Veteran TV writer John Tinker is set as showrunner for Hallmark Channel’s upcoming summer drama series Chesapeake Shores.

Based on Sherryl Woods’ novels, Chesapeake Shores is a multi-generational family drama starring Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time), Treat Williams (Everwood) and Diane Ladd (Wild At Heart). It 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 CBS drama Judging Amy and served as executive producer and writer on shows such as CBS’ Chicago Hope, ABC’s The Practice and NBC’s The Book of Daniel. Tinker won the 1986 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama series for St. Elsewhere for the script “Time Heals,” which he co-wrote with Tom Fontana and John Masius.

MMJJ
3 months
Outstanding move, Hallmark. John's a fabulous writer and producer and one of the nicest, sharpest guys in...
Zach
3 months
Great writer. Hallmark is beyond lucky to have him.
Penny
3 months
Nancey Silvers wrote a kick ass pilot.

“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 series is a Chesapeake Shores production in association with Borderline Distribution. Dan Paulson executive produces with Tinker. Martin Wood is the director and executive producer. Nancy Silvers is the writer and executive producer,and Woods also serves as an exec producer.

Chesapeake Shores will launch this summer with a two-hour movie, followed by eight one-hour episodes. A specific premiere date has not yet been announced.