The holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas provide wonderful uplifting, inspiring, and beautiful programming in the safety and security of homes. The Hallmark Channel is the premier television channel for the holidays and also provides its programming on DVDS and via streaming. Viewers can find the latest holiday programming that Hallmark provides in its Countdown to Christmas on its Web site. On November 19, the daily news bundle reports the Hallmark Channel will also be providing many special events for families during the holidays.
Hallmark’s daily news bundles report that today the Hallmark Channel is providing a maze of 557 illuminated Christmas trees in Herald Square, which is located at the intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue (officially named Avenue of the Americas), and 34th Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. On November 19, The Hallmark Channel presents one of its Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015 concerts in WV as part of its tour across the country. Further, viewers watching the Macy’s Day Parade from the warmth, comfort, and safety of their own homes can enjoy The Hallmark Channel’s “Heartwarming Holiday Countdown” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Furthermore, The Hallmark Channel has announced a special two-hour, holiday television event for December 26 of the premiere of Season Three for “When Calls the Heart,” a popular television series. This engaging, endearing series follows Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, after she moves from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.
Michael Landon Jr. produces this frontier television series. Like his father’s work before him, this tv series deals with classic, universal themes that stand the test of time: faith in the midst of tragedy, hope despite loss, community that heals the broken hearted, and the power of inner strength to overcome obstacles.
On November 19, in an exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Martin Cummins, who plays Henry Gowen, the adversarial coal mining manager in “When Calls the Heart,” Cummins provides some hints of how his nemesis character will develop in Season Three. Martin suggests that his character may become more humanized as his back story is revealed.
Martin has been a professional actor since sixteen years of age. He has often played the villain role that he sees as necessary to move and build the story. He has enjoyed playing the role of Henry Gowen for three seasons in “When Calls the Heart.” He says that in Season Three viewers will see how his character is more than a hard-hearted business guy but longs for relationships. Viewers are likely to become more sympathetic towards Henry Gowen, as they learn how he has been hurt and why he has become bitter. Viewers are likely to see Gowen develop and grow, along with the other characters in the series.
Martin has shared that this series that is grounded in a small town with its intergenerational stories and history of developing relationships has been refreshing for him as an actor, as it has been for viewers. It is a family series that the whole family can watch together. It deals with tough realities but processes them in ways that are positive, constructive, and role-modeling. It deals with universal and relevant themes of overcoming hardship to experience redemption, reconciliation, and renewal. It is a series that timelessly picturizes hope even in the midst of suffering and trials.
In another Hallmark special, Martin Cummins plays a solid, good guy role in Hallmark’s “The Christmas Shepherd” airing November 23. This movie is about a successful children’s book author, Sally, whose constant companion since the sudden death of her Army Veteran husband has been Buddy, a German Shepherd her husband brought home from a deployment. After Buddy gets out in a storm, Sally discovers days later that he is safe and re-homed, with widower Mark (Martin Cummins) and his teenage daughter, Emma. The film follows them as they work towards the best balance for all of them, even Buddy.
Cummins thinks Hallmark produces nice shows of simpler times and relationships. He believes these shows fill a vacuum for good, family programming. Movieguide.org has said that “WHEN CALLS THE HEART is an entertaining television show with a strong moral and Christian worldview. They have said, “The whole family can sit down and watch this show together, be entertained, and know that their faith and values won’t be offended.”
Those interested in and following the series can find more information about the series and see videos on hallmarkchannel.com . Season One and Two are available on DVD and streaming. The “WHEN CALLS THE HEART” SERIES, is based on the work of renowned author Janette Oke (known also for the “Love Comes Softly” series). The series is produced by Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy TV. Krevoy, Tony Blake, Robin Bernheim, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., and Michael Shepard are executive producers with Eric Jarboe and Neill Fearnley as co-executive producers. Their supporters, The Hearties, have their own Web site with ongoing information about the series.