The Christmas Secret will be revealed on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

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Can you guess my secret? It’s that I’m not wearing any pants!


Despite Hallmark Channel dropping 12 new Christmas movies, they haven’t forgotten about their newly renamed spinoff channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (formerly Hallmark Movie Channel), and have gifted them two additional premieres. The second is The Christmas Secret, based on the book by Donna Vanliere. The mystery is the secret, because secrets are mysterious. Though it doesn’t look like this is a murder mystery, just a drama mystery.

With Christmas approaching in the charming, small town of Wilsonville, struggling waitress Christine Eisley’s (Lenz) life is coming undone. She’s been fired from her job, evicted from her home and her ex-husband is taking her to court for custody of their children (Miller and Ainscough). To make matters worse, she’s misplaced a very special family heirloom, a star-shaped locket handed down from her father, who disappeared from her life when she was a young girl. But things seem to be looking a little brighter for Christine when she lands a new job working with a gregarious bakery owner (Cavendish) and a holiday romance begins to blossom, with Jason (Reardon), the handsome grandson of a sweet couple (Hogan and Hogan) who own a popular local store. As she uncovers a long-standing family secret, Christine’s luck might be starting to turn, bringing her good fortune and true love just in time for Christmas.

Wilsonville? Is this set in some dystopian version of a world where someone who was going to kill himself was shown this vision where he didn’t exist and some guy named Wilson now owns this town? Well, dystopian people need Christmas miracles too, and they come in the form of waitresses getting jobs at a bakery. Take that, George Bailey!

The Christmas Secret stars Bethany Joy Lenz, John Reardon, Susan Hogan, Michael Hogan, Venus Terzo, Nicola Cavendish, Karin Konoval, Jaeda Lily Miller, William Ainscough, and Greyston Holt. It’s directed by Norma Bailey (An Officer and a Murderer) The Christmas Secret is written by Judd Parkin (Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life) and Wesley Bishop (The Road to Christmas), based on the novel by Donna Vanliere.

The Christmas Secret premieres December 7th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - October 29, 2014 at 9:18 am

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It’s a Santa conspiracy on Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Under Wraps!

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Ha-HA! I have crushed my true love beneath this tree, in celebration of the true meaning of Christmas!


Christmas is the time for conspiracies, because you never know which eccentric old man is actually Santa Claus! Especially when you are trapped in a gender-reversed Northern Exposure Christmas romance Hallmark Channel movie! Actually, it’s sort of obvious which eccentric old man is secretly Santa Claus in this film, because the synopsis spells it out for you. But is he really Santa? Also, will Candace Cameron-Bure decide Alaska is the bee’s knees? And how come with the huge gender gap in Alaska is she only getting one guy hitting on her? Christmas Under Wraps will answer all these questions, specially my questions about why there is a dog featured in many of the publicity photos yet not mentioned at all in the plot synopsis. Is the dog really Santa, and Brian Doyle-Murray is just pretending? Probably not, but you never know. Not until you watch Christmas Under Wraps on Hallmark Channel!

Christmas Under Wraps is part of Hallmark’s The 12 New Movies of Christmas in their Countdown to Christmas celebration.

Dr. Lauren Brunell (Bure) has her whole life planned out. As a third year surgery resident, she is counting on being accepted into a prestigious hospital fellowship to follow in the footsteps of her supportive father, Henry (Pine). But when those plans quickly fall apart, and Lauren is put on the wait list, she must take the only other opening available: a head doctor position in the small, remote town of Garland, Alaska. Convincing herself it is only temporary, Lauren moves to Garland where she is immediately charmed by Andy (O’Donnell), a handsome local who soon starts to show her the importance of living in the moment and enjoying her unexpected adventure. As Lauren excels as Garland’s trusted doctor, she warms up to the friendly town, and even starts falling for Andy. But Andy’s father, Frank (Doyle-Murray), is hiding something from her in his top-secret shipping warehouse. From his busy holiday workload, to his reindeer barn, to his weakness for cookies, it seems Frank’s family business has a lot in common with the North Pole. Just as Lauren decides to get to the bottom of her suspicions, she receives news that will force her to make a choice between the life she’s always planned and the love she never expected to find, while knowing for certain that the Christmas season will never be the same.

Christmas Under Wraps stars Candace Cameron-Bure (Full House) as Lauren Brunell, David O’Donnell (12 Wishes of Christmas) as Andy Holliday, Kendra Mylnechuk (Winter in the Blood) as Billie, Brian Doyle-Murray (Caddyshack) as Frank Holliday, Robert Pine (CHiPS) as Henry, Joyce Cohen (Pirates of the Great Salt Lake) as Maggie, and Page Petrucka (A Christmas Wish) as Hattie. It’s directed by Peter Sullivan (High School Possession, Christmas Twister) and written by Jennifer Notas (Stolen from the Womb, Perfect on Paper)

Seems like it could be okay, but I’d be more interested in Santa conspiracies than the love story. Still, your mileage may very. Catch Christmas Under Wraps as it premieres on November 29th on Hallmark Channel!

