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Interview: Michelle Vicary

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Now that the holidays are over, most people are dreading their credit card bills and thinking they spent too much during the holiday season. Some people who aren’t dreading the recent holiday season are the fine folks at the Hallmark Channel.

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Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Under Wraps' Brings In Record Ratings

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Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas continues to shows off its holiday strength and reach record heights with the Saturday, November 29 original movie premiere of Christmas Under Wraps averaging a colossal 5.0 HH coverage area rating and 5.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. The unparalleled debut marks the year’s #1 HH rated original movie premiere on all of cable and secured the spot as the #2 most watched cable original movie premiere among Total Viewers. To top it off, the premiere becomes Hallmark Channel’s highest rated and most watched telecast in network history. The movie delivered exceptionally among key demos, including W25-54 (1.2 million), W18-49 (930,000), A25-54 (1.6 million), and A18-49 (1.3 million).

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Interview: Teri Polo

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The Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas is in full swing and continues with a brand new movie The Christmas Shepherd that will air this Sunday, November 23rd at 8/7c. The film stars Teri Polo as Sally Brown, a successful children's book author and Army widow who loses her late husband's German Shepherd, Buddy, only to later find him adopted by a new family - a single father and his daughter. Each finds a sense of Christmas spirit as they struggle to decide with whom the dog really belongs.

Teri is certainly no stranger to the Hallmark brand as she has worked on several projects with the network. She’s built an impressive resume which includes memorable appearances on television shows like The West Wing, Sports Night, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the cult series Brimstone. On the big screen, she’s appeared in hit films such as The Little Fockers, Domestic Disturbance and The Arrival. Currently, she stars in the hit ABC Family drama The Fosters.

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Interview: Erin Krakow

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The Countdown to Christmas celebration continues on the Hallmark Channel this coming Sunday, November 9 at 8/7c with the all new holiday movie A Cookie Cutter Christmas. The films follows Christie Reynolds (Erin Krakow), one of two longtime rivals and elementary school teachers that duke it out during the holidays in a Christmas cookie bake-off, but their real feud ignites over a shared interest in a handsome single dad. With both determined to win the prize and the romance, their competitiveness could jeopardize what matters most this Christmas season.

Erin Krakow is certainly no stranger to the Hallmark Universe. She stars in the hit series When Calls the Heart which was recently renewed for a second season. Erin sits down with the Pop Culture Principle to talk about her new holiday movie, the message she would like viewers to take away after watching the movie and what the Hearties mean to her and the rest of the cast of When Calls the Heart.

Pop Culture Principle – What attracted you to this particular project?

Erin Krakow – Well, working with Hallmark has just been a dream from the start. I was really excited to have the opportunity to work with them again on something a little different. It is a story with a lot of heart and I also appreciated the fact that there is quite a bit of comedy. We get to see a lot of different sides of my character; some flattering and some not so flattering. It was an exciting role to get to play.

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Interview: Sarah Carter

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One thing you can always look forward to during the holiday season is some fantastic programming from the Hallmark Channel. The network returns with its Countdown to Christmas celebration which will feature 12 brand new original movies. The first of those movies is One Starry Christmas starring Sarah Carter (TNT's Falling Skies).

Sarah plays Holly, an aspiring astronomy professor who finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy during her holiday travel. As she decides between this new cowboy and her practical boyfriend, she must decide whether it's better to play it safe in love, or let an adventurous cowboy steal her heart. The movie will makes its debut on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday, November 1, 8/7c.

Sarah was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about the movie, working with Hallmark and if she believes if there is a soul mate out there for everyone.

Pop Culture Principle - How did this particular project end up on your radar?

Sarah Carter - I'd never done a Christmas movie. The script was sweet, which was a welcome change from most of the work I've done in the past 5 years. I was a bit surprised I was offered the role to be honest, but when I was, I thought it might be a fun opportunity to test out my softer side.

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Hallmark Channel Renews 'Cedar Cove' For Third Season

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Hallmark Channel is proud to announce its first-ever original scripted primetime series, “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,” based on the New York Times bestselling author’s beloved book series and starring internationally renowned actress Andie MacDowell, has received a third season renewal. “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” finished its second season as the #1 Primetime Drama on Saturday Nights at 8 p.m.

“‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove’ has captivated millions of viewers week after week with emotional, riveting and poignant stories of romance, family and friendships in an idyllic seaside town,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “It is not surprising that ‘Cedar Cove’ is touching so many viewers, and we owe that success to our star Andie MacDowell and this phenomenal cast, as well as Debbie Macomber, and one of the best show runners in the business, Sue Tenney. ‘Cedar Cove’ launched a new era on Hallmark Channel as our first primetime original scripted show, and we’re looking forward to its continued success.”

