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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Why are there so many dead parents in made-for-TV Christmas movies?
From Netflix to Hallmark Channel to Lifetime, there are way too many dead parents in Christmas TV movies, says Brian Moylan. "There are a ton of tropes in these movies — small businesses that need saving, high-school sweethearts reconnecting, women inheriting property, single parents finding love again — and yet they all rely on a parent, spouse, or other beloved family member kicking the bucket," he says. "They say that magic always has a price, but when it comes to Christmas magic, it seems like the price is your dad (or mom!) has to die."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
Judge refuses to toss Mark Steines' lawsuit over his Home & Family exit
Steines scored a win Tuesday when a federal judge rejected Hallmark Channel owner Crown Media motion to dismiss his retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit.
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 4:04PM EST
Hallmark Channel announces two new Hanukkah movies for next year
Forbes reports that the two TV movies, scheduled for the 2019 holiday season, will be first Hanukkah-themed movies that Hallmark, famous for its Christmas movies, has commissioned since 2012's Hitched for the Holidays, starring Joey Lawrence and Emily Hampshire. Hallmark stresses that the two movies are in the early stages. One is called Holiday Date, containing "Hanukkah elements."
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
Christmas TV is more competitive than ever
The battle for Christmas TV eyeballs has become a "war," says Josef Adalian, who points out that broadcast networks are adding more original holiday specials to supplement reruns of holiday staples like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Four big cable networks and Netflix are also ramping up their Yuletide offerings. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is even being revived as a holiday special, airing Sunday. Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" has inspired competition from Freeform with its "25 Days of Christmas," Lifetime's "It's a Wonderful Lifetime," AMC's "Best Christmas Ever" and Netflix's "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Netflix." "Some conservatives (including President Trump) are fond of complaining that politically correct corporate America has abandoned Christmas celebrations," says Adalian. "They’ve clearly never turned on a TV set around this time of year. Far from fleeing Christmas, programmers are raising the Santa stakes and devoting more resources than ever to Yuletide stunts. The reason: As much as modern audiences love streaming shows on demand, Nielsen data suggests live viewing — no DVRs, no on-demand — spikes dramatically for holiday-themed programming, as friends and families gather in front of the electronic hearth for a dose of carefully curated small-screen cheer. And as the battle for those Christmas viewers grows ever more competitive, networks are responding with ever more extensive holiday offerings."
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Good Witch brings on Kathy Najimy
The King of the Hill alum will guest on the Hallmark Channel series as Catherine Bell's old friend.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 7:07PM EDT
Another former Home & Family staffer accuses its executive producer of sexual misconduct
Former chef Shanti Hinojos' lawsuit comes one month after former co-host Mark Steines filed suit alleging he was fired for backing two women who made sexual misconduct allegations against executive producer Woody Fraser. Hinojos alleges that Fraser came on to her and would inappropriately touch her. Her lawsuit is against Hallmark Channel owner Crown Media
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Hallmark breaking its own record with plans to air 37 original Christmas movies this year
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The 37 Christmas movies airing this year on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will top last year's record-setting 33 movies.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 7:13PM EDT
The Wonder Years stars to reunite for a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie
Former Wonder Years co-stars Danica McKellar and Dan Lauria will play daughter and father in Christmas at Grand Valley, which premieres on Thanksgiving Day. Hallmark Channel also revealed that Friday Night Lights alum Aimee Teegarden and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD vet Brett Dalton will co-star in the holiday film Once Upon a Christmas Miracle.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Netflix orders two female-led soapy romance dramas as it tries Hallmark-style programs
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service has given straight-to-series orders to Virgin River, based on Robyn Carr’s small town-set 20-book series that has sold more than 13 million copies about a nurse practitioner who moves to a remote California town. Netflix also picked up Sweet Magnolias, based on Sherryl Woods' 11-book series about two female friends in South Carolina.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Mark Steines sues: Hallmark Channel fired me for backing female staffers' sex harassment complaints
Source: BuzzFeed News
Steines, who was blindsided by his abrupt firing from Home & Family in May, is suing Hallmark Channel's parent company Crown Media, alleging he faced retaliation after reporting and relaying alleged sexual harassment, gender discrimination and verbal abuse against executive producer Woody Fraser. Steines, who had co-hosted the daily lifestyle show since 2012, says in the lawsuit that he personally witnessed Fraser engage in sexual harassment and abusive behavior. He alleges that things got worse for him in 2017 after he agreed to cooperate with attorney Lisa Bloom, who was representing two female staffers who accused Fraser of sexual harassment. Fraser, an 83-year-old daytime veteran who was an early mentor to Roger Ailes, called the allegations “an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.'” Steines' lawsuit alleges that management failed to take action. Bloom, who is now representing Steines, says "everything changed, with the network taking away his voiceover work, diminishing his role on the network, reducing his profile at industry events, cutting his salary by 25%, and ultimately firing him months before the end of his contract." Asked to respond, Crown Media said it had not seen the lawsuit, but that the decision to let Steines go was "a measured, strategic and difficult decision" due to the show's ratings decline.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Full House's Lori Loughlin and Jodie Sweetin have signed on for separate Hallmark Christmas movies
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Loughlin will play a socialite who loses everything in Homegrown Christmas, while Sweetin has signed on to play a lost soul who helps her parents in Making Spirits Bright. Sweetin starred in her first Hallmark Christmas film last year.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Hallmark Channel orders a Susan Lucci mystery movie and a When Calls the Heart spinoff
When Hope Calls will be the first original series for Hallmark Movies Now, the Hallmark Channel's upcoming streaming service. Meanwhile, soap legend Lucci has agreed to star in a movie about a newspaper columnist who uncovers crimes in her community.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Hallmark Channel renews Good Witch for Season 5
Before the Catherine Bell drama returns for a fifth season, it will be back for a two-hour Halloween special in October.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Hallmark Channel taps Cameron Mathison to replace Mark Steines on Home & Family
The Entertainment Tonight correspondent has been guest co-hosting the daily lifestyle show for the past five years, becoming a regular substitute when Steines was abruptly fired in May.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Hallmark Channel is celebrating Christmas in July
Source: E! Online
From July 13 through 26, Hallmark will celebrate Christmas Keepsake Week, featuring 14 days of Christmas movies.