There's no middle ground to Patricia Heaton's newest television effort: She's very happy to be a producer.
As she continues starring in ABC's Wednesday sitcom "The Middle," now in its fourth season, the two-time Emmy winner for "Everybody Loves Raymond" also is behind a project that's a family matter in several ways. Debuting Sunday, Dec. 2, the Hallmark Channel movie "The Christmas Heart" was written by Heaton's brother Michael, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer -- as was their late father, Chuck, a noted sportswriter.
"I think Michael's passion for his other writing comes from his being able do these kinds of stories," Heaton tells Zap2it. "As a journalist, you pretty much report facts, so to be able to spin this wonderful tale out of your imagination is sort of a nice outlet. We've had this story around for a long time; I talked about it in a meeting with Hallmark, »
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