Ready for another new Hallmark Channel Christmas movie? Join the club!
The network’s 7 Night Thanksgiving Movie Event continues tonight with the premiere of “The Christmas Club,” starring Cameron Mathison (“Home & family,” “A Summer to Remember”) and Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost,” “The Expanse”).
Written by Julie Sherman Wolfe (“Christmas in Montana,” “Marry Me at Christmas”) and based on the book of the same name by Barbara Hinske, “The Christmas Club” shows viewers how small, random acts of kindness can make a big difference in people’s lives, and that fate has a way of stepping in when you need it to most.
Of the Jeff Beesley-directed film, Mathison shared with International business Times at Christmas Con 2019 earlier in November that the movie is very special because of the onscreen chemistry he has with his co-star, Mitchell.
“What I’m excited about this movie is that there’s the humor in it. The lightness, the banter, the humor,” he told IBT. “…[Elizabeth Mitchell] and I are the leads, and we just have a really good rhythm and trust and dynamic and back-and-forth. And a lot more humor and cuteness came out of it than I expected. I’m excited for fans to see that, ‘cause I think that’s something that they love in these movies. The fun.”
For screenwriter Wolfe, one of her favorite parts of the new Hallmark movie is how Mathison and Mitchell perfectly brought to life one of the early scenes in the film.
“It’s when they make up their fake story to [elderly woman[ Gertrude, [played by Gabrielle Rose], of how they found her money,” Wolfe told IBT in a phone interview. “It was exactly how I pictured it, which is them improv-ing a story, and then looking at each other, like, ‘Really? That’s where you’re going with it?’ It was so cute the little looks between them. It was exactly what I pictured. It was great. I was really, really happy with that.”
Wolfe continued, sharing her thoughts on the lead actors: “Elizabeth Mitchell, she’s amazing. She did some stuff in a couple of scenes that really elevated it to a different level that I couldn’t have even dreamt of. It was really good. And Cameron, too. Super charming and funny. Really funny.”
Check out the full synopsis of the new Hallmark movie right here:
“When dance teacher olivia (Mitchell) and business consultant Edward (Mathison) first cross paths they’re helping an elderly lady, whose Christmas Club savings blew away,” the synopsis begins. “Replacing her money with their own, they go off together and wind up in the park, where a vendor gives them free pecans, the first of many pay-it-forward acts Olivia and Edward will experience. Clearly on the same wavelength, they now spot some swings and end up in a “who can go higher” battle, ending with a heartfelt conversation and a connection so strong they awkwardly feign a need to go back to work. But when Olivia gets to her dance studio, her magical day turns sour.”
The synopsis continues: “The owner of the studio has decided to sell, and Edward’s client is buying it! Now Olivia will lose her job and there’ll be no place for the dance recital. Then Edward shows Olivia an empty storefront where she can start her own studio. When it looks like her loan will be delayed Olivia goes to the bank, declining Edward’s offer to help, and claims she must do this herself. Unbelievably, word that the loan has gone through comes soon after. Olivia is overjoyed until she spots Edward hugging the loan officer and realizes he went behind her back. Declaring they can’t have a relationship if he doesn’t believe in her, Olivia stubbornly leaves. It looks like not even a little Christmas magic is going to bring these two back together, unless fate steps in.”
See all the funny and sweet moments of “The Christmas Club” when it premieres on Hallmark Channel on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST.