Jesse Stone fans are destined for Paradise. In an announcement on Mar. 4, Deadline released that the made-for-TV franchise will continue, but not on CBS. Rather, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will screen the next installment in the long-running series, entitled “Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise.”
The Jesse Stone films kicked off with “Stone Cold” in 2005, and a whopping seven movies followed, concluding with 2012’s “Benefit of the Doubt.” CBS aired all eight of the previous Jesse Stone flicks, but have since dropped TV movies from their lineup. “Lost in Paradise” is slated for a Fall 2015 release.
Based on the novels by Robert B. Parker, the Jesse Stone series follows the titular Stone (Tom Selleck) as a small town cop in Paradise, Massachusetts. Jesse continually battles brutal murder cases, turmoil with his ex-wife, alcoholism, and the town council. Selleck is surrounded in his lead role by a superb cast, including Kohl Sudduth, Stephen McHattie, and Saul Rubinek.
In a day where the TV movie has become virtually non-existent, save for the cheesy but lovable monster flicks, the Jesse Stone franchise remains a vestige of a bygone era. They are methodical, brilliantly acted, and intricate. The recurring films raked in viewers, with 2012’s “Benefit of the Doubt” tallying almost 13 million viewers.
With a new home on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, there’s at least one more Jesse Stone production on the horizon. However, with the advent of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and recent re-runs of past Jesse Stone flicks, it’s likely the franchise will continue past the ninth installment. Selleck, no stranger to law enforcement roles, stars as New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the CBS his series “Blue Bloods,” which airs Friday nights at 10.
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