GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY ANNOUNCES DANICA MCKELLAR SET TO STAR IN
ROYAL CHRISTMAS BALL,
ORIGINAL MOVIE FOR GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS 2023
NEW YORK, NY – February 15, 2023 – Great American Family today announced Danica McKellar is set to star in, Royal Christmas Ball, an original holiday movie premiering as part of the network’s highly anticipated annual holiday event, Great American Christmas 2023. In addition to starring in the film, “Dancing With the Stars” alum McKellar wrote the story with Marcy Holland and serves as one of the film’s executive producers. Teleplay by Marcy Holland.
In Royal Christmas Ball, Chelsea Shaw, a Chicago-based dance instructor whose adoptive parents have long since passed, travels to the small European country of Havenshire over Christmas break in search of her heritage… and maybe even family. Discovering that the only way to get access to information she needs on her quest is via the royal family, she accepts an offer to teach a very reluctant Prince a special Waltz for the traditional Royal Christmas Ball. By the end of this Christmas adventure, Chelsea finds love, answers to her deepest questions, and yes, family.
Royal Christmas Ball is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Danica McKellar, Kathy Ceroni, and Kelly Martin. Producer is David Anselmo. Writer is Marcy Holland.
ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY
Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials. Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @gactv
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GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY ANNOUNCES 18 ALL-NEW HOLIDAY ORIGINALS
FOR ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS EVENT BEGINNING OCTOBER 21
Network Grows Original Christmas Movie Slate by 50% In Year Two Further Establishing the Brand as a Holiday Movie Destination
NEW YORK, NY – October 6, 2022 – Great American Family today unveiled the 18 all-new original movies premiering as part of the network’s holiday programming franchise, Great American Christmas. The annual programming event returns on Friday, October 21 with original Christmas movie premieres every weekend, and Christmas movies 24/7, all-day and all-night, through the end of the year. The expanded slate of 18 new titles represents a 50% increase in the network’s holiday movie offering in year two and further establishes the brand as a destination for original Christmas movies.
Great American Christmas is America’s new home for the holidays. Original movie talent returning home to star in Great American Christmas include Daniel Lissing, Merritt Patterson, Jill Wagner, Cameron Mathison, Jen Lilley, Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe, Cindy Busby, Jessica Lowndes, Shae Robins, Casey Elliott, and Jillian Murray. Joining the Great American Christmas family in 2022 are Andrea Barber, Dan Payne, Marc Blucas, Jennifer Freeman, Joseph Cannata, Garrett Watson, Jesse Hutch, Paul Greene, the legendary Gladys Knight, and Candace Cameron Bure. Candy Rock Entertainment’s inaugural Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas…Present, features Bure in her first holiday original for Great American Christmas.
Destined at Christmas, Saturday, October 22 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Shae Robins and Casey Elliott:
Kim and Theo meet amid Black Friday shopping madness but there’s a definite spark between them. When a power outage causes some panic at a store, the couple gets separated. With Christmas coming, there should be plenty of distractions, but neither Kim nor Theo can forget the other. Both yearn to find each other but how with so little information to go on? It’ll take a little Christmas magic and destiny to bring them back together.
Catering Christmas, Saturday, October 29 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing:
A fledgling caterer, Molly Frost, is hired by Jean Harrison, the perfectionistic director of the renowned Harrison Foundation, to cater this year’s annual Christmas Gala dinner. Things get complicated when Molly falls for Jean’s nephew, Carson, 30s, a photographer with no desire to take over the family’s foundation — until his aunt assigns him to the task of making sure the catered dinner goes perfectly.
A Royal Christmas on Ice, Saturday, November 5 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Anna Marie Dobbins and Jonathan Stoddard:
Looking to escape his Royal life, a dashing prince comes to the United States to start a business in a small town in upstate New York and winds up falling for a former Olympic ice skater.
