The Hallmark Channel airs a variety of original and acquired programming, including movies, TV series and miniseries. The channel, owned by a media subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, is known for its family-friendly programming.
The channel is well-known for its original made-for-TV movies that focus on uplifting, family-oriented stories. The network produces a substantial number of original films each year, releasing 25 movies in 2011. The Hallmark Channel also airs a range of holiday-themed programming throughout the year, particularly at Christmas time.
In the 2010s the network has increasingly turned to original series, premiering “Cedar Cove” in 2013 and “When Calls the Heart” in 2014. “Cedar Cove” is based on Debbie Macomber’s book series of the same name, while “When Call the Heart” is based on a novel series by Janette Oke.