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Hallmark Hall of Fame Finds New Home on ABC

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 2:00PM
Hallmark Hall of FameHallmark Hall of Fame has found a new home: ABC.

According to Variety, the film franchise's flicks will air Sunday nights on ABC, then will begin re-airing on the Hallmark Channel a week later.

CBS ended its 16-year partnership with Hallmark in May after the network wouldn't agree to a three-films-per-year deal. The most recent installments on CBS boasted names such as Betty White, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Treat Williams and Emily VanCamp.

The first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for ABC will be an adaptation of Mitch Albom's 'Have a Little Faith.' The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford and Martin Landau and will air in late November.

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CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame End Partnership

by Chris Harnick, posted May 6th 2011 1:00PM
The Lost ValentineCBS has ended its partnership with Hallmark Hall of Fame. After 16 years, the network opted out of renewing the contract.

According to Variety, CBS and Hallmark Hall of Fame had a deal for three TV movies a year. CBS wanted a deal to air films on an ad-hoc basis, but Hallmark passed and is currently looking for a new network home.

"This is a partnership that has served CBS very well for many years," a network spokesman told Variety. "Hallmark Hall of Fame is a first-class organization, and we wish them nothing but success in their future."

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After 65 Years, a Fallen Soldier Finally Comes Home on 'The Lost Valentine' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:54AM
Betty White, 'The Lost Valentine'Every Valentine's Day for 65 years, Caroline Thomas could be found at the train station where she bid her husband good-bye. He was off to war, while she was pregnant with a child he would never meet.

'The Lost Valentine' (Sun., 9PM on CBS) is a Hallmark Hall of Fame film where Caroline's story touches the heart of another woman, Susan Allison.

The film featured Betty White as Caroline and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Susan, the reporter who wanted to write about this woman's annual visits to the train station. However, once she was involved she began to to work vigorously on Caroline's behalf with the US Government to try and find out what happened to her husband, who was declared MIA during World War II.

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Sam Elliott Prepares Emily Alyn Lind for an Early Holiday in 'November Christmas' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2010 6:17PM
Emily Alyn Lind & Sam Elliott, 'November Christmas'In the best tradition of our favorite holiday films, the newest effort from Hallmark Hall of Fame, 'November Christmas' (Sunday, 9PM ET on CBS) knows how to pull our heartstrings and remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. It's about family, community, togetherness and most of all love.

In the movie, a little girl is deathly ill, and her family begins to fear she may not make it to the Christmas season. Her story touches first the life of a nearby farmer, Jess Sanford (played by Sam Elliott), and ultimately their entire community. So much so that after a particularly worrisome trip to the hospital a full month before the holidays, everyone comes together to ensure Vanessa (Emily Alyn Lind) can have her Christmas.

Jess goes to visit her in the hospital, where she worries about missing Christmas at home. "I don't like it here," she says. "I don't want to be here for Christmas."

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Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper to Star in Hallmark's 'The Lois Wilson Story'

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 11th 2009 4:00PM
Winona RyderWant to avoid going straight to cable? Go straight to network. Winona Ryder's movie career has been up and down (high: 'Star Trek'; low: 'The Informers'), so the actress has signed with CBS's Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise.

Variety reports she'll star in an Emmy-friendly tale of riches to rags to redemption called "When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story." Ryder will play the wife of "Bill W." -- the legendary co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (played by Barry Pepper). Mrs. Wilson was also a formidable figure in the annals of recovery, having founded Al-Anon in the 1950s.

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Coco Chanel - An early look

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 12th 2008 12:03PM
Coco ChanelOnce upon a time, Hollywood made movies like Lifetime's Coco Chanel all the time. They were called women's pictures and gave the biggest stars of the times amazing roles, Bette Davis in Now, Voyager, Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver, Rosiland Russell in Sister Kenny. Watching this excellent TV movie starring Shirley MacLaine as the older Coco and newcomer Barbora Bobulova as young Coco, I was enthralled and entertained.

You won't find a better TV movie on HBO or CBS or Hallmark Channel or anywhere else on the dial -- Lifetime set the bar high with this expansive biopic and then delivered the goods. Forget your idea of what a Lifetime movie is -- Coco Chanel is no victim of the week. If the intent was re-branding Lifetime movies with this effort, the cable net has hit it out of the park.

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CBS has no love for big-star TV movies

by Allison Waldman, posted May 22nd 2008 4:23PM
WeedsYou think winning two Oscars would earn you some respect, right? What about a Tony and Emmy winner? No, apparently not -- in either case. Two high-profile TV movies which feature Jessica Lange and Mary-Louise Parker are being broadcast -- unceremoniously -- over the next three Saturday nights on CBS. Yes, they are essentially being dumped. The Nielsen numbers for programs on Saturday nights is next to nothing. By running Sybil and Vinegar Hill, these stars' respective films on that night of the week, CBS is showing no faith in them, let alone TV movies in general. I guess Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are the exception to the rule.

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TV Obits: Sills, Randolph, Hutt

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 5th 2007 3:02PM

Boots RandolphA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Boots Randolph: He was a renowned sax player best known for his early 60s hit "Yakety Sax," which was later used as the theme song on Benny Hill. Randolph recorded dozens of albums and played in many bands, and was part of the Million Dollar Band on Hee-Haw for many years. He died after suffering a brain aneurysm and falling into a coma two weeks ago. He was 80.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending April 22

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2007 6:19PM

SharkHere are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

1. American Idol - Weds (FOX)
2. American Idol - Tues (FOX)
3. House (FOX)
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
5. Dancing with the Stars - Mon (ABC)
6. Dancing with the Stars - Results (ABC)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. CSI: Miami (CBS)
9. Survivor (CBS)
10. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
11. Shark (CBS)
12. CSI (CBS)
13. King of Queens (CBS)
14. Lost (ABC)
15. Extreme Makeover (ABC)
16. 24 (FOX)
17. CSI: NY (CBS)
18. NCIS (CBS)
19. Deal Or No Deal - Mon (NBC)
20. Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie (CBS)

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