Hold the phone, Hallmark fans: your favorite network for heartwarming (and delightfully cheesy) movies will be rolling out 34 new original Christmas flicks this holiday season. Go ahead and start stockpiling all of your favorite Yuletide treats, because your future is filled with holly, jolly binge-watching.
According to Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news, that impressive number represents a new record for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Although, admittedly, the two channels came pretty darn close last year with a combined 33 holiday movies.
If the holidays feel like a dreadfully long way off, take heart. For starters, 2018 is already flying by. And you won’t even have to wait until December for the movies to start. Hallmark Channel will actually start dropping the first of this new holiday programming on Oct. 27 as part of its beloved “Countdown to Christmas.”
You’ll have to wait a teensy bit longer for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries to catch up, as its “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” block begins on Nov. 4. We’re going to go ahead and predict it will be well worth the additional wait.
While little is known at the moment about the movies that will be premiering, EW reports that fans will be treated to at least two familiar faces: Danica McKellar, who starred in Coming Home for Christmas last year, and Kellie Martin, who’s set to star in the tentatively titled Vet.
However, there is one small hitch in all this holiday giddyup. As usual, Hallmark will launch its summer holiday programming — from June 29 to July 8 for HMM’s Gold Crown Christmas and from July 6 to July 15 for Hallmark Channel’s Keepsake Christmas — but Hallmark will not be airing any new Christmas movies during the summer sessions. The channels will only be re-airing classic originals.
Still, it’s a small price to pay for the very merry barrage of movies awaiting us this winter!