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~ James 1:17

Thursday, March 19, 2020

DETOUR AHEAD! HALLMARK INTERRUPTS REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING THIS WEEKEND...


...TO BRING VIEWERS HOPE AND JOY WITH A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON!!!

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Have you heard the HO, HO, HO... Holly Jolly News?

Get ready to feel all the Peace on Earth... Good Will Towards Men once again as the Hallmark Channel plays Christmas movies all weekend long!


Okay, there are a few exceptions... "In the Key of Love" (which was originally intended to be a "June Weddings" film) will still premiere on the Hallmark Channel Saturday night at 9pm/8c. with the 2020 Spring Fling Preview Special at 11pm/10c and the Mystery Movies Preview Special at 11:30pm/10:30c. On Sunday night, right after the Christmas movie marathon is over, the Hallmark Channel will have all new episodes of "When Calls the Heart" and "When Hope Calls!"

If you were planning to watch the premiere of the Pixl movie, Adventures in Love & Babysitting, unfortunately it will not be seen until Tuesday, April 21st at 8pm/7c. Update: 2pm/1c., unless there are future schedule changes, which, of course, is always probable.



Here are all the festive details direct from Hallmark's Press Release:

HALLMARK CHANNEL PRESENTS
‘WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS’
A SPECIAL MARATHON OF
‘COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS’ MOVIES
FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – SUNDAY, MARCH 22


STUDIO CITY, CA – March 19, 2020 – Hallmark Channel has a weekend of what viewers asked for, ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ a special marathon featuring “Countdown to Christmas” movies Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22.


The Hallmark Channel premieres of “In the Key of Love,” “2020 Spring Fling Preview Special” and “2020 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Preview Special” will air at their originally scheduled times on Saturday, March 21.


“Countdown to Christmas” movies starring fan favorites Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Holly Robinson Peete, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray, Ryan Paevey and more will let viewers cozy-up at home and watch the movies they asked for. “A Christmas Detour” starring Cameron Bure and Paul Greene (“When Calls the Heart”) kicks off the special event on Friday, March 20 (12 p.m. ET/PT). The marathon continues throughout the weekend with movies including “Crown for Christmas,” “A Very Merry Mix-Up,” “Christmas at Dollywood,” “Write Before Christmas,” and concludes with “Christmas in Rome” (Sunday, March 22, 6 p.m. ET/PT).



The Full schedule appears below:

FRIDAY, MARCH 20th

12:00 p.m. ET/PT: “A Christmas Detour”
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”) and Paul Greene (“Bitten”)



2:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Holiday Date”
Stars: Brittany Bristow (“Rising Suns”), Matt Cohen (“General Hospital”), Teryl Rothery (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) and Bruce Boxleitner (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)

4:00 p.m. ET/PT: “A Christmas Love Story”
Stars: Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”) and Scott Wolf (“The Night Shift”)

6:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Mingle all the Way”
Stars: Jen Lilley (“Days of Our Lives”), Brant Daugherty (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”)


8:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas Under Wraps”
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), David O’Donnell (“12 Wishes of Christmas”),
Brian Doyle-Murray (“The Middle”) and Robert Pine (“Frozen”)

10:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Crown for Christmas”
Stars: Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”) and Rupert Penry-Jones (“Black Sails”)



SATURDAY, MARCH 21st

12:00 a.m. ET/PT: “The Christmas Cottage”
Stars: Merritt Patterson (“Forever in My Heart”) and Steve Lund (“Reign”)

2:00 a.m. ET/PT: “A Royal Christmas”
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Stephan Hagan (“Against the Dark”) and Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”)



3:30 a.m. ET/PT: “Marry Me at Christmas”
Stars: Rachel Skarsten (“Reign”) and Trevor Donovan (“90210”)

5:00 a.m. ET/PT: “A Very Merry Mix-Up”
Stars: Alicia Witt (“Orange is the New Black”) and Mark Wiebe (“Sweet Karma”)

7:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays”
Stars: Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”), Kaitlin Doubleday (“Nashville”), Priscilla Presley and Chase Bryant

9:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Snow Bride”
Stars: Katrina Law (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Jordan Belfi (“Surrogates”) and Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”)



11:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Switched for Christmas”
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), Eion Bailey (“Once Upon a Time”), Mark Deklin (“Grace and Frankie”) and Natasha Bure (“Make It or Break It”)

1:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas at Dollywood”
Stars: Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), Niall Matter (“Eureka”), and Dolly Parton (“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” 9 to 5)

3:00 p.m. ET/PT: “The Nine Lives of Christmas”
Stars: Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Kimberley Sustad (“A Bride for Christmas”)



5:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas at the Plaza”
Stars: Ryan Paevey (“General Hospital”) and Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

7:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas Town”
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), Tim Rozon (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Beth Broderick (“Sharp Objects”)



SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd

12:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Picture a Perfect Christmas”
Stars: Merritt Patterson (“The Royals”) and Jon Cor (“Shadowhunters”)



2:00 a.m. ET/PT: “The Sweetest Christmas”
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Lea Coco (“Queen Sugar”)

4:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Coming Home for Christmas”
Stars: Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), Neal Bledsoe (“The Mysteries of Laura”) and Andrew Francis (“Chesapeake Shores”)

6:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses”
Stars: Jill Wagner (“Teen Wolf”), Matthew Davis (“Legacies”) and Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”)



8:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe”
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Brendan Penny (“Chesapeake Shores”)

10:00 a.m. ET/PT: “Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy”
Stars: Paul Greene (“When Calls the Heart”), Maggie Lawson (“Psych”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”), Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street”), Rukiya Bernard (“Van Helsing”), Colin Lawrence (“The Good Doctor”), Ashley Williams (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Jill Wagner (“Teen Wolf”)


12:00 p.m. ET/PT: “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas”
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”), Luke Macfarlane (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Jean Smart (“Designing Women”)

2:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas Under the Stars”
Stars: Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”), Autumn Reeser (“The Arrangement”) and Clarke Peters (“The Wire”)



4:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Write Before Christmas”
Stars: Torrey DeVitto (“Chicago Med”), Chad Michael Murray (“Riverdale”), Grant Show (“Dynasty”), Lolita Davidovich (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Drew Seeley (“Glory Daze”)



6:00 p.m. ET/PT: “Christmas in Rome”
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Sam Page (“The Bold Type”)


-- HALLMARK CHANNEL --


I hope you all enjoy this marathon this weekend, as we are all encouraged to stay at home and social distance ourselves from the public during this coronavirus pandemic.

This Christmas movie marathon on the Hallmark Channel will give us all the warmth and community of the Holiday Season, which I know many of us need right now. May the True Light of Christmas outshine all the darkness!

Joyous Blessings, everyone and please take care!
Sending all of my dear friends here - a Social Distanced Hug! Net

24 comments:

  1. What’s about Adventures in Love & Babysitting on 3/21/2020 - Daytime Premiere at 1pm

    In the Key of Love
    9pm/8c
    3/21/2020

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    1. "Adventures in Love & Babysitting" has been removed from the schedule this Saturday afternoon; however it is still scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 21st. The time has been changed, since yesterday, to 2pm/1c. It is possible it may change again, so I'll be sure to let you know if that happens.

      "In the Key of Love" will still premiere this Saturday night - March 21, 2020!

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  2. Other movies included in the marathon include "A Christmas Love Story" with Kristin Chenoweth; "Christmas Under Wraps" with Cameron Bure; "A Royal Christmas" with Chabert; and "Christmas at Dollywood" with Dolly Parton.

    Hallmark isn't the only one looking toward the holidays for a pick-me-up.

    People also took to social media with the idea of putting up Christmas lights in order to spread some hope and kindness during this challenging time.

    "A friend just shared that an elderly neighbor came to her house and asked her husband to turn on the Christmas lights because there's so much darkness and scariness now. So, there are bright dancing Christmas lights now on in their neighborhood," user @LisaStRegis tweeted.

    "Today a few of my neighbours decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on. I hope it brings a smile to (your) face like it did mine,"

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    1. I think it's beautiful that people are turning on their Christmas lights again. If it makes them feel good inside that's all that's important. Plus, light is a wonderful thing to keep our homes safe at this time.

      We have a few clear lights lit up outside our home and it just me feel warm inside to see them, and I hope it cheers others up and makes them feel good too! :)

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  3. Here is the list of movies that will be kick off the marathon on Friday, according to ET:

    12 p.m. “A Christmas Detour”

    2 p.m. “Holiday Date”

    4 p.m. “A Christmas Love Story”

    6 p.m. “Mingle All the Way”

    8 p.m. “Christmas Under Wraps”

    10 p.m. “Crown for Christmas”

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    1. Yes! It's going to be a wonderful day of Christmas movies!

