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Jocelyn Hudon, Morgan Kohan and Paul Greene appear in a Christmas episode of "When Calls the Heart."

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s possible you might not see “When Calls the Heart” for a while. Luckily for fans, there’s a spinoff show called “When Hope Calls” you can watch.

The show focuses on a pair of orphaned sisters who are raised in different worlds. The sisters, Lillain (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon), meet up as adults and open their own orphanage in an early 1900s town, which is trying to adapt to modern society.

Lillian and Grace briefly appeared in the “When Calls the Heart” movie, “The Great Christmas Blessing.”

“'When Hope Calls' embodies the same heartfelt themes of community, family and faith that have resonated so strongly with 'When Calls the Heart' fans over the past six years. This is another series that viewers are sure to treasure,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity for Crown Media said in a statement, according to Cheatsheet.

Release date: Hallmark’s spinoff show “When Hope Calls” will drop in August 2019, according to Cheatsheet.

Where to watch: The show will be featured on Hallmark Movies Now, which is Crown Media’s digital streaming service.

Hallmark Movies Now: The service is available on iOS, Amazon Fire, Android, Roku and other devices. You can also find it through Comcast’s Xfinity and Cox’s Contour Platforms.

  • Subscribers receive access to all free Hallmark content when they subscribe, which includes several movies in the channel’s hall of fame.
  • An annual subscription costs $59.99 for the year, which breaks down to $4.99 per month. You can also subscribe for a monthly plan, which charges $5.99 monthly.

Context: “When Hope Calls” might be our first glance at the “When Calls the Heart” universe for a bit of time. The latter show has gone on a creative hiatus after the college admissions scandal, which saw the show’s star, Lori Loughlin, accused of bribing her children’s way into the University of Southern California. It remains unclear if Loughlin will be recast. Hallmark announced that Loughlin had been cut from the show, though.

“When Calls the Heart” hasn’t been canceled, but it will take a small break, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

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  • “When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and IT HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED,” producer Brian Bird wrote in a message on Instagram. “With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.”

The “When Calls the Heart” cast admitted that the scandal put them all in a “tough spot.”