A Great American Christmas: Here's the Lineup of Films You Can Still See from Family Channel that Rivals Hallmark
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The Great American Family Channel has rolled out an 18-film lineup for holiday movie lovers to watch in the network's all-new Christmas movie season.
The films have been running all day and night since October 22, and the marathon will continue through the end of the year as part of the "Great American Christmas" event. It features actors Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, Gladys Knight, Daniel Lissing, Jen Lilley, Cameron Mathison, and many more.
"The expanded slate of 18 new titles represents a 50% increase in the network's holiday movie offering in year two and further establishes the brand as a destination for original Christmas movies," reads a statement from the network.
Great American Family has branded itself as the go-to channel that "celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season."
Bure announced her first film with the network in September, just five months after announcing her departure from the Hallmark Channel.
The "Fuller House" star has taken an executive role with GAC media and told Yahoo News she left Hallmark because of failed contract negotiations.
"The truth is, I've been under contract with Hallmark for a very, very long time. And those (years) have been absolutely wonderful. It just so happened that my contract was expiring when Great American Family started up," she said. "So we did not start having those discussions until we were well into negotiations with Hallmark Channel for renewing. And as every business person knows, you've got to do what's right for contracts. It didn't work out with Hallmark and so we started talking to Bill (Abbott)."
She also told Variety the biggest draw to the network was that faith played a major role in some of its films.
"They are going to move much more forward in the faith content, and having both — still having lots of movies, rom-coms, and Christmas movies that don't involve faith, but also ones that really do," she shared. "I think that's what's going to be a big difference in the Great American Family channel, as well as patriotic content."
As CBN News reported, the Great American Family Channel has plans to release a free app that will make its family-friendly content available all year.
"We are thrilled to be launching Great American Community with 15 new, always-on series that are topical, relatable, and hosted by our growing family of recognizable talent. This new platform represents an important evolution of the company's digital strategy and gives our passionate fans a fun and engaging new way to interact with our stars in a trusted, family-friendly environment, 365 days a year," Abbott, GAC Media CEO, told Variety.
You can find out where the Great American Family Network plays here. Or Text CHRISTMAS to 877-999-1225.
Here is a list of this holiday's movie lineup that are still on the calendar:
"Christmas at the Drive-In"
Friday, November 25, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe
Official synopsis: "A property lawyer works to prove that her town's Drive-In Theater, a local institution is not closed down at the holidays, finding romance with the very person who is trying to sell the property."
"I'm Glad It's Christmas"
Saturday, November 26, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Paul Greene and Gladys Knight
Official synopsis: "An aspiring Broadway singer is convinced to participate in a small-scale production for her local Christmas celebration. Along the way, she finds hope and unexpected mentorship toward her dream career. But will her professional success come at the cost of her chance at love?"
"Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas…Present"
Sunday, November 27, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Candace Cameron Bure and Marc Blucas
Official synopsis: "Maggie and Eric are busy parents of teenagers who embark on a trip to the home of Maggie's widowed brother to celebrate Christmas. Everyone has different expectations of the perfect holiday. Through a series of transformative events, Maggie learns to embrace the season."
"Christmas on Candy Cane Lane"
Saturday, December 3, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Andrea Barber and Dan Payne
Official synopsis: "Ivy struggles with the long shadow cast by her late mother, Muriel, the darling of Icicle Falls; head of the Candy Cane Lane Lights Extravaganza, owner of The Christmas Haus, and a former TV star known adoringly as the "Christmas Maven." This Christmas, a series of comical and mysterious events bring the town together in a masterstroke of perfection only the "Christmas Maven" herself could appreciate. A Candy Rock Entertainment production."
Sunday, December 4, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Jen Lilley and Jesse Hutch
Official synopsis: "Renowned luxury travel blogger, Tracey Moore, is invited to a Christmastime getaway in exchange for a review of a smalltown B&B. Despite her initial reservations, she finds herself wanting to help the property… and falling for the owner's handsome son, Graham, who helps her to learn that every experience can be five-star when shared with kindred spirits."
"Big Box Christmas"
Friday, December 9, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Jennifer Freeman and Garrett Watson
Official synopsis: "Two exes finally reconnect when a snowstorm leaves them stranded in a superstore (without cell service or Wi-Fi) just before Christmas."
"A Prince for the Holidays"
Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Cindy Busby and Jilon VanOver
Official synopsis: "Madison, an aspiring musician, jokingly tells her overbearing family that she is dating the prince of a small European nation. The joke goes too far as her friend and co-worker Sebastian is roped into impersonating the prince while visiting her family in New Jersey. Little does Madison know that Sebastian happens to be hiding a royal secret."
"A Belgian Chocolate Christmas"
Sunday, December 11, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Jaclyn Hales and Zane Stephens
Official synopsis: "A photographer takes her best friend's place at a Belgian culinary school at the holidays and connects with the chocolatier leading the class. As romance begins to bloom, the only problem is a case of mistaken identity."
"A Brush with Christmas Romance"
Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Jillian Murray and Joseph Cannata
Official synopsis: "Over the week leading up to Christmas, Charlotte tries to capture her own unique style in the local art scene while also helping her mother run the family restaurant. Disheartened and struggling to find time for her art, Charlotte throws out her latest painting, only to discover that it has been anonymously submitted to the Christmas art festival. It turns out that Wyatt, a visiting artist, stumbled upon her discarded work and is now using the festival's exposure to find its mysterious creator who has stolen his heart with her craft."
"The Art of Christmas"
Sunday, December 18, 8 p.m. ET
Cast: Brigitte Kingsley and Joe Towne
Official synopsis: "After her latest gallery exhibition literally goes up in flames, struggling artist Liv James accepts a teaching job at a local elementary school to make ends meet. Through this reluctant career move she discovers her true self, a new sense of purpose and a surprising romance."
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