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Hallmark Channel developing Chesapeake Shore series based on books

Hallmark Channel is hoping to bring the Chesapeake Shores novels by New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods to the small screen.

The cabler announced Saturday evening at the winter Television Critics Association press tour that it is developing a potential series for a 2015 launch. This would mark the Crown Media Holdings-owned network's fourth scripted offering should it go to series.

The series focuses on the O'Brien family, a multi-generational clan who reunite in their hometown on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay after years apart to face the memories of their past and learn the importance of reconciliation.

“We are looking forward to working with the multi-talented Sherryl Woods to develop Hallmark Channel’s fourth scripted series,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vp programming at Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. “Woods’ Chesapeake Shores’ series of books truly embodies the emotions of life’s lessons, family and community, that we know will captivate our viewers.”