Love At the Christmas Contest (wt), Sunday, November 6 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Samantha Cope and Ross Jirgl:
For as long as she can remember, Angie’s favorite part of Christmas has been the Christmas Eve tree lighting in town square. But this Christmas, her first without her mom, Angie doesn’t feel much like celebrating… until she learns her mom had always dreamed of winning the annual tree decorating contest and seeing her tree lit up in town square. Angie realizes winning the contest and decorating the town’s tree is the perfect way to honor her mom. What Angie isn’t expecting is her high school sweetheart David and his adorable daughter Gabby to enter the contest, too.
A Merry Christmas Wish, Saturday, November 12 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison:
An NYC advertising executive returns to her hometown to sell the family farm, but instead reconnects with her childhood friend and gets involved with organizing the yearly Winter Wonderland, which takes place on the property.
My Best Friend’s Christmas, Sunday, November 13 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Breanne Hill and Colton Little:
When a woman returns home to find her ex in a relationship, she enlists her best friend to act as her fake boyfriend for the holidays.
Christmas At Pine Valley, Saturday, November 19 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Kristina Cole and Andrew Biernat:
Natalie is the owner of a successful farm and home goods store that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends a reporter named Josh to profile Natalie’s company thinking it’s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalie’s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends. Knowing how much the article will help struggling farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her “family” and Christmas traditions are all real.
My Favorite Christmas Tree, Sunday, November 20 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Emma Johnson and Giles Panton:
Kyla is a skilled genealogy researcher who’s made a thriving business of putting together family trees. When she comes across new information regarding her mother’s mysterious extended family, Kyla and her sister travel to the charming town of Conifer, hoping to piece together their ancestry. The search leads Kyla to a generations-old Christmas tree farm, its stubborn, handsome owner – and potentially, love.
Christmas at the Drive-In, Friday, November 25 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe:
A property lawyer works to prove that her town’s Drive In Theater, a local institution is not closed down at the holidays, finding romance with the very person who is trying to sell the property.
I’m Glad It’s Christmas (fka Someday at Christmas), Saturday, November 26 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jessica Lowndes, Paul Greene, and Gladys Knight:
An aspiring Broadway singer is convinced to participate in a small-scale production for her local Christmas celebration. Along the way, she finds hope and unexpected mentorship towards her dream career. But will her professional success come at the cost of her chance at love?
Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas…Present, Sunday, November 27 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Candace Cameron Bure and Marc Blucas:
Maggie and Eric are busy parents of teenagers who embark on a trip to the home of Maggie’s widowed brother to celebrate Christmas. Everyone has different expectations of the perfect holiday. Through a series of transformative events, Maggie learns to embrace the season.
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, Saturday, December 3 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Andrea Barber and Dan Payne:
Ivy struggles with the long shadow cast by her late mother, Muriel, the darling of Icicle Falls; head of the Candy Cane Lane Lights Extravaganza, owner of The Christmas Haus, and a former TV star known adoringly as the “Christmas Maven.” This Christmas, a series of comical and mysterious events bring the town together in a masterstroke of perfection only the “Christmas Maven” herself could appreciate. A Candy Rock Entertainment production.
B&B Merry, Sunday, December 4 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jen Lilley and Jesse Hutch:
Renowned luxury travel blogger, Tracey Moore, is invited to a Christmastime getaway in exchange for a review of a smalltown B&B. Despite her initial reservations, she finds herself wanting to help the property… and falling for the owner’s handsome son, Graham, who helps her to learn that every experience can be five-star when shared with kindred spirits.
Big Box Christmas (wt), Friday, December 9 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jennifer Freeman and Garrett Watson:
Two exes finally reconnect when a snowstorm leaves them stranded in a superstore (without cell service or Wi-Fi) just before Christmas.
