Following in the footsteps of When Calls the Heart, another Hallmark show hopes for similar success. This time instead of a trip to the old west, we’re visit the dead letters department of the U.S. Post Office. A visit that’s not as dreary as it sounds. Trust me.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Time to Start Livin, 001 Hallmark Review
A stickler for details and work place professionalism, Oliver (Eric Mabius) is a USPS man through and through. He’s in charge of a group of postal workers that work for the dead letters office in the USPS system. The department where the letters that get lost in the system go. Today he and his fellow workers – including the newbie, Shane (Kristen Booth) welcome a legendary new supervisor (Valerie Harper). Distracting from her flamboyant arrival is their latest letter which tells a story of a young boy missing his grandmother. His letter further reveals his plan to leave home, and travel many miles just to see her.
Worried over what this may mean, Oliver and Shane along with fellow co-workers, Norman (Geoff Gustafson), a guy with a big heart, and the old-fashioned, Rita (Crystal Lowe), set out to find the intended letter recipient. Only they uncover more than they bargain for.
The Hallmark Channel to some of us may seem “one dimensional” because sometimes they put out the same programming. Similar or no, I admire them for the difference they are make in television. Graduating from original movies, the network is now on its third seasonal program and let me tell you, this one is darling. I did see the telefilm late, however this pilot has some great moments. (Particularly in what it says about our society – whether its intentional or not.) As a result, it’s a promising start opposite what When Calls the Heart is. As a girl who enjoys cozy mysteries, I like the script taking some cute turns that requires the gang to solve a mystery.
Though unfamiliar with everyone save for its leading man, Eric Mabius (loved him in How to Fall in Love), the entire cast is unquestionably a fun bunch of characters. Oliver’s stricter, rule-following manner counters Shane’s sassier personality. It will be an interesting dynamic albeit one we’ll always know will end with smiles. If I had one minor gripe with the personalities it’d be Norman. Don’t mistake me. He’s a nice guy. However his painful shyness comes across as “child-like.” As a result, he can seem too “silly” at times. This isn’t who he really is. Everyone has a personality ideal for future growth as the writers discover who they all are. Also, like any show, I’ve a feeling we’ll see some crushes blossom between certain of our quartet.
While I probably won’t keep up with this one here, on the blog, I am definitely keen to keep up with the show and watch each new episode. If you like light-hearted productions with hints of the “cozy mystery,” give this one a shot. It had a nice “rhythm” going even in its pilot and hopefully not unlike what When Calls the Heart experiences, it will enjoy similar ratings and success. It’s not hard to be attach oneself to something that is likely to be a clever series.
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