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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries launched an all-new murder mystery franchise earlier this week. Redemption at Cherry Springs focuses on Melanie, an award-winning investigative journalist who returns to her hometown to rest after an important story she covered ruffled some feathers in the big city. Melanie came to live with her uncle Joe, played by the fabulous Frankie Faison, who we might recognize Coming to America Where Grey’s Anatomy. But Mélanie’s quiet time is interrupted when one of her childhood friends goes missing.
The investigative reporter goes to work searching for clues and ends up teaming up with new Cherry Springs detective Jake Collins. He is reluctant at first, but eventually accepts Melanie’s help. This mystery will leave you guessing and asking for more. Really, we end on a real cliffhanger! Live in the south recently spoke to the man behind Detective Jake Collins, Keith Robinson, about the role and his deep Southern roots.
Robinson has said playing a detective in a mystery series is his long-term goal. “It was on my list of genres that I would like to play, so I really enjoyed it.”
“I like Colombo and I loved it Kojak and those guys when I was little. I still remember my dad was a great sleuth, a mysterious guy, “he said of his inspiration for his character. Adding,” The interrogation scenes are fun. You always see the ones with various great actors like Denzel and Pacino, so I guess I kind of deployed and channeled a collective of these guys. “
Robinson now resides in LA, but he has deep Southern roots. Born in Kentucky but lived in Greenville, SC until 8th grade. “What I remember about Greenville is it’s a really great place to grow up as a kid. Big sports fan. Clemson runs Greenville. If you’re a college football fan, Clemson runs this city, ”he laughed.
“I just have good childhood memories in the neighborhood. Being on my BMX bike and driving all over town and coming back at sunset, which you can’t do now.” In 8th grade, Robinson’s family moved to Augusta, Georgia, where he continued to play sports. But he also flourished as an artist there. “This is James Brown’s house and I was in a band. A vocal band that I got into in high school that kind of started my trip to Hollywood,” he said.
Robinson took the music with him as he traveled from Augusta to Athens to attend the University of Georgia where he joined another group, and it was there that his fate in entertainment was sealed. “[We] started singing on campus and we eventually traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, and we got the attention of a concert planner… he had a big gig and a production deal with Motown Records, and we were the band that he signed. and his band mates dropped out of school to try their luck in Los Angeles, and that’s where Robinson caught the gambling bug as well. He’s been fortunate enough to be successful in both industries – he has a new album. which will be released soon, Episodic Love 2, and will be in not one but two Hallmark Christmas films this coming season. Through all of his success, Robinson has not forgotten where he came from or where his family is.
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“I miss the family. My mom and dad are there. I love how sport-oriented the South is because I’m a sports fanatic and the food is amazing. The food has extra calories but they’re worth it. That’s really what I grew up on. That very aspect of who I am is that of a person who was shaped by the South. I’m a boy from the South, that’s for sure . “