DESCRIPTION: (from Hallmark's press release, October 2011) Emmy(R) and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert ("Little House on the Prairie") gets top billing starring as a recently-fired-again, domineering Broadway director whose only job option is getting a community Christmas play up and going in "The Christmas Pageant," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, December 11 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Co-starring with Gilbert are Robert Mailhouse ("Love is a Four Letter Word," "Easy to Assemble"), Ed Herrmann ("Gilmore Girls") and Lennon Wynn ("Flash Forward"). Hallmark Channel's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS features more true holiday-themed programming than any other network. Hallmark Channel is proud to be the official TV partner with Marine Toys for Tots working with the foundation to fulfill their mission that every child deserves a toy during the holidays.