[12/04/12 - 09:28 AM]
Viewers Continue to Make "Countdown to Christmas" A Cherished Holiday Tradition Bringing Hallmark Channel Top Ratings for 5 Weeks Running
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

[10/16/12 - 06:09 PM]
Delivering "The Heart of Christmas," Hallmark Channel Unveils Its Most Anticipated Schedule of the Year
The network's 12 movie slate kicks off with "Christmas Song" on Saturday, November 3.

[09/24/12 - 08:14 PM]
Hallmark Channel Delivers a Dozen Ways to Have a Merry Christmas
Upcoming titles include "Christmas Song," "Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade" and "The Wishing Tree."

[08/02/12 - 12:11 PM]
Teri Polo, Paul Essiembre and Tess Harper Star in "The Christmas Heart," Executive Produced by Patricia Heaton a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Holiday 2012
The film was written by Cleveland Plain Dealer "Minister of Culture," pop culture journalist and Ms. Heaton's brother, Michael Heaton.

[03/14/12 - 11:11 AM]
The Nation's Leading Producer of Movies Made-for-Television, Hallmark Channel, Announces Q4 2012-Q3 2013 Original Movie Lineup
"Original movies pegged to holidays have distinguished Hallmark Channel from every other network in the cable TV universe," said Michelle Vicary.

[03/14/12 - 11:09 AM]
Crown Media Unveils Bold, New Directions in Programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel at the Annual Upfront Presentation to Advertisers
The cable channel gives an overview of today's various programming announcements.

[03/07/12 - 06:45 PM]
Hallmark Channel Announces the Start of Production in Winnipeg on "The Christmas Heart," Starring Teri Polo, Paul Essiembre and Tess Harper
Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton is among the project's executive producers, while her brother Michael penned the script.

telefilm/mini-series in the can
(from Hallmark's press release, October 2012) "The Christmas Heart" really is quite the family affair, in every way. The Hallmark Channel Original Movie premieres on Sunday, December 2 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). But before we get into what it's about and who stars in it, consider that the film is executive produced by Emmy(R) winner Patricia Heaton and is written by her brother, Michael Heaton, a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. "The Christmas Heart" stars Teri Polo ("Meet the Parents"), Paul Essiembre ("Rescue Heroes") and Tess Harper ("No Country for Old Men") in the heart-tugging tale of a neighborhood that bands together to save the life of a special teenage boy in dire need of a heart transplant. A tight-knit group of neighbors have had a 40-year tradition on their street of lighting luminaries at Christmastime. They decide to cancel it for the first time in honor of Matt Norman (Ty Wood, "The Haunting in Connecticut"), the teen whose heart is failing. When he's hospitalized, his parents Ann (Polo) and Mike (Essiembre) are left only to pray for a miracle. The first step in that Christmas wonder happens when a donor heart is found. It's on Christmas Eve that a Life Flight packs the heart in ice and begins the journey to Matt's beside. But a winter storm moves in, making a frantic life-and-death mission that much more perilous. So what happens? The neighborhood decides to light the luminaries after all, providing a miraculous beacon in honor of Matt that helps guide the plane through the nasty weather. Thus, in "The Christmas Heart" we have a film that represents the best of what makes holiday films so special, supplying the kind of joyous ending that makes us all want to stand up and cheer.
· Paul Essiembre as Mike
· Teri Polo as Ann
· Tess Harper
· Ty Wood as Matt Norman
· A. J. Morewitz as EP
· Dale Cornick as EP
· David Hunt as EP
· Gary Yates as DIR
· Juliette Hagopian as PROD
· Michael Heaton as WRTR
· Norman Denver as EP
· Patricia Heaton as EP
· mow
· Julijette, Inc.
· Xmas Heart Films