Battling Autons, Axons, an alien mind parasite and a mighty Daemon, the Doctor, Jo and UNIT must defend the Earth – and its future pioneers – in five action-packed adventures from 1971: Terror of the Autons; The Mind of Evil; The Claws of Axos; Colony in Space; The Dæmons. Features the debuts of Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Roger Delgado as The Master, and Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates. 8-disc set.
***NOTE: this title is listed for pre-order at Amazon’s Canadian branch, but is NOT yet formally announced by the studio. It also has NOT been listed for pre-order in the United States as of this writing. All of the information provided above comes from the U.K. release of the item, and it may possibly change for North America when the studio officially announces it for Region A (the North American region for Blu-ray). Our thanks to ALL of the readers who made sure we were aware of this listing during the past few weeks; we’ve held off on including it as part of the Roundup in the hopes it would get an official announcement. Since that hasn’t happened up until this time, and since many of you out there are assuming we’re unaware of the Canadian listing at Amazon, we have decided to include it as part of today’s Roundup…at least as a placeholder, if nothing else. Stay tuned for updates!



Hallmark Channel Announces “Love Ever After” Month with All New Movies





Hallmark Channel Announces “Love Ever After” Month with All New Movies, Return of the Networks Hit Series and More This February
The all new romance movies include “Beverly Hills Wedding” (February 6), “Playing Cupid” (February 13), “Valentine’s Again” (February 14), “Mix up in the Mediterranean” (February 20), and “It Was Always You” (February 27).
[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]
HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES: “LOVE EVER AFTER” MONTH WITH ALL NEW MOVIES, RETURN OF THE NETWORKS HIT SERIES AND MORE THIS FEBRUARY

Hallmark Channel is the place to celebrate love all February, with the network’s Love Ever After programming event; celebrating romance, the relationships you have in your community, with your best friends and your pets!

February means the network’s beloved series “When Calls the Heart” is back (Sunday, February 21, 9 p.m. ET/PT) with the season eight premiere. All new romance movies premiere in February: “Beverly Hills Wedding” (Saturday, February 6, 9 p.m. ET/PT), “Playing Cupid” (Saturday, February 13, 9 p.m. ET/PT), “Valentine’s Again” (Sunday, February 14, 9 p.m. ET/PT), “Mix up in the Mediterranean” (Saturday, February 20, 9 p.m. ET/PT), and “It Was Always You” (Saturday, February 27, 9 p.m. ET/PT). Enjoy the big game with “Kitten Bowl VIII” (Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m. ET/PT) and a very special super Sunday “Golden Girls” marathon (Sunday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. ET/PT).

PREMIERING ON HALLMARK CHANNEL:

‘BEVERLY HILLS WEDDING’
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, February 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Brooke D’Orsay, Brendan Penny
When small-town wedding photographer Molly’s (D’Orsay) baby sister gets engaged, she enters the budget-conscious couple in a contest and wins a dream wedding – an all-expenses-paid, celeb-worthy event at an historic Beverly Hills hotel, thrown by “planner to the stars,” Terrence Roquefort. It all seems perfect, but when the engaged couple seem uneasy with the new plans, and maid of honor duties bring Molly closer to the best man, her ex-boyfriend Cory (Penny), she reconsiders whose dreams she is trying to fulfill.

‘KITTEN BOWL VIII’
A Hallmark Channel Original Event
Sunday, February 7 (2 p.m. ET/PT)
Hosted By: Beth Stern, Cameron Mathison, Tamera Mowry-Housley
Adorable and adoptable kittens compete for the coveted Kitten Bowl VIII trophy. Hosted by TV personality and animal advocate, Beth Stern, this year’s feline catstravaganza promises to be more PAW-SOME than ever!

‘PLAYING CUPID’
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, February 13 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Laura Vandervoort, Nicholas Gonzalez
Middle-school teacher, Kerri Fox (Vandervoort), a favorite among her students, assigns a project in her class where each student must create and run his/her own small business. Thirteen-year-old Clara Martinez (Mia Quaranta De La Rosa) decides to put her vast matchmaking skills to the test and becomes Cupid Clara, much to the chagrin of her newly single father, David (Gonzalez). As the weeks progress and Cupid Clara begins to flourish, Kerri gets more than she bargained for when Clara sets her sights on her newly single teacher as a potential match for her divorced dad. Can these two opposites really attract, and will they become yet another successful match for Cupid Clara?

‘VALENTINE’S AGAIN’
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie
Sunday, February 14 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Nicky Whelan, Greg Vaughan
Katherine endures the worst Valentine’s Day date of her life. On her way home a gypsy casts a magical spell on her. The next morning, she soon realizes she’s reliving the day until she finds Mr. Right.

‘MIX UP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN’
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, February 20 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Jeremy Jordan
A small-town cook impersonates his big city chef twin to compete in a culinary contest and falls for the woman in charge of the event, who thinks he is the brother who is married.

‘WHEN CALLS THE HEART SEASON 8 PREMIERE – ‘OPEN SEASON’
A Hallmark Channel Original Series
Sunday, February 21 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry
Elizabeth has finished her manuscript. An unwelcome visitor stirs up trouble for Nathan and Allie. A homesick Rosemary and Lee cut their South American trip short. Faith arrives back from medical school. Clara and Jesse haven’t been getting along. Fiona has a new business venture.

‘IT WAS ALWAYS YOU’
A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, February 27 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Erin Krakow, Tyler Hynes
Elizabeth’s engagement plans are thrown into disarray when her fiancée’s free-spirited brother David returns home. David’s unexpected influence prompts Elizabeth to question her life decisions.

‘WHEN CALLS THE HEART – ‘HONESTLY, ELIZABETH’
A Hallmark Channel Original Series
Sunday, February 28 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry
Teryl Rothery guest stars as Helen Bouchard, who starts the edits of Elizabeth’s manuscript. When Lee gets injured, a newcomer’s words of comfort cause Rosemary to reflect on what she wants in life.

‘GOLDEN GIRLS’ MARATHON
Sunday, February 7 (6 p.m. – 5 a.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan
What better way to spend the big game than gathering with your favorite women – Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia. Grab a cheesecake, your favorite beverage and enjoy hours of this beloved series full of laughs and fun.