First Look at Hallmark’s The Way Home Season 2, premiering January 21, 2024! – WATCH!

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Hallmark’s The Way Home — the network’s first new original series in almost seven years — has been renewed for season 2, which premieres on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 9/8c.

The drama that stars Andie MacDowell and Chyler Leigh has been a ratings winner since premiering Jan. 15, regularly topping Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac, TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, and HGTV’s Home Town on Sunday nights. It ranks as the No. 1 most-watched program on Sundays among households, P2+, W18+ and P18+ on a L+SD basis. 

The audience has also increased throughout the season among women and younger viewers (+54% with W25-54, +42% with P25-54. +59% with W18-49 and +34% with P18-49).  On a L+3 basis through Feb. 19, The Way Home is the No. 2 most-watched program overall with HHs, P2+, W18+ and P18+, second only to Hallmark’s own original movie.

“The press and our audience have enthusiastically embraced The Way Home from the first episode making the decision to renew the series an easy one. said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue the journey of the Landry family and can’t wait for fans to see what’s next.”

“Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke and Marly Reed have created a rich, textured story filled with heart and mixed with intrigue that’s proven to be a winning combination,” added Laurie Ferneau, Senior Vice President, Development, Hallmark Media. “Season two is sure to bring more drama and mystery as the Landry family’s history is revealed.”

Synopsis

The series follows three generations of Landry women who embark on a journey to find their way back to each other while learning important lessons about their family’s past. The cast of the multigenerational family drama includes MacDowell (Maid), Leigh (Supergirl), Evan Williams (Blonde), Sadie Laflamme-Snow (The Apprentice), Alex Hook (I Am Frankie), Al Mukadam (Pretty Hard Cases, The Detail), Jefferson Brown (Masters of Romance, Slasher) and David Webster (Luckiest Girl Alive, In the Dark).

Below, stars Chyler Leigh and Evan Williams break down Kat and Elliot’s complicated reunion and preview what’s ahead for Kat as she searches for her brother in the past.

TVLINE | How has Elliot’s time away changed not only him but also shape his relationship with Kat in Season 2?
EVAN WILLIAMS | It’s interesting because Elliot made a really strong choice at the end of Season 1, a choice that was maybe not popular with fans or with Kat —
CHYLER LEIGH | Or Chyler.
WILLIAMS | Or with Chyler, or with Evan. [Both laugh] But he is going to be forced to reckon with that choice in Season 2, and it goes from being an idea of like, “I want to learn how to live my own life,” to realizing that living your own life requires a whole lot of other things. It’s not just a choice you can make. It’s a journey, and it requires work. And so, we see Elliot doing a lot of working in Season 2. He’s challenged, and he is potentially losing his reputation as like the helpful one who’s always going to be there, because he’s sort of abdicated that responsibility. But if he’s not going to do that, then who is he? That’s a really deep question, and we go back into his past, and we learn a lot more by seeing young Elliot, played by David Webster, back in 1999, and we see the character continue to expand, and we see more facets, and, hopefully, it will be rewarding for audiences as it progresses.

TVLINE | Chyler, what does this new side of Elliot and his absence in Kat’s life mean for their relationship in Season 2?
LEIGH | When we see, in Episode 1, her coming back and passing the house, we see that she’s started running, she’s been on this journey.

TVLINE | How has Elliot’s time away changed not only him but also shape his relationship with Kat in Season 2?
EVAN WILLIAMS | It’s interesting because Elliot made a really strong choice at the end of Season 1, a choice that was maybe not popular with fans or with Kat —
CHYLER LEIGH | Or Chyler.
WILLIAMS | Or with Chyler, or with Evan. [Both laugh] But he is going to be forced to reckon with that choice in Season 2, and it goes from being an idea of like, “I want to learn how to live my own life,” to realizing that living your own life requires a whole lot of other things. It’s not just a choice you can make. It’s a journey, and it requires work. And so, we see Elliot doing a lot of working in Season 2. He’s challenged, and he is potentially losing his reputation as like the helpful one who’s always going to be there, because he’s sort of abdicated that responsibility. But if he’s not going to do that, then who is he? That’s a really deep question, and we go back into his past, and we learn a lot more by seeing young Elliot, played by David Webster, back in 1999, and we see the character continue to expand, and we see more facets, and, hopefully, it will be rewarding for audiences as it progresses.

