SIX-TIME GOLDEN GLOBE(R) AND EMMY(R) NOMINEE ROBERT WAGNER AND GOLDEN GLOBE(R) NOMINEE JILL ST. JOHN ARE CAST AS MR. & MRS. SANTA CLAUS IN "NORTHPOLE," HALLMARK CHANNEL'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE NOVEMBER 15
Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison and Max Charles Star
With a Special Appearance by 'American Idol' Champion Candice Glover;
Hallmark Channel Is The #1 Holiday Destination For Television Viewers
Hallmark Channel announces six-time Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) nominee Robert Wagner ("Hart To Hart") and his wife, Golden Globe(R) nominee, Jill St. John ("Diamonds Are Forever") have been cast as Santa and Mrs. Claus in "Northpole," Hallmark Channel's highly-anticipated new Original Holiday Movie premiering Saturday, November 15, 2014 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). A magical holiday escape awaits as Tiffani Thiessen ("White Collar"), Josh Hopkins ("Cougar Town"), Bailee Madison ("Trophy Wife," "Pete's Christmas"), Max Charles ("Mr. Peabody & Sherman") and Candice Glover ("American Idol" Season 12 winner) star in the first full-length, two-hour Original Holiday Movie that Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Cards, Inc. have created together. "Northpole" is a holiday adventure never seen before on the network that will employ state-of-the-art CGI technology taking viewers right into the magical world of Santa's wonderfully enchanting hometown. "Northpole" is part of the network's annual "Countdown to Christmas," the #1 most treasured holiday destination by television viewers.
"We are enthusiastic and incredibly proud to work with Hollywood royalty Robert Wagner and Jill St. John on this very special project that will surely become a timeless holiday classic," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. "Robert Wagner and Jill St. John capture the essence of 'Northpole' beautifully as Mr. & Mrs. Claus with their spirit, grace, humor and undeniable chemistry."
Northpole, the magical home to Santa & Mrs. Claus (Wagner & St. John), has grown into a huge city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet as people everywhere get too busy to enjoy festive time together, the city is in trouble. Who can help save the cherished traditions of Christmas? One young boy, Kevin (Charles), might have a chance if he can convince his protective mom, Chelsea (Thiessen), to rediscover the magic of the season. With a little added help from Kevin's charming teacher Ryan (Hopkins), a mysterious elf-like girl Clementine (Madison) and a gospel singer named Josephine (Glover), Kevin is determined to bring his mom in on the fun and prove that one small voice can change the hearts of many.
"Northpole" is produced for the Hallmark Channel by Muse Entertainment in association with Crown Media Productions. Executive Producers are Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas. Irene Litinsky is producer. Douglas Barr directs from a script by Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer.
ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL
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 86 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of TV movies; original scripted series, including Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart and Signed, Sealed, Delivered; specials such as Kitten Bowl; as well as some of television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. The channel is also home to Daytime Emmy-nominated lifestyle program, Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.
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ABOUT MUSE ENTERTAINMENT
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 170 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations! Muse Entertainment's most recent television series are Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Played; Bomb Girls (Seasons I, II); Bounty Hunters and Being Human (Seasons 1, II, III, IV). In 2011, its topical, 8-hr. historical drama, The Kennedys, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations. Its Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse's other award-winning programs are Cyberbully, Durham County (Seasons I, II, III), Ben Hur, The Last Templar, Impact, Human Trafficking, Answered by Fire, This is Wonderland and Tales from the Never Ending Story. The company's head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal. Muse also maintains development and production operations in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles. For more information please visit www.muse.ca