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Cameron Mathison Talks The Return of Murder She Baked [Exclusive]

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[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

It’s been nine months since we last had a new Murder She Baked. My favorite Hallmark Movies & Mysteries franchise returns this Sunday with the fantastic Just Desserts. It’s set just long enough after A Deadly Recipe that Hannah (Alison Sweeney) and Mike (Cameron Mathison) are finally together (yay!) and Norman (Gabriel Hogan) is still in the picture as a friend to both of them, which I love. I recently chatted with Mathison about the change in dynamic in the new film, coming off award season as an entertainment journalist, and what’s next for him.

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This time out, Mathison got a Supervising Producer title on Murder She Baked, and he says it’s a formal recognition for something he’s always done. “I’ve been involved in the same capacity through all the films, reworking the scenes, helping make things work,” he explains. “It’s sort of understood when you do these that you have 15 days and everybody’s helping out. It was nice of them to offer me a producer role to take note of whatever efforts I put in.”

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Hannah’s choice of suitors has been a common thread in the previous films, and in the newest outing, she finally has chosen Mike. Mathison explains that was a natural progression that outpaced the books, but the fans were ready for it. “In the series of the books, it lingers for a lot longer. I think because, watching the movies and in today’s world, it was thought maybe it was dragging too much, and Hannah would make a decision one way or another,” he says.

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“I think it’s nice that Norman is still very much in her life, and moving on, too. We hit some bumps in the road in this film. You don’t want anything to be too happy or perfect, although Hart to Hart seemed to make that work. My favorite may have been this [film], and Plum Pudding was up there, too.”

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We last saw Mathison in December in A Christmas to Remember, a heartfelt companion to his equally lovely The Christmas Ornament, and he enjoyed getting to play another more serious holiday role. “I like the ones with heart. I’m lucky that they bring those to me,” he says. “I loved the script and thought the character was fun and nice, and working with Mira [Sorvino] was a dream, and the kids were great. It all came together very nicely.”

Mathison recently wrapped up a whirlwind entertainment industry award season as part of his day job on Entertainment Tonight, and it was a long haul. “I started with these guys at the Toronto Film Festival in September,” he points out. “That’s when I first met everyone from Lion, La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea. It was such a cool journey to be on.”

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He enjoyed working the SAG Awards on the red carpet and backstage doing the interviews, but the Academy Awards were the big deal this year as Mathison was positioned to do interviews at the Governor’s Ball that takes place at the venue immediately afterward.

“That was super exciting. Everyone files out and gets their statue engraved. Usually it’s a nice little ride. It’s not a groundbreaking moment. But this year, it was everything,” he says. “It was the first time to get a reaction to that ending…it was the aftermath that was the biggest deal. I got [everybody] right after it all happened. I got the first interview with Jordan Horowitz [the La La Land producer who announced Moonlight as the actual best picture win] as he came out of the theater.”

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Next up, Mathison says he’s “plugging away doing some fun stuff at ET” and developing projects for Hallmark. “There are a couple of things we’re trying to brew and time out with ET. They know that my relationship with Hallmark is very important and they’ve been amazing,” he says. “And Hallmark is very kind and accommodating about my ET schedule. We’re trying to work out cool scripts and good fits. I’ve been very lucky.”

The fifth film in the series, Just Desserts involves a series of accidents (including a fall for Hannah so Sweeney didn’t have to hide her cast and crutch from a ski injury) and then a murder that occur around a televised baking competition. The entire cast returns, along with David Lewis (Birthday Wish and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), and Tammy Gillis (Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream).

Melissa Salmons, who wrote Sweeney’s fall film, The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, adapted Joanne Fluke‘s book and K.T. Donaldson (aka Kristoffer Tabori), who has directed a few of these and The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, directs.

Murder She Baked: Just Desserts premieres Sunday at 9/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Mathison will be live Tweeting. The first four films will marathon beforehand beginning at 1 pm/noon c. Here is a sneak peek.

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47 Comments

  1. Please….bring back this series….

  2. Please tell me that They are continuing the show

  3. I am a huge fan of the series murder she baked and I would love to see it come back! Everybody in the cast did a fantastic job and I hope to see you to return soon.

  4. Please keep the ‘sweet’ murders coming! Love this series so much!

  5. I really hope they continue this show! My daughter and I absolutely love it!

  6. Will there be more Murder She Baked movies?

  7. I love Murder She Baked. Hallmark must bring it back in the lineup.

  8. Please bring back Murder She Bake movies with Alison Sweeney, I love the mystery movies but Murder She Bake was the best.

  9. Sheila Wong says:

    Please keep the series going. I love it. I was left in suspense. It’s a great cast. I’m watching the marathon of the series on Hallmark today!!! I never get tired of watching them.?

  10. Hugh fan… I want more

  11. Hugh fan of the murder she baked movies and love that mike and Hannah are finally together. Great cast. Hope to see more

  12. Love Murder she baked, please keep them coming. They are great and I love that Hannah and Mike are together, but I like Norman too.

  13. I love these movies and hope to see more

  14. More PLEASE!!! Love them ALL!!

  15. I love all of the Hallmark Movies and am looking forward the seeing a wedding for Hannah and Mike. Loved Norman but Hannah and Mike have the best chemistry. Keep them coming.

