Jordin Sparks is set to star in "A Christmas Treasure," a new Hallmark Channel original Christmas movie premiering during Countdown to Christmas, which launches this October. Sparks also will executive produce. Michael Xavier (Christmas Comes Twice) will co-star.
In "A Christmas Treasure," after opening a 100-year-old time capsule and finding her grandfather’s old journal, Lou (Sparks) questions whether she should move to New York after Christmas to further her writing career or stay in Pine Grove to carry on her family’s local newspaper. Charming chef, Kyle (Xavier), is also at a crossroads, visiting Pine Grove for the holidays. When Lou and Kyle meet, they both have doubts about their future, but the magic of the holiday season and the connection they have, helps each of their journeys.
An added bonus for the movie, Sparks sings two classic Christmas songs in the movie, covering “This Christmas” and on the piano, “Oh Holy Night.” Her original song from her 2020 Christmas album Cider & Hennessy “Oh, It’s Christmas” will also be part of the movie.
Real-life sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Darrow Mysteries" )and Ashley Williams (“Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater”) have teamed up to executive produce two all-new original movies, “Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday” and “Sister Swap: Christmas in the City,” premiering this year during Hallmark Channel’s beloved, annual programming event, “Countdown to Christmas.” A true family affair, Ashley Williams’ husband, Neal Dodson (Triple Frontier, Margin Call) also serves as executive producer. Keith Robinson (“A Christmas Love Story”), Mark Deklin ("Christmas in Everygreen: Letters to Santa"), Susan Yeagley (“Parks and Recreation”) and Kevin Nealon (“Man with a Plan,”) also star.
Jennifer (Williams-Paisley) and Meg Swift (Williams) are sisters who couldn’t be closer despite living hours apart. Jennifer is in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenaged son Simon (Jacob Buster, “Ballers”). Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery. This Christmas is the family’s first since the passing of Uncle Dave (Nealon) who owned the town’s beloved theater, The Madison, where many memories were made over the years. When Jennifer and Simon return home for the holiday, they become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison, despite that it’s for sale and in need of repairs. Meanwhile, Meg is helping Jennifer’s restaurant staff in Salt Lake prepare for a Christmas competition among local restaurants with the winner earning money for the charity of its choice. With the sisters switching cities leading up to the holiday, they find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life and in love.
“Making these movies was a dream come true, especially because making Christmas movies where sisterhood is the focus felt bold. We had the idea to make a movie where Kim and I play sisters, and then we got ambitious. So, we decided we would make two movies where we play sisters. And then we decided to go even further. So, the two movies take place in the exact same time frame, and the movies cross over and even share some scenes, but from each sister’s different perspective. We built two interconnected movies and shot them simultaneously in Utah. Our writers and our director, Sean McNamara, and our Hallmark team knew it was a puzzle and challenge, but everyone rose to the occasion.”
“It has been a life-long dream of ours to work together, and it was even better than we imagined. So good, in fact, we decided that from now on, every project we do should be with each other. That would be fantastic!,” Williams-Paisley enthused. “We got to play sisters in a movie about family and behind the scenes, it truly felt like one – from my real-life sister producing and co-starring with me, to my brother-in-law also producing, and dear life-long friends playing several key roles. It was a very special experience.”
While interconnected through the journeys of the two sisters, one movie focuses on the story of Jennifer as she spends time in her hometown while the other tells Meg’s tale of her time in Salt Lake City. “Sister Swap: A Hometown Christmas” and “Sister Swap: Christmas in the City” feature a unique approach to storytelling as certain scenes are shared between them. Viewers will not need to watch both to follow along but of course those who do will have an even more merry and bright viewing experience.
Janel Parrish (“Right In Front of Me”) and Ryan Paevey (“aA Little Daytime Drama”) return to star in the all-new original Hallmark Channel movie, “Coyote Creek Christmas.” The film will premiere as part of the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming event.
Paige (Parrish) offers to plan the annual holiday party at her parent’s hotel in the Rockies, the Coyote Creek Inn, which will surely help her score a promotion at the upscale event planning company she works for. She decides on a “Christmas around the world” theme, to showcase the universal magic of the season through the diverse Christmas traditions of the Inn’s guests. Dylan (Paevey), a charismatic real estate developer and single father, is visiting Coyote Creek for the holidays with his son. What Paige doesn’t know is that her parents are planning to sell the Inn and that the potential buyer is her new acquaintance Dylan. The fate of the Inn and Paige’s relationships are both left to the magic of the holiday season to decide.
