Are you ready to return to Hope Valley in 2021? Hallmark Channel has announced that season eight of the When Calls the Heart TV series will debut on Sunday, February 21st. Production wrapped on November 17th.
Though viewers didn’t get a new holiday movie this year, the cable channel is rerunning last year’s. Hallmark has ordered 12 episodes this time around, the series’ largest order since season one. Other seasons have typically had 7-10 episodes (plus a holiday film).
Here’s the Hallmark press release which offers some additional details:
HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES THE SEASON EIGHT PREMIERE DATE OF THE NETWORK’S HIGHLY RATED AND LONGEST-RUNNING ORIGINAL SERIES “WHEN CALLS THE HEART”
STUDIO CITY, CA – December 17, 2020 – Season eight of Hallmark Channel’s beloved primetime drama series, “When Calls the Heart,” will make its triumph return with more surprises and challenges in store for the residents of Hope Valley, premiering on Sunday, February 21st, 2020 at 9pm/8c with two additional all-new episodes this season for a total of 12!
Hearties (the legion of fans of the series), will have a Christmas Day “When Calls the Heart” surprise! There will be a re-air of the 2019 movie, “When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas” on December 25th, with an exclusive sneak peek of season eight, that you can only see on Hallmark Channel. In addition, season seven of the hit show will be available for streaming, only on Hallmark Movies Now, starting December 26th.
The hit drama “When Calls the Heart” had record ratings in its previous season, with the season 7 finale, episode 7010, ranking as the highest-rated episode of the series in Live+3 viewing. The program ranked as the #1 original scripted series of the week and marks the most-watched episode in series history. Season 7 became the #1 original scripted series on ad-supported cable in 2020-to-date among households, total viewers and women 18+. The episode reached over 4.1 million unduplicated total viewers.
Source: Nielsen, December 30, 2019 – April 26, 2020
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What do you think? Are you looking forward to watching season eight of the When Calls the Heart TV series on Hallmark?