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Hallmark Channel Cancels Marie Osmond’s Talk Show

The Hallmark Channel has pulled the plug on Marie Osmond’s talk show.

In a statement Tuesday, the TV channel said it won’t renew “Marie” for a second season.

The show’s producer and distributor, Associated Television International, said that “Marie” was going into syndication as originally intended. A fall 2014 launch is planned, the company said.

Hallmark said it wants to go in a different direction in daytime: It’s decided that so-called lifestyle shows offering how-to tips are a better option on TV and online.

The channel said it expected Osmond to find “great success” in bringing her talk show to syndication.

She’ll find a competitive field, which currently includes veteran Ellen DeGeneres and newcomers Katie Couric and Steve Harvey. Kris Jenner is also launching her own talk show later this month, and Bethenny Frankel’s will premiere in the fall.

New and repeat episodes of “Marie” will air on Hallmark through September.

“Marie” has drawn interest from groups and key stations and will be made available to several outlets nationwide, said Jim Romanovich, Associated Television International’s president, worldwide entertainment. He did not specify the outlets.

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Hallmark Channel Eyes Marie Osmond for Daytime Show

Hallmark Channel is in negotiations with Marie Osmond to launch a show on its daytime lineup, a network spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

The channel said Osmond would host a lifestyle show, though it had no further details about the proposed format. She currently appears in a Las Vegas variety show with her brother Donny Osmond.

The news follows reports earlier this month that Hallmark would not renew daytime talker The Martha Stewart Show, with new episodes set to end in May and repeats running through the summer. That would leave a spot for Osmond’s show to join the lineup in the fall, though the network spokesperson said the fall schedule has not yet been determined.

Hallmark also said it is still in discussions with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia about the company’s other programs on the channel, Emeril’s Table and Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn.

The Martha Stewart Show debuted on Hallmark in September 2010 after years in broadcast syndication. The show’s production expense and middling ratings were said to be a factor in the network’s decision to seek other daytime programming options.


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Best Bet: Luke Perry Returns In ‘Goodnight For Justice: The Measure OF A Man’ On 1/28

When the Hallmark Movie Channel Original “Goodnight For Justice” starring Luke Perry premiered last January, it became the highest rated night in the network’s history.  Hallmark immediately put into action the sequel featuring the character of John Goodnight created by Perry himself.  “Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of the Man” has Perry returning to the popular role of Goodnight, a respectable Circuit Court Judge often tested by the lawlessness of the Old West.  The thing is, Goodnight once was a fun-loving lawyer himself, so he knows all of the tricks of that trade.  The one thing he can’t stand more than anything else is arrogant attorneys.  In this new film, our hero finds himself having to face down a malicious prosecutor named Lucius Breed (Eric Keenleyside).  The only good news is that he’s suddenly linked up again with a former flame from his Chicago days named Callie (Stefanie von Pfetten) whom he learns is now widowed.  But romance has to be put on hold after he witnesses a deadly bank robbery headed by the masked outlaw Deke Spralding (Teach Grant) and his band of fellow bandits.  Goodnight catches only one of the criminals, a young kid named Will (Cameron Bright) who turns out to be Callie’s son.  And now the townspeople are demanding that Will be hanged for the crime.  Can Goodnight restore common sense and see that justice is done?  We’re going out on a limb and saying, “Yes!”. 


Meet the Royals – Best Bet for "William / Catherine: A Royal Romance"

Meet the Royals:  In “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance,” esteemed actress Jane Alexander portrays Queen Elizabeth with warmth and a competitive drive that shows up even in Wii tennis.  Alexander is pictured with Stanley Eldridge as Prince Harry, Mark Penfold as Prince Philip, Victor Garber as Prince Charles, and Dan Amboyer as Prince William. 
When Prince William sealed his engagement to Kate Middleton with his mother’s famous sapphire and diamond ring, inspiration struck seven-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Linda Yellen.  Her unique take on the royal love story is a tribute of sorts to the late Princess Diana and to the impact she continues to have on her son’s life – and it includes Diana as a character. 
Diana is played by English actress Lesley Harcourt in the Exclusive World Premiere telefilm.  Newcomer Alice St. Clair is Kate Middleton.  Jean Smart portrays Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in a more sympathetic way than Prince Charles’ wife is usually seen, the actress hopes.
Yellen says she wanted to show the people behind the royal facade. “You’ll see things that the royals do and say, and some might think, ‘This is made up, this is not so,’” she says, “but everything had to be verified.”

