"The Mystery Cruise"is a Hallmark move that premiered on Hallmark Movie Channel on Oct. 5, 2013. The film is also a pilot for a possible series that will air in 2014 if greenlit. Two best friends and unlikely business partners team up, using their talent for detection
The movie is based on the book The Santa Cruise by New York Times bestselling authors, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. The two-hour backdoor pilot stars three-time Emmy nominee Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “Boston Legal,” “Hellcats, "All I Want for Christmas"), Michelle Harrison (“Tom Dick & Harriet,” “Emily Owens M.D.”) and Larry Miller (“Boston Legal”).
“The Mystery Cruise” centers on best friends and impending partners, Alvirah Meehan (O’Grady), a lottery winner turned amateur sleuth and Regan Reilly (Harrison), a private investigator. The two heroines rescue the diamond-collared pooch of a wealthy socialite played by co-author Carol Higgins Clark ("My Gal Sunday") before setting off on a luxurious three day cruise around the San Juan Island off the coast of Washington.
The sleuthing duo promises that there will be no crime solving on the cruise, as the trip is for pleasure. Along with their husbands Willy Meehan (Larry Miller) and Detective Jack Reilly (Peter Benson), the women board the mystery cruise. They join Regan’s mom, Nora Reilly (Colleen Winton, “The 4400”), a world famous mystery writer, who is introducing a mystery game created to promote the release of Nora’s latest book
With the help of her husband, Luke (Malcolm Stewart), Nora introduces all of the passengers by their assigned identities for this 1870s period piece crime..
As the boat calmly sets sail, everyone is enjoying getting into character, especially Alvirah, who may or may not be the “murderess” in the mystery game. Troubled waters lie ahead when Alvirah gets a hunch that a real killer may be on board and together with Regan the pair teams up to take the killer down.
Back on the mainland, Alvirah and Regan hang out their shingle in their fabulous Manhattan office to
continue their sleuthing and crime fighting ways, leading to the potential for numerous storylines.
The cast of "The Mystery Cruise" includes: Gail O’Grady (Alvirah Meehan), Michelle Harrison (Regan Reilly), Venus Terzo (Serena), Larry Miller (Willy), Carol Higgins Clark (Cass), Chris Humphreys (Casper), Peter Benson (Jack), Kurt Evans (Ted), Kirsten Robek (Ivy), Malcolm Stewart (Luke) and Colleen Winton (Nora).
“The Mystery Cruise,” is an Entertainment One Television production. Emmy Award nominees Howard Burkons (“The Ron Clark Story”) and Brenda Friend (“The Ron Clark Story,” “Joan of Arc”) and Entertainment One’s Ira Pincus (“Goodnight for Justice”) and John Morayniss (“Hell on Wheels,” “Klondike”) are executive producers. Doug Barr (“Notes From the Heart Healer”) directed from a script by Burkons.