Press release from Hallmark Channel, July 28, 2016:
On the heels of its “Summer Nights” programming event, Hallmark Channel will celebrate the fall season with the return of “Fall Harvest,” an exciting lineup of four new, original world premiere movies and new, original specials that reflect the special traditions and sensibilities of autumn.
Included on the schedule – and a high-profile component of the network’s ongoing animal welfare corporate philanthropic initiative – is a special salute to canine heroism as Hallmark Channel presents the 6th Annual “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(R),” (Friday, October 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT) hosted by James Denton (“Good Witch,” “Desperate Housewives”) and Beth Stern (“Kitten Bowl”).
Also part of the network’s fall season schedule is a new, original special, “America’s Night of Hope,” (Sunday, September 18, 10 p.m. ET/PT), an evening of celebration and inspiration taped live at Detroit’s Comerica Park and hosted by Joel and Victoria Osteen.
As autumn kicks into high gear, Hallmark Channel continues to be the viewing destination for seasons and celebrations when the “Fall Harvest” programming event returns with the premiere of “Seeds of Love” (Saturday, October 1, 9 p.m. ET/PT) starring Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”). The tribute to all things autumn continues throughout the month and also features the premiere of “Good Witch Halloween” (wt) (Saturday, October 22, 9 p.m. ET/PT). Starring Catherine Bell (“Army Wives,” “JAG”), Bailee Madison (“Northpole: Open for Christmas,” Just Go with It, Trophy Wife) and James Denton (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”) this special, two-hour Halloween-themed installment of the popular weekly series will get fans ready for the spookiest night of the year – Middleton style!
Below is the line-up of Hallmark Channel’s Fall original programming:
‘AMERICA’S NIGHT OF HOPE’ (new, original special) – Sunday, September 11 (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of Lakewood Church, the nation’s largest, welcome hundreds of thousands of people to stadiums and arenas nationwide 11 times yearly for “Night of Hope” events. Each year one city that is deemed in particular need of inspiration and celebration is chosen for a special “America’s Night of Hope.” This year’s “America’s Night of Hope” will be recorded live at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI, and edited into this one-hour original special, marking the event’s first-ever presentation on a major television network.
‘SEEDS OF LOVE’ (new, original movie) – Saturday, October 1 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Stars: Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”)
Aimie Roarke (Williams) is always up for a cause, whether it’s helping a local animal shelter or hosting a bake sale for the Fire Department. When it’s announced that the town’s beloved oak tree is going to be cut down, she takes it upon herself try and save it. When the Mayor hires Kyle Sorenson, a handsome landscaper to cut it down, she decides the only way to save the tree is to chain herself to it. As Kyle attempts to outwait her, the two spend more time together and discover that the old tree brings them both more than they could have imagined in life and love.
‘PUMPKIN PIE WARS’ (new, original movie) – Sunday, October 9 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Grandma McKinley and Grandma Harper have led a small-town family feud for years with the pumpkin bake-off at the Chester County Harvest Festival. This year, the torch is being passed to their adult grandkids, Carrie and Sam. But things get complicated when Carrie and Sam unexpectedly fall in love with each other and embark on a secret romance. If they can help their families see the error of their ways and mend the rift between families, this year’s pumpkin pie contest is sure to be the best ever.
‘AUTUMN IN THE VINEYARD’ (new, original movie) – Saturday, October 15 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook (“Perception”)
Frankie Baudouin is determined to turn Sorrento Ranch into an award-winning winery and Nate DeLuca shares the same dream. But they don’t exactly have a trusting relationship ever since Nate embarrassed her with a kiss in front of the entire town. So when Nate finds himself forced to corporate with Frankie in order to make their dreams come true, sparks fly.
‘GOOD WITCH HALLOWEEN’ (wt) (new, original movie) – Saturday, October 22 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Stars: Catherine Bell (“Army Wives,” “JAG”), Bailee Madison (“Northpole: Open for Christmas,” Just Go with It, Trophy Wife) and James Denton (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”) and
Cassie (Bell) welcomes a popular fantasy author and her editor to Grey House. Before long, Cassie inspires her to hold the launch party for her latest book right there in Middleton, which shares mysterious and surprising similarities with her stories. Work begins to transform Middleton into the book’s Halloween-inspired setting of Tarynsville but when the event is threatened, Cassie must conjure up a way to save the day – all the while helping the author and editor find a long-simmering love. Meanwhile, a medical emergency keeps Sam (Denton) busy at the hospital and away from Cassie until a surprise patient brings them closer than ever.
6TH ANNUAL ‘AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS(R)’ (new, original special) – Friday, October 28 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Hosts: James Denton (“Desperate Housewives,” “Good Witch”), Beth Stern (“Kitten Bowl”)
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, presented for six years by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, shines a spotlight on our canine companions and the countless ways they enrich, protect, and save lives every day. Each year, the American public and a special celebrity judging panel select eight special dogs from a national pool of nominees, one in each in the following categories: Search & Rescue, Military, Law Enforcement, Arson, Guide/Hearing, Service, Therapy, Emerging Hero (recognizing ordinary pets who have done extraordinary things).