  16. Please make many more in this series.

  17. Alexandra Potterwilcox says:

    Love the Series and would hate to see it go.
    Allison Sweeney is my favorite, and hope to see more of her, and to see these characters continue.

  18. Jeanine Wittig says:

    Am a huge fan and hope there will be more Murder She Baked movie series.

  19. Murder She Baked is my favorite ever. I like Aurora Teagarden, Garage Sale Mysteries too but the karma between Murder She Baked is perfection! Please continue the series, please, please, please,

  20. hallmark does’nt know when it has a top rated show that the whole family can watch.

  21. Marien Vazquez says:

    I hope the bring this series back, very disappointed they haven’t mentioned if its coming back, I preferbthus over Chesapeake Shores, and that one is coming back, I watch Hallmark all the time especially all weekend and I’m very disappointed that nothing it’s been said about Murder She Baked

    • Maggie Houchens says:

      Sadly won’t be returning, Allison will be continuing as a sleuth on Hallmark The Chronicles Mysteries. I will miss Murder She Baked…but keep these Cozy Mysteries coming. Best thing Hallmark Movies and Mysteries came up with. Bring on more of the Cozies. Can’t get enough of them. Fine family entertainment. Thanks Hallmark.
      But one thing, Hallmark. …if you’re going to cancel/end a mystery series let the audience know by having a mini insert at the end of the movie with a goodbye appreciation message to us. Thanks.
      A devoted fan,
      Maggie

      • Heather M says:

        Hi Maggie — please provide a URL if you’ve seen that confirmed anywhere that Alison’s new project means the end of Murder She Baked. I’ve not seen that.

  22. Kimberly Bonner says:

    PLEASE bring back the Murder She Baked Series, me & my mother LOVE this series & I want to see Hannah & Mike get married, go on their honeymoon & solve another murder. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!!!!!

  23. Judi Conte says:

    Are there going to be more Murder She Baked movies? I am such a big fan! This series is terrific! I think it is the best movie series on Hallmark, bar none. Whatever it takes, Hallmark needs to continue this series! PLEASE!!!

    Thank you from a loyal viewer of all the Hallmark channels.

  24. Jane Arnold says:

    I really really hope there are Murder She Baked movies. I really enjoy them.

  25. I am a big fan of the Hallmark movies. Especially Murder She Baked and Garage Sale Murders. I hope they will make more of them… I love movies like that. I am a fan of Alison Sweeney.

  26. Please, please Bring back murder she baked, my absolute favorite.

  27. Lina mccauley says:

    Please bring back murder she baked with alliso n sweene y and camero n mathiason! Adore this series. Don’t let us down!

  28. Judith Renda says:

    Please keep the “Murder She Baked Mystery” I absolutely love them. The cast is fantastic. They are all so perfect together and I’d love to see Hannah & Mike get married and it would be beautiful to see Norman meet someone too. I also love The Garage Sale Mystery movies…These movies are so wonderful it would be a shame to not have them anymore.

    • Yes ! Please, PLEASE bring back the Murder She Baked series continuing where it left off with the engagement of Mike and Hannah.

      This was THE BEST murder series of all Hallmark series !

      My husband even loves it !

      The only other murder series on Hallmark is Garage Sale Mystery, which my husband also adores !

      Thank you Hallmark for listening to our request.

  29. I agree murder she baked is one of my all time favorites. It is one of the series I have enjoyed the most. I am constantly looking for information on more episodes. And found nothing. Please make more episodes. Both actors do there parts so well.

  30. NAT Conner says:

    loved the Murder She baked series now I’m hooked on Joanne fluke books on audio. Would love to see more Murder She baked but the new series sounds very interesting to loved the Murder She baked series now I’m hooked on Joanne fluke books on audio. Would love to see more Murder She baked but the new series sounds very interesting to continue to have a good loved the Murder She baked series now I’m hooked on Joanne fluke books on audio. Would love to see more Murder She baked but the new series sounds very interesting tocontinue to have a good too. This type of programming like all the murder mysteries on movies and Mysteries Hallmark are great. Maybe a mini series to close out Murder She baked would be a good finish to a great series.

  31. Please bring the show back. I really miss it.

  32. MARCIA STEINHOUSE says:

    Murder she baked is a great series…. PLEASE PLEASE bring it back….

  33. Kristy Quintela says:

    I love the Murder She Baked mini series, please bring back at least to tie up the loose end and have Hannah and MIke get married etc

  34. I agree with all of the statements above. Please bring this show back. Even if it’s just one more and have a special wedding episode for Hannah and Mike.

  35. This is my favorite of the Hallmark mystery movies. Please bring it back. It is the best series and it would be terrible to not bring it back.

  36. Yvonne Tyrrell says:

    I am a fan of ALL of Hallmarks Mystery/Murder movies, but Murder She Baked is at the top of the list. Please keep them coming.

  37. I am a fan of Hallmarks Mystery/Murder movies, with Murder She Baked being my most favorite of all the Hallmark Mysteries. Please bring them back. Was really looking forward to the wedding of Mike and Hannah.

  38. Love the Hallmark movies…Murder She Baked, Flowershop Mysteries…so entertaining. Allison Sweeny’s new series The Chronicle Mysteries is really good so far (2 episodes in)….but I do miss Hannah and Mike 🙁

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