Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew to Star in Mistletoe Murders Series Adaptation at Hallmark Media

Mistletoe Murders is the latest fiction podcast to get the TV treatment — but it won’t be podcast star Cobie Smulders bringing Emily Lane to the small screen.

Grey’s Anatomy vet Sarah Drew has landed the role of Emily in a series adaptation underway at Hallmark Media, according to our sister site Deadline.

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Based on the Audible series of the same name, Mistletoe Murders will follow Drew’s character, who, when she isn’t running her small-town Christmas-themed store Under the Mistletoe, is compelled to investigate local murders with the help of a local police detective and his teen daughter. “On the surface, Emily is a perfectly lovely, good-natured mystery lover,” the logline reads, “but she is hiding a secret past that, if exposed, threatens to destroy the new life she has built in Fletcher’s Grove.”

It’s not yet clear if Mistletoe Murders will air on Hallmark Channel, or another Hallmark Media network. Production on the series gets underway in Toronto in June. In the meantime, two seasons of the fiction podcast are currently available on Audible; in addition to Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as the voice of Emily, the audio series stars Raymond Ablack (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Ginny & Georgia) as police detective Sam Wilner and Anna Cathcart (XO, Kitty) as his daughter, Violet.

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Drew is best known for her nine-season run as Grey’s Anatomy doc April Kepner, a role she departed at the end of Season 14. She has since returned twice for brief appearances in Seasons 17 and 18. But she’s already a familiar face to Hallmark fans, having previously starred in movies like Christmas in Vienna, One Summer and Guiding Emily at Hallmark Media’s various channels.

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