Home and Family, an award-nominated lifestyle program on Hallmark Channel, paused production between March 2020 and September. Filming resumed later that month but stopped once more before ceasing altogether in December.
Cameron Mathison (former Ryan Lavery) has found new work since Home and Family was canceled, signing on as the lead actor of a General Hospital storyline.
Cameron Mathison will take over from Mark Steines as co-host of the Hallmark Channel series Home & Family when its seventh season starts again in September. Mathison previously served as guest host since 2013; now, completing co-host duties will become his responsibility when Home & Family returns with its seventh season. Mathison previously worked as a feature correspondent on Good Morning America and Extra, co-hosted the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, and appeared on DIY Network’s Ultimate Proposal and HGTV’s Game of Homes reality shows, among other projects.
He has appeared in Hallmark original movies like At Home in Mitford, A Summer to Remember, Very, Very Valentine, and Love, Of Course. In 1998 Miramax released 54 as his movie debut, and since has guest starred on many popular TV shows like Hot in Cleveland, The Drew Carey Show, CSI: JAG What I Like About You, F/X The Series Castle, among many more.
Mathison has appeared in several Hallmark movies and is an executive producer on the upcoming Paramount+ series Lioness, starring Zoe Saldana as CIA operative Joe. Additionally, Dave Annable (John Dutton’s son Lee on Yellowstone), LaMonica Garrett (Tucker from 1883), and James Jordan (CIA agent Two Cups from Sheridan-verse) will all make appearances as characters from Yellowstone or Sheridan-verse are cast in supporting roles for Lioness.
Mathison lives in Los Angeles with his wife Vanessa and children Lucas and Leila. He is passionate about animals and supports pet adoption, fostering, and volunteering through CARE Rescue LA. Additionally, Mathison advocates natural beauty practices such as transitioning his gray locks openly; he recently posted a touching photo of Lucas and an inspirational message to celebrate who we are as individuals.
Debbie Matenopoulos has been featured on the show since its premiere in 2013. As a mother to two, Debbie is passionate about family, food, and fashion – sharing photos of her children on social media and supporting adoption initiatives. Additionally, Debbie has spoken candidly about depression and anxiety issues in the past.
Debbie Matenopoulos is one of the longest-running and most acclaimed talk show hosts. Known for her irreverent and lively personality, Debbie has created a strong emotional bond between herself and her viewers. Additionally, Debbie is a health and fitness lifestyle expert with several short videos on her Instagram account offering tips and advice about cooking, cleaning, and beauty techniques.
Debbie has long been part of Hallmark’s Home and Family cast, its flagship daytime lifestyle series that has earned six Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lifestyle Program and was loved by viewers. Since COVID-19 hit, however, production was temporarily suspended – though Season 9 will return.
Producers of the show are diligently working to ensure a memorable new season. In addition to the cast members, there will be an exciting guest host sure to add extra entertainment value.
Matenopoulos was born in Richmond, Virginia, of Greek heritage. She attended John Randolph Tucker High School before studying journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to New York University’s journalism program. Throughout her studies at VCU, she interviewed numerous celebrities, TV personalities, and newsmakers – an experience that led her to host The View and other shows.
Home and Family was abruptly canceled following the COVID-19 pandemic, to much shock among its many viewers. Fans were left scratching their heads over why such an important show had to go off the air, yet many hope it may return in future seasons. Meanwhile, its cast has gone on to work on other projects – in particular, Matenopoulos has appeared on General Hospital, hosted a TV Guide Channel series, and co-hosted live primetime events with Ryan Seacrest before co-hosting E!’s top-rated red carpet coverage alongside Giuliana Rancic.
