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Monday, May 9, 2011

CBS says "The End" to the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Movies

CBS is dropping the Hallmark Hall of Fame (HHOF) Series. Why?, you might ask, after 16 years? Well according to CBS, due to their current lineup of programming, they are having difficulty scheduling around it.
Front of the Class (Hallmark Hall of Fame: Gold Crown Collector's Edition)Oh, come on.. there are only 3 HHOF Fame Movies in a year! I think CBS just no longer cares enough "to Air the Very Best!" (that's, of course, a spin on Hallmark's Greeting Card logo - "When you care enough to send the very best!"

The Hallmark Hall of Fame series began in 1951, spending 30 years on NBC. It had brief runs on ABC and PBS, before landing on CBS. Over the past 60 years, under the "Hall of Fame" banner, there has been 243 films!

Pictures of Hollis Woods - Hallmark Hall of FameCBS released the following statement: "This is a partnership that has served CBS very well for many years. Hallmark Hall of Fame is a first-class organization, and we wish them nothing but success in their future."

First, the networks take away the old Family Sunday night movies, the Movie of the Week, After School Specials, and the Wonderful World of Disney Movies no longer play faithfully on Saturday nights on ABC. CBS's airing of the Hallmark Movies was truly the last one left.

The Secret Garden (Hallmark Hall of Fame)Over the years, Hallmark Hall of Fame has brought us such wonderful movies:
A Season for Miracles, Front of the Class, The Secret Garden, November Christmas, Ellen Foster, Pictures of Hollis Woods, The Magic of Ordinary Days, etc...

Walmart's attempt to bring back the family movie night has moved their movies from NBC to the Fox Network - which seems to have signed in their contract that a previous American Idol contestant must somehow participate in the movie, which is fine if their acting is good and their presence makes sense in the movie, like Brooke White in Change of Plans.

The Magic of Ordinary Days - HallmarkBack to HHOF Movies... I am saddened to think the audience for them - for good old Family Movies, is waning.

I know I still enjoy most of them and always watch them with my family. I sure hope someone else picks up the HHOF Fame Movies from CBS. Family Programming is still important and very much wanted & needed on Television today!


  1. This really made me SAD! Most of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movies were wonderful and I liked the fact that three times a year we got to see a decent TV movie (I don't have any type of cable).

    I totally agree with you NetBlogger; come on, really!? Like 3 times a year messes with CBS' regular programming -- right!

    Please NBC, ABC or Fox pick these up because they are normally great! And, I have enjoyed every single one of the Wal*Mart movies too. =)

  2. That breaks my heart hearing that. I so look forward to these movies. You are right they have taken all the good family movies away from cable. It would be wonderful if the Hallmark channel would start to air these Hall of Fame movies. We will just have to keep our fingers crossed that another channel picks up these wonderful movies.
    Also thank you so much for creating such a wonderful blog. I truly enjoy reading it!


  3. Very sad, indeed. I've watched almost every one since the mid 60's and I hope another network picks them up. These HHOF movies are really the only great, quality movies left on TV. Thanks for the alert.
    I LOVE your blog.

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  5. I am so sad reading this - thank goodness you posted it or we would never have known.

    Like others have said - fingers crossed another network picks it up. It is really sad what is happening to family entertainment. :(

  6. When you think about it,Hallmark movies are decent.The networks are pushing for more and more trash.

  7. Very sad news. Hallmark movies are just about the only movies left on TV that are decent. We rarely watch the 3 major networks anymore except for news or sports. There is just too much trash. We do have cable TV that includes Hallmark Channel and recently added GMC, but the cost of cable may soon be unaffordable for some families. What a loss.

  8. CBS has taken all decent family movies off and now the Hallmark Movies. Shame on them and Les Moonves for allowing this to happen. He can find time for the awful "The Talk" hosted by his wife but not Hallmark. SHAME SHAME SHAME I will watch as few CBS shows as possible. Hope a lot of people will follow

  9. What a shame that such an uplifting, high quality program that we have viewed for over 50 years will be dropped by CBS. What could possibly replace such an excellent program. We have enough mediocre programs already without making room for another one. We hope that one of the other stations will pick it up. Thanks for all the years of wonderful entertainment.

  10. What a shame. This program has been uplifting and wonderful entertainment for over 50 years in our home. We have enough mediocre programs as it is. We hope that another station will pick it up so that we can continue to enjoy your fine programs. Thanks for so many years of entertainment for our family.


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