Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hallmark Channel’s "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS" Steals the Show!

See ALL the details in the Hallmark Press Release below:



The Saturday, November 15 premiere of Northpole averaged 4 million total viewers and reached 5.9 million unduplicated viewers

The Sunday, November 16 premiere of Angels and Ornaments claimed 3.3 million total viewers and reached 5.1 million unduplicated viewers

Hallmark Channel’s annual Countdown to Christmas campaign continues to bring joy to the world, with the November 15 and November 16 original holiday premieres of Northpole and Angels and Ornaments catapulting the network to be the #1 most watched and highest-rated among HH’s for the weekend. In addition, the network rated #1 among W25-54 for its second consecutive week. The debuts of Northpole and Angels and Ornaments also became the #1 and #2 movies of the week, respectively, among HH ratings and delivery.


Northpole, produced in partnership with Hallmark Cards and a Countdown to Christmas tent pole, averaged 4 million total viewers and a 3.5 HH rtg, while also reaching 5.9 million unduplicated viewers. Additionally, the movie was the top program for the day on cable among HH ratings, as well as the network’s most watched and highest-rated original film of 2014 to-date among HH’s, W25-54, A25-54, and total viewers. In its November 15th 8-10pm time period, Northpole ranked as the #1-rated movie among HH (3.5) and Total Viewers (1.9). The film also placed #2 in key demo delivery among HH (2,975,000), W25-54 (844,000), and total viewers (4,007,000).

Angels and Ornaments followed suit, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and a 3.0 HH rating and reaching 5.1 unduplicated viewers. In addition, the movie was the #2 rated and most watched cable program in its time period among HH and total viewers.

Angels and Ornaments

Viewers continue to flock to Countdown to Christmas, with Hallmark Channel’s programming extravaganza reaching over 33.1 million total viewers in just two weeks and registering growth of 7% among W25-54 delivery and 4% among A25-54, compared to the same period last year. Since their kick offs, Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas, combined, have reached over 38.9 million total viewers.

In Northpole, Santa (Robert Wagner) and Mrs. Claus’ (Jill St. John) magical home, Northpole, has grown into a vast city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet the city is in trouble, as people everywhere are too busy to enjoy festive time together. One of these stressed-out souls is Chelsea (Tiffani Thiessen), a single mom who is trying to get noticed at her new reporting job while helping her ten-year-old son Kevin (Max Charles) adjust to a new school. When he starts talking about real elves and actual sleigh rides, she worries that his imagination has gotten out of control. With a little added help from Kevin’s charming teacher Ryan (Josh Hopkins), a mysterious elf, Clementine (Bailee Madison), and a gospel singer named Josephine (Candice Glover), Chelsea may learn that even chasing down the facts can lead to holiday magic.

In Angels and Ornaments, Corrine (Jessalyn Gilsig) happily prepares for her favorite holiday – Christmas – even though she is still upset from a recent breakup. 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 (Graham Abbey). Her holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance, when Harold (Sergio 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.

Source: The Nielsen Company, November 10 – November 16, 2014


Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality family entertainment available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 85 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming featuring an ambitious slate of original content, including movies; scripted series, such as Cedar Cove and When Calls the Heart; annual specials like Hero Dog Awards and Kitten Bowl; and a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home & Family. Hallmark Channel is also home to annual holiday franchise, Countdown to Christmas, featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming, including The 12 New Movies of Christmas. Rounding out the networks’ lineup are television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, available in HD and SD, features a unique mix of content including original movies and acquired series that are dramatic in tone and focus on the lighter side of the mystery genre, as well as classic presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Yes! It's great news for good ole Charlie Brown,
or Chuck, as Peppermint Patty calls him!

A Charlie Brown Movie, along with the entire Peanuts Gang, including: Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marci, Schroder, Franklin, Woodstock, and more... is in the works to premiere next year - November 6, 2015, in Theaters!

The current title for this 3-D Computer-Animated Film is:
Snoopy And Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie!

According to USA Today, who released a few still images today of this upcoming production, the story follows Charlie Brown, "with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he's sure he needs, even though he discovers he's pretty OK just as he is".

From everything I've read, it sounds like the creators are holding on to the traditional peanuts gang, without adding anyone new or modernizing the beloved characters we know and love!

