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[10/24/11 - 07:18 AM]
Kristy Swanson Stars Alongside Edward Herrmann and Tess Harper in "A Christmas Wish," A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, November 20
K.C. Clyde, Bart Johnson and Danielle Chuchran co-star in the holiday original.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

IN A SEASON OF MIRACLES, A SINGLE MOM'S PRAYERS OF A NEW START IN LIFE ARE ANSWERED

KRISTY SWANSON STARS ALONGSIDE EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING ACTOR EDWARD HERRMANN AND ACADEMY AWARD(R) AND GOLDEN GLOBE-NOMINATED ACTRESS TESS HARPER IN "A CHRISTMAS WISH," A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE, NOVEMBER 20

Hallmark Channel's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: More True Holiday-Themed Programming Than any Other Network; Hallmark Channel Official TV Partner with Marine Toys for Tots

"A Christmas Wish'' is Rated: J for Joy, F for Family Meal and C for Caring*

Emmy(R) Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann ("The Gilmore Girls"), Academy Award(R) and Golden Globe nominee Tess Harper ("No Country For Old Men") and Kristy Swanson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") find new friendships can create holiday miracles in "A Christmas Wish," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Sunday, November 20 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). K.C. Clyde ("Secret Millionaire"), Bart Johnson ("High School Musical") and Danielle Chuchran ("Saving Sarah Cain") co-star. 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.

When Martha Evans (Swanson) finds herself homeless with her two young daughters and stepson just a week before Christmas, she puts her trust in a new town full of friendly strangers and prays for the best. Her no good husband, Cal (Johnson), has left her for the last time, emptying her bank account and disappearing without a word. Hopeless, Martha takes her two daughters and difficult stepson to a sleepy town where she moves into a motel and begs the owner of the local diner, Trudy (Harper), to hire her as a waitress. Taking a chance, Trudy decides to help Martha and her children, even as things go from bad to worse when Martha's car breaks down and her bills start piling up. Then, as Martha begins to meet more of the locals, including handsome sheriff Joe (Clyde), perky teenage babysitter Jeanie (Chuchran) and grumpy but warm-hearted diner regular Les (Herrmann), Martha finds her faith just be restored - until Cal returns. Can the town still give Martha the merry Christmas she needs? Or will her past prevent her from the happiness she's found this holiday?

"A Christmas Wish" is a Stone Five Studios production in association with Film More Entertainment & The Clyde Company in association with Crystal Edge LLC. Dave Hunter, Jason Price and Steven Paul are the executive producers. Bryce Fillmore is the producer. The film is written and directed by Craig Clyde.

* Hallmark Channel's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS created a new television tradition for 2011: the Christmas TV ratings system. The Christmas ratings include: S for Santa, T for Tree-Trimming, J for Joy, F for Family Meal, G for Family Gathering, P for Presents and C for Caring. Have a very Hallmark Christmas!

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,492 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of "The Martha Stewart Show", which anchors the channel's daytime original programming block. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.





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· CHRISTMAS WISH, A (HALLMARK)
· GILMORE GIRLS (CW)
· SAVING SARAH CAIN (LIFETIME)
· SECRET MILLIONAIRE (ABC)









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