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Alison Sweeney Previews Her New Hallmark Murder Mystery!

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On Friday, April 5, DAYS OF OUR LIVES vet Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) will make her television debut as a screenwriter when her latest movie, One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery, premieres on Hallmark Mystery at 9 pm EST. In addition to penning the script, Sweeney will reunite with her former Wedding Veil franchise leading man — and fellow DAYS alum —  Victor Webster (ex-Nicholas) when he joins the cast as attorney Chad Norton.

Based on the novel Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke, One Bad Apple has Hannah teaching a baking class at the local college…but her equipment is tampered with and causes an explosion. Luckily, the fire department rules the incident an accident. But when a colleague then winds up dead and she finds herself on the list of suspects, Hannah begins putting together the puzzle of the mysterious murder. That’s how the feisty baker crosses paths with by-the-book prosecutor Chad.

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Webster and Sweeney aren’t in Salem anymore!Bettina Strauss/Hallmark

“Initially, when we approached Victor, I had to pitch him how I see this character,” Sweeney explained to TVLine. “How do I think he fits into Hannah’s world? I’ve worked with Victor before and I know him really well, and I had this vision in my mind of the guy he could be that would really be new to Hannah’s world. He’s a little more resistant to her charms, a little more about following protocol, rules. That was a really fun twist.”

As Sweeney’s new leading man, Webster’s Chad takes over for police detective Mike Kingston, who was played by Cameron Mathison (Drew, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the franchise’s earlier films. (Mathison signed a multi-picture deal with Hallmark competitor Great American Media back in November.) “I love Cameron and I wish him all the best,” insists Sweeney, who purposely left the door open for the character by sending Mike off to Quantico to train at the FBI Academy. “That was the decision we made for Mike because I come from a soaps background and I love the philosophy of ‘never say never,’” she explained. “So, you never know where Mike will turn up next.”

Before you tune in to see Sweeney and Webster in action, check out a preview of One Bad Apple below!

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