A Prince for the Holidays (wt), Saturday, December 10 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Cindy Busby and Jilon VanOver:
Madison, an aspiring musician, jokingly tells her overbearing family that she is dating the prince of a small European nation. The joke goes too far as her friend and co-worker Sebastian is roped into impersonating the prince while visiting her family in New Jersey. Little does Madison know that Sebastian happens to be hiding a royal secret.
A Belgian Chocolate Christmas, Sunday, December 11 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jaclyn Hales and Zane Stephens:
A photographer takes her best friend’s place at a Belgian culinary school at the holidays and connects with the chocolatier leading the class. As romance begins to bloom, the only problem is a case of mistaken identity.
A Brush with Christmas Romance (wt), Saturday, December 17 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Jillian Murray and Joseph Cannata:
Over the week leading up to Christmas, Charlotte tries to capture her own unique style in the local art scene while also helping her mother run the family restaurant. Disheartened and struggling to find time for her art, Charlotte throws out her latest painting, only to discover that it has been anonymously submitted to the Christmas art festival. It turns out that Wyatt, a visiting artist, stumbled upon her discarded work and is now using the festival’s exposure to find its mysterious creator who has stolen his heart with her craft.
The Art of Christmas, Sunday, December 18 (8 p.m. ET), Starring Brigitte Kingsley and Joe Towne:
After her latest gallery exhibition literally goes up in flames, struggling artist Liv James accepts a teaching job at a local elementary school to make ends meet. Through this reluctant career move she discovers her true self, a new sense of purpose and a surprising romance.
ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY
Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials. Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family onTwitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @gactv
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SUSIE ABROMEIT AND JULIAN HAIG STAR IN
LOVE IN BLOOM
A US CABLE TELEVISION PREMIERE ON GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY, AUGUST 27
New Movie Premieres Continue Every Saturday Night
NEW YORK, NY – July 19, 2022 – Great American Family, America’s family-friendly destination for holiday movies and seasonal rom-coms, today announced Susie Abromeit (Much Ado About Christmas, Jessica Jones) and Julian Haig (Riverdale) star in the US Cable Television Premiere of Love In Bloom, which airs on the network, Saturday, August 27 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Love In Bloom is the latest premiere in Great American Family’s NEW MOVIE SATURDAY NIGHTS event which begins August 20 and runs through October 21. Great American Family previously announced the network’s highly anticipated holiday extravaganza, Great American Christmas, returns October 28 with all-new original Christmas movies and holiday content 24/7.
In Love In Bloom, Amelia (Abromeit) has the perfect life; a successful floristry in Chicago and a boyfriend who is about to propose. When her soon-to-be-married little sister and fiancé become marooned at a mountain retreat days before their wedding in Primrose River Australia, Amelia and the Best Man, Grayson Tanner (Haig), are tasked with stepping in to save the wedding. Amelia finds new meaning in the town’s beautiful gardens, and love when she least expects it.
Love in Bloom is executive produced by Jack Christian, D.J. McPherson, and Vanessa Shapiro. Producers are Steve Jaggi and Spencer McLaren. Co-Producers are Kylie Pascoe and Kelly Son Hing. Line produced by Elizabeth Symes. Rogue Rubin directs from an original screenplay by Samantha Benjamin.
ABOUT GAC Media
GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: Great American Family: Stories Well Told and Great American Living: Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, Great American Family features family-friendly series, original holiday movies and seasonal romcoms that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Living is the unscripted companion to Great American Family that celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.
MELANIE STONE, CASEY ELLIOTT AND BRIAN KRAUSE STAR IN
RETREAT TO PARADISE,
US CABLE TELEVISION PREMIERE, GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY, AUGUST 20
Movie Kicks Off New Premieres Every Saturday Night
NEW YORK, NY – July 14, 2022 – Great American Family, America’s family-friendly destination for holiday movies and seasonal rom coms, today announced Melanie Stone (Little Women, Cupid for Christmas), Casey Elliott (An Hour Behind, Out of Liberty) and Brian Krause (The Closer, Charmed) star in Retreat to Paradise, a US Cable Television Premiere airing on the network, Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Retreat to Paradise is the first film in Great American Family’s NEW MOVIE SATURDAY NIGHTS program event, premiering all new movies every Saturday night beginning August 20 through October 21. Great American Family previously announced the network’s highly anticipated holiday extravaganza, Great American Christmas, returns October 28 with all-new original Christmas movies and holiday content 24/7.
