Crown Media announced that the Hallmark Channel will bring back its annual “Christmas in July” programming schedule, starting with the new original movie “Crashing Through the Snow,” which premieres on July 10 at 9 p.m.
In “Crashing Through the Snow,” Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first. When Jeff’s new girlfriend, Kate (Brooke Nevin), spontaneously invites Maggie along to their Christmas getaway in Aspen, she jumps at the chance to spend a Yuletide holiday away with her two daughters. Although Maggie feels like a third wheel crashing their Christmas, she’s not alone, as Kate’s hapless brother, Sam (Warren Christie), shows up unannounced. Always seeming to live in Kate’s shadow, Sam, for once, wants to come out ahead, and he convinces Maggie that, together, they can compete with Kate and make this Christmas the best one ever. Neither of them is adequately prepared for the blended family challenges that lie ahead — or the feelings they develop for one another.
Directed by Rich Newey and written by Tamar Laddy, “Crashing Through the Snow” is executive produced by Stan Spry, Eric Woods and Ryan M. Murphy. Anthony Fankhauser and Devan Towers are co-executive producers.
Here is the full “Christmas in July” programming schedule:
2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)
Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.
Soap Sunday (July 18)
Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.
Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)
Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.
Blake Shelton Night (June 28)
Inspired by the award-winning musician’s 2012 song “Time for Me to Come Home,” Hallmark will air the three romantic-mystery films on which Shelton served as an executive producer: “Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas” at 6 p.m., “Time for You to Come Home for Christmas” at 8 p.m., “Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas” at 10 p.m.
Holiday Jam Session (July 2)
Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.
Salute to Christmas (July 3)
A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.
Family on the 4th! (July 4)
To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay, at 10 p.m.
Also in today’s TV news roundup:
HBO Max announced that “Starstruck” will premiere on June 10. From Rose Matafeo, the romantic comedy series follows Jessie (Matafeo), a millennial living in East London balancing two jobs and the aftermath of accidentally sleeping with famous movie star Tom (Nikesh Patel). “Starstruck” also stars Sindhu Vee, Emma Sidiand and Minnie Driver and is written by Matafeo and Alice Snedden. The series is produced by Avalon and executive produced by Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Rob Aslett, with Toby Welch serving as series producer. Karen Maine directed the six-episode season.
HBO released a trailer for “Revolution Rent,” premiering on June 15. Directed by Andy Señor Jr. and Victor Patrick Alvarez, “Revolution Rent” follows Señor Jr. as he returns to Cuba, the homeland of his exiled parents, to stage “Rent,” the first commercial American production performed in Havana in over 50 years. “Revolution Rent” is written by Señor Jr., produced by Scott Fenn and Christine O’Malley, and executive produced by Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Christian, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Robert Nederlander, Jr, Marvin Kaplan, Jacob Parker, Stanley Browne, Zoe Chapin, Shea Martin, Karim Amer and Mark Berger.
PBS Voices has released the short documentary “Senior Prom” on YouTube. The 14-minute film follows queer senior citizens at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s senior prom. The cast, all older adult residents at the Center’s Triangle Square apartments in Hollywood, tell their unique stories and dance up a storm at the annual event. Filmed at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank at the 2017 and 2019 events, “Senior Prom” is directed by Luisa Conlon and produced by the queer, female-led production company Cousins. Watch the short film below.
Univision Communications Inc. has tapped Michael “MC” Cerdá as its first executive vice president of product and engineering and streaming. In his new role, Cerdá will oversee the product and technology development strategy and execution for Univision’s streaming portfolio, focusing on the company’s new streaming service PrendeTV. Cerdá, who previously led product management and international expansion for Disney Plus, will report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, Univision’s president and chief transformation officer.
Rachel Weisz, Rob Riggle and Willie Jones will be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and Tan France will appear on “A Little Late With Lily Singh.”