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Gov. Hickenlooper announced on June 18, 2013 the Hallmark Channel will film a new scripted television series in Telluride. (Photo: KDVR archives)

By Stephanie Wolf
For KDVR.com

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bill Abbott, President and CEO of the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, announced on Tuesday that a new scripted television series will be filmed this summer in Telluride.

In a statement, Hickenlooper said this is the first time a narrative TV show has been filmed in Colorado since 1991, adding he believes it will have a “positive economic impact for our state and provide tremendous national exposure for Telluride and all of Colorado”

Last week, the Colorado Economic Development Commission agreed to make a $2.7 million tax rebate available to the series after the producer predicted the show would go from six to 13 episodes.

In a tweet after the announcement, the governor said the series will create more than a hundred new jobs for Coloradans.

The new series, called “When Calls the Heart,” will be set in a 19th century coal mining town and begin filming July 22.