A quintent of charm: five original Hallmark films to feed your soul this Thanksgiving
By Kellie Freeze
This holiday week, Hallmark Channel offers up a healthy serving of original holiday films. The network will premiere five festive flicks over five consecutive nights in what will hopefully become a Thanksgiving TV tradition.
Actress Candace Cameron Bure not only stars in Saturday’s “A Christmas Detour,” but she also serves as the five-night event’s emcee. “I kind of pop in, in- between the breaks, to check in on the viewers, and I’m setting up each movie,” she says. “I’m hoping that I’m hosting them through their evening, in the comfort of their own home, and making them feel welcome.
“Christmas is one of my favorite times of the whole year, because it represents the things that are the most important to me,” Bure continues. “It’s all about my faith; it’s all about my family. The holidays bring people together, they bring strangers together, and it’s about giving gifts that aren’t just material, but gifts of love and compassion. And when we watch movies like this, it makes us feel good and makes us want to do good things.”
Bure isn’t shy about sharing her joy over Hallmark’s holiday offerings. “They’re warm, they’re heartfelt, they’re romantic, and they just get you in the spirit. I think Hallmark really finds every little facet of what the holidays mean to people and they capture the magic of the spirit like no one else.”
Let’s give thanks and take a look at Hallmark’s five gobbling-good films premiering this week.
“Once Upon a Holiday” - Premieres Wednesday, November 25, 8:00 PM ET
Stars: Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, Greg Evigan
Briana Evigan appears alongside her father, starring as a princess who runs away from her royal duties to see how the other half lives. When she falls for a good Samaritan, played by actor Bruce Campbell’s son Paul, she keeps her regal identity a secret.
“12 Gifts of Christmas” - Premieres Thursday, November 26, 8:00 PM ET
Stars: Katrina Law, Aaron O’Connell, Donna Mills
Anna, an unemployed fine arts painter, is hired to become a personal Christmas shopper for Marc, an uptight corporate exec. As they work together, Marc learns that Christmas giving has less to do with the amount of money spent and more to do with the importance of the gift, and Anna discovers an unexpected way to find success as an artist.
“Crown for Christmas” - Premieres Friday, November 27, 8:00 PM ET
Stars: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones
Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”) stars as Allie, a woman who reluctantly agrees to act as a temporary governess to a young girl. She learns that her charge is a princess who, in the wake of her mother’s death, terrorizes authority figures. As Allie bonds with the child, she also feels a spark ignite with the handsome king.
“A Christmas Detour” - Premieres Saturday, November 28, 8:00 PM ET
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene, Sarah Strange, David Lewis
Magazine relationship-advice columnist Paige’s travel plans hit a snag when a snowstorm forces her New York City-bound flight to reroute to Buffalo. In a rush to reach her final destination, she, her handsome but annoying seatmate, and a couple dealing with marital issues share a car for the drive into the city. Hilarity ensues a la “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” says Bure, and she reveals that the foursome “discover a lot about themselves and each other.” Bure shares a secret: “My daughter sings the theme song that runs throughout the movie,” says the proud mom of three children — including the film’s 17-year-old songbird, Natasha.
“Angel of Christmas” - Premieres Sunday, November 29, 8:00 PM ET
Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Scarfe, Holly Robinson Peete
Based on Jane Maas’ popular novel “The Christmas Angel,” this film follows Susan Nicholas, a newspaper writer whose boss has given her three weeks to write a holiday story about her great-grandfather and the angel he carved as a young man. As her Christmas Eve deadline ticks closer, Susan unravels the details of a long-ago love triangle and finds herself courted by two very different men.
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