Hallmark's Biggest Week of Originals Ever
HALLMARK CHANNEL AND HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES
By Kellie Freeze
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries present their biggest week of holiday programming ever. This feast of festive films falls during Hallmark’s Big Bonanza, which celebrates its “9 Nights, 12 Movies, 2 Networks, 1 Christmas” event.
The capstone of the week is Saturday’s presentation of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Everlasting, a Hallmark Hall of Fame film starring Tatyana Ali, Dondré T. Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert and Patti LaBelle.
Ali stars as Lucy Toomey, a successful New York lawyer who learns that her older sister with special needs has passed away. When she returns to her small Wisconsin hometown to mourn and take care of her sister’s estate, she discovers a unique stipulation in her sister’s will that forces her to live in her childhood home through the holidays, come to terms with her past, and get to know her sister and her lasting legacy.
Ali is thrilled to become part of the legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. “I grew up with the Hallmark Hall of Fame,” she says, and reveals that she and her costars get to be a part of Hallmark history. “I discovered this is the first time that Hallmark is presenting an African-American love story, and that’s incredibly important,” she shares.
“I know that my family members, my aunts, my cousins and my friends who watch Hallmark during the holidays will be so excited to be able to see themselves represented on the channel and in such a beautiful way.”
The week also includes Hallmark Channel’s Sunday presentation of Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa, the follow-up to last year’s Christmas in Evergreen. Jill Wagner stars as Lisa Palmer, whose holiday trip home to Evergreen finds her shepherding an effort to save the town’s beloved general store and fulfilling the wishes of a forgotten letter to Santa. “The letter gives Lisa an idea of how to sell the store by infusing the town with old traditions,” explains Wagner. Ashley Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Barbara Niven and Mark Deklin also star.
Other films premiering Thanksgiving week:
A Godwink Christmas (HM&M)
A woman discovers that an unexpected happenstance is God’s way of “winking” and showing her which path to take.
Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell and Kathie Lee Gifford (see our interview with Gifford inside!)
Last Vermont Christmas (HM&M)
As the Marvin sisters gather for their last Christmas at their childhood home, they say goodbye to old traditions and welcome new ones.
Stars: Erin Cahill, Rachel Rhodes-Devey and Justin Bruening
Hope at Christmas (HM&M)
A single mother fi nds herself on the nice list of the charming teacher who fi lls in for the town Santa.
Stars: Scottie Thompson and Ryan Paevey
Christmas at Grand Valley (Hallmark Channel)
A stressed-out artist rediscovers her love of art, and feels a romantic spark, when a handsome single dad includes her in hometown holiday traditions.
Stars: Danica McKellar and Brennan Elliott
Christmas at the Palace (Hallmark Channel)
A former professional ice skater travels to a foreign kingdom to help a princess prepare for a skating performance and falls in love with the handsome king.
Stars: Merritt Patterson and Brittany Bristow
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (Hallmark Channel)
A woman reconnects with her old hometown rival when they are forced to plan a charity event together.
Stars: Lacey Chabert and Brendan Penny
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane (HM&M)
When a group of adult children gather to go through their childhood home before selling it, they discover the depths of their deceased parents’ love.
Stars: Alicia Witt and Colin Ferguson
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