William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, August 27

Hallmark Channel announces that “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance,” a two-hour Hallmark Channel Original Movie from Emmy® Award-winning producer Linda Yellen (“Playing for Time”) and Emmy® Award nominee Brad Krevoy (“Taking Chance”) will have its World Premiere exclusively on the network, Saturday, August 27 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C).

In starring roles are four-time Oscar® nominee, 8-time Emmy® Award nominee (two wins, including “Playing for Time” with Executive Producer Linda Yellen) and three-time Golden Globe nominee Jane Alexander as HM QUEEN ELIZABETH, 6-time Emmy nominee and Broadway star Victor Garber (“Alias,” “Will & Grace”) as HRH PRINCE CHARLES, three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (“Samantha Who?,” “Frasier,”) as the DUCHESS OF CORNWALL CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES, 23-year old English rose Alice St. Clair as CATHERINE MIDDLETON and newcomer Dan Amboyer (“Body of Proof”) as HRH PRINCE WILLIAM. Stanley Edridge plays HRH PRINCE HARRY, Lesley Harcourt plays HRH PRINCESS DIANA and Mark Penfold plays HRH PRINCE PHILIP.

“William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” has Emmy® Award winner Linda Yellen (“Playing for Time) and Emmy® nominated Brad Krevoy as Executive Producers. Ms. Yellen’s previous credits include “The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana,” one of the most popular TV movies of all time. Brad Krevoy is the producer of more than 100 feature films, including the Emmy® nominated TV movie, “Taking Chance.”

The Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales to his sweetheart of eight years Catherine Middleton on April 29 showcased the best of Great Britain, becoming the most watched live event in history. For all its pomp, circumstance, pageantry, and great historical relevance, the union of William and Catherine is a fairytale tower of love that will captivate the world long into the future.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87.5 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of “The Martha Stewart Show”, which anchors the channel’s new daytime HOME block. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.

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William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Aug 13

Hallmark Channel and Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Yellen (“Playing for Time”) announce the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “William & Kate: A Royal Love Story,” will soon head into production for a World Premiere, Saturday, August 13 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C) exclusively on Hallmark Channel.  Ms. Yellen whose previous credits include being the Executive Producer of “The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana,” one of the most popular TV movies of all time, has written and will produce the biopic.

Barbara Fisher, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Hallmark Channels, said, “I feel fortunate to have such a wonderful relationship with Linda Yellen, one of the best filmmakers and storytellers in television, and to have the opportunity to collaborate with her in bringing the romantic love story of William and Kate to Hallmark Channel.

“The love story of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which will culminate April 29, 2011 in the biggest royal wedding since Charles and Diana, chronicles the pair as young students at St. Andrews, William’s Army training at Sandhurst Military Academy, their break-up, reunification, engagement and planning of royal nuptials, and advice from William’s grandmother, the Queen.

“While biographical, the film is a love story with an inside look at the nuances of a modern monarchy, and Hallmark Channel is thrilled to bring ‘William and Kate: A Royal Love Story’ to television. 
Nearly 30 years ago, 750 million people worldwide watched as beautiful Lady Diana Spencer married Charles Windsor, the future King of England, making the wedding the most watched program ever broadcast.  The world obsessed over Princess Di – in her short life and even after her death – but the object of the world’s affection was most often her children, Prince William and Prince Harry.  So it will be that amid pomp, circumstance, pageantry and opulence, Prince William will marry the princess of his dreams Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony that will surely invite flashbacks to July 29, 1981.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of almost 88million subscribers.  The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country.  Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in providing quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, general entertainment and home and lifestyle content.  Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.
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Interview Feature…Richard Thomas: Time Bandit

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Regrets? Everyone has a few, unless perhaps you’re Frank Sinatra. For the rest of us, time marches on whether we make the right decisions or not – and it’s hard to not look back on the past and wish we’d been able to guide our younger selves. But in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Time After Time,” which premieres Saturday, March 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C), Richard Thomas gets to play a man with a rare opportunity – the ability to tweak his past b getting to know his brasher, if more fearful, 30-year-old self.

