Reel Corner - December 2020

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December 2020 Issue
Reel Corner by Donne Paine

Hallmark Movies: More Popular than Ever

Hallmark Channel is well-known for its “Countdown to Christmas” and original family-friendly movies, and this year is no exception. Hallmark has announced 40 brand new Christmas movies for its 2020 holiday schedule! The movies will air on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

Though Hallmark movies can be formulaic and simple, they are also free of profanity, sexual situations and heavy drama. They are movies you can watch with anyone from age 2 to 92.

There's a reason why the channel refers to itself as the Heart of TV; there is little ugliness to be found in these shows and movies. You can always find a smile on the faces of the characters, even though there may be some tears, as well. But there's not a lot of arguing or disagreements. What disappointment you find is often fleeting, as is the sadness, because Hallmark knows we watch to be uplifted. Hallmark Channel is, indeed, a happy place. And that's why it had a 9 percent growth last year alone.

Some skeptics may call the movies and featured series cheesy or trite, but to the viewers that tune in regularly, it's escapism. Hallmark Channel offers a way to shut out the disarray of the environment and focus, however briefly, on the beauty of a world we often wished we lived in.

Starting its Countdown-to-Christmas in October, Hallmark airs back-to-back romantic movies that draw in viewers who want nothing more than to string the popcorn, trim the tree and forget about the news, their jobs, the pandemic and whatever might go wrong tomorrow.

Hallmark Channel's offerings may not be for everyone, but it's clear it's found a strong fanbase that aren't going anywhere. So make yourself a hot cup of cocoa and snuggle in for a romantic holiday movie brimming with Christmas cheer.

Here are a few of the new Hallmark movies for December:

Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing  Premieres: 12/5 
Two women work together to help launch a museum, while one grapples with the future of her relationship.

Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas  Premieres: 12/5 

Five guests, who share an unexpected connection, are invited to spend Christmas together at an inn.

A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances  Premieres: 12/6 

A man ends up stuck in traffic next to his old high school flame after moving with his family to Hawaii.

Christmas She Wrote  Premieres: 12/6 

A romance writer's column is cancelled, and she returns home to spend Christmas with her family. Unexpectedly, the man responsible for the end of her column pursues her romantically.

Cross Country Christmas  Premieres: 12/12

Former school classmates have to work together to make it home in time for the holidays after a storm.

A Glenbrooke Christmas  Premieres: 12/12 

A wealthy heiress spends the holidays in a small town, eventually falling for a handsome fireman.

Christmas Homecoming  Premieres: 12/13 

A couple are given a strange key and an enigmatic riddle that launches them on a yuletide adventure.

Christmas Comes Twice  Premieres: 12/13 

A newscaster who is still mourning a lost love gets an unexpected second chance when she finds herself back in time at a Christmas carnival five years ago.

Christmas Carousel  Premieres: 12/19 

A woman is hired by the Marcadian Royal Family to repair a carousel and must do so by Christmas.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!  Premieres: 12/13 

A restaurant owner discovers she's her Jewish roots and connects to her new family over the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Swept Up by Christmas  Premieres: 12/19 

An antiques dealer and a cleaner try to figure out how to scale down a glamorous estate around the holidays, eventually connecting with the home's mysterious owner.

Project Christmas Wish  Premieres: 12/20 
A woman who has served as her town's unofficial Santa Claus finds her own wishes coming true after helping a little girl.


The Reel Corner wishes you a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season

Mask Up/ Be Safe/Better days Ahead

ReelCorner 1219 Donne
Donne Paine, film enthusiast, once lived around the corner from the Orson Wells Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts where her strong interest in films, especially independent ones, began. Supporter of the arts­—especially films—she travels to local and national film festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca. There is nothing like seeing a film on the big screen. She encourages film goers to support Hilton Head local theaters—Coligny, Park Plaza and Northridge theaters. To support her habit of frequent movie going Donne is a retired executive recruiter and staff development consultant. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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