Also, it's clear to see from the images, with the snow on the ground and lights on Snoopy's house, that this new Charlie Brown movie must have some Christmas in it, too! Whether it's one scene, or the entire movie, we will have to wait and see! Whatever the case, I'm sure Peanuts fans, of every age, will be in line with great excitement, to see this new Charlie Brown Movie... next Thanksgiving and Christmas Season!!!

Here are TWO sneak peak trailers below: Enjoy!


*Photos & Video via:: 20th Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide / Blue Sky Studios
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Monday, November 17, 2014

INTERVIEW: Kevin Sizemore of the UPtv Movie "A Christmas Tree Miracle"

"It's a Wonderful Movie" recently chatted with the star of the new Christmas film "A Christmas Tree Miracle," available on DVD and premiering on UPtv's "Everything You Love About Christmas" on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

*Bonus Q&A also included below with Ty Demartino, the Writer/Producer of "A Christmas Tree Miracle"!

Actor Kevin Sizemore

In this family Christmas film, Kevin Sizemore stars as David George, a father who loses his job right before the holidays and puts his self-centered family on a hopeless course until they taken in by an eccentric free farmer (played by Terry Kiser).

Sizemore is known as Gary Humphrey from ABC’s RESURRECTION. He also appeared as Paul Randolph, small-town hotheaded deputy, in the Steven Spielberg-produced CBS UNDER THE DOME. An award winning actor, Sizemore has appeared on numerous Television shows over the years, which are all listed in his profile, including NCIS, Stalker, Weeds, 24 and Rizzoli & Isles, to name a few.

The George Family in "A Christmas Tree Miracle"

Kevin Sizemore

How did you find out that you were chosen for the movie, “A Christmas Tree Miracle?”

"A Christmas Tree Miracle's" director JW Myers' wife Tess is a friend of mine that I've known for years while living in Los Angeles. A few years after she and JW moved to the east coast, I received a message from Tess saying I might be right for a new movie JW was directing. I spoke to JW and he said it was shooting in West Virginia, the state I'm from and still love. I was interested already, but still wanted to read the script first. After doing so and them reviewing my audition, it was just a perfect fit. It was the first time I've been able to film a movie in my home state and I sure hope it's not the last.

Could you tell us a little about your character?

David George is a man who has forgotten what it's like to struggle. What I mean by that is that he has been bitten by that "high and mighty" bug and thought he was a bit more important than he really was. He doesn't have a great relationship with his family unless gifts are involved. He's driven by having the nicest car, the best suit and the best house on the highest hill. When he loses his job, David starts to realize what the true meanings of life and family are. It just takes his youngest child and a complete stranger to make him see those things.

How long was the shoot? Where was it filmed? Was your Christmas Movie filmed in the winter?

We shot the movie just under three weeks in Wheeling, West Virginia, and we shot also on the Feisley Tree Farm in Belmont, Ohio just over the WV border. We shot the film in March. We had to show the family over a year's time -- so we had to represent all the seasons.

Do you have a favorite scene in “A Christmas Tree Miracle”?

There was a special scene where David and his wife (played by Claudia Esposito) are sitting with Henry (Terry Kiser) in his living room talking about the farm. Henry asks us a very important question that would change out lives forever. At that moment, my children (played by Barrett Carnahan, Emily Capehart and Siomha Kenney) enter the room to share the excitement. It's a turning point in the movie and a great scene.

Now that you are in a Christmas Movie… do you, perhaps, have an all-time favorite Christmas Movie/Special you watch every year?

Wow. I think my favorite would have to be "Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase, but the animated "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" all the way back in 1964 with Burl Ives is watched every time it's on television.

What do you hope viewers will take away from watching “A Christmas Tree Miracle”?

It's an important message. The movie speaks about how the way you treat people can reflect the outcome of your life. Also the hope of knowing that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you realize what you truly have.

Do you have a website, Facebook, or Twitter account you would like to share with viewers?

You can keep track of me at and my Twitter is @kevinsizemore and Facebook is

Kevin Sizemore’s upcoming films in 2015 include LAST BEST SUMMER EVER, CAN I GET A WITNESS PROTECTION?, SINKING SAND and currently in production, he is shooting the true story WOODLAWN directed by the Erwin Brothers.

For more information on "A Christmas Tree Miracle" or to order the DVD, visit online at or visit or @xmastreemiracle on Twitter.

