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These Are All the Hallmark Stars Joining GAC Family Movies


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Which Hallmark stars are working on GAC Family projects?

Quite a few Hallmark stars are now also working with the new TV network, GAC Family. The network was launched in late September by Bill Abbott, who was previously the CEO of Crown Media’s Hallmark Channel. While most of the actors are still free to work with both GAC and Hallmark, at least one has signed an exclusive deal.


Danica McKellar Signed an Exclusive Deal with GAC Family

As Heavy previously reported, Danica McKellar has signed an exclusive two-year deal with GAC Family.

A GAC Media representative confirmed with Heavy that this exclusive deal means McKellar will only make rom-coms and holiday films for GAC Family during the term of her contract. The press release noted that the contract lasts through 2023. It’s not clear if her mystery movie series with Hallmark is covered by this exclusive deal or not.

McKellar and Tamera Mowry-Housley hosted the 2021 Christmas preview special on Hallmark in October. McKellar’s new movie, “You, Me & the Christmas Trees,” launched Hallmark’s 2021 Countdown to Christmas event on October 22.

Her first project will be a new movie called “The Winter Palace,” which will premiere on GAC Family on January 22, 2022. She will also executive produce the movie.


Trevor Donovan & Merritt Patterson Are Starring in a Movie

Trevor Donovan & Merritt Patterson are starring in the new “Jingle Bell Princess” movie on November 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Donovan is also starring in “Nantucket Noel” on Hallmark on November 19 and Patterson is starring in “Gingerbread Miracle” on Hallmark on November 5.

Donovan is doing more than just starring in a holiday movie with GAC Family. He’s signed a contract with them that involves starring in an executive producing movies for GAC Family, Country Music Alley reported. It’s not clear if this is an exclusive deal like McKellar’s or not.

Abbott tweeted that they have an expanded partnership with Donovan and will be spotlighting his efforts in preventing bullying.


Susie Abromeit Signed a Deal with GAC Family

Susie Abromeit is going to be one of the bigger stars we’ll see more frequently on GAC Family. Deadline reported that she signed a deal to star in four original movies and to host GAC Family’s Original Movie Nights, Deadline reported.

She also starred in “Much Ado About Christmas,” which just aired on GAC Family, launching its lineup of 12 Christmas movies. The movie was directed by Michael Damian, who directed Hallmark’s “Christmas Waltz.” She starred opposite Torrance Coombs.


Cameron Mathison Is Starring in a Movie

Cameron Mathison is starring with Jennie Garth in the GAC Family movie “A Kindhearted Christmas” on November 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Mathison also hosted GAC Family’s Christmas preview special in October. Mathison previously co-hosted Hallmark’s “Home & Family” before the series was canceled earlier this year. He also frequently appeared in Hallmark movies.


Debbie Matenopolous Hosted the Christmas Special

Debbie Matenopolous hosted GAC Family’s Christmas preview special in October with Mathison. She also previously hosted Hallmark’s “Home & Family” series with Mathison before it was canceled earlier in 2021.


Daniel Lissing Is Starring in a Movie & a Series

Daniel Lissing’s character, Jack, was killed off “When Calls the Heart” and he’s only starred in one movie on the network since. In a podcast with Paul Greene, who plays Carson on “When Calls the Heart,” Lissing admitted that everyone thought he was crazy when he chose to leave the series.

He said, in part: “I’ve got a very clear vision of what I want to do, how I want to do it, and the path that I choose to be on in this life… Man, I just loved playing Jack. I really, really did. If there was ever an opportunity to do anything again, I would not be opposed to it. But…in life, you’ve just got to make the decisions… OK what’s my purpose? What do I want to do? What do I want to achieve? What path do I want to be on? And how do I get there? … And so, super tough decision to walk away, as a lead actor of a television show in America…”

Now Lissing is going to star in a secret role on the two-part Christmas special for season 2 of “When Hope Calls.” The “When Calls the Heart” spinoff has moved from Hallmark to GAC Family.

Part 1 airs on Saturday, December 18, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. Part 2 airs immediately after Part 1 on Saturday, December 18, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

He’s also starring in “A Christmas Star” on GAC Media opposite Sara Canning. That movie premieres on December 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Lori Loughlin Is Starring in a Series

Lori Loughlin was one of the main stars of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart,” along with leading the “Garage Sale Mysteries” series. Hallmark parted ways with her after the college admissions scandal.

Now, Loughlin will be part of the two-part Christmas special, “When Hope Calls,” on GAC Family. You can watch a clip of her new role in Heavy’s story here.

Hallmark, in the meantime, has made it clear that they have no plans to bring Loughlin back into the fold. The official Hallmark Twitter account tweeted: “Hallmark Channel has not cast Lori Loughlin in any current projects, nor do we have any plans to cast her in the future. She was cast by GAC Family, a wholly separate cable network not affiliated with Hallmark Channel or Crown Media Family Networks.”


Sarah Lind & Dillon Casey Are Starring in a Movie

Sarah Lind, Dillon Casey, Jon McLaren, and Gabriel Darku are starring in “The Great Christmas Switch” on November 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern on GAC Family.


Rukiya Bernard & Dewshane Williams Are Starring in a Movie

Rukiya Bernard and Dewshane Williams are starring in “Christmas Time Is Here” on November 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Jessica Lowndes & Chad Michael Murray Are Starring in a Movie

Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray have both starred in a series of Hallmark movies. Now they’re starring together in “My Angel’s Christmas List” on GAC Family on November 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Jen Lilley & Brendan Fehr Are Starring in a Movie

Jen Lilley is starring in a GAC Family movie called “Royally Wrapped for Christmas” on November 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Becca Tobin & Matthew MacCaull Are Starring in a Movie

Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull are starring in “Christmas Is You” on GAC Family on November 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Maggie Lawson & Christopher Russell Are Starring in a Movie

Maggie Lawson and Christopher Russell are starring in “A Lot Like Christmas” on December 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern on GAC Family.


Jill Wagner & Nick Bateman Are Starring in a Movie

Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman are starring in “A Christmas Miracle for Daisy” on December 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern on GAC Family.


The ‘When Hope Calls’ Cast Is Joining

Many people who were in the original “When Hope Calls” cast are returning for season 2, which launches with a two-part Christmas special on December 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern on GAC Family.

People who are confirmed to be returning include Morgan Kohan and Ryan-James Hatanaka. However, Jocelyn Hudon — who also played in the lead opposite Kohan — will not be returning for season 2.


Cindy Busby & Sam Page Are Starring in a Movie

Cindy Busby and Sam Page are closing out GAC Family’s holiday season with “Joy for Christmas” on December 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

GAC Family is an evolution of the channel previously known as Great American Country. Learn how to watch GAC Family on TV here and how to stream movies on the channel here.

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