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Former Hallmark Star Danica McKellar Joins GAC Family

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Former Hallmark Star Danica McKellar Joins GAC Family

By Movieguide® Staff

Hallmark star Danica McKellar, best known for her appearances in yearly “Countdown to Christmas” movies, announced that she would join new competitor GAC Family. 

McKellar, who starred in Hallmark movies since 2015, will star in and executive-produce four new movies for the new cable network. 

McKellar’s final Hallmark movie, YOU, ME, & THE CHRISTMAS TREE, premiered on Oct. 22. The stars’ first movie on GAC Family will be THE WINTER PALACE, set to release in January 2022. 

Movieguide® previously reported on GAC Family and former CEO of Hallmark Channel’s parent company Crown Media Family Networks, Bill Abbott: 

Abbott, who helped Hallmark grow its streaming content and become one of the most popular family-friendly channels in the market, left in Jan. 2020 after the company came under fire after a commercial featuring a gay marriage.

“At GAC, we’re focused on creating strong brands, compelling programming and a consistent family friendly viewing experience across multiple genres,” Abbott said. “The launch of GAC Family and GAC Living is the next phase in our strategy to bolster the company’s portfolio with networks that deliver on the promise of safe and entertaining storytelling that enriches lives.”

GAC reportedly confirmed that their new channels look “like a page from the Hallmark Channel playbook under Abbott.”

Through GAC Media, Abbott plans to create family-friendly series and movies about “American culture, lifestyle, and heritage.” 

GAC Family also revealed that they are working with former Hallmark star Lori Loughlin in the WHEN CALLS THE HEART spinoff, WHEN HOPE CALLS. 

Movieguide® reported

WHEN CALLS THE HEART fans are in for a treat this holiday season as Lori Loughlin returns in Season 2 of the spinoff WHEN HOPE CALLS CHRISTMAS.  

In a first-look preview for the new season, Loughlin is seen alongside Carter Ryan. 

Based on the popular Hallmark series, the first part of the two-part debut event will premiere on the new GAC Family network on Dec. 18.