Whether as a witch or an Army wife, Catherine Bell has been doing a lot of television business lately.
The “JAG” veteran essentially has been playing two series roles for several years, if one takes her recurring part as the seemingly magical Cassie in Hallmark Channel's ‘‘Good Witch” TV movies into consideration along with Denise Sherwood, the sometimes brutally realistic character she plays weekly when the Lifetime drama “Army Wives” is in season.
‘‘The Good Witch's Charm” — the fifth entry in the franchise — makes its Hallmark debut at 8 p.m. Saturday, immediately after a marathon of the four earlier films. Business owner, small-town mayor, stepmom and new biological mom Cassie never has been proven to be an actual sorceress, but that confirmation might be closer as a reporter's (Geordie Johnson) interview with her reveals a strange phenomenon and goes viral ... bringing an unwanted form of attention to Cassie and her locale.
“Sometimes, we accidentally refer to each of these movies as an ‘episode,'” the lively, friendly Bell says. ‘‘It feels like something you've been doing forever, and you know all the characters. It's great to have all the original cast back, and we definitely all enjoy it.” Returning as well is director Craig Pryce, who has called the shots on all the preceding “Good Witch” stories, too.
Bell likes that “The Good Witch's Charm” is also a tale of multigenerational mothers and daughters. Not only does Cassie have a new baby and continue to be the stepmother to her police chief husband's (Chris Potter) other offspring (Hannah Endicott-Douglas, Matthew Knight), but her own foster parent (Janet-Laine Green, ‘‘M.V.P.”) suddenly turns up after many years of estrangement.
‘‘It's nice being looked up to for advice while trying to juggle all the hats of mayor and store owner and mom and stepmom,” mother of two Bell says of Cassie. ‘‘It gets challenging sometimes, but of course, Cassie will pull through. Everybody seems to need her, and I certainly can relate to that. So can a lot of other moms who work and have kids and other life responsibilities. It can get crazy, but it definitely can be done.”