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Broadcasting Christmas (2016)

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Two news broadcasters who previously were in love fight for a position as a morning talk show host that they both want, ultimately finding what made them like each other so much in the first place.

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Peter Sullivan

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Michael Varrati (story), Topher Payne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Emily Morgan
Dean Cain ... Charlie Fisher
Cynthia Gibb ... Patrice Montgomery
Jackée Harry ... Veronika Daniels
Richard Kline ... Stanley Morgan
Sophie von Haselberg ... Gina Serrato
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Ruth Morgan
Joanna Howard ... Kate McQueen
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ... Shirley Henderson
Ash Santos ... Daisy (as Ashley Santos)
Krista Braun ... Abby
Todd Litzinger ... Jimmy Eubanks
Stephanie Fantauzzi ... Allison Davenport
Joyce Cohen ... Sylvia Fisher
Daren Kelly ... Fred Fisher
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When her on-air partner decides to depart America's favorite morning show, "Rise and Shine's" Veronika Daniels announces that she will be choosing her new co-host from a handful of candidates that includes Charlie Fisher, a local NY newscaster who is the son of a broadcasting legend. However, when Emily Morgan, a human interest reporter for the local Connecticut station, makes an impassioned on-air plea to be considered for the job, the game changes for everyone as video of Emily's declaration goes viral and the network brass decide to put her in the running. Veronika delights in the healthy competition she sees brewing, and encourages the candidates to bring their A game in the segments and stories they do between now and the Christmas Day Telethon, when she will announce her choice. As the competition narrows, and it becomes clear that either Charlie or Emily are going to get the job, they begin to rediscover a spark between them that started long ago. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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This Christmas...Love is on the air


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Broadcast See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Aired as the seventh of nineteen original films in The Hallmark Channel's 2016 "Countdown to Christmas" lineup. See more »

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References Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) See more »

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Fast paced, fun romance
28 November 2016 | by moravickjenniferSee all my reviews

"Broadcasting Christmas" tells the story of small town reporter Emily (Melissa Joan Hart), who's been stuck in the same small Connecticut town for years, covering simple local stories, while her ex- boyfriend Charlie (Dean Cain) has moved on to bigger and better things in Manhattan. When the co-host of a big morning show suddenly quits, Emily tries to apply for the job, but her longtime friend, producer Patrice (Cynthia Gibb) says they're only considering "names." This sends Emily into a jealous tirade, live on air, in which she begs for a shot. The clip goes viral and now the network has no choice but to offer her a chance to compete for the position along with some other, more-qualified contenders, including... you guessed it... her ex-boyfriend Charlie. As the Christmas Day telethon approaches, where the winner is going to be announced, the competition grows more and more fierce... all while our lead couple start to rekindle their feelings for one another. Who will get the job? Who will get the guy?

What makes this movie stand out is that it's not a traditional small town Christmas story. It's set in the big city and it takes place in the cutthroat world of broadcasting journalism. The movie moves at a faster-than-expected pace, features a healthy dose of witty, snappy dialogue, and has two terrific performances by the leads. Melissa comes across as a scrappy fighter and you love her for it, while Dean is the more sympathetic one who discovers a unpleasant secret about his own success. They have a fun chemistry that straddles the line between straight romance and workplace rivalry... again, making it feel different.

"Broadcasting Christmas" is one of the better Hallmark movies in recent memory and definitely worth a close look this holiday season.


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