Sound a little “Back to the Future”? Maybe. But Thomas, a onetime child actor who grew up to become John-Boy on “The Waltons,” says it’s not about the sci-fi, but about people and relationships.

“It’s about how moments are precious and you shouldn’t squander them,” says Thomas, who turns 60 in June. “The present is all we have. It’s an admonition about how you make your choices in the present.”

If the present is all we have, then it’s a good thing Thomas’s character Dick Kern shows up when he does in “Time After Time.” The 30-year old Richard is an ambitious journalist based in Tulsa who flees his job and the state when a story goes wrong. He ends up back on Long Island, New York, working for the small town paper where he got his start.

But then things get a little haywire when Richard meets another newcomer to the paper – Dick, who seems to know a whole lot about Richard’s life, and how he became the person who ran away, rather than confront, his troubles. Dick reveals he’s actually Richard, 30 years older, and he’s here to help him become the man he should be. With Dick offering advice, Richard learns to face a number of challenges – including re-acquainting himself with his former high-school sweetheart Jackie, who is now engaged.

When Richard is assigned what on the surface seems to be just a fluff piece about a new mega-store coming to town, Save-A-Lot, Dick is there to prod him to dig deeper. The story turns out to be one that could change the course of Richard’s career … and the fate of his quaint, small town.

So wait – amidst the romance and metaphysics and rewriting of history, is “Time After Time” also hiding a warning message about big box stores?

“Of course!” laughs Thomas. “One thing that’s terrific about this movie is that it will reach people in communities like this one who should take a closer look. This film has a social message about valuing the smaller in our society. We’ve always been in conflict in America where we value the little guy … but want to be Vanderbilt. It’s a risky question in this economy, but it’s kind of an evergreen question, too.”

In a sense, Thomas’ career with Hallmark has an evergreen quality: The son of ballet dancers, he took to the stage as a child and, in spite of having partial hearing loss (he uses hearing aids now), earned accolades for his work on stage and screen. But some of his earliest notice came from his live-on-TV appearances in several Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, beginning with 1958’s “The Christmas Tree.”

“It was nerve-wracking,” he says of performing live to the camera. “But I was a stage performer, so it was normal to do shows live. You only get one shot at it – you get a dress rehearsal and then do it live. So everyone’s game is up.”

He landed his most notable role in “The Waltons” in 1971, and then left in 1977, returning to the “John-Boy” part several times over the years for various movie specials. For years it was the way in which most people recognized him, though over the decades that’s tapered off – in part to his New York residency, which affords him a certain amount of anonymity. But, he admits it sure took a while before he could shake off being “John-Boy” to everyone.

“When you first leave a show you know you’ll have to do some heavy lifting to balance the scales,” he says. “You can’t expect everyone to be on your schedule, just because you left the show and want to play other parts. But it’s astonishing – people still come up to me in England and France and recognize me. I’m proud of that show and have nothing but fond memories. I’m glad that’s the TV series I’m known for.”

Over the decades, Thomas built a career of playing to the “John-Boy” expectations – and against them, with a career that includes everything from appearances on “Law & Order” (2009) to feature films like “Wonder Boys” (2000) and adaptations of Stephen King works like “It” (1990). But he says “Time After Time” was a unique experience.

“I’ve made over 50 TV films over the years – but we shot this film in 15 days. That’s a new land speed record in my life,” he says.

Finding the film was a real pleasure, he says: His last Hallmark film, 2006’s “Wild Hearts” had done well, and he was paging through several scripts when “Time” jumped out at him.

“At first I wasn’t sure if they were sending it to me to play the younger guy or the older guy,” he chuckles. “People forget I’m, well, old because I seem younger.”

Clearly, he was destined for the elder part of Dick, and specifically asked if he could let it all hang out to play the part – that is, just be himself. “I thought, ‘I just want to let it go.’ I want to be a little heavy and look my age, and not have anything airbrushed out and see how it is.”

As a father of seven – with ages ranging from 34 to 14 – Thomas is grateful that films like the ones Hallmark makes still exist, which is why he likes returning to the fold.

“Hallmark is one of the few places left where I can do a film that appeals to the kind of family viewership that loved ‘The Waltons.’ A lot of those people have a hard time with what’s on television right now. It’s family entertainment, and family entertainment is not just children’s programming; it’s a show the whole family can watch together, and when it’s done they can have a discussion. That doesn’t mean it can’t have edges – it just has to be aware of its audience. This picture is that kind of picture; everyone can sit down and watch it,” he says.

