I'm going to admit this up front: I am totally doing this article for my mother. And now that we are officially in Spring (not that the weather seems to know that), what better time is there to talk about Christmas movies? According to EW, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will debut 34 new original holiday movies this year. That's a new record for the pair of networks, beating out last year's 33 holiday films — which was up from 28 in 2016. And I'm pretty sure my Mom has watched all of them.
Twenty-two of these will be on the Hallmark channel, with their sister station getting a dozen. And they'll start airing on October 27th as part of their Countdown to Christmas programming block. Yes, Virginia, Christmas programming now starts BEFORE Halloween. HHM starts their Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas campaign on November 4th.
As for stars, well Danica McKellar, who last year anchored Coming Home for Christmas, is set to star in one of the Hallmark Channel's films, while Kellie Martin will be appearing in HMM's film Vet, which is described as "an emotional story of heroism and homecoming." That could either have to do with a soldier returning home or something to do with a veterinarian — we'll keep you updated on that.
And if you think that seems way too early to start watching Christmas programming, HMM's Gold Crown Christmas block airs June 29th to July 8th while Hallmark Channel has Keepsake Christmas from July 6th to July 15th. Both of these blocks feature re-airings of classic Christmas programming, but they won't feature any new premieres as they did last year.
And if you prefer your Christmas movies to be from more of a woman's perspective, Lifetime will be debuting 14 new holiday films in 2018.
My mother is going to need to make a spreadsheet to keep track of 48 new movies to watch.