Hallmark brings us Christmas in July as they’ve announced they will be producing 40 new Christmas movies for the 2020 season.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hallmark announced today that the Hallmark Channel will debut 23 new movies over the holidays, with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries premiering an additional 17, bringing the total to 40 films. This is the same number of Christmas movies as 2019’s record setting holiday season.
Several of the films were able to wrap before the pandemic hit so those seem to be guaranteed to air during the holiday season. Since a large number of those movies are still in pre-production, there is a chance that some of them might not be able to finish production or even start filming at all. So of the 40 movies that are planned, there is a good chance that the number could drop dramatically.
In the article they announced a first look at one of the original movies, Christmas in Vienna. The film stars Sarah Drew of Grey’s Anatomy fame, and Brennan Elliott of Strong Medicine, and was shot on location in Vienna. Drew’s character is a disaffected concert violinist who travels to Vienna for a performance, where she discovers musical and romantic inspiration.
More familiar faces in the other 39 movies include Candace Cameron Bure in If I Only Had Christmas, Tamera Mowry-Housley in A Christmas Carnival, Lacey Chabert in Christmas Waltz, Holly Robinson Peete in Christmas in Evergreen 4, Rachael Leigh Cook in Cross Country Christmas, and Alicia Witt in Christmas Tree Lane. Broadway stars in the Hallmark lineup include Laura Osnes, Krystal Joy Brown, and Aaron Tveit will star in A Royal Holiday, Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan, and Marisol Nichols in Holly & Ivy, and the cast from When Calls the Heart will return for another Christmas in Hope Valley.
Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas returns with 23 all-new movies starting Friday, October 23.