Hallmark Channel Presents Thanksgiving Week Programming Event Stuffed Full of Five Original Premieres November 25 - 29

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27 November 2015
Thanksgiving Weekend Event
Featuring World Premiere of “A Christmas Detour”
Starring Candace Cameron Bure on Saturday, November 28
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Presents Annual “A Happy Yule Log” and Original Special “I Hope You Dance: The Power of Spirit And Song,” Thanksgiving Day
          As families gather together at this special time of year, Hallmark Channel presents a new holiday viewing destination for families with its first ever Thanksgiving Week of programming, part of its annual Countdown to Christmas. Hallmark premieres new programming all week long, starting with an original primetime holiday special for its daily series “Home & Family” on Monday, November 23, followed by five original world premiere movies: “Once Upon A Holiday” on Wednesday, November 25; “The 12 Gifts of Christmas” on Thursday, November 26; “A Crown For Christmas” on Friday, November 27; “A Christmas Detour” on Saturday, November 28; and “Angel of Christmas” on Sunday, November 29.

          Hallmark Movies & Mysteries also rolls out original programming on Thanksgiving Day, with its annual “Happy Yule Log” featuring Crown Media Family Networks’ rescue animal ambassadors Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat, and the original special, “I Hope You Dance: The Power of Spirit and Song.”

Home & Family Holiday Special
Photo courtesy of Hallmark Channel
“Home & Family Holiday Special”
Monday, November 23 (8pm – 10pm)
Hosts: Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare
Join hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare for a special holiday primetime premiere of Home & Family’s daily two-hour lifestyle program. The celebration includes music, food and a lineup of celebrity guests, chefs and designers. Featuring a special in-studio performance by LeAnn Rimes and Hallmark Channel favorites Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar (“Crown for Christmas”) and Holly Robinson-Peete (“Angel of Christmas”).  It’s an informative, lively and entertaining mix …all under one roof!
Once Upon A Holiday
 “Once Upon A Holiday”
Wednesday, November 25 (8p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell and Greg Evigan 
When an actual, honest-to-goodness royal princess runs off from her official obligations and duties for a couple of days to see how the other half lives, she winds up falling for a good Samaritan who is unaware of her real identity. And it happens right around Christmas. Will the guy still feel the same way once he learns the truth? And if this works out, won’t that make him a prince? We’re guessing yes.

The 12 Gifts of Christmas
“The 12 Gifts of Christmas”
Thursday, November 26 (8p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Katrina Law, Aaron O’Connell and Donna Mills
When Anna Russo, an unemployed fine arts painter, is unable to make ends meet, she is hired to become a personal Christmas shopper for Marc, an uptight corporate exec.  As they begin working 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, while Anna discovers she might find success as an artist in a way she never expected.  The best gift of all of course is the love they discover with one another.
Crown for Christmas
“Crown for Christmas”
Friday, November 27 (8p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Danica McKellar
After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie (McKellar) reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in an actual castle. After arriving, Allie learns the girl is named Princess Theodora and her father is Maximillian, the King of Winshire. The King informs Allie that the Princess has a tendency to terrorize authority figures, a predilection that has grown worse since her mother’s death. Yet governess and Princess wind up hitting it off while at the same time a spark forms between Allie and Max. However, Countess Celia is expecting to wed the King. Will Max take a stand for his feelings for Allie and make it truly a merry Christmas for all?

A Christmas Detour
 “A Christmas Detour”
Saturday, November 28 (8p.m. ET/PT)
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene, Sarah Strange
and David Lewis
Two New York City-bound travelers find themselves inextricably linked when a snowstorm reroutes them to an airport hotel in Buffalo. Ever the eternal optimist and hopeless romantic, Paige (Bure) desperately needs to find a way back home to meet her fiancee’s parents before her forthcoming wedding. And it’s somehow up to fellow passenger Dylan MacKenzie, who is permanently soured on romance following a recent heartbreak. Yet Dylan somehow rises to the occasion to become Paige’s chivalrous helpmate. The pair are joined on this misadventure by an older couple named Frank and Maxine trying to get to Connecticut. As their madcap journey ensues, our foursome will find plenty of surprises in store.
Angel of Christmas
 “Angel of Christmas”
Sunday, November 29 (8p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Scarfe and Holly Robinson Peete
Susan is a newspaper staffer who decides to generate some Christmas spirit by writing an article about her family’s storied 100-year-old, hand-carved, heirloom Christmas angel. This leads her to accidentally meet Brady, a cute, upbeat artist who insists that he and Susan become fast friends (at least). It turns out that this angel also has the spiritual power to bring people together – as it seems to be doing with Susan and Brady. What’s behind this enchanted ornament? As time moves on, more about this captivating artifact is revealed.
A Happy Yule Log
Photo courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
 “A Happy Yule Log”
Thursday, November 26
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries presents its annual “A Happy Yule Log,” which will burn brightly all Thanksgiving Day.  The Yule Log features appearances by Crown Media Family Networks’ rescue animal ambassadors Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat, who will adorably stretch and cozy up by the fire. 
 “I Hope You Dance”
Thursday, November 26 (9p.m. ET/PT)
 Dr. Maya Angelou, Joel Osteen, Brian Wilson, Graham Nash, Vince Gill
Directed by award winning writer/director John Scheinfeld (“U.S. vs John Lennon,” “Who Is Harry Nilsson”), and produced by music and media producer Spencer Proffer, this original special explores how the Grammy award winning mega hit has motivated real people to transform their lives, to chase their dreams, to overcome obstacles and to persist in the face of extreme adversity. The special will inspire and empower people to achieve more, to live their best lives and to make the world a better place.
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