Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Unveils 'Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas' Holidy Programming Event

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries unveils its blockbuster annual holiday-themed programming event, "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas," on October 31 with 1300 hours of the most sought-after, traditional and cherished Christmas programming, including an exclusive lineup of the highest-rated Holiday Original Movies of all time from Crown Media Family Network's robust library, airing exclusively on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The 24/7 holiday schedule will also feature the World Premiere of two brand-new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Originals, Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas and The Christmas Secret, celebrated movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas Collection, the annual Yule Log burning brightly from Christmas Eve through Christmas morning and timeless seasonal favorites every Thursday night, embarking on the biggest holiday programming event the network has ever seen.

"Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is the exclusive home of traditional and classic holiday fare and since its launch, our commitment to producing unique and inspiring original content for the network is unparalleled," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming, Crown Media Family Networks.

"Crown Media Family Networks produces more Original Christmas content than any other entertainment network, giving viewers a distinct destination for non-stop holiday favorites now until Christmas. Viewers expect quality holiday programming from us, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will always deliver," concludes Vicary.

Last season's inaugural "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" was a proven success and boosted the network to #1 in households during primetime and delivered its highest quarter, month and week of all time.* This year promises to be an even bigger event with more Christmas content that is so beloved, it is a destination unto itself. The network will unwrap exclusive premieres of some of the most celebrated, highly-rated original movies from Crown Media's library of holiday originals, including The Christmas Card, A Christmas Wish, A Christmas Visitor, Fallen Angel, Christmas with Tucker, The Christmas Heart, The Wishing Tree and Our First Christmas, as well as treasured Christmas movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection including November Christmas, A Dog Named Christmas, A Season of Miracles and Silver Bells. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will also treat viewers to two ALL-NEW, highly anticipated Original World Premieres:

Signed, Sealed Delivered for Christmas, World Premiere Sunday, November 23, 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C, stars Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson, Marion Ross and Rob Estes. When the beloved quartet of postal detectives—Oliver (Mabius), Shane (Booth), Rita (Lowe) and Norman (Gustafson)—discover an urgent letter written to God, they delay their own travel plans to help a little girl who's mother's life hangs in the balance on Christmas Eve. With guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan (Estes) and Oliver's former Sunday School teacher (Ross), the Postables are surprised to discover they've been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.

About the successful Postables debut on the new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Michelle Vicary said, “Because viewers expect quality holiday family programming from us, we asked Martha Williamson (Executive Producer of Touched By An Angel) to write and Executive Produce a Christmas movie for us, which exceeded our expectations. Her Signed Sealed Delivered for Christmas is so unique, we wanted to showcase it on the newly rebranded Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, where it’s destined to be discovered as a modern classic.”

The Christmas Secret, World Premiere Sunday, December 7, 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C, stars Bethany Joy Lenz and John Reardon and based on the bestselling novel The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLierre, the film follows a struggling single mom’s search for a lost family heirloom that she hopes will help her find love and good fortune in time for Christmas.

Five timeless seasonal favorites will also air as part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Christmas Classics Thursday Nights starting November 6:

A Christmas Carol (1951), starring Alastair Sim and Jack Warner, a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Premiere;

Holiday Affair, starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh and Wendell Corey;

It Happened on 5th Avenue, starring Gale Storm, Victor Moore and Ann Harding;

Christmas in Connecticut, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet;

The Bishop's Wife, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven.

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