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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                Contacts:       Mark J. Kern, 818-755-2626
March 23, 2010                                       mkern@hallmarkchannel.com

                                                     Nancy Carr, 818-755-2643
                                                     ncarr@hallmarkchannel.com



               HALLMARK CHANNELS ANNOUNCES ROBUST SLATE
          OF ORIGINAL MOVIES FOR UPCOMING TELEVISION SEASON


                   24 Movies to Premiere on Hallmark Channel
                        And Hallmark Movie Channel in 2010


Stars Include Jennifer Beals, Catherine Bell, Jacqueline Bisset, Frances Fisher,
    Brian Austin Green, Jesse Metcalfe, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Doris Roberts


       Hallmark Channels, the leading provider of original television movies and the
number-one destination for family friendly programming, today announced a robust
slate of upcoming Hallmark Channel Original Movies. The movie line-up, which will
include 24 original movies in 2011, alone, will continue the network’s legacy as the
premiere destination for original, family friendly television movies. Hallmark Channel will
continue to premiere its original movies on Saturday nights at 9 p.m., ET/PT.
        “Original movies will continue to be the centerpiece of our prime time schedule
as we broaden our entire programming mix and as we transition our daytime to home
and lifestyle-oriented programming,” said Barbara Fisher, Senior Vice President,
Programming, Hallmark Channel. “We’re especially excited to also be developing
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       original movies now that will premiere on our burgeoning Hallmark Movie
Channel, beginning next month with ‘The Wild Girl,’ starring Brian Austin Green, and
with more movies planned later this year and next.”
       Movies are a major component of Hallmark Channel’s programming strategy
which, in addition to including a broader mix of original programming and popular
acquired entertainment, will also feature a new daytime lineup that focuses on home
and lifestyle programming, showcasing popular programming from the Martha Stewart
Living Omnimedia library. The new daytime schedule of acquired programming begins
March 29, in advance of the previously announced September 2010 premiere of original
episodes of the landmark series “The Martha Stewart Show” in its new home exclusively
on Hallmark Channel. Additional original programming from Omnimedia will also join
the schedule in September. Details will be announced.
       Hallmark Channel is known for its success in programming a uniquely appealing
mix of original movies.       It ended 2009 with strong ratings and record-high
performances, dominating the holiday season among cable networks and finishing the
year in the top ten in Prime Time households ratings.
       The following is a sampling of upcoming Hallmark Channel Original Movies:
Completed Production:


THE WILD GIRL stars Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Oscar®-
nominated actor Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) in a story about an unlikely
team that embarks on a rescue mission in the Sierra Madre Badlands, but are put into
danger when they stumble upon an orphaned Apache girl abandoned in the wilderness.
The story is based on the 2005 novel, The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932,
written by Jim Fergus. “The Wild Girl” premieres Saturday, April 24 (9 p.m., ET) on
Hallmark Movie Channel.

CLASS stars Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“Prison Break”), Justin Bruening (“Desperate
Housewives”) Academy Award-nominee Eric Roberts (“Heroes”) and Constance Marie
(“George Lopez”) in a drama about a privileged law student, Whitt Sheffield (Bruening),
who gets a class assignment to help a disadvantaged woman (O’Keefe) find a job and
learns that some of the greatest lessons aren’t taught in school. Roberts (“Heroes”)
plays Whitt’s successful father, and Constance Marie (“George Lopez”), his progressive
professor in a story about what happens when the heart ignores the social divide. Larry
Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

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THE WISH LIST stars Jennifer Esposito (“Samantha Who”) and David Sutcliffe
(Gilmore Girls”) in a love story that centers on an obsessive young woman (Esposito)
who after too many failed relationships makes a wish list of all the criteria her future
husband must have. Then, after finding the perfect man who meets all of her
qualifications, she falls in love with another guy (Sutcliffe) who meets none of them and
realizes that life and love just don’t always work out according to a master plan. Larry
Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

FAIRFIELD ROAD stars Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) in a drama about a
young politician who on his way up the career ladder loses everything in a single day of
bad luck. He wanders into a seaside town in the midst of a heated election, and as
things transpire, he finds he needs this community as much as they need him. Gerald
W. Abrams and Susan Murdoch are the executive producers for Cypress Point
Productions and QVF Productions.

