Previews / TV Movie Goodness

Fa-La-La-La the 4th of July With A Week of Hallmark Holiday Films

Photo Credit: Crown Media Holdings

Photo Credit: Crown Media Holdings

Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries revisit their most successful time of the year with a ten-day marathon of their library of Christmas movies–Christmas Keepsake Holiday Preview on the former, Gold Crown Christmas Event on the latter. Surprisingly, they’ve kept the Debbie Macomber Christmas films out of the lineup, even though Cedar Cove kicks off season three on the 18th.

As luck would have it, we’ve covered A BUNCH of the films, so let’s highlight our favorites in the order they’re going to air. HC = Hallmark Channel and HMM = Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The time shown is the first airing. Some of the films will repeat during the week.

Let It Snow (HC)

We adore this one for its super charming setting and fun chemistry among all the cast, which included Hallmark regular Candace Cameron Bure, Cedar Cove‘s Jesse Hutch, Gabrielle Rose (also a Hallmark fixture), and Supernatural‘s Samantha Ferris in a romantic tale of a hotel rep sent to scope out her dad’s latest acquisition only to reconnect with the holiday season she’d missed out on since losing her mother as a young child. Friday, July 3rd, at 6 pm/5c.

Photo Credit: ABC

Photo Credit: ABC

November Christmas (HMM)

This one very nearly broke me when it first aired. See a very different side of Sam Elliott in this gorgeously told told tale of a young family that starts moving the holidays forward when their daughter becomes ill. It also stars John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, and baby Amanda Clark herself, Emily Alyn Lind. It airs Friday, July 3rd, at 6 pm/5c.

The Christmas Secret (HMM)

A 2014 premiere, the film stars Bethany Joy Lenz as a single mom struggling to find her footing. When she saves a woman having a heart attack, her luck begins to turn. It co-stars Continuum‘s John Reardon and real-life couple Michael and Susan Hogan. It airs Saturday, the 4th, at 7 pm/6c.

A Very Merry Mix-Up (HC)

This is a sweet film with Alicia Witt that follows a case of mistaken identity when a young woman on her way to meet her fiancé’s family ends up somewhere else entirely and realizes it’s a perfect fit. It airs at 7 pm/6c Saturday, the 4th.

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Photo Credit: Ed Araquel/Crown Media United States, LLC

A Bride For Christmas (HC)

The first pairing of Arielle Kebbel and Andrew W. Walker before this year’s Bridal Wave, the film is another wedding-themed outing about a woman who keeps bailing out of her weddings until she is unwittingly well-matched as the result of a bet. It airs at 9 pm/8c Saturday, the 4th.

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Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States, LLC

The Christmas Shepherd (HMM)

Teri Polo and Martin Cummins star in a story about a lost dog who brings together two families at Christmas. It airs 11 pm/10c Saturday, the 4th. We chatted with Cummins about the film here.

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Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Crown Media United States, LLC

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (HMM)

The Postables gather to help save Christmas for a sick child in the film from 2014 that features lovely work from the whole cast and a surprising, quiet performance from Rob Estes. It airs at 3 pm/2c Sunday, the 5th. We chatted with Kristin Booth about the movie here.

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Photo Credit: Chris Large/Crown Media United States, LLC

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (HC)

Warren Christie + Brooke Burns + Henry Winkler = perfection. This one lives on my DVR. It’s about a type A single mom who reluctantly welcomes a stranger into her family and her holiday when her uncle makes a friend on the flight home for Christmas. I love this movie. It airs at 2 pm/1c Monday.

Photo Credit: Lifetime

Photo Credit: Lifetime

Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage

One of the few films Jared Padalecki has done on a Supernatural hiatus, the film follows the artist in his formative years. Marcia Gay Harden and the late Peter O’Toole co-star. It airs Monday at 3pm/2c.

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Photo Credit: Elly Dassas/Crown Media United States LLC

Best Christmas Party Ever (HC)

Here’s one for our Bitten fans who fell in love with Steve Lund this year. It airs at 8 pm/7c Monday.

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Photo Credit: Crown Media United States, LLC

The Christmas Choir (HMM) and The Wishing Tree (HMM)

This pair of holiday films stars Jason Gedrick, who we chatted with last week about working with Hallmark. They air at 1 am/midnight Monday and 1 pm/12c Wednesday, respectively.

Also–both networks are previewing brand new holiday films that will formally “premiere” this winter.

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Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/Crown Media United States, LLC

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries premieres its film, Deck the Halls, a holiday whodunit with Kathy Najimy, Scottie Thompson (The Blacklist/NCIS), and Eric Johnson (Rookie Blue), this Saturday at 9 pm/8c. Here’s a sneak peek.

Next Saturday at 9/8c, Hallmark Channel premieres Family for Christmas starring Lacey Chabert. It sounds like a cousin to Comfort and Joy, a 2003 film Nancy McKeon did that still rotates on Lifetime about a career woman who suddenly finds herself in an alternate universe where she’s a suburban mom married to her long ago forfeited sweetheart (Tyron Leitso of last year’s My Boyfriends’ Dogs).

It’s directed by Supernatural‘s Amanda Tapping and written by Bryar Freed, who has written the Love Finds You films for UP. Here is a sneak peek.

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