      By the way, I have the full schedule from Hallmark's press release above. It's going to be a festive 3 day weekend!!! Feel good, everyone!!!

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  4. Hi,net. Crazy that I was thinking this morning about Hallmark doing this and my wife texted me with the news. Thanks again for all the great work you do for us. Blessings to all and God's graces and the American spirit will get us through this.

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    1. Hello Paul, Thank you for your thoughtful message. That was so sweet of your wife to text you this cheerful Christmas movie news. I think we all need a pick-me-up and Hallmark's Christmas movies certainly give us that joyful feeling.

      Blessings to you and your wife... Stay well and take care!

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  5. Been feeling so off balanced. Everything is so surreal. Like living in some nightmare. Such great news from Hallmark to do this Christmas marathon. Escape into the wonder of Christmas for a bit.

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    1. Jim, It's so wonderful to hear from you! I think many of us feel just like you do. Very uncertain. Is this real? It's truly an unusual time we are all living through. I'm trying to be strong and have faith, but it's hard sometimes. I know many of us are concerned about loved ones, food, jobs, etc... It makes me feel a little better to know others feel the same way... we're all in this together and God is greater than all my fears!

      I'm so glad we can all enjoy this detour to Christmas this weekend together!

      Happy Christmas Watching!!! :)

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  6. A nice mix of the old and the new...and some of the better old ones, too! (Christmas Under Wraps, Royal Christmas, Very Merry Mix-up, Snow Bride, and Nine Lives of Christmas are among my all-time favorites!)

    Mark 25

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    1. Mark 25, Hello there! So good to hear from you! I agree, this is a great selection of Hallmark Christmas movie favorites. Plus many of these are included in the Merry Madness Brackett- so it's a good time to look back to these movies and vote for our favorites.

      I'm also happy to see "Nine Lives of Christmas" and "Christmas Under the Stars" and ALL the other ones you mentioned, too! It was so nice of Hallmark to give us this gift. Enjoy watching!

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  7. Both my favourite Christmas Movies of the past two years showing this weekend!

    2018 Mingle All The Way
    2019 Picture A Perfect Christmas

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    1. I love both of the movies you mentioned, too! Such good ones and always enjoyable to watch over & over again. Love both Jen Lilley and Merritt Patterson in both these movies! :)

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  8. I am so excited about this. I know I will be home most of the weekend and now I don't feel bad at all. It would be so awesome if HMM does this one weekend too, and then HM Drama too. I like this cause there are some movies on this list that I didn't get around to seeing this past year and just deleted them to save room on my dvr, I can't believe I am saying I skipped Christmas Love Song, so happy I will get to see it. also skipped write before Christmas, I didn't want to but there was just so many movies and I just couldn't watch anymore new. Love seeing Very Merry Mixup, Snow Bride and Christmas Under Wraps too, some of my fave.

    although it is nearly 90 every day here now, I will be so happy with a little Christmas now :)

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    1. Sabrina, It's so good to hear how much you are excited, too, over Hallmark's weekend Christmas movie marathon! Finally - This change in Hallmark's schedule is a good one!

      “A Christmas Love Story” is such a beautiful, powerful story - and, of course, Kristin Chenoweth's voice is a-may-zing! So, I think you'll love it!

      “Write Before Christmas” was so fun. I won't give anything away, but it is probably in my top 3 favorites from the 2020 Christmas movie season! I really loved that one! I hope you do, too!

      Our weather is also a little warmer... in the low 50's today, but we should be in the 20's tonight! Brrrr! So much for Spring here. It doesn't really arrive here in the Midwest 'til mid-April. Although, we can still have freezing temps then at night. We have to wait typically until after Mother's Day until we can have flowers.

      Enjoy all the Christmas movies, my friend! Happy watching!!! :)

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  9. Candace Cameron Bure Says Her Hallmark Projects Are In Flux Amid Coronavirus Quarantine (Exclusive)

    With Hollywood in limbo amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Candace Cameron Bure is remaining positive despite her Hallmark projects being postponed. The 43-year-old actress spoke via video chat with ET's Katie Krause about how the outbreak has impacted her work.