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If would be cool if there suddenly there is a 20 minute sequence of a dog wandering around in the movie, for no reason at all!

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The Christmas Shepherd continues the tradition of dogs saving Christmas on Hallmark Channel!

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The dog used the credit card to order all these gifts on Amazon!


If it isn’t angels messing with your Christmas love live, it’s dogs! The Christmas Shepherd brings out the frisky in your pets trying to get you frisky, as a dog runs away to join another family in a complicated bid to get his owner a boyfriend. Either the dog is a mastermind, or he’s full of dumb luck and this whole plot works up independently of a secret genius canine playing games with his owners’ feelings. The latter is a much more fun scenario, so I prefer to think that Buddy the dog is having fun playing matchmaker, probably as part of a bet with those angels that play Christmas matchmaker.

If only Hallmark had a movie about an angel dog that played matchmaker with a secret prince and a normal girl. That would be the most Hallmark Christmas movie ever! Well, there’s always next year! The Christmas Shepherd is part of Hallmark’s The 12 New Movies of Christmas in the Countdown to Christmas celebration, and provides a dog alternative to the cat-themed The Nine Lives of Christmas. Hey, can we get a goldfish themed animal Christmas love movie next year? Because I want to see how that would work.

In “The Christmas Shepherd,” Sally Browning (Polo), a children’s book author and illustrator lives in a small Massachusetts town where she and her late husband, an Army vet, settled with Buddy, a German Shepherd he found while serving overseas. She is devastated, though, when her beloved Buddy runs away during a thunderstorm and ends up in an animal shelter miles from home. Mark Green (Cummins) and his teenage daughter, Emma (Olson) themselves struggling to put their lives back together after losing his wife and her mother three years ago, end up adopting the dog, who wins their hearts and heals their souls. But Sally’s journey to find Buddy eventually connects her to Mark and Emma, who must decide if they want to give up a pet who has helped make their lives whole again – and Sally has to decide if she wants to separate him from this loving pair. But wherever Buddy goes, love follows, helping to bring everyone the greatest Christmas present possible

The Christmas Shepherd stars Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) as Sally Browning, Martin Cummins (Cyberteens in Love, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan) as Mark Green, Jordyn Olson (The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story) as Emma Green, Jill Teed (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Godzilla) as Greta, Jody Thompson (Hellraiser: Hellseeker) as Beth, Quinn Dubois (R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour) as Jacob, Jeff C. Ballard (The Marine 3: Homefront) as Bryan, and Ace the dog as Buddy the dog!

The Christmas Shepherd is directed by Terry Ingram (Chupacabra vs. the Alamo, My Boyfriends’ Dogs) and written by Michael J. Murray (The Tree That Saved Christmas). So some quality dog and Christmas saving experience in this team!

The Christmas Shepherd premieres November 23rd on Hallmark Channel!

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Hallmark Channel goes full wedding Christmas fantasy with A Royal Christmas!

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Welcome to this vaguely Disney country, expect our kid to be cursed by a witch before she can even walk!


I’m beginning to run out of ways to talk about Christmas and romance thanks to the onslaught of films Hallmark is pumping out this year. A Royal Christmas is no exception, featuring more Christmas love, and secret prince action as well. There is also a royal conspiracy as the blue-collar Emily must prove she is worthy to be a princess to the snobby Queen. It’s almost class warfare, except watered down for the Hallmark crowd. A Royal Christmas appears to build on the often-used scenario in romance fiction, while utilizing the fictitious country setting to make things vaguely like a fairy tale. Throw in an ex-girlfriend and this promises to have the potential to be a bit wacky.

A Royal Christmas is part of The 12 New Movies of Christmas in the Countdown to Christmas celebration on Hallmark Channel. Here is hoping the film jumps out from the pack to deliver royal entertainment. Did you catch that joke there? Royal entertainment? Because they are royals? Aw, forget it, bring on the synopsis:

As the only daughter of an expert tailor in Philadelphia, Emily Corrigan (Chabert) is a kindhearted young woman proud of her blue-collar background. She is a devoted seamstress at the family business and madly in love with her doting European boyfriend, Leo (Stephen Hagan). But as their first Christmas together approaches, Leo drops a bombshell on his unsuspecting girlfriend: he is actually Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Cordinia, a small sovereign country. Emily is in shock, but her love for Leo trumps her hesitation about his double life and they quickly fly to Cordinia to announce their engagement and spend the holidays with Leo’s disapproving mother, Queen Isadora (Seymour).

