In Summer 2019, it was announced that Hallmark had ordered a new Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie to be released in 2020. The year is nearly over and that hasn’t happened. Has the movie been cancelled or just delayed? Here’s a timeline.
Created by Martha Williamson, Signed, Sealed, Delivered revolves around four postal workers — Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), Rita Haywith-Dorman (Crystal Lowe), and Norman Xavier Dorman (Geoff Gustafson). The foursome act as detectives and track down the intended recipients of often long-overdue undeliverable mail. Their missions take them into unpredictable stories where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves, and change futures. The mail arrives late but somehow, it’s on time.
The Signed, Sealed, Delivered story began in October 2013 as a backdoor pilot movie on Hallmark and did well enough to get the go-ahead for a weekly TV series. That lasted for 10 episodes, airing from April until June in 2014. Rather than renew it for a second season, Hallmark opted to move Signed, Sealed, Delivered to sister channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and has kept it going as a series of movies. To date, there have been 10 movies with the most recent airing in July 2018.
Hallmark announced plans for an 11th movie to be released sometime in 2020 on the new Hallmark Drama channel. Plot details weren’t revealed but, in September, Williamson shared that she’d just sent the script to Hallmark.
Just sent the next Signed, Sealed, Delivered script to Hallmark! We’ll keep you POsted!! #POstables #hallmarkmovie #SpecialPOstablesDelivery pic.twitter.com/m6wZkzq8Op
— Martha Williamson (@MarthaMoonWater) September 24, 2019
In early March 2020, Mabius noted that “It’s been far too long since we got the band together. We’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile now.” He teased that “Um. Don’t mean to speak too soon… A little bird may have indicated that we’ll be in production on a new #SSD by June-July at the latest. But don’t quote me, until we’re rolling cameras.” The series is shot in Vancouver and utilizes both American and Canadian talent.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic caused television production across the globe to be shut down. In May, Booth offered, “We #POstables are itching to get back to shooting the next movie which will premiere later this year on @HallmarkDrama. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be shooting! Until then we all have to #trustthetiming #SSD”. Mabius said, “Just have to get this virus to cooperate and then get some more movies ordered…keep telling @hallmarkchannel that you would like more. They’ll eventually listen.”
In June, responding to a fan who said that the existing movies were helping her through “bleak days of anxiety”, Mabius wrote, “Well, that’s quite a compliment. Providing comfort and distraction, at any time, is certainly high praise. We are ready to get to work on more installments of escapism as soon as it’s safe to do so..! X”
In a summer interview, Mabius told the Hallmarkies Podcast, “I’m so excited to read the next script. I’m just dying to. Martha is very excited about what she’s come up with. I think she’s holding back on showing us the script until we’re closer to shooting.” He continued, “I spoke to the producers a couple of weeks ago and it looks like [filming in] late-October, is my guess. They have really strict protocols in place for opening back up production in Canada. Kevin Fair, who directs most of our movies, is a dear friend of mine and he’s directing another Hallmark movie right now. They’ve been forced to cast a lot of these Hallmark movies with exclusively Canadian actors because then they don’t have to go through the process. [Bringing American actors into Canada] involves strict two-week quarantine for the first two weeks you’re there and then, you’re not allowed, other than going to work, to leave your house the entire shoot. If you do, you can get fined like $1,000,000. … and they do check up on you, from what I understand.”
By September, composer James Jandrisch and Booth were itching to get back to work.
In October, the cast and crew still hadn’t returned to work and some viewers had become increasingly concerned that the movie plans had been cancelled. In a tweet, Mabius made it clear that the delay was only due to the ongoing pandemic and safety concerns.
And that’s all there is to say about that. No other insidious reasoning. All of the other speculation and rumor is simply, just that. https://t.co/MZ1WsVfTl3
— Eric_Mabius (@Eric_Mabius) October 23, 2020
Yesterday, Booth sent a message to the show’s fans and indicated that a new movie is still coming.
So, while the cast and crew have clearly wanted to make a new movie, it just hasn’t been possible due to COVID-19. A new movie won’t air before the end of 2020 but, unless we hear differently, a new adventure for the POstables is still in the works and will be filmed as soon as it can be done safely for all involved.
What do you think? Do you enjoy the Signed, Sealed, Delivered adventures on the Hallmark channels? Are you going to watch the newest POstables movie whenever it airs?
I am addicted to SSD and can hardly wait for the new movie. Actually, I would love to see more new movies! I think I must have watched each movie and every episode at least 4 times each! So please let us have some new movies. I’m suffering withdrawal without my SSD shows!
I love SSD great story love the cast they work so well together. Always look forward to new ones. Do wish they would reconsider and put it back as a series. Can’t get enough!
Anxiously waiting for the next Signed Sealed and Delivered movie to air!!
I love love love this series. I hope production starts soon. The cast is perfect together
When is the new movie supposed to air? I haven’t seen or heard of it on any of the Hallmark Channels.
I love the SSD series. The characters are so charming, and KIND. I identify strongly with the disillusioned Shane who serendipitiously finds herself in the midst of a work group marked by faith, kindness, compassion, perseverance, integrity and a willingness to go the extra mile. Her new friendships heal and change her world view. What a balm to my own wounded spirit to come home after a hard week and find that Hallmark has aired a re-run. How pleasant to disappear into that kinder, gentler world, if only for an hour or so. Hallmark, please, please allow Martha Williamson to… Read more »
I love love love the movies. Definitely need a lot more of signed sealed delivered in my life.
Love the series and the characters! Ingenious story lines. Was disappointed to see there is only 11 episodes. Please, please make more. Very refreshing compared to what is out there now.
Can’t wait for another Signed,Sealed and Delivered…love the actors on this series…brings so much to real life.
Need more signed sealed and delivered
Love that show and want to see more.
Please keep the Postable movie coming. They are so intertaining and always have a great moral to them. Anxiously awaiting new movies.
Very anxious for the new Signed Sealed and Delivered movie to finally come out. Love this series of movies and all the amazing actors and actresses. Any word?
Can’t wait for more of these movies. They are our favorites!
I don’t know who picks the casts for these shows, but they are absolutely magical and this how “signed sealed delivered” is one of my all time favorites and I just love the characters and their connection. One of my all time favorites is the wedding which I just finished watching and I think I will buy the show if it is available just so I can write down the Marriage reading by the person who is the minister. Sorry but I am so bad with names but it was so beautiful I want to share it with my love… Read more »