GROWING THE BIG ONE stars Shannen Doherty (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Charmed”)
and tells the story of a young woman who inherits her family farm which is deeply in
debt and decides to enter a pumpkin-growing contest in hopes of saving it with the
winnings. In the process, she falls in love not only with her new partner in the pumpkin
contest (Kavan Smith,“Stargate: Atlantis”) but with the simple life of her grandfather’s
small town. Howard Meltzer, Jane Goldenring and Ted Bauman are executive producers
for GBO Films Inc.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS stars Golden Globe-
nominated Jennifer Beals (“The L Word”) and Rick Roberts (“The Note”) as parents of a
family that’s too busy to get ready for the holidays until Santa Claus mistakenly leaves
the North Pole a day early and crash lands on their roof – and the two overworked
parents find themselves as Santa’s newest -- and most ill-equipped – elves. Michael
Prupas, Rob Lee, James Orr, Jim Cruickshank and Joel S. Rice are the executive
producers for Muse Entertainment Productions.

THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT stars Catherine Bell (“Army Wives”) and Chris Potter (“The
Pacifier”) who reprise their roles from “The Good Witch,” in the second sequel to the
highly rated movie from 2007. In the new movie, Cassie Nightingale (Bell) finds out it is
going to take more than just a little magic to get this good witch down the aisle. Jake
Russell (Potter) is looking for the perfect Christmas gift for his fiancée, Cassie
Nightingale (Bell), and decides, with just six days left, to give her the perfect gift -- a
wedding on Christmas Eve – but neither are prepared for all the obstacles that get in the
way. Frank Siracusa is the executive producer for Whizbang Films Production.


BACKYARD WEDDING stars Alicia Witt (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Teddy Sears
(“Raising the Bar”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”), Markie Post (“Night Court”) and Ryan
Bittle (“Dawson’s Creek”) in a story about a bride who finds out that getting to the altar
is a long journey—even when it’s in her own backyard. Kim Tyler (Witt) grew up loving

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her next-door neighbor, Evan Slauson (Sears). She’s all set to have the wedding of her
dreams to stable Jeffrey (Bittle) in her parents’ (Fisher and Harry Murphy, “Charlie
Wilson’s War”) backyard, but her ex-husband, and first love -- whose parents happen to
live next door -- keeps popping up causing her to seriously question her big plans. Post
plays her beloved Aunt Addie.      Larry Levinson is the executive producer for Larry
Levinson Productions.

AFTER THE FALL stars Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) and Greg Evigan (“My
Two Dads”) in an inspirational drama about a serious accident that leaves a champion
horseback rider temporarily paralyzed. The movie tells the story of the young rider’s
indomitable spirit as she fights to walk again, and the response she gets from her family
and friends as she makes her incredible journey. Gail O’Grady (“Boston Legal,” “NYPD
Blue”) stars as Dr. Miles. Larry Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson
Productions.

In Production:


THE SHUNNING – On the eve of Katie’s Amish wedding to widower Bishop John,
startling news comes from her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the
devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she
has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain… and a future of
hope. Based on the best-selling book by Beverly Lewis. Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian
Byrd are the executive producers for Lightworks Pictures.

LOVE BEGINS is the prequel to “Love Comes Softly,” the first in a series of highly-rated
“Loves” movies from Hallmark Channel. It is the story of Clark Davis falling in love with
his first wife, Ellen. Clark and his best friend are passing through Trinity on their way to
collect their fortune of gold in the West. Working on a run-down farm, Clark meets the
sassy Ellen and her sister. Their father has recently passed away and the farm is too
much for the two of them. Clark slowly begins to fall in love with Ellen. He eventually
gives up his dream of going to California and settles down with Ellen on the farm. Larry
Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

ROCK THE HOUSE is about Dave Peterson (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), a successful and
handsome 42-year-old corporate attorney who loses sight of what's important in life.
With the help of his friends from his old high school band, his teenage daughter and his
love for music, Dave finds his path "out of the woods." He realizes that there's more to
life than work alone; family and friends are also a necessary part of being happy. Larry
Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

FAREWELL MR. KRINGLE is a story about a cynical magazine journalist who is
assigned a story on a man who is known as Santa Claus, a.k.a., Kris Kringle, for the past
50 years. This man who lost his wife in an automobile accident on the week of
Christmas honors his wife by being Santa Claus all year long. He brings so much joy


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and happiness to the town that they changed the name from Summerland to Mistletoe
and renamed all the local shops and streets. Through his benevolence and altruism he
brings Christmas magic to everyone. Larry Levinson is the executive producer for Larry
Levinson Productions.