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James Denton Joins Cast Of Hallmark Channel's 'Good Witch'

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Hallmark Channel announces Golden Globe® Award and two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") has been added to the cast of its new Original Scripted Primetime Series, “The Good Witch,” starting production October 29th in Toronto. The series, based on the network’s most successful original movie franchise of all time, will star Catherine Bell (“Army Wives,” “JAG,” “Bruce Almighty”), who returns to the network as audience's beloved ‘good witch’ Cassie Nightingale, alongside series regular Bailee Madison (“Northpole,” “Just Go With It,” “Trophy Wife”). Denton will play Cassie's new next-door-neighbor, a divorced doctor and single dad who stirs things up in Middleton when he discovers Cassie's signature charm is more than just a magic touch. Season One will have 10 episodes and is slated for a Q1 2015 premiere.

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'Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ Moves To Hallmark Movies & Mysteries With New Extended Format

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Crown Media Family Networks announced today that Hallmark Channel original weekly scripted series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” executive produced and written by Martha Williamson (Executive Producer of “Touched by an Angel”), will move to sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as a movie franchise consisting of a series of two-hour original films. Debuting on November 23 at 9pm ET/PT, 8C, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas” will be the first movie in the franchise, with three more slated for 2015.

“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Martha Williamson and to bring her brand of rich and poignant stories to viewers on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “At their core, the narratives on ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ revolve around mystery and suspense, with compelling characters and dramatic storylines that will be enhanced by an extended format.”

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Interview: Julia Benson

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When you say the name Julia Benson, the first thing that will probably pop in your head is the series SGU Stargate Universe. Julia played the tough 2nd Lt. Vanessa James on the popular science fiction series for several seasons. She won the Leo award in 2010 for her work on the series.

There is much more to the Canadian born actress then SGU Stargate Universe. She has trained in ballet, worked in the theater and has had several roles on television and film.

Currently she plays Jeri Drake on the hit Hallmark Channel original series Cedar Cove. Jeri is the ex-wife of Jack Griffith. Although their marriage was brief, she was with him during the darkest period of his alcoholism.

Julia sits down to discuss becoming part of the series, if Jeri is still in love with Jack and advice she would give to up and coming actors.

Pop Culture Principle – When you were first approached about joining Cedar Cove, had you watched the show before?

Julia Benson – I had never actually seen the show, but knowing that it shot in Vancouver, I had auditioned a couple of times. We are always familiar with the stuff that shoots here so I was aware of it, but hadn’t seen it yet.

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Interview: Brennan Elliott

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Currently airing its second season, the Hallmark Channel original series Cedar Cove has become a solid hit for the network. The show is based on author Debbie Macomber's book series of the same name and follows Judge Olivia Lockhart as she weaves her way through relationships with friends and family as well as her job as a municipal court judge. The show has been consistently winning its time slot on Saturday nights and is pulling in fantastic ratings for the network.

One reason the show is doing so well is the work of actor Brennan Elliott who plays land developer and businessman Warren Saget. Brennan should be a name you know as he has a resume that would be the envy of many in Hollywood. He’s appeared in hit television series like Strong Medicine, Cold Case, The 4400, NCIS and The Crazy Ones to name a few. His talents aren’t just relegated to the small screen; he’s appeared in films such as The Silencer, Confession and Black Widow.

Brennan sat down with the Pop Culture Principle to talk about Cedar Cove, how important the fans are to the series and how he doesn’t play Warren Saget as a bad guy.

Pop Culture Principle – For those who have not seen the show, can you tell us about your character Warren Saget?

Brennan Elliott – Warren is a bit of a transplant. He wanted to leave the East coast and settle in a different kind of locale. I made some interesting backstory choices that for health reasons he wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Moving to this smaller lifestyle is better for his health and happiness. The island life is a much slower pace and at the same time, there are some business opportunities there as well. He has to deal with the locals and there way of life and how they deal with day to day life. Anybody from the big city who goes to a small town, the dichotomy and the dynamic between those two different types of people and cultures are very different. These differences can add a lot of humor, drama and a lot of interesting dynamics and conflicts.

Warren is a bit of a black sheep when he comes to town. The way he lives his life and operates not only his business, but his personal life, rubs people in Cedar Cove the wrong way.

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