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May 13, 201652 min
CATHERINE BELL STARS AS EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE ENCHANTRESS IN HALLMARK CHANNEL’S TOP-RATED ORIGINAL SERIES “GOOD WITCH,” AIRING SUNDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT, 8 C SEASON TWO PREMIERED SUNDAY, APRIL 17 ON HALLMARK CHANNEL After spellbinding audiences with seven installments of one of the network’s most successful movie franchise of all-time featuring Cassie Nightingale, the beloved raven-haired enchantress brought to life by Catherine Bell (“Army Wives,” “JAG”, “Bruce Almighty”), “Good Witch” debuted as an original series last year on Hallmark Channel.  In its first season “Good Witch” became the network’s strongest series, averaging an impressive 2.6 L+3 HH rating, making Hallmark Channel the #2 rated cable network in the time period and reached 11.7 million unduplicated viewers. In season two, Cassie (Bell) and Sam (Golden Globe® winner James Denton, “Desperate Housewives”) put romance on the back burner as Sam resolves his family situation and Cassie decides if she’s ready to take things to the next level.  A complication arises with the arrival in Middleton of John (Dan Payne), an old archaeologist friend of Cassie’s, who is clearly interested in more than just friendship.  Meanwhile, Grace (Bailee Madison, “Northpole: Open for Christmas,” “The Fosters,” “Just Go with It”) wants nothing to do with her magic as she struggles with feeling different from her peers.  Cassie guides her daughter through this rough time and encourages Grace to embrace her gifts.  When Sam’s not busy navigating the convoluted family life created by his pushy ex-wife, the swoon-inducing doctor has his hands full with his burgeoning medical practice and over-sharing front office assistant Eve.  Meanwhile, Middleton’s indefatigable mayor Martha (Catherine Disher) is still working hard to keep the town humming in true Martha style.  But as always, Cassie is at the heart of everything and manages to weave her magic in her own special way, leaving a lasting effect on those around her. ABOUT CATHERINE: Catherine Bell is best known for her work as the headstrong Marine Corps attorney Lt. Sarah ‘Mac’ MacKenzie on the action drama series “JAG” and in the ensemble drama series “Army Wives,” as Denise Sherwood, a devoted wife who has returned to work as a nurse while her husband is a major in Iraq and whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan. Bell was born in London and moved to Los Angeles with her family at the young age of three.  While studying biomedical engineering at UCLA, Bell ventured into modeling, which soon led to immediate recognition in both the United States and overseas.  Building on her success as a model, she decided to pursue an acting career, which was launched soon thereafter. While working in television, Bell has also generated a loyal fan base with Hallmark Channel’s “The Good Witch” movie franchise, always among the highest-rated Original Movie on the network. Starring as Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale, Bell completed seven Original Movies in the series, including “The Good Witch,” “The Good Witch’s Garden,” “The Good Witch’s Gift,” “The Good Witch’s Family,” “The Good Witch’s Charm,” “The Good Witch’s Destiny” and “The Good Witch’s Wonder.”  Other TV credits include Lifetime’s “Still Small Voices” and “Last Man Standing,” CBS’ “Company Town” and TNT’s “Good Morning Killer” as well as guest starring roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Friends,” “Dream On” and “King & Maxwell.” Bell’s feature film credits include Universal’s mega-hit “Bruce Almighty” opposite Jim Carrey and opposite Steve Carrell in the sequel, “Evan Almighty,” as well as “Men of War.”  Bell, along with her two children, resides in Southern California. FOOD WRITER, COOKING INSTRUCTOR, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER LISA ATWOOD – AUTHOR, THE TOTAL GRILLING MANUAL While there are loads of grilling books on the market, this is the one that’s pooled all the knowledge you could ever need into one book.  This a-z,


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