Sarah Drew To Headline New Series ‘Mistletoe Murders’ For Hallmark Media

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Drew – best known for playing fan favorite Dr. April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy – is about to headline her own series for Hallmark Media.

Drew has been cast as Emily Lane in Mistletoe Murders, which is based on the Audible global hit podcast of the same name. Emily is described as smart, tough, and observant, but also kind, empathetic, and charming with a great — albeit dry — sense of humor.

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When Emily isn’t busy running her charming small-town Christmas-themed store, “Under the Mistletoe,” she finds herself compelled to investigate local murders with the help of handsome local police detective and his teen daughter. On the surface, Emily is a perfectly lovely, good-natured mystery lover – but she is hiding a secret past that, if exposed, threatens to destroy the new life she has built in Fletcher’s Grove.

The series comes from eOne Canada and Headspinner Productions and will be distributed by Lionsgate Television. Drew will serve as an EP on the series. Production starts next month in Toronto.

Mistletoe Murders is created by Ken Cuperus, who is also executive producing alongside Jocelyn Hamilton and Michelle Melanson. Award-winning director Grant Harvey, known for his work on Hallmark Channel’s hit series The Way Home, is joining the series.

Besides playing Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Drew’s other credits include Freeform’s hit series Cruel Summer, and the Apple TV+ series Amber Brown. On the feature side, Drew starred in Mom’s Night Out and was in The Baxter alongside Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd. She also appeared in Radio alongside Cuba Gooding and Ed Harris.

Drew has recently been working behind the camera, as well. In addition to starring in Reindeer Games Homecoming for Lifetime, she also wrote and executive produced the film.  She also wrote and produced A Cowboy Christmas Romance for last year’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday slate.

Drew also starred in the Hallmark film Branching Out as well as Sony Affirm’s Birthright Outlaw. 

She is represented by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Yorn Levine.

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