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TV Movie Goodness Preview: Hallmark Channel’s When Sparks Fly [VIDEO and PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC

[Warning: General spoilers in article, images, and preview.]

Hallmark Channel’s newest original film, When Sparks Fly, is a summer confection centered around the 4th of July. It’s a lighthearted, very sweet romance that’s as much about friendship as true love.

Meghan Markle (Suits) stars as a young woman who leaves her hometown, and her hometown sweetheart, behind when she takes a newspaper job in Chicago. Several years later, when she’s sent home with an assignment, and her BFF springs a wedding on her, old feelings resurface and she realizes maybe she’s now more that hometown girl than ever before.

Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC

It’s a really sweet story, and refreshingly so, because on any other network, “two women who love the same man” could have gone somewhere dark. Here, we have really nice people making realizations that affect each other and they’re trying their best to sort through them with the least amount of personal damage.

Markle is really good in a role that’s the other side of Rachel. As she said in our interview, playing Amy was a lot of fun, and that comes through loud and clear. The cast also includes Christopher Jacot (Eureka and Hallmark Channel’s A Ring By Spring), Kristina Pesic (Defiance), and Lochlyn Munro (pick something Canadian). Jacqueline Samuda (The L Word) and Keith MacKechnie (Emily Owens, M.D.) have a great chemistry with Markle, playing her parents. If you pay attention, you’ll recognize their house in the movie.

Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC
Photo Credit: Diyah Perra/Crown Media United States, LLC

When Sparks Fly airs tonight on Hallmark Channel at 9/8c and repeats tomorrow at 2 pm/1c. Here’s a sneak peek:

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