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James Brolin joins 'When Calls the Heart' for season finale 'Prelude to a Kiss'

 James Brolin, Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner in When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel
James Brolin, Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner in When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel
Copyright 2013 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Eike Schrote

"When Calls the Heart" aired the second to last episode of season one, "Rules of Engagement,"on March 23, 2014, setting up for the season finale, which will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, March 29. Actor James Brolin will join the cast for the finale, "Prelude to a Kiss," according to press information from Hallmark Channel.

"When Calls The Heart” stars Lori Loughlin (“Full House,” “90210,” "Garage Sale Mystery," "Meet My Mom"), Erin Krakow (“Army Wives,” "Chance at Romance"), Daniel Lissing (“Last Resort”) and Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital,” “Melrose Place,” "My Gal Sunday"). The primetime series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author Janette Oke.

Golden Globe and Emmy winner James Brolin (“Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Hotel,” “Christmas with Tucker”) has joined the cast as Judge Jedidiah Black for the season one finale. Judge Jedidiah Black (Brolin) is described as a legendary man who insolent, insufferable and incorruptible. The Circuit Judge is welcomed to Coal Valley to bring justice to the townpeople following the deadly mine explosion.

The brief episode description from Hallmark is as follows:

In "Prelude to a Kiss," Jack must make a choice between Elizabeth and Rosemary, while Abigail faces harsh opposition from Gowen surrounding the mine explosion, leading to shocking revelations for all of Coal Valley.

Jack's (Daniel Lissing) former fiance and longtime friend, Rosemary, wants to reunite with the handsome Mountie. Rosemary is a talented and personable woman, but Jack has fallen for ladylike schoolteacher Elizabeth (Erin Krakow). Jack has learned that Elizabeth has been offered an attractive teaching position back East and is just as confused about her intentions as she is about his intentions.

Sparks also fly between kindly widow Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and the dashing new Mountie in town, Bill Avery (Jack Wagner), who is in Coal Valley to investigate the mine explosion. Abigail has come up against mine manager Gowen (Martin Cummins), who seems to have neglected safety in favor of profits, causing the deadly mine explosion that killed many of the miners, including Abigail's beloved husband and son.

Hallmark refers to the episode as the season one finale of "When Calls the Heart," but has yet to announce season two. Hopefully, Hallmark will produce several seasons of the story of love and courage in the frontier.

“When Calls the Heart” is a Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy Television production. Executive Producers are Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird and Michael Landon, Jr. Based on the novel, When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke.

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