Judy Smith, the known crisis manager and inspiration behind Scandal‘s Olivia Pope, is executive producing a new film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Production is currently underway on Beyond Repair: A Melanie Abrams Mystery. The film stars Rochelle Aytes, Keith Robinson and Frankie Faison. It is filming on location in and around upstate New York.
Here’s the description:
Melanie (Aytes) is an award-winning, investigative journalist in Boston who returns home to her small town of Cherry Springs for a much-needed break after fallout from a major story. Her Uncle Joe (Faison) is thrilled to have his niece home as she’s his only remaining family after Melanie’s mother passed away. Her quiet visit home quickly becomes anything but that when her childhood friend Tony (Rajiv Sharma, “Star”) suddenly goes missing. Melanie uses her investigative skills to unearth the facts surrounding his disappearance, much to the dismay of Jake Collins (Robinson), the new detective in town who’s on the case. While Jake doesn’t approve of her methods, he can’t deny Melanie’s contributions are helpful. Working together, they follow a path of twists and turns until they uncover the shocking truth.
“As a storyteller and communicator, being able to connect with the Hallmark brand is something I’m thrilled about and so pleased to be part of the Hallmark family,” said Smith.
Beyond Repair: A Melanie Abrams Mystery is from Crown Media Productions, LLC. The film is directed by Letia Clouston directs from a script by Talia Gonzalez and John Bellina.