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It can sometimes feel like there are few positive things we can count on in this world, especially right now. We can't go to the movies, concerts or any other gathering with more than a few people. Sitting down for a meal at a restaurant is largely out, getting to see our friends at work is probably more and more of a stretch and some of us non-hoarders are running out of the stuff of life: toilet paper. We have been able to count on new Hallmark movies to keep us in good vibes for many moons, but according to Candace Cameron Bure, even that has now changed.
Film and television productions around the world have shutdown in the past weeks in an effort to keep everyone healthy, and now, now my fellow Hallmarkians (I've decided it's a thing now, OK?), many of our beloved Hallmark productions have had to shutdown as well. Candace Cameron Bure spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how the world's current situation has affected the Hallmark project she was working on:
We were in the middle of filming a new Aurora Teagarden mystery for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel, and we got in one week of production and then we were shut down, which I was very happy about. I thought that was the most responsible decision, and it was the right decision. So I left Vancouver and immediately came home to my family, and we were all hoping that within two weeks or three weeks we'd start production back up, but now watching the news every day, I don't see that happening.
Alright, you guys, if one of the anointed Queens of Hallmark, Candace Cameron Bure, Doyenne of Hopeful Sweetness and Light, The First of Her Name, has decided to give up hope that film and TV productions (and most of life) can go back to normal in a few weeks, then we all need to brace ourselves for an even longer period of isolated streaming and television-watching. Sigh...
As Cameron Bure said during her interview, which was held via video chat, she and the rest of the cast and crew only got one week into production before they had to shutdown. Hallmark shoots several films at a time, so it's unlikely that her Aurora Teagarden movie was the only one for the networks to suspend production. Who knows what else they were filming at the same time, but let's just hope that they got some good Christmas movies wrapped before having to close up shop.
This news sucks, but it's better than finding out that the cast or crew got sick right now. As it is, several Hollywood stars (like Tom Hanks, Daniel Dae Kim and Frozen II’s Rachel Matthews) have been struck ill, and keeping people away from one another by sending them home is one way that many work places can try to help people stay healthy.
Hopefully, no one on any of the Hallmark sets gets sick, but the work stoppage leads to the same question that many of us have been having about other shows and movies which have shutdown recently: when will they be able to get back to work? In the case of the production Candace Cameron Bure was working on, she's still not sure:
There isn't [a timeline] because the news is changing every day. We're getting all these updates and it's getting pushed, so it's really hard to plan anything, but we're all in communication, and at this point, it's a waiting game. I don't think we're going to have answers for at least another 10 days.
Luckily, Hallmark fans will know that the networks have quite an impressive back catalog of movies, both of the mystery and seasonal variety, so that if some of the new releases can't debut when originally planned, there will be plenty of back-ups in place.
While we wait to hear what's next for delayed movies and some of our favorite television shows, know that you can watch Candace Cameron Bure in Hallmark's "We Need a Little Christmas" movie marathon, which is going on right now and lasts through this Sunday at 6 p.m. EST. For more on what you can watch, check out our 2020 midseason guide and Netflix schedule!