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Monday, June 28, 2010

Set Your DVRs: Christmas in July

Set Your DVRs for Saturday July 3rd to enjoy a double feature of holiday-themed made-for-TV movies. On the Hallmark Channel, at 10 am they are broadcasting 1986's A Smoky Mountain Christmas followed immediately by 2009's Christmas in Canaan at noon.

Later in the day, the Hallmark Channel will again broadcast both movies: at 6 pm will air Christmas in Canaan and at 9pm A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Dolly Parton and Lee Majors star in A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Billy Ray Cyrus stars in Christmas in Canaan,
a movie based on the book written by Kenny Rogers.

However, I recently received word from the Hallmark Channel that they have no plans for a Christmas in July program--unlike in previous years. This scheduling of movies is actually in promotion of Dolly Parton's new TV special debuting at 8pm on Saturday night Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood. This special features Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus amongst others. Although this isn't officially Christmas in July programming, I'll still enjoy it for what it is. Thanks Hallmark Channel!