    "We were in the middle of filming a new Aurora Teagarden mystery for the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel, and we got in one week of production and then we were shut down, which I was very happy about," Bure tells ET. "I thought that was the most responsible decision, and it was the right decision. So I left Vancouver and immediately came home to my family, and we were all hoping that within two weeks or three weeks we'd start production back up, but now watching the news every day, I don't see that happening."

    As for when she'll return to set and filming, Bure admits that she still has no idea.

    "There isn't [a timeline] because the news is changing every day," she explains. "We're getting all these updates and it's getting pushed, so it's really hard to plan anything, but we're all in communication, and at this point, it's a waiting game. I don't think we're going to have answers for at least another 10 days."
    In the meantime, Hallmark is treating viewers to a "We Need a Little Christmas"special marathon of its Christmas classics from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22.

    "If that doesn't bring cheer, what will? I was delighted to hear," Bure says of the network's announcement. "I have many, many fans on social media reaching out saying, 'Please show the Christmas movies! They make me so happy.' So I was happy that Hallmark heard the message."

    But in order to keep the peace in her own home, Bure won't be watching along with fans.

    "I think my husband and my children will kick me out of the house if I turn my Christmas movies on," she quips. "They'll be like, 'We deal with this once a year with you. We're not doing this in March!'"

    Bure acknowledges that much of the stress at this time revolves around uncertainty with people's jobs.

    "I think that's the real struggle with so many of us and the fear and the worry is our jobs. So many of us are not able to go and work and we're restricted from doing that, and so we think about all the bills that we have to pay and our mortgage and our food and everything," she says. "And that affects every single person no matter what your position is, no matter what your job is. That's the unknown part that's scary."

    But the actress is trying to take some time to enjoy her life at home with her family.

    "I'm enjoying the time being home because my kids are home, my husband's home, and we're usually all scattered, so I'm looking at the positives, and I'm so happy to be home with my family," she says. "We are cooking so much at home. I do have a cookware line [Cookcraft by Candace]. We're taking the time to cook all the kinds of recipes that we never do because they took too long. And now we have tons of time."

    One of her sons, 18-year-old Maksim, is still out of state in Minnesota, where he attends college.

    "I still have one out of state. I've got two home," she says. "I'm not freaking out, but we're monitoring it every day. He's happy. He wants to stay there. He's safe and he's doing everything he has to do. If they're shutting down flying within the country, then mama's gonna bring him home."

    As for general stress at this time, Bure is keeping a positive attitude.

    "It's hard not to worry to some extent, but I'm not a big worrier by nature because there are things that are just out of our control and it's not going to do any of us any good to worry about it," she explains.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article from ET with Candace Cameron Bure. I think we were all uncertain, at first, at the timing of this. It's kinda thrown us all for a loop.

      I've noticed Candace has done some fun videos on her Instagram page, so it's fun to see how she's staying connected with her family and fans.

      It's interesting how this is affecting all of our lives. Although we can't change the big things, we can control how we react to it.

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  10. A little girl from Philippines says she received a reassuring message from God telling her not to be scared, because the Coronavirus will soon end.

    While the mother and daughter were watching CNN News report on television about the COVID-19 cases, Jahzara “Jahzy” suddenly spoke. “Mommy you know what, God told me something,” she told her mom.

    She asked her, “How? What did He tell you?” Jahzy replied, “I was sleeping last night and in my dream, I hear God, He told me, ‘Jahzy don’t be scared, the virus will be gone on April.’”

    “And it is not made up, the word says, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control“. (2 Timothy 1:7)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this message of hope!

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  11. Joyce in CarolinaFriday, March 20, 2020

    What a wonderful treat Hallmark has given us! We all needed this now more than ever. It's a scary time, but my God is greater than all of this and He knows the end of the story. We just have to cling to that and trust Him to get us through this. Praying for safety and health to you all. And to you dear Net, God's blessings on you my friend! Your hard work blesses us all so much!

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  12. I definitely LOVE Hallmark and my Lord for giving us such a gift! Not to mention thank you to all the Girl Scout cookies and milk to make my Christmas movies special during this time ! Thank you Net for all the positive messages!

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  13. Every time I see Christmas Town, I love it even more. I just love the message of adopting and making a permeant home for a child. So many people open their hearts and bring in someone that is not their biological child, but a child that is their family forever and so much love. My heart goes out to all those involved.

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