Hallmark unspools its first new movie of the year with June in January, a flick more prone to Valentine’s Day than January, but it ties into the plot as a couple is forced to fast-track their wedding when a job relocation bounces it from June to January.
Starring Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains) and Wes Brown (Deception) as the newly engaged June and Alex, and Marilu Henner as Alex’s mom, Diana, the movie is a sweet-natured, fairly matter-of-fact outing (just put the obvious plot point of having two weddings in a drawer). It’s a family-friendly companion to Hallmark’s new tentpole series, When Calls the Heart, which airs immediately afterward tonight, written by J.B. White and Jean Abounader, who wrote last fall’s The Thanksgiving House and Three Weeks, Three Kids, which is permanently in residence on my DVR.
D’Orsay is very good as a young woman who spent two decades planning her special day with her mom, who didn’t live to see it, and now she’s trying to move heaven and earth to make it happen in three weeks while battling a future mother-in-law who’s not exactly excited about the wedding. It’s nice to see Brown play someone straightforward without an agenda after we were never sure what he was up to on Deception.
The cast is rounded out with Chelsea Hobbs (Make It or Break It) as one of Alex’s former classmates who’s encouraged by Diana to get reacquainted with him, Christie Laing (Arrow) as June’s BFF, Tessa, and familiar Canadian faces Barclay Hope (Beauty and the Beast) and Anne Marie DeLuise (Garage Sale Mystery) as June’s parents, Gerard Plunkett (Fringe) as Alex’s dad, and Sarah-Jane Redmond (pick something) as June’s emergency florist.
June in January premieres tonight on Hallmark Channel in an early timeslot at 7 pm/6 c and repeats throughout the month.
Here’s a sneak peek: