Hallmark picks Gilbert

The Hallmark Channel has tapped veteran television actress and Screen Actors
Guild president Melissa Gilbert to introduce its first original series,
Adoption, as host of a Saturday, June 1, special airing.

The series will air regularly Sundays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gilbert, herself adopted, said of the show: "Adoption brings real
stories and real emotions of those involved in the adoption process, and I am
glad to be a part of this heartwarming series."

She is no stranger to heartwarming series, having as a child co-starred in long-running NBC family drama Little House on the
Prairie
.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.