But would he want to time-travel back and give advice to his younger self? Thomas feels like he already does, every time he talks to his kids.

“I have a wife I adore, and a 14-year old kid I never thought I’d have, and if I’d done things slightly differently, maybe I wouldn’t have that now,” he says. “But people ask themselves this question all the time. One always does things that one isn’t so proud of, treating a person a certain way, or saying something wrong. But it’s a teaching device. If you can admit to yourself there are things you would change – what does that teach you?”

“Time After Time” premieres March 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C).

Jane Seymour and Joe Lando Reunite in "Perfectly Prudence," 1/8/11 on Hallmark Channel

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Jane Seymour returns to Hallmark Channel to star in “Perfectly Prudence,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, January 8 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C).  The film is the sequel to Ms. Seymour’s highly-rated 2008 Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “Dear Prudence.”  Joining Ms. Seymour in the film is her former “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” co-star Joe Lando and her real-life love, husband James Keach and daughter Katie Flynn.  The movie co-stars Matt Jones as Pru’s trusted sidekick Nigel.
In “Perfectly Prudence,” Pru is being asked to make changes to her successful television show and she is resistant.  But much to her surprise, one of the new producers who is eager to revamp her image (“Jack,” Joe Lando) is an old flame.  Unfortunately, the other is a seedy womanizer (Adam Kaufman) who enchants Prudence’s daughter (“Katie,” Katie Flynn).  Once again, Prudence will have the assistance of her faithful sidekick (“Nigel,” Matt Jones) as she attempts to rekindle a love she thought she lost, protect her daughter from the wrong guy, and find a way to keep her show on the right path.  Hopefully, the head of the network (James Keach) will have her back when the battle draws down!
 “Perfectly Prudence” is produced by Executive Producers Les Alexander, Jonathan Mitchell and Rob Gilmer for Summer Pictures LLC.  Producers are Douglas Bruce and Tami Gunby.  Paul Schneider directed from a screenplay by Rob Gilmer.
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87.5 million subscribers.  The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country.  Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of “The Martha Stewart Show”, which anchors the channel’s new daytime HOME block.  Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.

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Jason Priestley Directs Luke Perry In "Goodnight For Justice" 1/29 On Hallmark Movie Channel

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“90210” alum Luke Perry (“A Fine Step,” “A Gunfighter’s Pledge”) and Jason Priestley (“Call Me Fitz,” “Expecting A Miracle”) reunite in the making of the Hallmark Movie Channel Original Film, “Goodnight For Justice,” which is slated to premiere on the network, Saturday, January 29 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Luke Perry is Executive Producer and lead star of the film whose character Judge John Goodnight, a Circuit Judge, renders justice with a perfect persuasion of eloquence and deadly aim. Jason Priestley reunites with his friend of many years to direct the film, whose main character, Judge Goodnight was created by Perry.

In a stagecoach, a young boy creates an eidetic memory of his childhood, each sight and sound of all the days of his life recalled with stunning accuracy: Waiting outside a General Store; a candy barrel filled with peppermints; his mother and father, defeated, but still proud, hold hands as they talk about giving up the hardscrabble land they tried to call home and the excitement of new beginnings back East; an eloquent Circuit Judge, Aldous Shaw, and his elegantly-dressed wife offer solace to the Goodnight family; the judge’s six-gun and rich leather holster gleam in the sun; the slow hum of good conversation mixed with hoofbeats; out of nowhere, noise, confusion, a brilliant flash; six masked outlaws surround the coach; gunfire explodes without cessation; horses flail; Judge Shaw is felled by a pearl-handled knife; carriage overturns with deadly force; bullets fly; all are lost, except the boy and the Judge’s wife who will become his surrogate mother.

The boy who hid in weeds to save his own life is now a man who walks with grandeur and purpose. He is, a Circuit Judge, hell-bent on justice.

“Goodnight for Justice” is an Entertainment One Production in association with Randolph Films. John Morayniss, Ira Pincus and Luke Perry are Executive Producers. Producer is Randy Cheveldave and Supervising Producer is Tashi Bieler. Jason Priestley directs from a script by Neal and Tippi Dobrofsky.