"A Christmas Tree Miracle" - Back Cover of DVD

Q&A with
Ty DeMartino

I was also honored to chat with the writer and producer of "A Christmas Tree Miracle", Ty DeMartino.

As the Writer/Producer of the UP Original Christmas Movie "A Christmas Tree Miracle", what has this movie making process been like for you?

"Making A Christmas Tree Miracle was great fun.  We had a wonderful cast.  As a writer, you always want the best actors to bring your words to life. We were fortunate to have an amazing level of talent in our film.  Also, we had a small talented and dedicated crew that worked hard to bring the magic to the movie.  We shot the feature in about 20 days -- which is rather quick for the film industry.  The hard work of everyone involve made it happen and we produced a special movie is touching many people."

What do hope viewers will take away from seeing your film?

"A Christmas Tree Miracle focuses on the George family.  They're totally self-involved people who are more interested in things than each other.  When the father loses his job, the family ignores the severity of the situation and they continue to live above their means -- until, suddenly, everything is gone and they have zero support from anyone.  However, along the way, each family member unwittingly performs small acts of kindness that come back to them when they need it the most.  That message -- of helping others, even in small ways -- is really speaking to people.  They appreciate that we've created a movie that the entire family can enjoy with a strong inspirational message.  I continue to receive emails and notes from people, both in this country and abroad, who have seen our film who have been touched by its story."


I hope you all have enjoyed this insight into the movie "A Christmas Tree Miracle". I so appreciate Kevin and Ty taking the time to answer questions and share with us their movie-making experience!

Viewers are always seeking family films and we are grateful to Ty and Kevin for creating and making this one for our families to enjoy!!!

Please be sure to watch "A Christmas Tree Miracle" - premiering on TV November 26, 2014 and airing throughout the Christmas Season on UPtv during their "Everything You Love About Christmas" event!

To order "A Christmas Tree Miracle" on DVD, please visit online at or  

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


On SATURDAY - November 15, 2014:

Join the Mission to save the NORTHPOLE...

Premieres Saturday at 8PM/7c.
on the Hallmark Channel
Santa’s magical home, Northpole, is real and greater than anyone has ever imagined, yet this wondrous place is in trouble as a loss of togetherness and Christmas spirit spreads across the globe. Who can help save the cherished traditions of Christmas? (click here to read more!)

*Also be sure to look for those fun games and gadgets from the Northpole in the movie!

*NORTHPOLE is also available on DVD!

SUNDAY November 15, 2014:

Believe in the power of giving, in Paper Angels...

Premieres Sunday at 7PM/6c.
on UPtv
Two unlikely friends have a big impact on their families for Christmas through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. (click here to read more!)

Discover a "wonderful life" in Angels and Ornaments...

Premieres Sunday at 8PM/7c.
on the Hallmark Channel
Corrine's holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold, who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down... (click here to read more!)

I hope you all enjoy these new Christmas Movies this weekend! What a joy it is to catch up on beloved cherished favorites and watch these premieres, too! Please be sure to stop back by and leave a comment below and share what you thought of the new movies this weekend!

Your mission to save the Northpole is on...
"Now Jump In, Buckle Up, 'Cause we're going to Fly..."

See the Christmas TV Schedule for air times for these movies,
encore airings, and more!



Friday, November 14, 2014

Ring the Bells: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE to air on TV twice this Christmas Season!

It's a Wonderful Life
It is truly a special night of TV when 'It's a Wonderful Life' is on.
How many black & white movies take over a local TV network for 3 hours during Primetime?
Not once, but twice, in one month?
 Exactly! Only ONE...
the beloved Christmas Classic:
It has been cherished and enjoyed for years by generations of movie watchers...
and yet, it's message is strong and meaningful in our lives today!
Every life has meaning and purpose and "no man is a failure who has friends."
I am thrilled to think of someone out there seeing 'It's a Wonderful Life' for the very first time! This movie is so special and dear to my heart. I remember watching it so many times throughout the Christmas Season during my childhood - back in the day when it was free for stations to air and trust me, they certainly did... over and over again! And, we loved every second - we just happened to catch it... whether it was right at the beginning, in the middle, or near the "Every time a bell rings!" end!
See It's a Wonderful Life at 8 PM E.S.T. on NBC
Saturday December 6, 2014
and Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24, 2014! 

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