TV’s Longest-Running Scripted-Show Franchise Enters Its 64th Year (!) with Its Latest Production This Weekend. Quick, Can You Name the Franchise (and No Fair Asking Marc Berman)

Jan 22, 2015  •  Post A Comment

TV’s longest running scripted-show franchise enters its 64th year this weekend with the televising of “Away & Back” this Sunday night on the Hallmark Channel.

It’s being presented under the banner of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame,” which is the franchise that began in 1951 with the Christmas Eve airing of ”Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

“Amahl” was the first time a TV program that aired nationwide was in color.

So is “Away & Back” for you and your family? Here’s what it’s about, per the Hallmark Channel folks:

“When a family of swans make their home on the Peterson farm, it’s love at first sight for 10-year-old daughter Frankie.  But along comes no-nonsense ornithologist Ginny Newsom, who rushes in to “save” the majestic birds.  For Frankie’s dad Jack, it’s dislike at first sight when he encounters pushy, know-it-all Ginny.  Frankie and her brothers are anything but neutral observers as they watch the initial hostility between their widowed father and the strong-willed Ginny transform into something else.  Could that be romance in the air?”


The movie stars Jason Lee and Minka Kelly.


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