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Previewing Hallmark Channel’s Loveuary 

Previewing Hallmark Channel’s Loveuary

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

This February, Hallmark Channel’s doing something different with its annual Loveuary Valentine’s Day premieres, threading all of them with a nod to Jane Austen with two modern and two period romances. Here’s a look at the Austen-themed quartet.

Paging Mr. Darcy

Paging Mr. Darcy | February 3rd

Despite a titular similarity to the much loved Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevey pair of films, this is a wholly separate endeavor, starring Mallory Jansen as Professor Eloise Cavendish, who is asked to give the keynote speech at the annual Jane Austen conference that combines scholarship and fandom. When she meets Sam (Will Kemp), who puts on the breeches and frock coat as the event’s official Mr. Darcy every year, she immediately judges him as a cad who uses the event to meet women. Sam and Eloise must get past their prejudices, overcome their pride, and admit they’re both drawn to Austen’s work for the same reason: an absolute belief in love. Peter Wellington directed from a script by Reina Hardy.

Love & Jane | February 10th

Love and Jane

It’s the next best thing to a Chronicle Mysteries reboot when Alison Sweeney and Benjamin Ayres team up for this magical realism-tinged romance. Sweeney is Lilly, a hopeless romantic and literary enthusiast whose wish to talk to Jane Austen (Kendra Anderson) comes true.

Love and Jane

Lilly (Sweeney) is an ad agency account executive whose true passion lies within the
pages of any Jane Austen novel. A true “Janeite,” she spends her spare time running a local book club devoted to the beloved writer’s works. Lilly longs for the simpler, more civilized life depicted in her favorite novels. The newly flesh-and-blood Jane helps her navigate the challenges in her life, including how to find inspiration for a winning campaign for her favorite bookstore, which has just been purchased by Trevor (Ayres), a tech billionaire. David Weaver wrote and directed the film.

An American in Austen | February 18th

An American in Austen

Eliza Bennett and Nicholas Bishop star in another fantasy-tinted romance. When Harriet (Bennett) flees after an unwelcome marriage proposal, rooted in the belief that no real man compares to Jane Austen’s fictional Mr. Darcy, she gets an unexpected chance to find out for herself when she’s transported into the story of Pride & Prejudice.

An American in Austen

Once there, she befriends her literary hero Elizabeth (Nell Barlow) and the rest of the Bennett family and wows them with her uncanny knack for predicting what will happen next. Soon, her peculiar behavior beguiles none other than Mr. Darcy (Bishop) himself. As Harriet’s presence disrupts the story she loves most, she starts to question the fantasies she once held of Regency-Era life. Clare Niederpruem directed from a script by Cameron Johann. The film drops early streaming on Hallmark Movies Now beginning February 7th.

Sense and Sensibility | February 24th

Sense and Sensibility

A week later, we get Sense and Sensibility for real as Deborah Ayorinde, Bethany Antonia, and Dan Jeannotte star in the period adaptation of the title about one sister torn between two men and another so longs for a man beyond reach. Following the loss of their family patriarch, the Dashwood women’s financial circumstances drastically change and they are forced to leave their home for a modest cottage in Devonshire. Soon, practical eldest daughter Elinor (Ayorinde) falls for the equally pragmatic gentleman Edward Ferrars (Jeannotte).

Sense and Sensibility

Her passionate sister, Marianne (Antonia), meanwhile spurns the advances of their steadfast new neighbor Colonel Brandon (Akil Largie) for the much more exciting John Willoughby (Victor Hugo). When Elinor and Marianne’s romantic prospects do not turn out as hoped, each sister learns to embrace the other’s approach to matters of the heart. Roger Bobb directed from
a script by Tim Huddleston, based on the Novel by Jane Austen.

Loveuary begins Saturday, February 3rd, at 8 pm/7c, with new premieres each Saturday on Hallmark Channel in the U.S. and W Network in Canada, and streaming live on multiple outlets in the U.S. Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the full lineup.

Photos and videos courtesy of Hallmark Media.

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