Family History Mysteries: Buried Secrets

Check out Megan and Wendy’s recap and review of “Family History Mysteries: Buried Secrets” which premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday, January 8, 2023. This brand new movie stars Janel Parrish and Niall Matter and will hopefully be the first of many more from this great pair.

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Megan and Wendy review “Family History Mysteries: Buried Secrets” starring Niall Matter and Janel Parrish.

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  • Let’s talk ratings
    • “The Wedding Veil Expectations” came in at 15 out of 150 original cable telecasts per showbuzzdaily.com. The movie scored 0.21 of the 18-21 demographic and had 2.5 million live viewers. The only programs to rank above the Lacey Chabert movie were sports.
    • “Family History Mysteries: Buried Secrets” did not fair as well. It came in at 68/150 original cable telecasts with .04 of the 18-21 demo but still over 1 million live viewers.

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Review of "Family History Mysteries: Buried Past"
Genealogist Sophie McClaren is an expert at bringing families together. When her close friend Jonathan urgently needs to find a bone marrow donor, the case becomes personal. Photo: Janel Parrish, Niall Matter Credit: ©2022 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Albert Camicioli

About “Family History Mysteries: Buried Secrets”

  • This movie was written by Amber Benson – She has a ton of acting and writing credits. 90s kids might remember her as Tara from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
    • She’s also written several other movies including “Ann Rule’s A Murder to Remember” and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries “Morning Show Mysteries” with Holly Robinson Pete, as well as true life crime story “Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer.”
  • Directed by Jonathan Wright who also recently directed “The Royal Nanny,” “Jolly Good Christmas” as well as a few other Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films.
  • Janel Parrish plays Sophie. She has tons of acting credits. In 2021 appeared in two Hallmark movies: “Coyote Creek Christmas” and “Right in Front of Me.”
    • Most might recognize her from her run on “Pretty Little Liars” and as Margot in all three “To All the Boys” movies on Netflix.
    • In 2014, Janel participated on season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she came in third place with partner Val.
  • Niall Matter plays Jackson. He has 50 acting credits, including last year’s “When I Think of Christmas,” “The Secrets of Bella Vista” and “Rip in Time”.

Related Podcast Episode: Girls Gone Hallmark review of “Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater” starring Niall Matter from 2020.

  • At 25 years old, Niall was in a horrible accident. He was working part time on an oil rig and was crushed inside the cab of a 17 ton drilling rig. Niall was horrifically hurt but doctors were able to save his leg and it took months to learn how to walk again.
  • Morgan David Jones plays brother Jonathan. He has 46 acting credits, including several holiday non-Hallmark movies from 2022. His resume also includes a feature film called “Molly’s Game” from 2017.
  • Bruce Horak plays long last dad Clark.

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