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[04/11/05 - 12:00 AM]
In Honor of Mother's Day Hallmark Channel Beams a Message to Moms

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

IN HONOR OF MOTHER'S DAY HALLMARK CHANNEL BEAMS A MESSAGE TO MOMS

'YOU ARE EXTRAODINARY!' FOUR DAYS OF MARATHON MOVIES FOR MOM, INCLUDING THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 'ORDINARY MIRACLES,' STARRING JACLYN SMITH AND LYNDSY FONSECA

Marathon of Movies Feature Ordinary Moms Who Make Extraordinary Contributions

Films Include the Emmy´┐Ż Award-Winning "Sarah Plain and Tall" Trilogy, "The Parent Trap" Starring Lindsay Lohan and Two of Hallmark Channel's Most Beloved Original movies, "Love Comes Softly" and "Love's Enduring Promise"

Hallmark Channel beams a message to moms - "You Are Extraordinary" - with four days of marathon movies from May 5 through May 8, which will include the world premiere of the Hallmark Channel Original movie "Ordinary Miracles," starring Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") and Lyndsy Fonseca ("The Young and the Restless"), on Saturday, May 7 (9/8c.) In "Ordinary Miracles," Smith stars as Judge Kay Woodbury, a beautiful, but emotionally distant divorcee whose career has become the main focus of her life. Having second thoughts after sending 16 year-old Sally Powell (Fonseca) to a juvenile correctional facility, Kay takes a chance and takes the sullen but sensitive Sally into her own home. Kay not only saves Sally, but rescues herself from a future of loneliness and regret.

The marathon of movies includes:

"Love Comes Softly," Thursday, May 5, (9/8c) When her husband dies unexpectedly, and with a harsh Montana winter coming, a settler's widow must accept an invitation to care for a man and his daughter. "Love Comes Softly" is the first of eight books from Janette Oke's beloved series. Stars Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") and Dale Midkiff ("Back To You & Me.")

"The Parent Trap," Friday, May 6, (9/8c) Remake of the classic Disney film about idealistic twins who mischievously conspire to reunite their unhappily divorced parents. Stars Lindsay Lohan ("Mean Girls,") Dennis Quaid ("In Good Company") and Natasha Richardson ("Maid in Manhattan.")

"Follow the Stars Home," Saturday, May 7, (1/Noon c) A woman gets a crash course in the realities of love and commitment when she receives some startling news about the child she is carrying. Stars Kimberly Williams ("According To Jim") and Campbell Scott ("The Secret Lives of Dentists.")

"Sarah, Plain and Tall," Saturday, May 7, (3/2c) Answering an advertisement for a mail order bride, Sarah Wheaton travels from Maine to the prairies of Kansas in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of a widower with his two motherless children. Stars Glenn Close ("The Shield") and Christopher Walken ("The Stepford Wives.")

"Skylark," Saturday, May 7, (5/4c) Initially a mail-order bride, Sarah now loves Jacob, but still wants to return to Maine. When danger threatens, she and the family finally go back to Maine. Stars Glenn Close ("The Shield") and Christopher Walken ("The Stepford Wives.") "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End," Saturday, May 7, (7/6c) Sarah and her family are managing a relatively comfortable life on their family farm when the father of her husband comes to town and creates turmoil. Stars Glenn Close ("The Shield") and Christopher Walken ("The Stepford Wives.")

"Ordinary Miracles," Saturday, May 7, (9/8c) A by-the-book judge temporarily takes in a troubled teen for one month as she awaits the assignment of foster care parents. Stars Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angel's,") Corbin Bernsen ("General Hospital") and Lyndsy Fonseca ("The Young and the Restless.")

"Audrey's Rain," Sunday, May 8, (1/Noon c) Audrey Walker has given up her hopes and dreams until an ex-lover returns to town and helps her realize a second chance at life. Stars Jean Smart ("Garden State") and Carol Kane ("The Pacifier.")

"Angel In The Family," Sunday, May 8, (3/2c) A family desperately in need of healing old wounds, and sisters separated by a lifetime of misunderstanding, are brought back together on one amazing Christmas. Stars Meredith Baxter ("A Christmas Visitor,") Ronny Cox ("Murder at 1600") and Natasha Gregson Wagner ("Wonderland.")

"Love Comes Softly," Sunday, May 8, (5/4c) When her husband dies unexpectedly, and with a harsh Montana winter coming, a settler's widow must accept an invitation to care for a man and his daughter. "Love Comes Softly" is the first of eight books from Janette Oke's beloved series. Stars Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") and Dale Midkiff ("Back To You & Me.")

"Love's Enduring Promise," Sunday, May 8, (7/6c) The sequel to Jeanette Oke's best selling novel and the Hallmark Channel Original movie, "Love Comes Softly," picks up with Missie, now in her 20's, and an elementary school teacher in her small town, finding herself torn between two worlds and the love of two very different men. Stars Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy"), Dale Midkiff ("Back to You & Me") and January Jones ("American Wedding.") "Season For Miracles," Sunday, May 8, (9/8c) With a little help from an angel, Christmas miracles happen for a homeless family. Stars Patty Duke ("Murder Without Conviction") and Laura Dern ("We Don't Live Here Anymore.")

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 68 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 4,800 cable systems and communities as well as direct to-home satellite services across the country. In 2004, Crown launched its 24-hour second linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its award-winning collection of movies, miniseries and films for exhibition in a variety of television media including broadcast, cable, Video-on-Demand and High Definition Television.

- HALLMARK CHANNEL





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· ACCORDING TO JIM (ABC)
· ANGEL IN THE FAMILY (HALLMARK)
· AUDREY'S RAIN (HALLMARK)
· BACK TO YOU AND ME (HALLMARK)
· CHRISTMAS VISITOR, A (HALLMARK)
· FOLLOW THE STARS HOME (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· LOVE COMES SOFTLY (HALLMARK)
· LOVE'S ENDURING PROMISE (HALLMARK)
· ORDINARY MIRACLES (HALLMARK)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· WONDERLAND (ABC)









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