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Hallmark Channel Movie Preview: Second Chances [PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: Copyright 2013 Crown Media Holdings, Inc./Photographer Tracey Morris

[Warning: Slight Spoilers for Second Chances]

Here’s a movie that’s perfect for those in the mood for a winning Saturday night chick flick that comes courtesy of Hallmark Channel. It’s called Second Chances and it stars Days of our Lives duo Alison Sweeney and Greg Vaughan.

Synopsis for Second Chances: A 911 operator and single mom starts to fall for a fireman after he breaks his leg in an emergency and unusual circumstances bring them together. As Jeff gets to know Jenny and her two young children, their connection is undeniable, but with the best interests of her family in mind, she has to decide if two really is better than one.

OK, forget the fact that this is a movie that’s predictable and sort of sappy. And forget the fact that Sweeney and Vaughan play brother and sister (twins, actually) on their day jobs. Second Chances is ridiculously adorable. I fell in love with the movie for so many reasons:

  • The chemistry between Sweeney and Vaughan. I believe they shot this movie before Greg ever started playing Father Eric Brady on Days. However, I find it fascinating that in Second Chances, these two share an abundance of chemistry the moment the 911 operator (he knows her as “23”) and the firefighter (she knows him as “Cowboy”) meet face to face. Yet when they appear together as twins Sami and Eric on their daytime soap, they do have an appropriate brother-sister vibe going on. It’s funny how that works out.
  • I love the kids who play Sweeney’s son and daughter, Luke and Elsie. Benjamin Stockham and Charlotte Labadie are cute and they’re good little actors. They make me believe their characters’ need to become a whole family again. Plus, their quest to help their mom out by starting a professional reading service for the folks at a retirement home is such a sweet move. And their chemistry with Vaughan is evident. Kids in these stories/flicks are usually hit and miss for me, but Stockham and Labadie won me over big time.
  • I understand why Jenny is hesitant to completely let Jeff in her life. That’s all I’ll say on that matter. But I love how her kids won’t let her pass this opportunity up.
  • Even though their characters were solely utilized to support the main couple, it was good to see Ed Asner, Diego Serrano and Dawnn Lewis.
  • Much like Jenny, I totally fell for Jeff. The ruggedly handsome firefighter was smart, fun, and the character had “great potential dad” written all over him. Not only did I enjoy the way his character easily slipped into life with Jenny and the kids, I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff’s relationship with a retired fire chief he knows, played by Asner. So kudos to Greg Vaughan. He did such a great job.

Where Have You Seen Them Before?

Alison Sweeney (Jenny): Like I said earlier, Alison plays the conniving Sami Brady on the daytime soap, Days of our Lives. She also has a night job as host of The Biggest Loser. Over the years, she’s also appeared on Friends, Las Vegas and American Dreams.

Greg Vaughan (Jeff): On Days of our Lives, he currently plays Eric Brady, Sami’s twin who is also a priest. On daytime, he was also Luke and Laura’s son, Lucky Spencer, for a number of years on ABC’s General Hospital. Plus, he played Diego Gutierrez on The Young and the Restless. On primetime, he was in the original Beverly Hills 90210 (he played Donna’s boyfriend, Cliff Yaeger, who eventually became a firefighter). Vaughan was also in the 90210 reboot as a yoga instructor who hit it off with Lori Loughlin’s character. And he was Dan Gordon, one of Piper’s boyfriends, on Charmed.

Ed Asner (The retired fire chief): The muliptle Emmy-winning actor is best known for playing the same role on two highly acclaimed series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. He has countless other film and TV roles to his credit, but it’s playing Lou Grant on a comedy and a drama that earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globes.

Dawnn Lewis (Jenny’s 911 pal): My favorite Dawnn Lewis role has to be when she played Jaleesa on the late great sitcom A Different World. Her numerous TV credits include the first season of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and guest starring as Quentin’s mom Denise on One Tree Hill. Her voiceover work includes King of the Hill, Glenn Martin, DDS, The Cleveland Show, Futurama and Spider-Man. And wouldn’t you know it, Lewis was on a few episodes of Days of our Lives.

Diego Serrano (Jeff’s firefighter friend): His guest starring credits include Ray Donovan, 24, CSI: Miami and Arli$$. But I think I know Serrano most from his role on the now defunct daytime drama, Another World, where he played Tomas Rivera. And here’s some additional soap trivia: the actor created the role of Diego Guiterrez on The Young and the Restless. Serrano’s Second Chances co-star, Greg Vaughan, was actually Diego number two. Vaughan replaced Serrano in the role.

I definitely recommend tuning into Second Chances for anyone looking for an adorable chick flick with heart. It premieres tonight on the Hallmark Channel at 9/8c.


Photo Credit for following images: Copyright 2013 Crown Media Holdings, Inc./Photographer Carin Baer

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  1. Florence Engelbrecht

    I just loved this movie. Good for kids. I have been trying to purchase 3 copies for gifts with children from Hallmark and I can not find it. How can I purchase this movie? I have seen it over and over again. One of the best movies I’ve seen. Thanks!

    1. Heather M

      Hi Florence. Hallmark doesn’t release all of their films on DVD. I’d recommend checking Netflix to see if it’s streaming and point your friends to it that way, or just wait for it to come back around on Hallmark Channel after the holiday season wraps up and make your own DVD, if you have the setup for that, when it reairs.

      If your cable provider carries the new network Hallmark Drama, it’s airing there this month: Good luck!

  2. Florence Engelbrecht

    I need 3 copies of this movie. It was a great family movie and touching about fire fighters. How do I purchase three copies. I want them as gifts. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO GET THEM. I have not had the Hallmark Station long and will not be able to afford it when my husband passes away from dementia. So I would be able to watch it whenever I want. THANKS!!!
    Florence Engelbrecht,15631 Linnet Street NW Unit 208, Andover,MN 55304 E-mail below

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