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Hallmark Channel Reveals Holiday Movie Schedule for 2020 Including First LGBTQ-Friendly Movie

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Hallmark is gearing up for the holidays because, let’s be honest, it’s the only thing to look forward to for the rest of 2020.

The annual “Countdown to Christmas” will kick off on October 23 with a ton of original films that have been revealed in the full lineup. 

Some of your favorites are returning to the Hallmark Channel to bring Christmas cheer including Robert Buckley,  Bethany Joy Lenz, Lacey Chabert, Ben Savage, Tamera Mowry-Housley… and of course, the Queen of Christmas, Candace Cameron Bure!

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A pandemic may have stopped production on plenty of movie and TV sets, but Hallmark somehow managed to pull off its 40 movie slate. 

Due to a lot of pushback from the public, Hallmark is even adding its first LGBTQ-focused film about a married gay couple starring Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder. 

In short, there’s something for anyone who is looking for a little Christmas magic. 

Check out the list of movies coming your way! 

HALLMARK CHANNEL’S “COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS”
All premieres are at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Jingle Bell Bride
Starring: Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe Jr. 
Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Watch ET’s exclusive promo above.)
Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Rowe Jr.) helping her.

Chateau Christmas
Starring: Merritt Patterson and Luke Macfarlane
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Watch ET’s exclusive promo above.)
Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.

Christmas With the Darlings
Starring: Katrina Law and Carlo Marks 
Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 31
Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.

One Royal Holiday
Starring: Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, Krystal Joy Brown, Victoria Clark and Tom McGowan
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 1
When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas
in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
Starring: Ashley Williams and Niall Matter
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 7
Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding
comfort in their growing bond.

On the 12th Date of Christmas
Starring: Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 8
Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”

Christmas in Vienna
Starring: Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott 
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 14
Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love. 

A Timeless Christmas
Starring: Ryan Paevey and Erin Cahill 
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 15
Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.

A Nashville Christmas Carol
Starring: Jessy Schram, Wes Brown, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, RaeLynn, Kix Brooks and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 21
Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.

The Christmas House
Starring
: Robert Buckley, Jonathan Bennett, Ana Ayora, Treat Williams, Sharon Lawrence and Brad Harder
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 22
Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) — home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

New Movie to Be Announced
Starring: TBA
Premieres: Monday, Nov. 23

A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Starring: Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor
Premieres: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.

A Bright and Merry Christmas
Starring: Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas
Premieres: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to
each other than they thought.

Five Star Christmas
Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster
Premieres: Thursday, Nov. 26
After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.

Christmas by Starlight
Starring: Kimberley Sustad and Paul Campbell
Premieres: Friday, Nov. 27
Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.

Christmas Waltz
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Will Kemp and JT Church
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 28
After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.

If I Only Had Christmas
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 29
At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.

Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
Starring: Holly Robinson Peete, Colin Lawrence, Rukiya Bernard, Antonio Cayonne and Barbara Niven
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 5
As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).

Christmas She Wrote
Starring: Danica McKellar and Dylan Neal 
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 6
When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.

Cross Country Christmas
Starring:
 Rachael Leigh Cook and Greyston Holt
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 12
Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of
transportation.

Christmas Carnival
Starring
: Tamera Mowry-Housley and Michael Xavier 
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 13
Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.

Christmas Carousel
Starring: Rachel Boston and Neal Bledsoe
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 19
When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!
Starring: Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage and Marilu Henner
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 20 
As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.

HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES’ “MIRACLES OF CHRISTMAS”
All premieres are at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Christmas Tree Lane
Starring: Alicia Witt, Andrew Walker, Drake Hogestyn and Briana Price 
Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 24
Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.

Deliver by Christmas
Starring: Alvina August and Eion Bailey 
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 25
Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.

Cranberry Christmas
Starring: Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres 
Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 31
A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival — and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?

Holly & Ivy
Starring: Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Watch ET’s exclusive promo above.)
When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jordan).

The Christmas Ring
Starring: Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 7
A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner’s grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparent’s left behind.

The Christmas Bow
Starring: Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady 
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 8
When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.

Meet Me at Christmas (working title)
Starring: Catherine Bell and Mark Deklin
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 14
When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.

The Christmas Doctor
Starring: Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 15
A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.

A Little Christmas Charm (working title)
Starring: Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 21
Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.

The Angel Tree
Starring: Jill Wagner and Lucas Bryant 
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 22
A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).

USS Christmas
Starring: Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan and Barbara Niven
Premieres: Saturday, Nov. 28
Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.

Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas
Starring: Lacey Chabert and Stephen Huszar
Executive producer: Blake Shelton 
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 5
Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever.

A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances
Starring
: Brooke D’Orsay and Sam Page
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 6
After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.

A Glenbrooke Christmas
Starring: 
Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 12
As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she
meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).

Christmas Homecoming (working title)
Starring: Taylor Cole and Steve Lund 
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 13
When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.

Swept Up by Christmas (working title)
Starring: TBA
Premieres: Saturday, Dec. 19
An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.

Project Christmas Wish
Starring: TBA
Premieres: Sunday, Dec. 20
For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.


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Where to Watch Bob Saget’s Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows

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Where to Watch Bob Saget's Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows

The nation is mourning the death of Bob Saget, who passed away suddenly at the age of 65.

Pluto TV is honoring the unforgettable comedian and actor who changed television forever with a programming block that includes some of his biggest comedy special. 

And you can watch them for free!

Starting today (1/10) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT today, Pluto TV will play back-to-back programming featuring Saget, which includes:

  • Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talking About
  • Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty
  • The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
  • The Aristocrats

The specials will also air again tomorrow beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, also on the Stand-Up TV channel.

You can also tap into some of Saget’s biggest TV shows!

The beloved family sitcom, Full House, that made Saget a household name as America’s TV dad, Danny Tanner, can be streamed at HBO Max, the reboot Fuller House is available on Netflix, the seasons he hosted of America’s Funniest Home Video can be streamed on Amazon, How I Met Your Mother which Saget narrated can be streamed on Hulu, while Entourage is available on HBO Max.

 


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‘Full House’ Actor Bob Saget Found Dead at 65

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America’s TV dad Bob Saget has died. 

He was 65. 

According to TMZ, the actor was found by security in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. 

A cause of death is currently unknown. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death. They confirmed that detectives did not find drugs or foul play as a cause. 

Saget was best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House and Fuller House.

RIP. 


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9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022

It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres. 

There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best. 

These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered. 

Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:

 

How I Met Your Father – Hulu

Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds. 

The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.

 

House of the Dragon – HBO Max

Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.

 

BEL-AIR – Peacock

Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.

 

Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)

We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.

 

She-Hulk

Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet. 

 

Inventing Anna – Netflix

Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11. 

 

Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime

This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.

 

Stranger Things – Netflix

We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+

Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.


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