Hallmark Channel: Christmas movies with Melissa Joan Hart, Dean Cain added
With the holidays lurking just around the bend, the elves at Hallmark’s North Pole HQ have been working overtime, packing up extra-long sleighs with Christmas TV movies. Last month, we told you about 22 original holiday films (with stars like Lacey Chabert and Lori Loughlin) that will start to pop up on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in early November. That list has grown again. EW has learned that Hallmark Channel is adding a trio of more movies to the slate, including Journey Back to Christmas, which features another Full House alumna (Candace Cameron Bure), and Broadcasting Christmas, which boasts Holiday in Handcuffs vet Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain, who’s been in so many Christmas TV movies, you could call him the Superman of the genre.
In addition, several actors have joined those 22 previously announced projects. Anne Heche and Dylan Neal will play two characters nicknamed Christmas Carol and Terry Christmas in Looks Like Christmas (Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel), while Oscar winner Mira Sorvino will have A Christmas to Remember (Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Hallmark Movies and Mysteries) with All My Children vet Cameron Mathison. Does that movie involve either a blizzard, a widower, or amnesia? All three, actually! To find out more about those 22 movies, click here.
To learn about the three just-added films, don’t click here and just keep reading.
(Note: Airdates have been updated.)
Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Cynthia Gibb (Fame), Jackee Harry (227), Richard Kline (Three’s Company)
Official logline: “Emily (Hart) is an ambitious television anchor, aimed at climbing the ranks. When the opportunity to co-host a talk show with the fabulous talk show diva Veronika (Harry) presents itself two weeks before Christmas, she thinks this is her big break. To her surprise, she discovers she has stiff competition with Charlie (Cain), the local TV anchor who is her near equal on another station. With such interest and support for both reporters, a contest is created: for the two weeks leading up to Christmas, who can cover the best and most meaningful Christmas stories on the local news? As they shoot their heartfelt Christmas stories, they realize the top prize is not as important as they once thought. They experience the true meaning of Christmas with the subjects in their news segments – and with each other.”
JOURNEY BACK TO CHRISTMAS
Premieres: Nov. 27, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Oliver Hudson (Nashville), Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences)
Official logline: “Hannah (Cameron Bure), a WWII-era nurse, is transported in time to 2016 and meets Jake (Hudson), a man who helps her discover the bonds of family and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless.”
A DREAM OF CHRISTMAS (working title)
Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel
Starring: Nikki DeLoach (CSI), Andrew Walker (When Calls The Heart)
Official logline: “Penny (DeLoach), an ambitious but discontented young married woman, gets more than she bargained for when she is granted a wish to be single again. She awakens one morning to discover she has everything she thinks she wanted: Her dream home, a great car, and a dream job where she’s the boss. But the tradeoff is not all wine and roses. Her husband Stuart (Walker) is gone — their marriage doesn’t exist because in this world they never even met. Penny eventually adjusts to life in this new ‘wish world’. In spite of her professional successes and romantic advances from a handsome, bachelor client of hers (Christopher Russell), Penny soon discovers the most important thing is missing in her life — her husband Stuart. She resolves to find and meet Stuart — for a second time — and get to know him all over again in the hope they’ll fall in love and rekindle the romance that was lacking in the ‘real world.'”
In addition, Hallmark Channel recently announced the following Hallmark Hall of Fame movie (which brings our grand total to 26 holiday movies):
A HEAVENLY CHRISTMAS
Premieres: Nov. 26, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel
Starring: Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Shirley McLaine (Terms of Endearment)
Official logline: “Upon her untimely death, Eve Morgan (Davis), a workaholic finds herself tethered to her guardian angel (MacLaine) learning to become a Christmas angel in Heaven. Despite being the worst recruit in the history of Christmas, Eve is assigned the difficult task of helping a struggling singer Max (McCormack) use his musical gifts to heal old family wounds. As Max begins to overcome his issues, Eve begins to embrace the meaning of Christmas, heal wounds of her own, and perhaps find love along the way.”