Emmy® Award winner John Tinker will executive produce and serve as showrunner for Hallmark Channel’s anticipated upcoming series Chesapeake Shores.

As previously announced, the series is slated for a Summer 2016 premiere and stars Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Treat Williams and Diane Ladd.

Based on the novels of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods, the series will launch with a two-hour movie, followed by eight one-hour episodes.

“For years so many quality series have flourished under John’s watch,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “We know John’s incredible ability to create stories and characters that resonate with heart and meaning will guide ‘Chesapeake Shores’ to become the timeless series we envision. Having someone at the helm who possesses this genuine vision was essential to us.”

The multi-generational family drama of Chesapeake Shores follows Abby O’Brien (Ory), a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to twin daughters, who makes a trip from New York City to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores.

Her visit home brings Abby face to face with her past, including her high school sweetheart Trace (Metcalfe), her uncompromising father Mick (Williams) and her esteemed grandmother Nell (Ladd). Abby realizes the toll her career has taken on her ability to be a hands-on mother to her daughters, and considers a permanent move to Chesapeake Shores.

Tinker was the co-creator of the CBS drama Judging Amy and served as executive producer and writer on television shows such as the CBS drama Chicago Hope, the ABC drama The Practice and the NBC drama The Book of Daniel.

Prior, Tinker won the 1986 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama series for the script “Time Heals,” which he co-wrote with Tom Fontana and John Masius. John graduated from Middlebury College.

**Photo courtesy of Hallmark Channel**

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