It may not look like the holidays if you glance outside your window — unless you live in, say, Barrow, Alaska — but we are inching (slightly) closer to the Christmas season. And if you’re someone who can’t enough of TV movies involving the season in which people are generally jolly, here’s some news that can be slid under the tree for safe keeping.
As you may know, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will slide a record 32 new original holiday movies down your chimneys this year. EW revealed eight of these sugary films last month, and now we bring you details on the next eight, which will premiere at the other end of 2017 as part of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas.” As eight others were announced earlier this year, that brings us to 24 of the 32, with such stars as Catherine Bell (she’s actually in two films), Eric Close, Taylor Cole (seen above with Damon Runyan), and Becca Tobin.
Here’s the next batch of films headed into production, with official loglines (subject to change). Brace yourself and/or your loved ones for stories involving comas, evil stepmothers, train rides, and engagement proposals gone awry in Vermont.
A Gift to Remember (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“Darcy’s lifelong love of reading has led her to the perfect job, working in a small Manhattan bookstore. A real romantic, Darcy won’t settle for some man simply because of his job title or bank account. No, she insists on being swept off her feet. One day, while bicycling to work, Darcy crashes into Adrian, a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. Knocked unconscious, he’s rushed to the hospital where he falls into a coma. Deeply shaken, the guilt-ridden Darcy takes the dog home, waiting to reunite him with his owner. As she learns more about Aidan – a world-traveler, a devoted man of letters – Darcy realizes he could be the one she has been waiting for. That is, until he comes to and Darcy discovers she has created a fictional world for a very real man. Will she still fall in love?”
The Christmas Cottage (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“Still only in her mid-twenties, Lacey Quinn has already given up on love. Her heart’s been broken too many times, and now she concentrates on her career as an interior designer in Raleigh, North Carolina. When BFF Ava Callahan asks Lacey to be her maid of honor, she must take on a few responsibilities, including making sure the Callahan family cottage is perfect for the honeymoon. Legend has it that if newlyweds spend their first night there, everlasting love and happiness follow. Lacey isn’t sure she buys into that notion. Still, when she finds herself snowed in there with Charlie, Ava’s brother, Lacey has to reconsider if the little house may hold some romantic magic after all — especially at Christmas.”
The Christmas Train (Hallmark Channel)
“David Baldacci’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller comes to Hallmark Hall of Fame, a journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s goodness, holiday magic and a love he thought he’d lost.”
Christmas for Keeps (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“Buck Thompson always knew land mattered, and at 25 he bought his first piece of Georgia, his ‘keeper property.’ Over the next six decades, Buck assembled quite a bit of acreage – but now he’s gone, and Luke, the grandson of the man who first loaned him the money, is demanding payment in full. No one in the Thompson family has that kind of cash. Buck’s granddaughter, Avery, who grew up on the family land, will return home from New York City to sort out this mess. A successful lawyer and music manager, Avery launched her business with a childhood friend, who is a country superstar. This legal battle is even more complicated than Avery expected; her opposition is a man whose heart she once broke. Just as all seems lost, Avery’s friend calls in some favors from country music friends. A concert is staged, money is raised and lessons are learned – about how roots run deep and how hearts can be mended.”
NEXT PAGE: An evil stepmother and a not-so-perfect proposal in Vermont…
Engaging Father Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“It was supposed to be the perfect engagement. What could be more romantic than a Christmas proposal in a bucolic Vermont inn? Ian has it planned perfectly, or so he thinks. Miranda, an interior designer, returns to where she met Ian, a dashing former attorney who now runs the little hotel in the quaint town of Carlton Heath. After doing some digging to learn about her family roots, Miranda had traced her lineage to Carlton Heath. Though it’s Christmas, Miranda had always done her best to distance herself from the holiday; her mom, an actress, had died while performing a holiday play. Ian has carefully planned every aspect of Miranda’s visit so he could make the most romantic proposal. Too bad the best-laid plans often go awry – even during Christmas.”
Unbridled Love (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“Evil stepmothers don’t only lurk in castles, tormenting helpless children. Sometimes, they’re on ranches, tormenting adults. A year after her father died in a fire at their Oregon ranch — a fire accidentally caused by her stepmother, Mae — Sarah has finally found her footing, turning the family homestead into a successful dude ranch. Still, Mae is pushing to take it over, seeing it as a potential goldmine. Meanwhile, Graham, a Hollywood superstar, wants to use the ranch as the location of his next movie. Sarah isn’t inclined to allow it. During a long horseback ride through the moonlit mountains, Graham explains why this project is so dear to him. That and a soulful kiss make Sarah relent. But all does not run smoothly once the movie starts. Graham and his co-star, Simone, had been involved; Sarah has fallen hard for the handsome star. Still, she won’t allow jealousy to cloud her professionalism. When Simone’s horse runs wild, Sarah saves her. And when Sarah’s evil stepmother, Mae, also runs wild — suing Sarah – Simone, in turn, saves Sarah.”
When God Winks at You (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“This is about true stories demonstrating that God communicates with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. As you read the riveting accounts of everyday and famous people – you will begin to recognize that God winks in your own life, both past and present. Through these tangible signposts from God, we receive personalized messages that reassure us, stop us from worrying, chart our path in life and help us keep the faith.”
Welcome Home Warrior (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“A military widow, whose faith in Christmas has lapsed, rents an apartment to a handsome Army Captain, recovering from an injury in battle, and whose faith in Christmas is inspirational. As they team up to save the town’s military museum with a Christmas fundraising event, these two “wounded birds” find themselves falling in love — and being healed by the magic of Christmas.”
For the other 16 Hallmark Christmas movies coming to your TV later this year, click here.