Chesapeake Shores gets season 5 premiere date, adds Robert Buckley after Jesse Metcalfe’s departure

Robert Buckley just bought a one-way ticket to Chesapeake Shores.

The iZombie actor joined the cast of the Hallmark Channel drama ahead of its season five premiere Sunday, August 15, deadline reports.

Emmy winner Phoef Sutton (Cheers, Terrier) will also serve as showrunner, replacing John Tinker (Judging Amy).

The casting news comes just two weeks after it was reported that original series star Jesse Metcalfe (aka Trace Riley) was leaving Chesapeake Shores midway through Season 5. Buckley’s character Evan McKenzie is described as a successful entrepreneur bringing in a new development project town, village.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Chesapeake Shores back for a long-awaited fifth season, with Phoef Sutton’s brilliant voice leading this new chapter for the O’Brien family,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP for programming at Hallmark, in a statement. “Robert Buckley, who is joining the cast, has been part of the Hallmark family for years – most recently starring and producing The Christmas House – and I know fans of the show will give him a big hug in this new role.”

Buckley joins regulars Meghan Ory, Treat Williams, Diane Ladd, Barbara Niven, Laci J. Mailey, Emilie Ullerup, Brendan Penny and Andrew Francis.

Before Chesapeake Shores returns, Hallmark Diehards can look forward to the return of Good Witch, which kicks off its seventh season on Sunday, May 16. On the cancellation page, the network recently confirmed that Home and Family would end with Season 9.

Do you look forward to the return of Chesapeake Shores? Fascinated by Buckley’s casting after Metcalfe’s departure? Write your thoughts in a comment below.

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