Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer TV Review: Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Hallmark Channel

For TV lovers, summertime can be frustrating. My husband and I like to settle down and watch a show or two at night. We have several summer series we enjoy, like "Major Crimes," "Rookie Blue," and this summer's special treat "24." Unfortunately, some series don't even start until July (like our guilty pleasure "Big Brother"), long after our other favorite series have ended. We also get frustrated when new shows debut only to be cancelled two shows into it, like "Crisis." What was the point?

So I was happy to pre-review an upcoming episode of the new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Created by "Touched by An Angel's" Martha Williamson, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a light and comedic drama featuring four postal detectives who track down the intended recipients of mail that for various reasons was undeliverable. The investigation of these pieces of lost mail and redirected letters and packages can result in saved lives, solved crimes, reunited loves and changed futures. 

As described on the Hallmark Channel, which runs the show on Sundays at 8 pm EST, the team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), a genius postal detective and the group’s leader; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.

The team interacts in a collegial manner that is enjoyable to watch. Sort of like "Cold Case," the show focuses onsolving mysteries of the past, but instead of murder, it is mail. Any one who loves to solve a good puzzle, would enjoy this series. From the episode I saw, it is fairly family-friendly as well, but for older kids. I'm glad we now have a show to enjoy on Sunday nights this summer.

What are your favorite summer shows?