2017-03-16 / Arts & Entertainment News

Series starring singer Jewel returns in April on Hallmark


RYAN PLUMMER JEWEL RYAN PLUMMER Q: Last year I saw a movie on cable that starred Jewel, the singer, and she solved a murder mystery. It was based on a book series, so I was wondering if they were planning to make the movies into a series.

— Lyla F., via email

A: You are talking about Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ “Fixer Upper Mysteries,” which are based on best-selling author Kate Carlisle’s book series. I am happy to report that because of record-breaking viewing numbers, there will be more installments coming your way. The second movie is “Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery,” and it premieres Sunday, April 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. I spoke with Jewel recently about the series, and she is thrilled to return to the role of Shannon Hughes.

“Shannon is a woman who once didn’t trust her intuition, and it cost her very dearly with her mother, and she made a promise to herself to never ignore her intuition again. And her fight is really every woman’s fight, every human’s right, which is to speak up for your inner ‘knowing’ and what you know is right and act on that. It was so synergistic with the platform that I’m building (with jewelneverbroken.com), and getting to act a character who’s actually trying to live the same thing was a real fun opportunity.”

Jewel also sees parallels between acting and being a singer/songwriter/poet: “While there are definitely different aspects of the craft, the way I find my way into it is pretty similar. I wasn’t formally taught music; I taught myself guitar, and you teach yourself songwriting — same thing with poetry.”

Q: Do you know when “Game of Thrones” will be back? Usually it’s around April or May, but I haven’t heard anything.

— George A. in Rhode Island

A: HBO has pushed back the premiere a few months. While there is not an exact date as of this writing, word has it that season seven will premiere in July. Don’t forget, season seven will have only seven episodes, with the eighth and final season rumored to have just six.

Q: A few months back, I heard about a new Bill Nye science show. Can you give me any more information on that?

— Kelli T., via email

A: “Bill Nye Saves the World” drops April 21 on Netflix. Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry. ¦

— Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; or email her at letters@cindyelavsky.com.

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