We Shine the Spotlight on JUSTIFIED and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Star Alicia Witt

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Known for fine her television work ranging from last season’s JUSTIFIED to FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, thespian Alicia Witt is not just a film and television actress, she is an accomplished singer/song writer too. She is an entertainer that can do it all, and she does it well. She is a joy to watch and a delight to hear as well. Her energy and vitality is just infectious.

During the Television Critic’s Association Summer Tour, Alicia was on hand to promote her upcoming Hallmark Channel holiday film, as well as to talk about her current work in a local play in Los Angeles and her live singing performances.

So in an exclusive interview Alicia took a few moments to talk about her varied entertainment endeavors and her dreams for her next television project. [Read more...]

CEDAR COVE Preview: Season 2 Returns With More Small Town Romance

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After a highly successful first season, Hallmark Channel’s CEDAR COVE comes back for its second season with more heart-warming small town stories, both with a lovely dose of romance and good old-fashioned justice. At the heart of CEDAR COVE is municipal court judge Olivia Lockhart (Andie MacDowell) and, in Season 1, after divorcing her husband and reclaiming her independent and zest for life, Olivia fell in love with the town’s newest newspaperman, Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal). Love seemed to be in the air in Season 1, with Olivia’s best friend Grace Sherman (Teryl Rothery) also began tentatively wading into the dating pool with local rancher, Cliff Harting (Sebastian Spence). Then also falling under Cupid’s spell were Olivia and Grace’s full-grown daughters, Justine (Sarah Smyth) and Maryellen (Elyse Levesque). Justine was caught up in a tug-of-war for her heart between her former fiancé Warren Saget (Brennan Elliott), a local land developer and businessman, and Seth Gunderson (Corey Sevier), a fisherman looking for a way to create a business that would keep him on land. Maryellen’s eye was caught an artist, John Bowman (Charlie Carrick). But as always with affairs of the heart, the path of true love is not as easy as expected. Everyone had some deep soul-searching to do about their true feelings and who they wanted to spend their life with. [Read more...]

TCA 2014: Quick Takes from the Hallmark Channel “Christmas In July” Party

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Crown Media, parent company to the Hallmark Channel, knows how to throw a spectacular party. This year’s theme of “Christmas in July” meant that a glamorous Bel Air mansion was selected has the hosting venue, which with its jaw-dropping back terrace view of Los Angeles meant that they could showcase a 60-foot Christmas tree trimmed with ribbons, bows and twinkling lights. There was also a giant Santa’s sleigh with packages and a yummy selection of holiday treats. Then just inside the mansion’s opulent walls was a ballroom decked out like a Winter Wonderland of white with even more tantalizing confections to tempt even the most jaded of the Hollywood press.

But by far the most stunning aspect of the event was the sheer number of recognizable celebs from all of Hallmark’s landmark series CEDAR COVE and WHEN CALLS THE HEART, as well as their well-known movies and holiday films. Both CEDAR COVER and WHEN CALLS THE HEART debuted with a big splash on Hallmark and have been picked up for second seasons. CEDAR COVE returns for Season 2 on Saturday, July 19th and WHEN CALLS THE HEART returns with is second season in May 2015. [Read more...]

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: A Closer Look at the New Hallmark Series Promising Everyday Miracles

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Taking off where the last year’s movie of the same name left off, this new Hallmark series SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED invites viewers back into the world of the dead-letters division of the U.S. Postal Service, where four enterprising postal employees take it upon themselves to track down the intended recipients of each lost or undeliverable letter. Each letter has a story and they have vowed to uncover each story as they pursue the clues to finding who these letters belong to.

Starring Eric Mabius (UGLY BETTY), Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson and Kristin Booth, Hallmark’s SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, is a charming confection of good will and generous spirits.

They are modern, everyday angels that simply want to make sure that the U.S. Mail gets exactly where it is supposed to go – even if it is weeks or even years later. They figure that if someone went to the trouble of putting a card or letter in the mail, there was a good reason for it and they should make sure it ultimately gets there – and with a little luck, destiny will be fulfilled. [Read more...]

We Shine the Spotlight on CEDAR COVE’s Art Maven Elyse Levesque

From the dark, murky hallways of a space ship called Destiny in STARGATE UNIVERSE to the sun-drenched beaches of CEDAR COVE, Elyse Levesque brings a gaiety and liveliness to her characters that simply captivates.  In her new role as MaryEllen, a young curator of the local art gallery in Cedar Cove, Elyse is just as eye-catching and fun-loving as ever.  In a recent exclusive interview, Elyse shared what drew her to the heart-warming series and what she has learned and appreciated from her diverse roles both on STARGATE UNIVERSE and CEDAR COVE. [Read more...]

CEDAR COVE Preview: You’re Invited to Visit a Heart-Warming New Hallmark Channel Series

The best thing about Hallmark Channel movies and TV shows is that they know how to deliver a story that touches your heart.  In their newest series, they take viewers to the small town of Cedar Cove, which is inhabited with familiar faces, warm tales, and lush scenery that will slowly draw you into their idyllic world. [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Movies: Writer Gary Goldstein Previews His Hallmark Movie HITCHED FOR THE HOLIDAYS


 
Every year high expectations abound for the holidays, and it can also be an increasingly stressful time for single people as their families, friends and coworkers pressure them into meeting other singles in hopes that there may be a holiday spark of romance.  Capturing this frisson filled time of year for two young people seeking to avoid holiday matchmaking and the good intentions of their families and friends, writer Gary Goldstein penned the charming holiday film HITCHED FOR THE HOLIDAYS (starring Joey Lawrence and Emily Hampshire).  In an exclusive interview Gary share where this fun film idea blossomed from and creative choices he made in bringing this romantic comedy film to life. [Read more...]