TVLINE | Chyler, what does this new side of Elliot and his absence in Kat’s life mean for their relationship in Season 2?
LEIGH | When we see, in Episode 1, her coming back and passing the house, we see that she’s started running, she’s been on this journey. It’s seven months later. She goes by the house, and she’s kind of constantly wondering when he’s going to be back, while simultaneously trying to grow and move on. At the end of the day, he’s always going to be a love of her life. Like, that’s always going to be there, no matter what.
WILLIAMS | [pumps fist] Score!
LEIGH | [Laughs] So for their relationship, she sees him coming back in his linen, in his khaki pants, but like a little bit baggy — Oh, no, your jeans. You came in with some, like, boyfriend cut jeans.
WILLIAMS | Yeah. Not your boyfriend jeans.
LEIGH | And your flip-flops. And so, he comes back, and he’s all glowy and like windswept, and it looks like he’s had the time of his life. It’s hurtful. It’s like, oh, OK, so everything was challenging and difficult and bittersweet, and then all of a sudden, you’re back. And it’s like, oh, you want to kind of just like jump right back in and think that everything’s going to be like kosher, and it’s not. And so, for her, she’s got a tiny bit of like, “You suck. But also, I still love you, and I want you to be a part of our family.”

The Way Home Season 2

TVLINE | There’s so much tension, right off the bat, between Kat and Elliot this season, and a lot of hurt feelings on both sides. How justified do you think each of them is in those hurt feelings?
LEIGH | I think they’re both very justified. One thing that I as, I would say, a fan of the show actually really appreciated was Elliot making that decision to choose himself, finally. I found that to be something that was really powerful and really strong. So from that perspective, I think that was just a beautiful move.
WILLIAMS | When you have characters who clearly love each other, and some sort of disharmony happens, in real life, what happens is the communication kind of breaks down even if people are trying to take care of each other. The show does a really good job of reflecting that and reflecting the nuance and the minutia, because I don’t think the question is do they love each other? That’s very clear, which is why there is tension, and the fact is that human beings have a hard time connecting their heart to their brain, let alone their heart to their mouth. So I think that the audience, hopefully, will feel safe knowing that the writers and the performers in this show are taking care of them and going to bring the audience with them every step of the way, and then earn the love in a way that is believable and really impactful. And I don’t think the story between Elliot and Kat is simple. I don’t think it will ever be simple, and that means that it’s fertile ground for a lot of different nuance and reward, as well. We’re going to keep people guessing, I think.

The Way Home Season 2

TVLINE | Chyler, where will Kat’s search for Jacob lead her, especially following that dramatic ending to the premiere?
LEIGH | To the 1800s. [Laughs] What I love about Season 2 [is] we get to understand how Kat is that White Witch at the end [of Season 1], when she says, “Jacob, I’ll be back for you.” So that being the case, we know that he’s somewhere. We know that there is some sort of connection, and she’s found something very significant in the 1800s. … What’s really cool about this is that she doesn’t necessarily know how all of it came to be. And so, even the lore of the White Witch that everybody in the present day knows, we come to understand what that actually means. We come across that in Kat’s search in the 1800s to hopefully find Jacob. So that, thematically, throughout the whole season is just such an amazing journey, and everybody that’s in the 1800s, we come to really see what their role was to play in it, and the origins of the Landry family and the Augustines, and how all of this town, this Port Haven, this place that we, as an audience as well, have come to love so much, we get to really see how it started and who had the biggest impacts on that.

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