Don't miss this all-new original movie during Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming event, the destination for holiday entertainment.
Bethany Joy Lenz (“Five Star Christmas”) and Tyler Hynes ( “Roadhouse Romance”) will be starring in the all-new original Hallmark Channel movie, “An Unexpected Christmas.” The film will premiere as part of the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming event.
Jamie (Hynes) hasn’t told his family that he and his now ex-girlfriend Emily (Lenz) broke up. After an inopportune run-in with Emily at the train station in his hometown, Jamie convinces her to pretend they’re still a couple to avoid ruining Christmas for his family. Jamie and Emily engage in a week-long ruse of engaging in his family’s holiday activities together. While they’re stuck in his family’s home together, the pair discovers their relationship might still have some potential, resulting in a very unexpected Christmas.
The all-new original movie is a part of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming event, the destination for holiday entertainment.
Hallmark Channel has announced a new Christmas movie, “A Holiday Spectacular” featuring the Radio City Rockettes, as part of the 2022 Countdown to Christmas programming. The movie stars Ginna Claire Mason who played Glinda in Broadway’s award-winning Wicked; Tony Award-nominated Derek Klena Academy Award-nominated entertainer Ann-Margret and Eve Plumb.The film was shot on location both in upstate New York and at Radio City Music Hall. The Rockettes were choreographed by their director and choreographer Julie Branam (Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes) and will be featured throughout the film in various performance numbers and speaking roles.
“The Radio City Rockettes embody Christmas in New York City and we are thrilled to bring together two quintessential holiday brands – Hallmark Channel and the Radio City Rockettes – for a one-of-a-kind holiday movie,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, EVP Programming, Hallmark Channel. “’A Holiday Spectacular’ will be a beautiful reminder of the joy of the season and is sure to become a family tradition, much like attending a performance of the Rockettes’ annual Christmas Spectacular.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Hallmark Channel to bring together our two iconic holiday brands, which both create holiday magic for millions of people every year,” said Jessica Tuttle, Senior Vice President, Productions, Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., the parent company of the Radio City Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall. “This heartwarming storyline gives audiences a peek into the passion and dedication that the Rockettes have for this beloved dance company and the incredible sisterhood that is at the core of this legendary line.”
The story is set in 1958 when a Philadelphia heiress named Maggie (Mason) puts her high-society wedding plans, to a man she doesn’t love, on hold in order to sneak up to New York City and make her secret dream come true: dancing live on stage in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. While her family thinks she’s staying in New York City with an “approved” friend from boarding school, Maggie is living a completely different life than she’s ever known. She falls in love with New York and dancing with the Rockettes. Maggie soon feels caught between two worlds, made even more complicated by her chance encounter with young U.S. Navy photographer John (Klena). Will Maggie find the courage to tell her family what she wants for her future instead of accepting the future that was decided for her?
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Will Kemp (“Christmas Waltz”) and Reshma Shetty (“Blind Spot”) star in “Jolly Good Christmas,” a new, original movie premiering this year during Hallmark Channel’s beloved, annual “Countdown to Christmas” programing event. The movie shot entirely on location in London and features iconic landmarks throughout the city.
“We can’t wait to transport our viewers ‘across the pond’ for this special, holiday adventure,” said Samantha DiPippo, Senior Vice President, Development, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “We’re thrilled to have been able to feature famous sites and set our story against the unique backdrop of London at Christmastime.”
David (Kemp) is an American architect who recently moved to London for a prime opportunity in a prestigious firm. With just three days before Christmas, he has yet to purchase a gift for his girlfriend, who also happens to be the boss’ daughter. While out shopping, David crosses paths with Anji (Shetty), a professional shopper, who raises an eyebrow over his choice of a gift card. When David and Anji end up crossing paths again, he decides to hire her in the hopes of finding just the right gift. Thanks to a series of unexpected events, David finds himself on a wild adventure across Jolly Old London as Anji helps him search for the perfect present.