‘Tis the season for Hallmark Christmas motion pictures. We have a look at surging rankings and the rising want for feel-good TV.
Michelle Vicary, government vp of programming and community publicity for Crown Media Family Networks, which incorporates the Hallmark Channel. (@MichelleVicary)
Emily VanDerWerff, critic at massive for Vox. Former TV editor for The A.V. Club. (@tvoti)
Lacey Chabert, actress who has appeared in quite a few movies on the Hallmark Channel. (@IamLaceyChabert)
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Vox: “How Hallmark takes over your TV every Christmas” — “There is a spot the place it’s all the time Christmas. Where there may be all the time snow on the bottom, the place togetherness is the phrase to reside by, the place the horrors of the world reliably subside amid the flurries of a stupendous snowstorm. If, in Narnia, it was all the time winter however by no means Christmas, then on the Hallmark Channel, it’s all the time winter and all the time Christmas (at the very least between the months of October and January).
“The customary line about Hallmark’s infinite parade of made-for-TV Christmas motion pictures is that they’re dumb and tremendous tacky, however they provide your grandmother one thing to look at. They embrace concepts of custom and household, however solely within the vaguest sense. They’re apolitical in a method that individuals who blanch at the concept that all artwork is political name apolitical.
“I should admit up front that I love a good Hallmark Christmas movie. I’ll watch just about any Hallmark Christmas movie I stumble upon, but my favorite, 2014’s Nine Lives of Christmas, involves a fireman played by Brandon Routh who finds love at Christmas because he adopts a cat who befriends another cat, and the other cat just so happens to belong to the woman our hero is meant to be with.”
New York Times: “How Many Christmas Movies Is Too Many Christmas Movies?” — “When Bill Nighy sang ‘Christmas Is All Around’ in ‘Love Actually’ 16 years in the past, he may have been discussing the state of vacation motion pictures in 2019. Among this yr’s practically 100 new releases, viewers can select to have a good time ‘Christmas in Rome,’ ‘Christmas in Montana,’ ‘Christmas in Louisiana,’ ‘Christmas at Dollywood,’ ‘Christmas at Graceland,’ ‘Christmas Under the Stars’ or ‘Christmas on the Plaza.’
“While vacation motion pictures have lengthy been dependable box-office staples — ‘Home Alone’ was the top-grossing home film of 1990 — and there are a number of new theatrical releases this season, current years have seen an explosion of recent content material on cable and streaming companies. It’s in all probability no shock that Hallmark channels have elevated their annual Christmas film rely by 20 % since 2017, however Lifetime has greater than quadrupled its output within the final two years and Netflix has doubled its in that very same time.
“How is it even possible that there’s room for so many movies from a single genre? Are we reaching peak Christmas?”
E! News: “How Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies Unexpectedly Became a Coveted Rite of Passage” — “It’s not Christmastime till Hallmark says it’s.
“And the holiday-owning community has formally dubbed it the season, with its 10th Annual Countdown to Christmas formally kicking off this weekend. For the milestone occasion, 2019’s slate is jampacked with 40 new motion pictures throughout three channels prepared for Hallmark lovers to look at each Saturday and Sunday via New Year’s Eve.
“E! News exclusively announced the line-up for the annual and highly anticipated programming event, which boasts the most star-studded ensembles of leading women and men yet, with a slew of big names making their debut in Hallmark Christmas movies, joining the beloved fan-favorites who’ve seen surprising success thanks to their relationship with the network. And other stars (and networks) are taking notice, not that Hallmark is all that concerned.”