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'Countdown to Christmas' Event Begins October 31 on Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel's annual "Countdown to Christmas" event is a social and cultural phenomenon, bringing 80 million-plus viewers to the network in November and December and making Hallmark Channel #1 among households and key demos.* Beginning October 31, Hallmark Channel proudly announces this season’s Countdown To Christmas will kick off with more than 1300 hours of holiday favorites, including the World Premieres of the 12 New Movies of Christmas. No other network produces as much holiday-themed Original Programming as Hallmark Channel and 2014 is the network’s biggest, most impressive holiday delivery ever.

"Crown Media Family Networks is the sole owner of Christmas and Hallmark Channel's beloved Countdown To Christmas has become an annual destination and a fundamental part of millions of families' holiday celebrations," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

"The holidays are the most magnetic time of year and this year's programming promises to deliver above and beyond any standard the network has ever set. There is no stronger connection to viewers than the Hallmark brand to celebrate every aspect of Christmas, especially on television," Vicary concluded.

Consumers returning from a night of Halloween Trick-Or-Treating will find Christmas 2014 begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT with one of viewers’ all-time favorite films, A Princess for Christmas and the first of 2014’s 12 New Movies of Christmas arrives the next day.

The Christmas Clock ticks to the first of the 12 New Movies of Christmas beginning with One Starry Christmas, starring Sarah Carter and George Canyon, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere on Saturday, November 1 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

The Nine Lives of Christmas, starring Brandon Routh and Gregory Harrison, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

A Cookie Cutter Christmas, starring Erin Krakow and Alan Thicke, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, November 9 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Northpole, starring Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, ‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover, Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Angels and Ornaments, starring Jessalyn Gilsig, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, November 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

A Royal Christmas, starring Jane Seymour, Lacey Chabert and Katherine Flynn, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 22 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

The Christmas Shepherd, starring Teri Polo, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, November 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle, starring Rob Morrow, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 29 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Christmas Under Wraps, starring Candace Cameron-Bure, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, November 30 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Christmas At Cartwright's
, starring Alicia Witt and Wally Shawn, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, December 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

Best Christmas Party Ever, starring Torrey DeVitto, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, December 13 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C);

The Christmas Parade, starring AnnaLynne McCord and Drew Scott, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, December 14 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C).

Additionally, Hallmark Channel announces all-new holiday-themed episodes of its two-time Daytime Emmy® nominated lifestyle series, Home & Family, co-hosted by Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, as well as, the broadcast of the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. There are many more specials and holiday episodes of series to be announced.

In social media, Hallmark Channel's Christmas Clock is an entertaining way for consumers to countdown to each of the 12 New Movies of Christmas. The Christmas Clock is interactive and builds anticipation to the next of the 12 New Movies of Christmas. When the clock hand lands on one of the 12 New Movies, viewers are treated to the movie trailer and other content offerings.

*Source: The Nielsen Company, December 9-15, 2013 (Since kicking off November 2, the 12 original premieres have averaged a 3.3 household rating, propelling Hallmark Channel to rank #1 among households, women 25-54, and total viewer rating for weekend prime time [Sat-Sun, 8-11pm]).

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