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Hallmark Is Preparing for Christmas As It Orders 40 New Christmas Movies for 2020

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You might not be in the headspace to think about Christmas right now — after all, parts of the country are experiencing a 90+ degree heatwave, but Hallmark has the holidays on its mind — jingle bells, sleigh rides, snow falling while you’re falling in love… the works. 

The network, known for its family and romance movies, is working hard to give you a sleigh full of Christmas movies for the 2020 holiday season. 

And nope, they aren’t letting the COVID pandemic get in the way of anything as Hallmark announced a total of 40 brand new movies!

23 of those movies will debut on the Hallmark Channel, while 17 will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. 

That’s on par with last year’s new Christmas offerings. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new movies include: If I Only Had Christmas with Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure, Christmas Carnival starring Tamera Mowry-Housley, Christmas Waltz with Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert, and Cross Country Christmas with Rachel Leigh Cook. 

Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), and Marisol Nichol (Riverdale) will join forces for Holly & Ivy.

When Calls the Heart cast —  Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, and Andrea Brooks — will be back for yet another Christmas in Hope Valley.

Hallmark has been relying on Christmas cheer to get many through the pandemic blues by airing a slew of past holiday films as part of “Christmas in July.”

The only downside is that you won’t find much representation in any of these titles when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community.

According to a tweet by social media manager at Netflix, Jarett Wieselman, Hallmark has yet to introduce a queer lead in any of its upcoming 40 projects.

And it’s a truly valid concern. Representation matters all across the board — everyone wants to feel the magic of the holidays, so what gives, Hallmark?

Hopefully Wieselman’s comments are a tease that the streaming giant, which has been adding its fair share of rom-coms to the lineup, will have a few LGBTQ+ lead holiday films! 

Are you excited for the holidays? Did this news make you excited?


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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

Watching a show without your dog can be “ruff.”

A new report by Rover.com found that as Americans increased their TV and streaming habits amid the pandemic, they have done so with a furry friend by their side. 

Per the report, 57% of dog parents admitted to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show. 

Now, that isn’t entirely surprising because if you are a dog owner, you know dogs are great watching buddies… unless you have a dog like mine who barks at any animal on the screen. That makes things a bit more difficult, but still proves that he’s attentive! 

The report found that 78% of Americans said they watch TV with their dogs very often or always. 

Surprisingly, dogs were ranked #1 when asked who people prefer to chill out and watch TV with, with 40% of parents saying they’d choose their dog over a partner, friends, or even kids. And that’s because a majority of pet parents believe their pups are actively watching or reacting to what’s happening on the screen. (See my point above about my dog barking at animals on the screen!) 

To make the binge-watching experience that much better for their pets, 70% have admitted to accommodating their pup by allowing them on the couch, giving them blankets, and even moving over so the dog is comfortable. 

60% of pet parents even believe their dog has a favorite TV show, which would explain why 80% of dog parents admit to leaving their TV on for dogs when they’re not home. 

The most popular genres? Comedy and action, which makes sense – after a long day of lounging and taking walks, Fido needs a good laugh or to get invested in a dramatic car chase! 

During such uncertain times, there’s definitely comfort in knowing that you always have a TV buddy by your side! 

And let’s be honest… is there anything your dog isn’t doing with you these days?


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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama 'Elite' for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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WATCH: ‘The Handmaids Tale’ Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date

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WATCH: 'Handmaids Tale' Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date

“We don’t hide. We fight,” Elizabeth Moss’ June states in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaids Tale.

Her statement sets the tone for the new season of the dystopian series.

In the first scene, we see June walking an empty street in normal clothing, a fear departure from the handmaid’s red dress and white bonnet uniform. 

Flashbacks reveal she escaped Gilead with members of the resistance as a war is brewing. 

Hulu’s recently-released trailer also reveals a premiere date, so mark April 28 in your calendars.

Much like previous seasons, the season will return will drop three peisodes at once followed by a weekly rollout. 

Check out the trailer below and get ready: 

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