Jill Wagner appeared in her first Great American Family movie, “A Christmas Miracle for Daisy,” in 2021. She was happy with her work, even telling The List, “[It] is probably, I would say, my most special Christmas movie to date.” A role in the network’s 2022 movie “A Merry Christmas Wish” followed, and in July 2023, Deadline reported that Wagner had signed on for yet another of the network’s holiday films, “Bringing Christmas Home.” Its plot involves solving a mystery, but the real-life mystery that many internet sleuths seem to be more interested in is what’s been going on with Wagner’s relationship with Hallmark. On the Hallmark Movies subreddit, there’s speculation that “Mystery 101” ended because Wagner started working with GAC Media, owner of the Great American Family network. However, in an interview with The U.S. Sun, Hallmark CEO Wonya Lucas said it was because the network wanted to go in a new direction with its “Mysteries” movies.
While Wagner hasn’t outright said that she’s finished with Hallmark for good, one Redditor theorized that she finds the vision of Bill Abbott — the former CEO of Hallmark’s parent company and the current CEO of GAC — more appealing. “Spiritual or faith-based content is grossly underserved,” Abbott told The Wall Street Journal while discussing what type of content GAC would feature. Wagner echoed his sentiment in a 2021 TVFanatic interview, saying, “We need more faith-based movies out there — more good faith-based movies.” Hallmark already produces faith-based films, so this remark seems to suggest that Wagner is unsatisfied with the network’s offerings.