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Brokaw: Prepare for Christmastime on Great American Family

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Nov 1, 2023

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Great American Family's annual holiday movie event, "Great American Christmas," began Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.

Great American Family is the place for families to gather together to enjoy good movies and, at this time of year, good holiday stories. The third annual “Great American Christmas” began Oct. 20 and will feature a whopping 20 original holiday films.

Great American Family is the fastest-growing cable TV network for the previous 10 consecutive months, and with their holiday lineup that trend will undoubtedly continue.

With actors like Danica McKellar, Candace Cameron Bure, Chad Michael Murray, Jill Wagner, Lori Loughlin and Trevor Donovan in their stable, fans are never at a loss for good, wholesome entertainment. This year, Cheryl Ladd, Matthew Morrison and others join in the fun with this holiday lineup of cheerful and entertaining stories that will light up your holiday season.

Whether they are about friends gathering together, generations of families, good old-fashioned competition or investigating people and places, these stories warm the heart and the hearths of homes. With the advent of Great American Family, the options for endearing holiday tales has grown enormously.

From the network, here is a sample of some world premieres that viewers will be getting this season on Great American Family:

“12 Games of Christmas” stars Johnny Ramey and Felisha Cooper. In “12 Games of Christmas,” a group of old friends and neighbors are transported into a Christmas-themed board game during a Christmas party.

“A Christmas Blessing” stars Lori Loughlin, James Tupper,and Jesse Hutch. A TV chef (Loughlin) is divinely inspired to take over her late aunt’s charity with help from a new friend (Hutch) and handsome business associate next door (Tupper).

“A Christmas Commission” (working title) stars Sarah Fisher and Simon Arblaster. Two rival realtors (Fisher and Arblaster) are forced to work together to sell one special house before Christmas.

“A Christmas for the Ages,” stars Natasha Bure, Anna Ferguson, Kate Craven and Cheryl Ladd. Prompted by their youngest granddaughter (Bure), four generations celebrate family and what Christmas was like in the ’40s, ’60s, ’90s and present day.

“A Dash of Christmas” stars Broadway’s Laura Osnes and Christopher Russell. A marketing executive (Osnes) must learn a recipe to get her dream job and ends up entered in a holiday bakeoff with a dream baker (Russell).

“A Model Christmas” (working title) stars Ash Tsai and Joey Heyworth. While on a charity press tour, a model (Tsai) ends up stranded by the weather at the family home of the driver (Heyworth) she hired to assist her for the week.

“A Paris Christmas Waltz” pairs Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison. A novice dancer (Lilley) pairs with a professional (Morrison) to enter a renowned dance competition … in Paris! The next story in “The Christmas Waltz” universe, the highest-rated Christmas rom-com of 2020, from Michael Damian and Janeen Damian.

“A Royal Christmas Holiday” has Brittany Underwood and Jonathan Stoddard. In search of her big break, a reporter (Underwood) arranges a Christmas interview with a European Prince (Stoddard) visiting the states. Will the reporter’s big story become her love story?

“A Royal Christmas Romance” (working title) stars Danica McKellar and Damon Runyan. When a European Duke (Runyon) arrives in the U.S., he realizes that his bags have been lost in transit. He has no choice but to be styled, and ultimately inspired, by Bella (McKellar) the owner of a local boutique.

“A Time Capsule Christmas” (working title) pairs Jillian Murray and Daniel Lissing. A father (Lissing) bonds with his daughter and stumbles upon an unexpected romance (Murray) while tracking down the original owner of a Christmas time capsule.

“Bringing Christmas Home” (working title) stars Jill Wagner and Paul Greene. A professor of military history (Wagner) teams with an antique store owner (Greene) to track down the original owner of a historic WWII uniform and the love letters left in its pockets.

“Christmas on Windmill Way” joins Christa Taylor Brown and Chad Michael Murray. To save her family’s legacy windmill, a woman (Brown) must remind her ex-boyfriend (Murray) of the best of their hometown.

“Destined 2: Christmas Once More” is headed by Shae Robbins and Casey Elliott. In this sequel, Theo (Elliott) continues to miss connecting with his girlfriend, Kim (Robbins), as he attempts to propose at Christmas.

“Mistletoe Moments” stars Susie Abromeit and Liam McIntyre. With her career on the line, a decorator (Abromeit) must work with an unexpected partner (McIntyre) to showcase a house for an upcoming Christmas gala.

“My Christmas Hero” stars Candace Cameron Bure along with Gabriel Hogan. An Army Reserve doctor (Bure) tracks down her family’s military history with the help of a new romance (Hogan).

“Our Christmas Wedding” joins Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley. In this sequel, roles reverse as Nicole’s boss plans newly engaged Nicole (Deveaux) and Michael’s (Seeley) wedding in two weeks at Christmas.

“Peppermint & Postcards” joins Ella Cannon and Christopher Russell. When a Christmas letter concerning her love life goes viral, one mom discovers that romance might be right at her door.

“Santa, Maybe” (working title) has Aubrey Reynolds as a theater director who must rise to the challenge of putting on the perfect Christmas ballet, while also discovering her office Secret Santa in the process.

“The Christmas Regift” (working title) stars Erin Agostino and Marshall Williams. A city manager (Williams) recruits the help of a childhood friend (Agostino) in setting right his town’s Christmas charity event, while she sets to work setting him up with her close friend.

“‘Twas the Text Before Christmas” joins together Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan. An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number (Patterson) sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family (Donovan) over three separate years.

It’s a little early for the final dates to be published, and some of the films are still being finalized, so they are working under “working titles” that might change between now and when they air. But this is a good start to planning your holiday viewing on Great American Family.

Grab the popcorn, warm up the hot cocoa and snuggle in for some new family holiday entertainment.


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