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Signed, Sealed, Delivered Series Premiere Preview: “Time To Start Livin'” [VIDEO and PHOTOS]

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Last fall, when Hallmark Channel aired the two-hour film, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, we had the luxury of already knowing it was the setup for a series (although the cast and crew didn’t know that when they were filming). That series launches tonight at 8/7c and picks up a few weeks after the film.

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Signed Sealed Delivered 1001-- (Photo by Katie Yu/Hallmark)

Here’s what you need to know: The Dead Letter Office (DLO) at the Denver Post Office is a time capsule of lost letters managed by a small team of three–Oliver (Eric Mabius), Rita (Crystal Lowe), and Norman (Geoff Gustafson)–who grew to four in the film when techie Shane (Kristin Booth) was mistakenly assigned, worked a case with them, and decided to stay.

Each week, the investigative crew will track down the owners of lost letters, and we’ll learn the stories behind them. It’s a very sweet, charming, almost-timeless setup that’s super family-friendly. Folks who still sit down to write letters and love to receive them will enjoy the care taken to ensure they get where they’re supposed to go.

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media United States, LLC

There’s a hint of romance between new co-workers Oliver and Shane, but the larger story every week will be the letters and the families. Executive producer Martha Williamson produced Touched By An Angel, which ran for nine seasons on CBS–and went on to be a megahit worldwide–so she knows what she’s doing in slowly revealing the stories of every letter.

There’s also an added bonus of a roving supervisor, so every week, somebody new pops in to give her words of wisdom to the group, and Williamson taps a deep well of guest stars–-Valerie Harper, who appears in the first two episodes, and in the coming weeks, we’ll get Valerie Bertinelli, Della Reese, Marilu Henner, and Carol Burnett.

The premiere episode follows the team as they track down a letter written from a boy to his grandmother, played by Dead Like Me‘s Christine Willes who is pitch-perfect as a woman who’s had to keep secrets to protect her family.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered premieres tonight at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel. Here’s a sneak peek. We also chatted exclusively with Kristin Booth on Thursday and you can read that interview here.

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