Since 2008, she has appeared in several TV movies as a co-star and recently co-hosted the hit comedy game show Celebrity Deathmatch alongside John Salley and Morgan Fairchild. Additionally, she wrote and sold a made-for-TV movie to Oxygen channel; hosted Good Day Live with Arthel Neville nationally syndicated show; was regular panel member on FOX Daytime talk show The View; wrote two made-for-TV movie scripts, wrote and sold one made for television movie to Oxygen channel; wrote made-for-TV movie made for Oxygen as well as made-for-TV movie for Oxygen channel; written and sold made-for-TV movie script; wrote and sold made-for-TV film to Oxygen channel; wrote and sold script to Oxygen network; wrote and sold made-for-TV movie script writing/Sell made-for-TV movie script to Oxygen network; hosted the nationally syndicated Good Day Live show with Arthel Neville as host; regular on FOX Daytime talk show The View (FOX Daytime talk show); wrote and sold made-for-TV movie script to Oxygen network; wrote and sold made-for-TV movie script/script to them (Oxygen; sold it!), wrote/sold made-TV movie script, wrote/sold a made-for-TV movie script to Oxygen movie script/script while hosting Good Day Live for broadcast national syndicated show Good Day Live nationally syndicated show Good Day Live (nationally syndicated show The View (FOX Daytime talk show; regular).
Kym Douglas is a well-recognized host, best-selling author, comedienne, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle expert. She appears regularly on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Hallmark’s Home & Family and contributes articles to many popular magazines. Kym’s unique combination of improv/sketch comedy and helpful information has established her as a one-of-a-kind “infotainment” entertainer, frequently compared with Goldie Hawn or Lucille Ball!
Home & Family’s cast has been working hard since they resumed filming last week, after returning from an extended hiatus that started back on The Family Channel back in 1996 and moving through Fox Family Channel before landing on Hallmark Channel two years later and being canceled shortly afterward, only to return and continue airing today!
Home & Family production was temporarily put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, following the implementation of new protocols by CBS Network, production resumed shortly afterward with only Monday through Wednesday episodes airing live on air. Variety reports that Home & Family will be canceled once its current season concludes in August.
Home & Family’s cancellation has shocked its many viewers, who have enjoyed its relatable personalities over time. Home & Family stands apart from other daytime shows by not covering politics or controversial subjects – making it more enjoyable for viewers who find it relatable than other daytime programs.
Until recently, fans were optimistic that production would resume with its original format when production recommenced in March 2021. But when the first episode aired with reruns rather than actual content, many feared its fate.
Although the cast of Home & Family hasn’t yet been officially announced, many of its stars could return for more projects with the network. Daytime actresses such as Lowndes and McKellar have previously featured in films for them, such as Royally Wrapped for Christmas and Mix Up in the Mediterranean.
Leigh Leigh Laflamme-Snow
The Way Home, a new Hallmark series that chronicles three generations of strong and independent women, stars Andie MacDowell as Del, Grandmother to Kat Landry (Chyler Leigh) and 15-year-old Alice (Sadie Laflamme-Snow). Due to life-altering events, their family had been estranged for 20 years before finally reconciling.
Evan Williams plays Elliot, Kat’s long-suffering husband. The Way Home premiered on January 15 and has already been renewed for a second season.
Chyler Leigh is best known for her roles as Alex Danvers on Supergirl and Lexi Grey on Grey’s Anatomy. Additionally, she performs as singer and songwriter with the East of Eli band and tours internationally. Leigh has been working in film and television since she was a young girl; most notably, she appeared on Arrow, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Private Practice this past year alone!
Sadie Laflamme-Snow is a Canadian actress best known for her appearances as Alice on The Way Home. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and currently living in Toronto, Sadie has appeared in various TV movies and been chosen as a finalist in WBTV’s Actors in Training program; Game On and Wild short films featuring her are some of her many credits.
Her latest role is that of a teenager moving with her mother, Kat, and grandmother Del to Port Haven in Ontario after their marriage has fallen apart, hoping to mend old wounds while grieving the sudden disappearance of Kat’s younger brother and the unexpected death of their father.
The Way Home, produced by Neshama Productions and MarVista Entertainment, will return for a second season starting in 2023. Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke, and MacDowell serve as executive producers. At the same time, Arnie Zipursky and Lauren MacKinlay join them along with Fernando Szew, Larry Grimaldi, and Hannah Pillemer on this acclaimed drama written and directed by Marc Lawrence.