In Retreat to Paradise, Ellie Vaughn (Stone) tends to cantankerous and injured international tennis star Jordan Greer (Elliott) as he heals from a potentially career-ending shoulder injury. Jordan’s fear of being in even more pain and his lack of motivation has Ellie desiring to leave him in his misery, though longtime coach Neal (Krause) is not ready to throw in the towel on the idea that Jordan will recover and return to the courts. Little by little, Jordan comes to realize Ellie is exactly who he needs in his life at this moment, and he hopes that she will feel the same way.
Retreat to Paradise is executive produced by Brian Brough, Steven A. Lee, and Brittany Wiscombe. The film is directed by Brian Brough from an original screenplay by Brittany Wiscombe.
ABOUT GAC Media
GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: Great American Family: Stories Well Told and Great American Living: Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, Great American Family features family-friendly series, original holiday movies and seasonal romcoms that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Living is the unscripted companion to Great American Family that celebrates American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.
MERRITT PATTERSON AND TREVOR DONOVAN STAR IN ‘JINGLE BELL PRINCESS’ SET TO PREMIERE DECEMBER 4 ON GAC FAMILY
NEW YORK, NY – October 6, 2021 – GAC Family today announced Merritt Patterson (“Chateau Christmas,” “The Royals”) and Trevor Donovan (“Reagan,” “USS Christmas”) will star in the GAC Family original movie “Jingle Bell Princess.” The new holiday film premieres December 4 at 8pm ET/PT as part of GAC Family’s “Great American Christmas” franchise.
In “Jingle Bell Princess,” mechanical issues temporarily ground Princess Amelia’s (Patterson) royal jet. With the crew distracted attending to the repair, Amelia deplanes to walk through a magical Christmas tree lot on the airport’s perimeter. Soon she is chatting away with jovial owner, Harley and his adorable dog, Storm. Amelia looks at her watch, quickly realizing how much time has passed. Rushing to the runway, Amelia learns her jet departed believing she was onboard. A massive snowstorm moves in, grounding all air traffic in and out of Tucker, Maine. Amelia is devastated she may miss Christmas in her father’s kingdom. What looks like a royal catastrophe turns into an unforgettable holiday as Amelia is taken in by airline employee, Annie Cutler, and her son, Sam (Donovan). He’s a commoner and she’s a royal, but this Christmas, and Sam and Amelia’s shared attraction may cause this uncommon romance to take flight.
Executive producers of “Jingle Bell Princess” are Brad Krevoy, Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe, Amy Krell, Vince Balzano, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, and Kathy Ceroni. Producer is David Anselmo. Supervising Producers are W. Michael Beard and Michael Shepherd. Associate Producers are Kelly Martin and Kaitlyn Greenough. Don McBrearty directs from an original screenplay by James D. Hughes and Blaine Chiapetta. “Jingle Bell Princess” is adapted from His Jingle Bell Princess by Barbara Dunlop.
GAC Family (formerly Great American Country) launched on September 27 under the tagline “Stories Well Told” and features family-friendly, holiday-themed movies and series that celebrate American culture, lifestyle and heritage.
ABOUT GAC Media
GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: “GAC Family” Stories Well Told and “GAC Living” Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, GAC Family celebrates American culture, lifestyle and heritage with original holiday-themed, family-friendly movies and series. GAC Living is the unscripted companion to GAC Family that celebrates Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 and was organized by Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners LLC and Bill Abbott. Its ownership primarily consists of US-based family offices.