Synopsis: Signed, Sealed, Delivered follows four postal workers in the dead mail department, taking on the task of finding the rightful owners of the letters lost. However, they usually do this by going above and beyond the call of duty.
Review: You know what you get in a Hallmark Channel movie: romance, quirky comedy, and eventually someone ending up happily ever after in two hours. However, the network just started with original television programming with Cedar Cove. With that being a success, the network turned their successful television film Signed, Sealed, Delivered into their next scripted television series.
The new series follows Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe), and Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), members of the dead letter division of the post office. The first few episodes also star Valerie Harper as their new supervisor, Theresa Capodiamonte with other huge stars like Dick Van Dyke and Carol Burnett to guest throughout the season.
While it doesn’t seem too plausible that the real handlers of dead mail go to the lengths that they do in the series, the show definitely takes you on a ride for 42 minutes. The first episode follows the department trying to find the grandma of a 10-year old boy who intends to run away from home because he wants to be with his grandma. We learn, however, that the boy is in witness protection and is the key witness in a trial.
Much like creator Martha Williamson’s previous television series, Touched by an Angel, her new series contains one very similar element: heart. You don’t get to know too much about the characters in the first episode, which is a bit different from Hallmark’s usual setup around characters, but it should be assumed that over the next few, you’ll get to know them a lot better.
With the series involving letters, this allows the show’s characters to “travel the globe” as well, which will add some intrigue to viewers, especially in next week’s episode that shows a military theme. The show is a hybrid of a procedural and a character driven show, that somehow fits perfectly for Hallmark.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered definitely fits into Hallmark’s tone. Certainly, the show won’t be for everyone, but for the audience (and undoubtedly, some that aren’t) that falls into Hallmark’s demographic, the series is a grand slam.
Final Grade – 8.5/10