The holiday season is officially underway, but it has been since last month over on the Hallmark Channel.
The network started its “Countdown to Christmas,” daily offerings of festive movies, in October.
On Friday, “An Unexpected Christmas” makes its debut, starring Tyler Hynes and Joy Lenz. The film, executive produced by Matthew R. Brady, story by Greg McGoon and written by Paul Campbell, is about a a guy [Hynes] who convinces his ex-girlfriend [Lenz] to pose as a couple for Christmas.
“I love the fact that [the Countdown To Christmas] creates an event, an anticipation, an atmosphere that is warm leading into the holidays,” Hynes told CNN in a recent interview.
Lenz added, “I love that you can always count on, pardon the pun, there being a new Chrismtas story every week. Multiple times a week and I love the build up of the anticipation for the holiday season. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Hallmark.”
“An Unexpected Christmas” airs at 8 p.m. EST on the Hallmark Channel.