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When Ruby Herring Mysteries started on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Taylor Cole’s father was played by his real-life stepfather, Shawn Christian. But in the second movie, the character was recast and is now played by John Wesley Shipp. What happened to Christian?
Shipp Said Hallmark Wanted to Go a Different Direction with the Character & Everything Happened Fast
Ruby Herring Mysteries: Silent Witness premiered in 2019 with Shawn Christian playing the role of John Herring, Ruby’s father. The second film, Her Last Breath, was released in late 2019 and John Herring’s character has already been recast with John Wesley Shipp in the role. Shipp continued in that role for the third film, Prediction Murder, which was released in April 2020.
In an interview with Media Village, Shipp said that Hallmark wanted to go in a different direction with the character, but stepping in was a bit awkward. He said:
The situation with Ruby gave me a moment to pause. I think they knew it was a bit of an awkward situation and I didn’t know what I was getting into. Everything happened very fast. The production wanted to go in a different direction with the character of John Herring, so they called me to tell me what he was like as a legendary crime reporter whose daughter was following in his footsteps. It really sounded like a fun thing to do. The entire cast couldn’t have been more welcoming.
Shipp said that he was allowed to be creative with how he portrayed the character and that he didn’t have to follow what was done before. It wasn’t completely unfamiliar territory for him, as he had played a recast father on television before.
“It happened to me at Dawson’s Creek as I was not the original father in the pilot,” he shared.
He has very much enjoyed working with Hallmark and looks forward to more opportunities, Shipp added.
“I also love working with Hallmark as it feels like the old studio system with a group of actors that they like and the audience enjoys watching in different roles,” he shared.
Scheduling Conflicts Also Contributed to the Change, But Fans Were Divided on Whether They Liked the Change or Not
Just before the premiere of Ruby Herring’s second film, Parade reported that Christian left the series due to prior commitments and scheduling conflicts. As a result, Shipp took over.
Hallmark fans are divided on whether the recast was a good or bad choice. In a discussion on Hallmark’s official Facebook page, one person wrote: “Why was Shaun Christian replaced as Ruby’s father? I really like him. He has a simple way of acting that is great to watch. Not so replacing him. ”
But another fan had the opposite opinion, writing that the new father had helped improve the series:
Some fans commented that because Christian looks so young, some viewers had trouble realizing that he was supposed to be Ruby Herring’s father.
On a Primetimer discussion board, one viewer wrote: “Shawn Christian looks younger than he is, and he really baffled people. I think he and Taylor Cole probably thought it would be fun to work together since they are family in real life. But I don’t think they’ve considered that just because they’re stepdad-stepdaughter in real life, it won’t necessarily translate well on camera. The average viewer wasn’t going to know right away that they were actually family, playing family. Instead, viewers simply wondered why this young boy was playing his father. Hahaha”