or


[08/02/05 - 12:00 AM]
The U.S. Television Premiere of 'A Man Who Became Pope' -- the Heroic, True Story of Pope John Paul Ii - Comes Exclusively to Hallmark Channel, August 15

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF �A MAN WHO BECAME POPE� -- THE HEROIC, TRUE STORY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II � COMES EXCLUSIVELY TO HALLMARK CHANNEL, AUGUST 15

Pope John Paul II Viewed Film Before Death � was �impressed, appreciative� In Vatican Address, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Praises Film

The Hallmark Channel proudly presents the United States television premiere of �A Man Who Became Pope,� the nation�s first televised biopic on the heroic, true story of the transformative journey of Karol Wojtyla to become Pope John Paul II, exclusively on the network, Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). An encore presentation of �A Man Who Became Pope� is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 (9 a.m. � 1 p.m. ET/PT).

Pope John Paul II is quoted by Vatican press spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls has having seen the film prior to his death and was �impressed� and �appreciative.�

Before he became the Pope, Karol Wojtyla (pronounced Voy-tu-la) went on the transformational journey of a lifetime to become known as John Paul II, the �people�s Pope.� His journey is the reason that the young boy from a small town in Poland became the tireless voice for goodness in a secular age, the architect for kindness and outreach in the modern world, the missionary clarifying ambiguous moral principals, the passionate advocate for the poor, the seeker of reconciliation with Jews and peoples of other faiths, the criticizer of Communism, capitalism and the excesses of materialism, the charismatic pilgrim in the �Popemobile,� the keeper and guardian of Christian principles throughout the world � the people�s Pope to the end of his life.

Karol Wojtyla saw a world of pain and heartache during his years of maturation. The young artist and athlete who became a priest fought Communism, Nazism, atheism and capitalism from the doormat of Europe � Poland -- with his stinging sermons. Like the highly-strung Russian composer Mravinsky, frenetically pushing his orchestra to �play faster, faster, faster!,� Wojtyla, the young bishop, ratcheted up the drumbeat for Polish liberty in his fiery sermons until Poland found its collective voice and rose up for the overthrow of 40 years of totalitarian rule, political machines and spoils systems.

On October 16, 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla succeeded the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope John Paul I, who remarkably died less than two months after succeeding Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II served more than 26 years until his death this year; his papacy is the third longest period of service since St. Peter and Pope B. Pius IX.

Within this remarkable life, phenomenal historical events, like the rise and fall of Nazism, Fascism and Communism, shaped this flesh and blood man into a tower of moral strength; the man who consoled those who have nothing; a man who was as much at home on the world stage with contemporary personalities like Bob Dylan as he was in private conversation with world leaders or on his knees in his local parish; the man who was the 263rd successor to Saint Peter and held � among many papal titles � the �servant of the Servants of God�; a man from Krakow, Poland, who grew up to become �the people�s Pope� -- beloved Pope John Paul II.

�A Man Who Became Pope,� presented by Faith & Values Media, is based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi�s book, Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II and stars Piotr Adamczyk (�Spellbinder�) as Karol Wojtyla.

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI held high praise for �(Karol) A Man Who Became Pope� at his June 12 mass at The Vatican.

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,020 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates Hallmark Channel. In 2004, Crown launched its second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its awardwinning 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 --





  [august 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· KAROL: A MAN WHO BECAME POPE (HALLMARK)











[05/22/15 - 01:09 PM]
First Look Images: FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson"
Get your first look at Sarah Paulson, Billy Magnussen, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Courtney Vance in the limited series, due in early 2016.

[05/22/15 - 11:02 AM]
"The Bastard Executioner" Swings Into Action This Fall on FX
Kurt Sutter's new series is billed as "a gripping and brutal journey through the Late Middle Ages."

[05/22/15 - 10:54 AM]
First Look Image: Danny Trejo as "The Regulator" on El Rey Network/Miramax's 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.

[05/22/15 - 10:32 AM]
NBC's Star-Studded Inaugural Charity Event "Red Nose Day" Raises Over $21 Million to Help Lift Children and Young People Out of Poverty
Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Neill Patrick Harris, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Pharell, Coldplay, One Direction and Zac Efron were just a few of the many celebrities appearing in the three-hour entertainment event.

[05/22/15 - 10:25 AM]
E! Delivers Ratings Highs Led by "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce" Special and Season Finale of "The Royals"
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:32 AM]
"500 Questions" Earns ABC's Best Summer Rating in its Slot Since August 2013
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Mad Men" Finale Is Series' Highest-Rated Episode Ever Among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54
AMC further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:21 AM]
NBC's "Red Nose Day" Was No. 1 Among the Big 4 Networks in the 10 p.m. Hour
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 07:01 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 47 Percent Ratings Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 06:42 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Six New Series
After delivering 11 consecutive months of ratings growth, top 10 cable network HGTV, along with its sister network, DIY Network, have confirmed production orders for six new series.

[05/22/15 - 06:02 AM]
Netflix Announces "A Very Murray Christmas"
Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, the special is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.

[05/22/15 - 06:01 AM]
CMT to Kickoff "Friday Night Lights" Memorial Day Event with the Network Premiere of the Film, And a Marathon of the Series Hosted by Jessie James Decker Featuring Fan-Voted Poll Results of Favorite Series Characters
Fans can head over to CMT's Facebook page to vote for their favorite "Friday Night Lights" characters from season one.

[05/22/15 - 05:31 AM]
Joel McHale Set to Host "The 2015 ESPYS" on ABC July 15
"The ESPYS" will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 03:27 PM]
Kickstarter Sensation "Kung Fury" Delivers Bad to the Bone 80's Action, Artistry and Hilarity... and El Rey Is the Only Place on Your TV Badass Enough to Show It
An official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the visually spectacular 30-minute action comedy was created by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and backed by the Kickstarter community.