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Hallmark Channel Movies: The Official Thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Graymalkin, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Dec 10, 2017 #1 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    There seem to be a few inveterate fans of the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries out there. Let this thread be a place to discuss them, either in sincere appreciation or just plain snark.

    The Washington Post published an article today (Dec. 10, 2017) about the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies and how they've become quite popular viewing during this time of political upheaval. The link is We can’t take any more of 2017, so we’ve turned to the Hallmark Channel in desperation (probably behind a paywall, alas).

    I've been watching the Hallmark Channel's movies for several years now, because there's almost always original programming available on Saturday nights. And right now, I'm watching it most of the time (along with HGTV) because I need to escape from "all that stuff out there." You know what I'm talking about.
     
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    Peter000

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    I usually only watch during Christmastime, for the holiday movies. But I love it. I've been tempted to subscribe to the app, but it's too much when I already have access to the channels.
     
  3. Dec 10, 2017 #3 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    Upcoming original air dates:

    Tonight (12/10): "Sharing Christmas" on Hallmark Channel, "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    Saturday, 12/16: "Christmas Next Door" on Hallmark Channel, "Rocky Mountain Christmas" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    Sunday, 12/17: "The Christmas Connection" on Hallmark Channel, "Romance at Reindeer Lodge" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    Note: If you don't have both channels, do not despair. Hallmark Channel usually airs an HM&M movie the following week. If you watch every movie marked "(2017)," you should catch them all.
     
  4. Dec 10, 2017 #4 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    While Christmas is the main focus of Hallmark movies, it also does a few for Valentine's Day, springtime in general, the Fourth of July, and autumn (Halloween and Thanksgiving).
     
  5. Dec 10, 2017 #5 of 111
    Peter000

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    It seems like they have more new holiday movies this year than in the past. Or maybe I'm just noticing now. :)
     
  6. Dec 10, 2017 #6 of 111
    DVR_Dave

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    It wasn't in my guide so I looked at the website; it says: Premieres Friday, December 22nd at 9/8c
     
  7. Dec 10, 2017 #7 of 111
    osu1991

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    31 is the number, I think, for new Christmas movies this year. Pretty much there is a new movie every Saturday on one of the two channels. There are a few weeks in between Holidays or Themes that there will be a repeat. I’m a fan of the Fall and Christmas movies. The Gourmet Detective and Garage Sale Mystery series on HMM too.

    I’ve watched Hallmark for several years now as it’s just good family friendly entertainment. I don’t need any more political this or that or CSI and Law and Order spinoffs. Adding Home Improvement and Last Man Standing to the daytime rotation hooked me for more time on the channel.
     
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    Graymalkin

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    Perhaps that’s when it premieres on the Hallmark Channel? Because I’ve got my TiVo set to record it on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 p.m. 12/16.

    Also, both of my Hallmark channels are marked as Eastern feeds. Could they differ from schedules on the Western feeds?
     
  9. Dec 10, 2017 #9 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    I do watch the Hallmark series, as well. They don’t film as many Gourmet Detective episodes as I’d like.
     
  10. Dec 10, 2017 #10 of 111
    sushikitten

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    I would never purposefully sit and watch one as

    1) I have such a huge backlog of other things to watch (conservatively 100 movies and 100 TV episodes, not including series' I would like to binge).

    2) I don't really do schlocky feel-good movies were you know it's all going to end well. (I like a happy ending as much as the next guy (TWSS?) but there's something about these sappy movies I just don't care for.)

