Josie Bissett
TCA press tour: Hallmark emphasizes 'wholesome' with 'Cedar Cove'
TCA press tour: Hallmark emphasizes 'wholesome' with 'Cedar Cove'

Hallmark Channel, which refers to itself as "the heart of TV," took every opportunity to play up its warm-and-fuzzy vibe Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. With its first original prime-time series, "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," as well as upcoming movies including a holiday special called "Christmas With Tucker" and an uplifting family drama set in 1963 during the height of the civil rights struggle called "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," Hallmark is carving out a niche as a wholesome voice in a TV wilderness of aggression and excess.  It's a tactic that stands out in an era when hyper-violent,...