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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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Was ‘La Brea’ Renewed For Season 3?

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La Brea fans, you have something to celebrate.

NBC has given an early season 3 renewal to the prehistoric sci-fi series. The network gave the green light right just before season 2 kicked off on Jan. 31, returning from hiatus with two back-to-back episodes. (Read our review!)

Per TVLine, La Brea will get six episodes in the third season with the possibility of scoring more down the line. And if no additional episodes are green-lit, six feels like a solid number that would be enough to provide a solid conclusion for dedicated fans.

The series averaged about 5.4 total weekly viewers, including DVR audiences, in its first season run, however, its midseason return fared rather poorly with 2.1 million and 2 million for both episodes, respectively. All of that could change once playback numbers are factored in proving that the drama was worth saving after all.

The series, which premiered in September 2021—and fills the sci-fi gap left behind by shows like Timeless and Debrisfollows a group of people who fall through a mysterious sinkhole in Los Angeles and find themselves transported to 10,000 B.C.

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Big Sky’?

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Big Sky ended on a high note on Wed, Jan. 18, wrapping up a whirlwind season filled with murder, mystery, and deception.

And naturally, fans are already craving more, especially as each season of the series delves into a new storyline centered in Helena, Montana, and involving Dewell & Hoyt’s Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt. 

As of now, ABC has not renewed Big Sky for a fourth season, and it may be months before we get any insight into the matter. 

In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which means ABC could go either way with their decision. 

The fact that they brought in the big guns like Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles for this season likely means the network believes in the series—and it’s hard to argue with the dedicated fanbase that has stuck around through every twisted and over-the-top plot.

The third season wrapped up many lingering storylines, giving fans closure to the mystery plaguing the season, however, there’s always more to explore when it comes to the dynamics between the core characters. And something tells me, there’s no shortage of criminal activity in Helena.

While Cassie and Cormac finally made things official, fans were likely hoping to see a bit more romance for Jenny and Ackles’ Beau. The show has been toying with their chemistry, sparking a “will they or won’t they” debate, but when it finally came down to solidifying their relationship, they left it open-ended. While it may have been frustrating to fans, it’s likely the show’s hope that it’s enough to convince ABC to green light another season to allow them to explore these relationships further.

When TV Insider asked Ackles if he’d return for a fourth season, he explained, “I don’t know. They haven’t even picked up the show yet for Season 4, so I don’t know if anybody’s coming back for Season 4 yet. That’s above my pay grade.”

However, he added, “But if they do decide to pick up a Season 4 — which I would hope they would, I think the show’s really great, and I think it’s got a lot of story left to tell — I don’t know. They had me for one season. They were probably like, well, let’s just bring him in for one, and we’ll see how it goes, and then we’ll go from there. So they’re waiting to hear what happened with the show, and then they’ll probably talk to [showrunner] Elwood [Reid] and try to figure out what to do with the characters, those that are returning and those that they want to return.”

Seems promising! 

Once ABC gives the word—we’ll update this post accordingly. In the meantime, don’t be shy, read our review of the Big Sky Season 3 finale right here. 

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Why Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?

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Shocking news Firehouse 51—Taylor Kinney is exiting Chicago Fire.

Deadline reported the news on Friday, Jan. 20, revealing that the actor, who anchors the show as Kelly Severide, will be taking a break from the series.

Kinney has been a staple on the Dick Wolf drama since its inception in 2012 and is a huge reason why the series has retained such a dedicated viewership. 

While an official reason was not provided, and a rep for the show did not offer a comment, sources close to production told the outlet that Kinney is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with a personal matter. No word on what the situation is. 

The cast and crew were reportedly informed of the leave right before the news broke, with the writer’s room likely having to rewrite scripts to accommodate the change.

It’s unclear whether this will be a permanent leave, nor is there any info about how he will be written out for now. 

Kinney has not addressed the news himself as of writing. 

This is the latest shocking exit in the #OneChicago world as Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead on Chicago PD, exited earlier this season, while Brian Tee hung up his coat earlier this season on Chicago Med after portraying Ethan Choi since 2015.

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