HALLMARK CHANNEL UNWRAPS FIRST 2023 HOLIDAY MOVIE "A BILTMORE CHRISTMAS" STARRING BETHANY JOY LENZ AND KRISTOFFER POLAHA PRODUCTION BEGINS IN JANUARY TO AIR DURING HALLMARK CHANNEL'S 2023 "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS"
Movie Will Shoot Entirely on Location at the Historic Biltmore Estate in
Asheville, North Carolina
STUDIO CITY, CA - December 20, 2022 - Now that Hallmark Channel has aired its final original movie premiere of the 2022 "Countdown to Christmas" programming event and again takes the lead as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Q4 (9/26-12/18),* the network unwraps its first original holiday movie for 2023 with "A Biltmore Christmas," starring Bethany Joy Lenz ("Good Sam," "An Unexpected Christmas") and Kristoffer Polaha ("We Wish You a Married Christmas," Jurassic World: Dominion). Production is set to begin this January in Asheville, North Carolina at the historic Biltmore Estate, renowned for its classic holiday traditions since 1895. Although this National Historic Landmark has been home to many productions over the years, this movie marks the first time Biltmore Estate itself serves as the setting.
"Each year we look for ways to create exciting, new holiday viewing experiences for our audience," enthused Samantha DiPippo, Senior Vice President, Development, Programming, Hallmark Media. "We know fans will love being transported back in time and the iconic, beautiful Biltmore Estate is the perfect setting to help fans get into the holiday spirit."
"A Biltmore Christmas" Description:
Lucy Collins (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she's hired to write the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie His Merry Bride! First filmed in 1947 at beautiful Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. As Christmas approaches, Lucy travels to Biltmore Estate for research. She joins a guided tour of the grounds where she gets insights into the history of the location and the filming of His Merry Bride!, and once inside the house, she's drawn to a beautiful hourglass. When Lucy accidentally knocks it over, she finds herself transported back in time to 1946 - the Golden Age of Hollywood - as cast and crew prepare to film His Merry Bride! at Biltmore. Lucy does her best to navigate an unfamiliar place as a woman out of time, charming some and raising suspicions of others. It's not long before Lucy catches the eye of the film's dashing lead Jack Huston (Polaha) and although she initially rebuffs his advances, their connection soon becomes undeniable. Lucy's sudden appearance sets off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, she must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever. Lucy has one chance to go home but must say goodbye to the man who might be her soulmate unless some Christmas magic can keep the curtain from closing on their love story.
"A Biltmore Christmas" is from Hallmark Media. Dustin Rikert is executive producer and Andrew Gernhard serves as producer. John Putch directs from a script by Marcy Holland.
*Source: Nielsen Live+SD Program based data, 9/26/22-12/18/22, Total Day M-Su 6a-6a. Excludes News/Sports networks; Networks that share feeds are weight averaged to daypart based on duration.
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Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, Biltmore House is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family's original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore Estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues and Biltmore For Your Home, the company's licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.