LOVE’S RESOUNDING COURAGE – In the second prequel to “Love Comes Softly,”
the highly rated series of “Loves” movies from Hallmark Channel,” when Clark’s beloved
wife, Ellen, dies from scarlet fever, he and his daughter, Missy, must find a way to
survive this hardship while also saving the barren land from drought. With love and
support from family and friends, Clark and Missy endure. Larry Levinson is the
executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

MYSTERY GIRL—Ben McCauley e-mails Chloe, the beautiful, “mystery girl” who keeps
crossing his path, but the message goes to single mother Charley Anderson by mistake.
Ben begins dating Chloe, but she never quite lives up to the e-mail relationship and
anonymous friendship he develops with Chloe’s co-worker, Charley. Once Ben discovers
his mishap, the identity of his true mystery girl is revealed. Larry Levinson is the
executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

In Development:

CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE – Doris Roberts returns to star in the sequel to the highly-
rated “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle” which premiered on Hallmark Channel in
December of 2009. In the new movie, it’s Christmas in New York City and Mrs. Merkle
(Roberts) is a sassy saleswoman in a family-owned department store that could use a
little holiday magic. She gets to work quickly selling the season’s expected hot toy, the
SuperRobot, for her new boss, Jake, who is micromanaged by his dad, JR. But before
long, she has things under control at the store but is also helping along a romance with
Jake and Holly, a beautiful assistant to a fashion designer who’s the legal guardian to
her nephew, Gabe. Mrs. Miracle still has a lot work ahead of her, but she’s planning on
a wonderful Christmas for all. Dan Wigutow, Michael M. Scott and Debbie Macomber
are the executive producers. It is a Dan Wigutow Productions Film in association with
KZ Productions Inc.

FINDING A FAMILY is based on the true story of foster child, Alex Chivescu, who was
born to Hungarian parents and whose father left the United States when he was young.
His mother stayed in the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D., but was seriously injured in a car
accident forcing Alex to petition the court to terminate her parental rights sending Alex
into foster care. Tom Patricia and Martin Martin are the executive producers.

AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS is the sequel to the highly-rated “An Old-
Fashioned Thanksgiving” starring Jacqueline Bisset. It's December 1870, and we pick
up on the adventures of Mathilda “Tilly” Bassett and her rich grandmother Isabella,
having toured some of Europe's cultural centers and are now arriving in Dublin for a


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month-long stay. Tilly's inner struggle is between being a society woman in-the-making
and the Yankee farm girl that are her roots. Isabella's mission is to expose Tilly to the
world of letters; that's why she's bringing her to Dublin, to meet Ireland's poet laureate,
the Earl of Shannon. But there's a saying throughout Ireland: "If you want to make God
laugh, try making plans." Joel Rice and Michael Prupas are the executive producers for
Must Entertainment and Automatic Pictures production in association with WildRice
Productions.

ANNIE KRINGLE’S YEAR OFF is the story of Santa’s Daughter, Annie Kringle, age 29,
who, having spent her entire life in Santa’s Village, gets a year’s sabbatical to experience
the outside world, and then decide if she would like to take over the family business
upon her father’s (the current Santa’s) retirement. Annie is in charge of Toy
Manufacturing. She oversees the production and distribution of all toys and her division
is a well-oiled machine. She is stellar at her job and while her parents don’t want to
lose her, they know that they must offer her this opportunity. Because of her father’s
tales, she chooses Los Angeles for her Christmas sabbatical, and soon the adventure
begins. Larry Levinson is the executive producer for Larry Levinson Productions.

MULLIGAN, written by actor Peter Facinelli (“Nurse Jackie”), is the story of Eddie
James, an actor stuck in a big Rabbit’s suit on a popular children’s show. What he really
wants is to be a respected actor. Annie Baker is a widow and mother to 6-year-old,
Taylor, a precocious child with a big heart. She’s a huge fan of Mulligan the Rabbit and
she’s slowly losing her eyesight. Annie’s running late to the diner where she works.
Eddie’s on his way to landing a big role in a big budget feature when…. the two cars
collide. Thankfully, no one’s hurt, but the accident will set them both on a new path.
Neither is looking for love, but soon, Eddie’s heart melts when he sees first-hand how
much Taylor loves Mulligan. Eddie sets out to help pay for an experimental surgery for
Taylor when he lands a big role. At a fork in the road, which will he choose? Love or
the job he’s always dreamed of? Larry Levinson is the executive producer for Larry
Levinson Productions.


       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 nearly 90 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed
through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home
satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the
highest-rated cable networks and is the nation’s leading network in providing quality


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        family programming. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network is Hallmark Movie
Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the greatest family movies of all
time.
        For more information, please visit www.hallmarkchannelpress.com.
        Become a fan of Hallmark Channel on Facebook and Twitter
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