Hallmark Channel Movies: The Official Thread

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  1. Dec 14, 2017 #41 of 565
    rharmelink

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    On another board, someone recently asked, "Is the Hallmark Channel the whitest channel ever? It's even whiter than Friends."
     
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    Hcour

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    It is "mastery".

    Consumer Cellular TV Commercial, 'Age of Mastery'
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2017 #43 of 565
    Cainebj

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    Has anyone figured out a way to get TiVo to record all the new movies each year - using a key word or something?

    I usually go to their website around Thanksgiving and download the list of new movie titles and then make sure to record them week by week. I completely forgot they do a new one each night Thanksgiving weekend and then had to play catch-up...

    I didn't figure out until around then that the Hallmark Mysteries channel was airing new Christmas movies also...

    A co-worker and I have joked for the last few years about the formulas and tropes that are used in all of these movies. (like someone is forced to play Santa, or romantic leads who will end up together have a snowball fight etc.) I'm pretty sure there is a list out there somewhere...

    I noticed this year that a new Hallmark Christmas movie trend is the black best friend or co-worker to the white female lead!
     
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    Hot4Bo

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    Edmund

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    Isn't this the home of any new Tom Selleck Jesse Stones movies?
     
  6. Dec 17, 2017 #46 of 565
    tlrowley

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    I have a Wishlist that works reasonably well, most of the problems I'm more than willing to attribute to bad guide data

    Keywords - 2017, (Holiday, Christmas)
    Category - Movies

    (holiday/Christmas are optional) This catches both Hallmark channels, Lifetime, and various smaller outlets. Hallmark guide data is usually very good, but Lifetime has been sketchy for me this year. The "season" goes on so long these past few years that the 28-day rule is violated (especially with the Christmas in July entries, and we had a new Holiday/Rose parade movie on New Year's day this year that keeps showing up!), but I'm not certain how to avoid that.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2017 #47 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    Hallmark Channel is going to run its 2017 Christmas movies without commercial interruptions from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve all through Christmas Day. (Each movie is trimmed to 90 minutes.)

    Then again, the entire network is basically a commercial, so... :)

    Related news: There was some foofooraw on Twitter about Netflix twitting people who watched its "A Christmas Prince" movie every day for 18* days in a row. The Washington Post even wrote an article about it. Apparently it aired on Lifetime Channel last night, so I recorded it for watching later today.

    (*Edited to correct erroroneous number of days.)

    The Post points out that "American commoner meets European royalty" is a whole sub-genre.

    Hallmark did its own versions in recent years, one with Danica McKellar ("A Crown for Christmas" in 2015) and another with Lacey Chabert ("A Royal Christmas" in 2014). Both of these will air next weekend, the former on Dec. 22 at 6 a.m. (!), and the latter on Dec. 23 at 10 p.m.
     
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    Peter000

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    Does the one with Danica McKellar also have Roger Moore in it?
     
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    Graymalkin

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    No, Roger Moore was in "A Princess for Christmas," first aired in December 2011. That starred Katie McGrath, who currently plays Lena Luthor on "Supergirl."

    Moore plays a duke, but his son is a prince. Which is generally not how nobility works.
     
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    Peter000

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    It was actually 53 people who watched the movie 18 days in a row. I watched it once this morning and one-day-in-a-row was enough for me. :|
     
  11. Dec 17, 2017 #51 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    Finally watched it. Once was more than enough. But nice to see Marina Sirtis again.
     
  12. Dec 18, 2017 #52 of 565
    nirisahn

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    He said he's a prince from his mother's side.
     
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    Graymalkin

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    Wow, you know this movie better than I do!
     
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    tlrowley

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    Close - Lifetime aired My Christmas Prince (which did indeed have Marina Sirits). The Netflix movie is A Christmas Prince.

    And I hate the fact that I know the difference :(
     
  15. Dec 18, 2017 #55 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    Great, now I'll have to watch the Netflix one. (I was wondering how a reporter was transformed into an education bureaucrat...)
     
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    have been a big Lacey Chabert fan for years and she is the Hallmark Queen. I do like Good Witch, the show on Hallmark, as well as Chesapeake Shores, but have quit watching the movies, they seem to be too cliche any more
    "Pretty girl, ( with her quirky best friend) and good lucking guy at first are adversaries, then they fall in love".
     
  17. Dec 18, 2017 #57 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    Looks like Lacey is, in fact, the Hallmark Queen. I counted 11 movies with Lacey. Next is Candace Cameron Bure, with 9 movies. But Candace also has done the Aurora Teagarden mystery series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
     
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    Candace has a new Aurora Teagarden movie on HMM in January.
     
  19. Dec 18, 2017 #59 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    An example of how plots get recycled:

    The movie The Holiday came out in 2006, starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. The story of two women who swap houses (one in L.A., the other in the bucolic British countryside) and find romance (with one woman's brother and a quirky composer). Not highly regarded at the time, it's become a "modern Christmas classic" (well, according to Wikipedia, anyway).

    So Hallmark has done not one, but two movies with the same plot, with slight alterations:

    Trading Christmas, originally aired in 2011, where a woman in Washington State and a man in Boston swap homes and find romance (with the man's brother and the woman's sassy best friend, respectively). Starring Faith Ford, Tom Cavenaugh, and Gil Bellows. Ostensibly based on a Debbie Macomber novel, but I'd guess that Debbie got that idea from somewhere else...

    Finding Christmas, originally aired in 2013, where two men swap homes in New York City and rural North Carolina and, of course, find romance (with the Carolina man's sister and the New Yorker's sassy assistant). Starring Tricia Helfer and three attractive actors you've never heard of.
     
  20. Dec 18, 2017 #60 of 565
    mattack

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    Are you sure they're actually trimmed? a "two hour" TV movie being about 90 minutes seems about normal.. (Heck, some show, I think it was Young Sheldon, was under 19 minutes on CBS All Access at a friend's house, and that was the night it aired, so I presume it wasn't actually edited down at all.)
     

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