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?
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.
Hallmark Media is excited to share that Alison Sweeney (The Wedding Veil trilogy) has agreed to a multi-picture overall deal with the networks.
For the 2022 Countdown to Christmas programming event, Sweeney stars in A Magical Christmas Village, which she also executive produces with Luke Macfarlane (Moriah’s Lighthouse) and guest star Marlo Thomas. In the movie, Sweeney stars as Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe (Maesa Nicholson, Dying for Chocolate: A Curious Caterer Mystery). When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.
Stay tuned for more news about this year’s Countdown to Christmas event on Hallmark Channel!
Hallmark Media announces the first original holiday movie for 2023 with “A Biltmore Christmas,” starring Bethany Joy Lenz (“Good Sam,” “An Unexpected Christmas”) and Kristoffer Polaha (“We Wish You a Married Christmas,” Jurassic World: Dominion). Production is set to begin this January in Asheville, North Carolina at the historic Biltmore Estate, renowned for its classic holiday traditions since 1895. Although this National Historic Landmark has been home to many productions over the years, this movie marks the first time Biltmore Estate itself serves as the setting.
Lucy Collins (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to write the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie His Merry Bride! First filmed in 1947 at beautiful Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. As Christmas approaches, Lucy travels to Biltmore Estate for research. She joins a guided tour of the grounds where she gets insights into the history of the location and the filming of His Merry Bride!, and once inside the house, she’s drawn to a beautiful hourglass. When Lucy accidentally knocks it over, she finds herself transported back in time to 1946 – the Golden Age of Hollywood – as cast and crew prepare to film His Merry Bride! at Biltmore. Lucy does her best to navigate an unfamiliar place as a woman out of time, charming some and raising suspicions of others. It’s not long before Lucy catches the eye of the film’s dashing lead Jack Huston (Polaha) and although she initially rebuffs his advances, their connection soon becomes undeniable. Lucy’s sudden appearance sets off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, she must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever. Lucy has one chance to go home but must say goodbye to the man who might be her soulmate unless some Christmas magic can keep the curtain from closing on their love story.
Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf are back as a brother-sister duo in the new, original movie “A Merry Scottish Christmas,” set to premiere during the 2023 Countdown to Christmas programming event!
When estranged siblings Lindsay (Chabert) and Brad (Wolf) travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo (Fiona Bell, “The Nest”), a big family secret is revealed.
Chabert and Wolf previously starred together as Claudia Salinger and Bailey Salinger, respectively, on the hit FOX series “Party of Five.”
“We are so excited to reunite Lacey and Scott and know our viewers will fall in love with this movie,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media. “The nostalgia of seeing Lacey and Scott together again on screen is going to be a special holiday treat for our viewers.”
“Scott and I have talked for years about doing another project together. When we first read this story about these siblings at a crossroads, we both knew it was the perfect opportunity,” said Chabert.
“Working with Lacey on ‘Party of Five’ was one of my favorite experiences ever,” said Wolf. “Reuniting after all of these years to tell such a beautiful story together is a dream that I’m so glad is coming true.”
You can stream "A Christmas Love Story" starring Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf on Hallmark Movies Now! Lacey Chabert can also be seen in the original holiday movie "A Christmas Melody" alongside co-stars Brennan Elliott and Mariah Carey.
Stay tuned for more Countdown to Christmas 2023 news!
The world’s most festive HOA is back in “Haul out The Holly: Lit Up,” the sequel to last year’s hilarious hit comedy, “Haul Out the Holly.” Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Wes Brown (“Sweet Pecan Summer”), Stephen Tobolowsky (“The Goldbergs”), Melissa Peterman (“Young Sheldon”) and Ellen Travolta (“Charles in Charge”) are all returning, joined by Seth Morris (“History of the World: Part II”) and Jennifer Aspen (“Party of Five”). “Haul out the Holly: Lit Up,” which wrapped production earlier this year, is set to premiere on Hallmark Channel, during the network’s highly successful Countdown to Christmas programming event.
The network is gifting viewers a Christmas in July sneak peek of the new movie, during an encore presentation of “Haul out the Holly” on Saturday, July 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
As the holidays approach, Emily (Chabert) and Jared (Brown) are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned (Tobolowsky), Mary Louise (Travolta) and Pamela (Peterman) to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet – even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty, it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain – this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!