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Hallmark’s 2019 Christmas lineup includes 40 new movies. Here are our top 3 picks

Hallmark’s 2019 Christmas movie lineup includes appearances from Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, country superstar Dolly Parton, and fan favorites Candace Cameron Bure and Chad Michael Murray, among others.

Lacey Chabert hosts a first look at original movies premiering this holiday season during Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas.
Lacey Chabert hosts a first look at original movies premiering this holiday season during Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The countdown to Christmas is on.

Hallmark recently announced its 2019 holiday movie lineup — a grand total of 40 films over two channels — and everyone from Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth and country superstar Dolly Parton to fan favorites Candace Cameron Bure and Chad Michael Murray is joining the fun. The countdown kicks off Oct. 25, and here are the three we’re most excited about.

“Two Turtle Doves”

“Two Turtle Doves” marks a re-teaming of actors Michael Rady, Nikki DeLoach and writer Sarah Montana — who were all a part of this year’s “Love to the Rescue” — so we already know there’s going to be great chemistry and a well-written script. The film is evidently about DeLoach’s character settling the estate of her beloved grandmother, who has passed away, when she meets Rady’s character, who is a widower dealing with his own grief. As they search for a special family ornament of two turtle doves, will they find love and Christmas miracles?

“Write Before Christmas”

“Write Before Christmas” is a “One Tree Hill” reunion of sorts, starring Torrey DeVitto and Chad Michael Murray. While the film’s premise does sound like a rip-off of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” I’m still looking forward to this one. In the film, DeVitto sends five Christmas cards to people who have influenced her life, including a pop star (Drew Seeley) and a music teacher, whose son is played by Murray. In the clip Hallmark aired, DeVitto and Murray pretend to be a couple — even kissing (with him in a Santa suit!) to impress her ex. It looks funny and romantic, with loads of heart.

“Double Holiday”

“Double Holiday” stars Carly Pope and Kristoffer Polaha, who is one of my Hallmark favorites. It’s also written by the queen of Hallmark writers, Nina Weinman, and it is the first Countdown to Christmas film to involve Hanukkah since 2012’s “Hitched for the Holidays.”

Here is the full schedule below.

Jill Wagner and Andrew Walker host this second look at new, original holiday movies premiering during Hallmark Channel’s upcoming Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles programming events.
Jill Wagner and Andrew Walker host this second look at new, original holiday movies premiering during Hallmark Channel’s upcoming Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles programming events.
Alexx Henry/Alexx Henry Studios, LLC

Hallmark Channel

“Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses”

Stars: Jill Wagner, Matthew Davis, Donna Mills

Airs: Saturday, Oct. 26

“Merry & Bright”

Stars: Jodie Sweetin, Andrew Walker, Sharon Lawrence

Airs: Saturday, Nov. 2

“Christmas Scavenger Hunt”

Stars: Kevin McGarry, Kim Shaw

Airs: Sunday, Nov. 3

“A Christmas Duet”

Stars: Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Teryl Rothery

Airs: Sunday, Nov. 9

“The Mistletoe Secret”

Stars: Kellie Pickler, Tyler Hynes, Patrick Duffy

Airs: Sunday, Nov. 10

“Double Holiday”

Stars: Kristoffer Polaha, Carly Pope

Airs: Saturday, Nov. 16

“The Christmas Club”

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Cameron Mathison

Airs: Sunday, Nov. 17

“Picture a Perfect Christmas”

Stars: Merritt Patterson, Jon Cor

Airs: Saturday, Nov. 23

“Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays”

Stars: Adrian Grenier, Kaitlin Doubleday, Priscilla Presley, Chase Bryant

Airs: Sunday, Nov. 24

“Check Inn to Christmas”

Stars: Rachel Boston, Wes Brown

Airs: Monday, Nov. 25

“A Gift to Remember 2”

Stars: Ali Liebert, Peter Porte, Tina Lifford

Airs: Tuesday, Nov. 26

“Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen”

Stars: Erin Krakow, Luke Macfarlane, Kimberley Sustad

Airs: Wednesday, Nov. 27

“Write Before Christmas”

Stars: Torrey DeVitto, Chad Michael Murray, Drew Seeley

Airs: Thursday, Nov. 28

“Christmas at the Plaza”

Stars: Ryan Paevey, Elizabeth Henstridge

Airs: Friday, Nov. 29

“Christmas in Rome”

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Sam Page

Airs: Saturday, Nov. 30

“Christmas Town”

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Tim Rozon, Beth Broderick

Airs: Sunday, Dec. 1

“A Christmas Love Story”

Stars: Kristin Chenoweth, Scott Wolf

Airs: Saturday, Dec. 7

“Christmas at Dollywood”

Stars: Danica McKellar, Niall Matter, Dolly Parton

Airs: Sunday, Dec. 8

“Christmas in Evergreen”

Stars: Paul Greene, Maggie Lawson, Barbara Niven, Holly Robinson Peete

Airs: Saturday, Dec. 14

“Alice in Christmasland”

Stars: TBD

Airs: Sunday, Dec. 15

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

Stars: Eric Mabius

Airs: Saturday, Dec. 21

“Holiday Date”

Stars: Brittany Bristow, Matt Cohen

Airs: Sunday, Dec. 22

“When Calls the Heart Christmas”

Stars: Cast of “When Calls the Heart”

Airs: Wednesday, Dec. 25

“New Year, New Me”

Stars: TBD

Airs: Saturday, Dec. 28

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

“A Merry Christmas Match”

Stars: Ashley Newbrough, Kyle Dean Massey

Airs: Friday, Oct. 25

“Nostalgic Christmas”

Stars: Brooke D’Orsay, Trevor Donovan

Airs: Thursday, Oct. 31

“Two Turtle Doves”

Stars: Nikki DeLoach, Michael Rady

Airs: Friday, Nov. 1

“A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas”

Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Benjamin Ayres

Airs: Thursday, Nov. 7

“Holiday for Heroes”

Stars: Marc Blucas, Melissa Claire Egan

Airs: Friday, Nov. 8

“A Christmas Miracle”

Stars: Tamera Mowry, Brooks Darnell, Barry Bostwick

Airs: Thursday, Nov. 14

“A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love”

Stars: Kathie Lee Gifford, Cindy Busby, Ben Hollingsworth

Airs: Friday, Nov. 15

“Our Christmas Love Song”

Stars: Alicia Witt

Airs: Thursday, Nov. 21

“Christmas Under the Stars”

Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Autumn Reeser

Airs: Friday, Nov. 22

“The Christmas Wish”

Stars: Ashley Williams, Paul Campbell

Airs: Friday, Nov. 29

“This Time of Year”

Stars: Laura Osnes, Stephen Huszar

Airs: Thursday, Dec. 5

“Time for You to Come Home for Christmas”

Stars: TBD

Airs: Friday, Dec. 6

“Christmas in Montana”

Stars: TBD

Airs: Thursday, Dec. 12

“Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday”

Stars: Jen Lilley, Carlo Marks

Airs: Friday, Dec. 13

“An Unforgettable Christmas”

Stars: Ashley Greene

Airs: Thursday, Dec. 19

“A Family Christmas Gift”

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Patti LaBelle, Dion Johnstone

Airs: Friday, Dec. 20