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July 9, 2014
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HALLMARK CHANNEL’S BELOVED POSTABLES RETURN
TO DELIVER HOLIDAY LETTERS THAT CHANGE LIVES
IN A SPECIAL, TWO-HOUR EVENT,
‘SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED CHRISTMAS’
FROM "TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL" EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MARTHA WILLIAMSON
PREMIERING HOLIDAY 2014
Part of Hallmark Channel’s COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS,
The #1 Most Treasured Holiday Destination by Television Viewers;
Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson;
With Special Guest Stars Marion Ross and Rob Estes
The inspiring postal detectives who won over audiences earlier this year in Hallmark Channel’s original primetime series are back to join the network’s beloved COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered Christmas” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Holiday 2014. Created, Executive Produced and Written by "Touched By An Angel" Executive Producer Martha Williamson, the two-hour event brings back Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”) and Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) for an emotional holiday story that follows the Postables working overtime to help a struggling family find hope on Christmas Eve, and in turn, the Postables themselves are changed forever. Special guest stars for the holiday movie are Marion Ross and Rob Estes. Hallmark Channel’s COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS is the #1 most treasured holiday destination by television viewers.
“Martha Williamson’s brilliant writing is so powerful that she creates the perfect story to be shared on Hallmark Channel during our annual ‘Countdown to Christmas,’” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “We couldn’t resist bringing her beloved characters back to celebrate Christmas with our viewers for an awe- inspiring story that will resonate beyond the holiday season.”
With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the beloved quartet of post office detectives—Oliver (Mabius), Shane (Booth), Rita (Lowe) and Norman (Gustafson)—are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher (Ross). When they receive an emotional last-minute plea not meant for Saint Nick, but instead written to God, they must delay their own travel plans to make sure one little girl doesn’t lose her Christmas joy—something Oliver and Shane are also struggling to find as they each face painful holiday memories. With a little guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan (Estes) the Postables are more surprised than anyone to discover they've been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered Christmas” is a Muse Entertainment production in association with MoonWater Productions. Executive Producers are Martha Williamson (“Touched by an Angel”), Joel S. Rice (“Cyberbully”) and Michael Prupas (“The Kennedys”). Harvey Kahn (“The Haunting Hour”) is the producer. Allen Lewis is supervising producer. Marcie Gold and Kevin Fair are consulting producers. Kevin Fair directed from a teleplay by Martha Williamson. Story by Kerry Lenhart, John J. Sakmar and Brandi Harkonen.
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 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 Neverending 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
ABOUT MARTHA WILLIAMSON
Martha Williamson made television history when her CBS series "Touched By An Angel" set a new standard for an inspirational family drama when it grew to a weekly audience of 25 million viewers during its initial nine year run. As Executive Producer of the ground-breaking series, she was the visionary who guided the series into previously uncharted territory with her unique brand of storytelling that produced more than strong ratings; it changed lives. She went on to seal her place in history when she became the first woman to solely executive produce two one-hours simultaneously with "Promised Land,” which aired for three years on CBS. She began her career in comedy with the producing teams for Carol Burnett and Joan Rivers and went on to write and produce situation comedies such as “The Facts of Life,” “Family Man” and “Jack’s Place” for all the networks before making the transition to one-hour drama. Her work has been inducted into the Television and Radio Hall of Fame and honored with numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murray Responsibility in Television Award, the Templeton Prize Epiphany Award and nine Emmy® nominations.
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