Hallmark Channel unveils its Christmas 2020 film lineup, promises more diversity in storytelling and cast


Prepare to decorate the rooms. Hallmark Channel is getting ready for the Christmas season. On September 23, the network revealed its Christmas 2020 film lineup, including new films with diverse castings and more inclusive stories than in the past. The “Countdown to Christmas” celebration kicks off October 23 on the Hallmark Channel.

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The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has not put an end to the much anticipated extravagance of Hallmark’s holiday films. Twenty-three all-new Christmas movies will air this year on the Hallmark Channel. 17 other premieres are scheduled on sister channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Holiday fun begins on Saturday October 24 with the premiere of Bride Jingle Bell at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. The same day, Christmas Tree Lane Airs at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. New films will continue to air until December 20 on both networks. You can see the full schedule on the Hallmark Channel website.

Candace Cameron Bure and Lacey Chabert back in new Christmas movies

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Many veteran Hallmark Channel actors will be returning for this year’s “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” programming events. Candace Cameron Bure will star in “If I only had Christmas”. She plays a cheerful publicist who teams up with a cynical business owner to help a charity in need.

Lacey Chabert will appear in two films. In “It’s time for us to come home for Christmas” (from executive producer Blake Shelton), she is one of five guests to receive a mysterious invitation to celebrate Christmas at an inn. Once there, she discovers that an event from the past can connect all the guests and change their lives forever. In “Christmas Waltz”, Chabert plays a woman whose dance teacher helps him rebuild her dreams after calling off her Christmas wedding.

Danica McKellar, Holly Robinson Peete, Alison Sweet, and Jonathan Bennett are among the other cast returning to the network this year. New Hallmark Channel leaders this year include Nazneen Contractor, Aaron Tveit, Janel Parrish and Victoria Clark.

Hallmark promises more diverse stories

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Hallmark has been criticized for the lack of diversity in its holiday films in the past, with most films largely starring white films and focusing on straight romance stories. But that is starting to change. In 2019, the channel aired two films with Jewish characters and Hanukkah-focused storylines.

This year, Hallmark is striving to be “more welcoming than ever,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for the network, said in a statement. She pointed out Christmas house, which presents a scenario about a gay couple who want to adopt a child. Also on the program this year Love, lights, Hanukkah!, about a woman who finds out she is Jewish.

“We are proud of all the new films for 2020 and examples [of diversity] are highlighted through our holiday cast, from Evergreen Christmas: the bells are ringing at Love, lights, Hanukkah! and in the new movie Christmas house, featuring an ensemble cast and a premier LGBTQ + storyline, ”the network wrote in response to a fan question on Instagram.

“This year’s films reflect our most diverse portrayal of talent, stories and families,” Vicary said. of viewers are in dire need of holiday lightness and cheer at the end of a tough year.

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