Hallmark Recasts ‘Aurora Teagarden’ After Candace Cameron Bure’s Exit

Skyler Samuels and Candace Cameron Bure.

Making some adjustments. Hallmark introduced a prequel Aurora Teagarden movie starring Skyler Samuels within the titular position after Candace Cameron Bure‘s departure from the community.

“Our viewers have been ready for extra adventures with Aurora and her associates,” Emily Merlin, Improvement Supervisor of Programming at Hallmark Media, stated in an announcement on Thursday, March 9. “What higher approach to try this than to take them again to when the younger, newbie sleuth was simply coming into her personal? The Aurora Teagarden franchise is a fan favourite and we’re excited to share this new chapter with viewers.”

In keeping with the community, Samuels, 28, will make her debut as a youthful model of Aurora in Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: One thing New. The upcoming movie is about in Aurora’s post-college days when she returns to her residence in Lawrenceton.

Hallmark teased the movie’s plot in a synopsis, which learn, “Whereas her mom, Aida, struggles to maintain her newfound actual property enterprise, Aurora helps herself by working as a instructor’s assistant in against the law fiction class, and waitresses on the native diner at night time, the place she shares her love of researching true crime together with her buddy Sally and police officer Arthur.”

The press launch continued: “When Sally’s fiancé doesn’t present up at their marriage ceremony rehearsal, Maid of Honor Aurora will get Arthur to assist her seek for him. Once they uncover a physique, everybody assumes it’s Sally’s tardy groom, however when it seems to be another person, Sally’s fiancé turns into the principle suspect.”

The casting shakeup comes practically a 12 months after Cameron Bure, 46, confirmed she was transferring to Nice American Household. Earlier than bidding farewell in April 2022, the Full Home star grew to become a community staple with 18 Aurora Teagarden Mysteries movies. The actress, who first appeared on Hallmark Channel in 2008, additionally left her mark with practically a dozen Christmas motion pictures through the years.

“I make them as a result of I really like them. And I do know that the viewers that watch them actually love them, they usually imply one thing to them,” Cameron Bure solely instructed Us Weekly in November 2021 about her vacation film filmography. “I at all times attempt to make it the very best that I can, however I let the stress [of being the Christmas queen] go final 12 months.”

Since her departure, the previous View cohost claimed Hallmark grew to become “a very completely different community” after former CEO Invoice Abbott stepped down in 2020 amid controversy over the elimination of an advert that includes a same-sex couple. (Abbott, 60, went on to grow to be the president and CEO of Nice American Media.)

“My coronary heart desires to inform tales which have extra that means and function and depth behind them,” Cameron Bure defined to WSJ. Journal in November 2022. “I knew that the individuals behind Nice American Household have been Christians that love the Lord and needed to advertise religion programming and good household leisure.”

In response to a query about Nice American Media’s potential plans to incorporate LGBTQIA+ motion pictures, Cameron Bure replied, “I feel that Nice American Household will hold conventional marriage on the core.”

That very same month, the Fuller Home alum clarified her standpoint after receiving backlash.

“All of you who know me, know past query that I’ve nice love and affection for all individuals,” she wrote through Instagram. “It completely breaks my coronary heart that anybody would ever suppose I deliberately would wish to offend and damage anybody. It saddens me that the media is usually looking for to divide us, even round a topic as comforting and merry as Christmas motion pictures. However, given the poisonous local weather in our tradition proper now, I shouldn’t be stunned. We’d like Christmas greater than ever.”