    But my parents are here and my dad (of all people) put one on last night. And I was setting up my new phone so I was stuck. And it wasn't as horrible as I'd imagined but I won't need to watch another one...Ever. LOL
     
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    Mikeguy

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    And so, when does Candace Cameron Bure play the Hallmark movie nice Jewish girl who leaves home and her small town for Chicago as a young adult, having been spurned by her boyfriend and vowing never to return to a small town, only to return home on the first day of Chanukah years later (her father having died the year before, leaving her mother alone), bumping into a nice, cute Jewish boy (played by Milo Ventimiglia?) while shopping for food for the first nite festivities, and then bumping into him each Chanukah day thereafter until they are firmly in love, and engaged, by the eighth day of Chanukah, at which point she reveals all to her mother who then winks into the camera as the scene, fades - to - black . . . ? ;)
     
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  12. Dec 10, 2017 #12 of 111
    osu1991

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    Guide may be screwed up now or Hallmark changed the schedule. I set a timer for it a few days ago and I still have it in my to do list, but if you actually look at the guide it now shows A Joyous Christmas (2017) in that time slot on the 16th. My guide was updated today at noon central.
     
  13. Dec 10, 2017 #13 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    My TiVo was last updated at 7 a.m. today, so I may be behind on the schedule.
     
  14. Dec 10, 2017 #14 of 111
    rharmelink

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    I watch either the Hallmark channel or the Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel quite a bit. But most often as something in the background.
     
  15. Dec 10, 2017 #15 of 111
    alpacaboy

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    They are a game to me like bingo. Now, after the first 5 or 10 minutes, I can pretty much call most of them - the 1:45 conflict and the resolve. I think I've almost cracked the formula. It's great though when they surprise me.

    Hmm... an artist reluctant to show their work... and the other is in charge of a marketing campaign... I wonder if the artist's work will be used to save the day?
    She starts the movie with a boyfriend or maybe a fiance... hmm... what's his shelf life going to be? He seems a little controlling... oh! he's a real estate developer - kiss of death! Take a drink if the starting boyfriend tries to sell the lead woman's business without her consent.

    70 movies surveyed(so far), mostly produced by Hallmark, and a lot from Lifetime...
    - Most Hallmark movies pass the Bectel Test, and many pass the reverse. But I'm pretty generous - sometimes, it comes down to one 2-line conversation. But since they're mostly RomComs or RomDrams, most of the scene pairings tend to be male-female, and the same-sex scenes tend to be about the potential romantic partner.
    - 18 involve magic, 7 involve fate/destiny/coincidence
    - 8 star Lacey Chabert, 5 Alicia Witt, 3 Danica McKellar, and 3 feature Cynthia Gibb
    - 16 have, or imply Santa, 4 have Mrs. Clause
    - 7 have a lead character named Holly, and 1 has a secondary named Holly
    - 8 involve a conflict with real estate sales or development. Consistently, real estate developers tend to be evil.
    - 16 one or both leads are writers/journalists/bloggers. I guess "write what you know," right?
    - 11 plots involve celebrities or royalty
    - 10 involve marketing or advertising
    - 5 involve a chef or cook
    - 4 involve designing or manufacturing clothing
    - 4 involve lawyers

    and I haven't been tracking concealed identity, but i gotta say: lots of those!
     
  16. Dec 10, 2017 #16 of 111
    Graymalkin

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    You left out Candace Cameron Bure (her fans call her “CCB”), who’s done at least 12 movies. (I’m not sure, though, if that number includes the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.)
     
  17. Dec 10, 2017 #17 of 111
    alpacaboy

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    I haven't seen the CCB movies. But yeah, I see she's advertised in a lot.

    Like I know Cynthia Gibb has been in more like 8, but I haven't been able to access all of them.
     
  18. Dec 10, 2017 #18 of 111
    osu1991

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    Taylor Cole, Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin and Brooke D'orsay are in quite a few too.
     
  19. Dec 10, 2017 #19 of 111
    osu1991

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    Looks like they changed the date. The scroll tonight across Maggies Christmas Miracle on HMM showed Rocky Mountain Christmas premiere as Dec 22nd.
     
  20. Dec 10, 2017 #20 of 111
    terpfan1980

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    Tonight featured Meadow Soprano herself (in a repeat from prior years). That was in the "repeat" slot, not the original/premiere slot.
     

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