Hallmark Channel is ending the popular drama series after season 6

Hallmark Channel has renewed the popular family drama Chesapeake ribs for a sixth and final season. The show is based on the best-selling books of sweet magnolias author Sherryl Woods. The new season will consist of ten episodes and will air this summer.

Chesapeake ribs debuted in August 2016 and will end its run with 55 episodes. The show begins with Abby O’Brien Winters (Meghan Ory) returning to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, after learning that the bed and breakfast run by her sister Jess O’Brien Peck (Laci J. Mailey) is on the edge. of financial ruin. . Abby forgot her roots while living in New York, where she has a demanding career and is in the midst of a divorce. Now that she has returned home, she reconnects with her childhood. Meanwhile, her first love, Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe), is also back in town after living in Nashville. Abby’s estranged mother, Megan (Barbara Niven), is also in town.

Other cast members include Treat Williams, Diane Ladd, Emilie Ullerup, Brendan Penny and Andrew Francis. Robert Buckley joined the Season 5 cast as Evan Kincaid, a successful businessman who brings a new project to Chesapeake Shores.

“With a top-notch ensemble cast and creative team, Chesapeake Shores has shared stories that are relatable, poignant and unforgettable,” said Laurie Ferneau, SVP Programming, Series, at Hallmark Channel, in a statement to Deadline. “We look forward to honoring the journey viewers have taken with the O’Briens with a special final season.”

Chesapeake ribs is produced by Chesapeake Shores Productions Inc. and Daniel L. Paulson Entertainment. It was developed by John Tinker and Nancey Silvers, who are also executive producers. Woods is also an executive producer, alongside Dan Paulson, Martin Wood, Michael Burns and Phoef Sutton. The first five seasons are available on the Hallmark Movies Now streaming platform.

Last year, Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) shocked viewers by announcing his intention to leave the show just before season 5. In an interview with entertainment tonight, Metcalfe said he wouldn’t be opposed to returning to the show if the writers had a good reason. “I definitely didn’t shut it down. I would definitely be open to that, considering the show was still happening seasons later,” Metcalfe said. “I think a lot depends on Season 5 as to how long the show will last.”

Metcalfe also stars in Hallmark’s The Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard candor, which he “absolutely adores” doing. The actor is also an executive producer of films. “Obviously I have to thank Hallmark for this opportunity, but a lot of changes have been happening at Hallmark, and everyone’s kind of waiting to see what direction they’re going, what TV shows and movies they’re continuing to support and which ones are ending. on the chopping block,” he said of his future with the network.