Less than enthusiastic about her son’s relationship with a commoner, Isadora makes Emily feel anything but welcome at their grand castle, leaving Emily to feel more at home among Isadora’s staff of butlers and housemaids. As Emily struggles to adapt to her new royal surroundings, the situation is made more difficult when a scheming Isadora invites Duchess Natasha (Flynn), Leo’s ex-girlfriend, to join them for Christmas. Emily sees that Natasha is a perfect match for Leo and worries she’ll never measure up to Isadora’s standards. Attempting to stay true to herself in a world where she clearly doesn’t belong, Emily wonders if love is enough to keep her newly royal relationship from falling apart before Christmas morning

A Royal Christmas stars Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) as Emily, Stephen Hagan (Best: His Mother’s Son) as Leo, Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) as Isadora, and Katherine Flynn (The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell) as Natasha.

A Royal Christmas is directed by Alex Zamm – the guy who directed Chairman of the Board, The Pooch and the Pauper, Inspector Gadget 2, Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Tooth Fairy 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day, and Jingle All the Way 2. I will go on record in saying that despite the awesome Norm MacDonald clip (which I watched as it aired back in the day!), Chairman of the Board isn’t that terrible. A bigger warning sign is four writers, though they appear to be two different husband and wife teams: Janeen and Michael Damian (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, A Princess for Christmas) and Tippi and Neal H. Dobrofsky (Smart Cookies, Operation Cupcake) Not only is that much more DTV experience, A Princess for Christmas has an almost identical plot, including the Christmas theme! Basically, this crew knows how to deliver a product for the target audience that will leave them satisfied. So if you love this Hallmark Christmas Romance movies, this is probably your can’t miss film of The 12 New Movies of Christmas.

A Royal Christmas premieres November 22 on Hallmark Channel!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - October 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

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Angels and Ornaments means more angel Christmas meddling on Hallmark Channel!

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Will she find love, or continue looking past the guy who’s looking at the offstage gaffer? Find out this Christmas!


Angels just can’t stop messing with people at Christmas time. If they aren’t preventing suicides by projecting dystopian alternate realities, they’re busy making love connections. Angels and ghosts should have a competition to see who meddles the most during the holidays! Angels and Ornaments continues the tradition with an angel messenger sent to get someone a boyfriend! This is a now a new feature on OKCupid, but in fact one of Hallmark Channels The 12 New Movies of Christmas as part of their Countdown to Christmas celebration.

Although she is still upset from a recent breakup, Corrine (Gilsig) happily prepares for her favorite holiday: Christmas! A gifted musician, Corrine auditions for a solo in a community Christmas concert and plays Christmas carols on the piano to patrons of the music store where she works with childhood friend Dave (Abbey). Her holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance, when Harold (Di Zio), a mysterious new coworker, tries to form a love connection between Corrine and Dave. With Harold’s help, Corrine begins to view Dave in a new light, though she questions Harold’s intense interest in her love life. Unbeknownst to Corrine, Harold is on a Christmas Eve deadline from a higher power to fulfill this holiday fairytale! As the clock ticks down to Harold’s fairytale mission deadline, Corrine must decide if she will open up to Christmas love.

Angels and Ornaments stars Jessalyn Gilsig (Vikings, Smart Cookies) as Corrine, Sergio Di Zio (My Daughter Must Live) as Harold the angel, Graham Abbey as Dave, Samantha Espie as Janie, and Roger Doche as Tim. It’s directed by Alan Goluboff (Penny’s Odyssey, Mutant X, did a bunch of assistant directing work for Bob Clark) and written by Kevin Commins (Cybermutt, Pegasus vs. Chimera, Aladdin and the Death Lamp)

Angels and Ornaments premieres November 16th on Hallmark Channel! Will there be Christmas love???????????

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - October 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered goes Christmas for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is breaking out a Christmas Edition of one of their popular mystery series with Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas! The Signed, Sealed, Delivered team began with a 2013 film about postal detectives who deliver packages and letters from the past when they are needed most. The film proved popular enough that a series was commissioned, and now that series is get its own Christmas special movie! Where is your Christmas movie, Big Bang Theory? I thought so… Not only is there this Christmas flick, but three more Signed, Sealed, Delivered films have been greenlighted for 2015, meaning the series will be living on as special movie events instead of a regular series. Some people don’t seem too thrilled about that, but as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries looks to be making their bread and butter mystery movie series featuring regular casts, this isn’t surprising.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas is part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas special event, which features two new original movies and a bunch of classic Christmas films.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas stars series regulars Eric Mabius as Oliver O’Toole, Kristin Booth as Shane McIrnerney, Crystal Lowe as Rita Haywith, Geoff Gustafson as Norman Dorman, with guest stars Rob Estes and Marion Ross.

With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the beloved quartet of post office detectives—Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norman—are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher. When they receive an emotional last-minute plea not meant for Saint Nick, but instead written to God, they must delay their own travel plans to make sure one little girl doesn’t lose her Christmas joy. With a little guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan, the Postables are more surprised than anyone to discover they’ve been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas is directed by Kevin Fair(Lucky in Love, some episodes of the series). The story was written by Kerry Lenhart, John J. Sakmar, and Brandi Harkonen with a teleplay by Martha Williamson.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas premieres Sunday, November 23, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - October 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

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