Premiere, a girl in search of a Christmas tree meets a handsome, obstinate man, on Sunday November 5th, 2017 at 5pm PT, 8pm ET on DirecTV
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/11/5 – “She’s actually the director of the tree lighting ceremony in Chicago,” says Miss Christmas star Brooke D’Orsay. “So it’s her job to find that magnificent tree that goes in the center that everyone stands around.”
“So in the script, it was originally written that Holly has a cat,” says D’Orsay. “I’m allergic to cats. I was just sort of going to grin and bear it. Do the Claritin and the eye drops and just sort of get through it. But then the first day of filming I said is it possible maybe I could have a little dog instead? They said absolutely. They got me a little Yorkie. And I grew up with a Yorkie.”
“She’s having a particularly hard time this year trying to finding that tree,” says D’Orsay. “So she digs through a bunch of letters and she gets one from a little boy who says I have the perfect tree you have to come to my home town and find it, and get it. But it turns out there is no return address on this envelope. So she has to go there and somehow find this little boy so she can find the tree. A little detective work.”
“She finds the owner of the tree, the guy who owns the tree, and he doesn’t want to part with it because, it’s still in the earth and has sentimental value,” says D’Orsay. There is an internal struggle do you chop it down or leave it there. It’s a bit of a moral dilemma for her.”
“My Aunt Carol she hosts Christmas every year and it got to a time where it seems sort of unnecessary to exchange gifts with each other because we have what we need in life,” says D’Orsay. “So she thought how about we adopt a family and give gifts to them instead of exchanging within our own family. It can be a family that you find thought the church or maybe someone in your family knows someone in need.”
“The true essence of Christmas is to be extending yourself to other people,” says D’Orsay. “I think it was good for the family, especially for the new kids in the family. Santa does show up for them as well. But I think it’s good for them at a young age to be sort of learning how be generous.”
Brooke D’Orsay is Holly Khun is the creative director of the Radcliffe Center. It’s her job to find a majestic Christmas tree to place in the plaza for the holidays.
The tree on it’s way to the plaza is damaged by a crane so she must find another tree for the upcoming lighting ceremony. She’s got ten days and to find one and get it to the plaza.
Chrystal Balint is Andrea Zeitz her boss. She wants to know how she’s going to find a tree big enough.
With time growing short Holly is wondering if she will be able to find a big and tall enough. Letters start arriving with pictures of trees. When Holly sees the one from Klaus, Wisconsin she’s determined to find it.
Luke Roessler is Joey McNary he’s eight-years-old and sent the photo, but no address. Just the mail stamp of Klaus. Holly leaves for Klaus the next day.
Marc Blucas is Sam McNary, who’s helping the city set up for the tree lighting. He’s also the father of Joey who sent the letter. Holly has met Sam and they liked each other, but they are polar opposites when it comes to what they think Christmas should be like. Perhaps surprisingly, he’s more about the gifts and she’s more about the feeling of Christmas.
Erin Boyes is Aimee, Joey’s aunt. She runs the bed & breakfast Holly’s staying at. Erin informs Holly that Joey’s father won’t give up the tree, but she’ll take her to meet her brother.
When Holly sees it’s the guy she met in town, she thinks she might be able to change his mind. Sam’s not willing to cut the tree as it has sentimental meaning for him. His parents initials are carved in the tree. It’s a last connection with his mother who’s no longer with them.
Greg Rogers is George Sam’s father. He’s ok with the tree going, as is Sam’s sister Aimee. But Sam will not budge. With three days on her deadline, Holly’s boss has given her an ultimatum. Either she comes back with the tree or don’t bother coming back. Does she really want to go back to the fast pass city or is small town life what she wants now?
- Brooke D’Orsay is Holly Khun
- Marc Blucas is Sam McNary
- Luke Roessler is Joey McNary
- Erin Boyes is Aimee McNary
- Greg Rogers is George McNary
- Fiona Vroom is Erin Kovacs
- Chrystal Balint is Andrea Zeist
- Parveen Dosanjh is TV Host/Reporter
Producers Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm. Directed by Mike Rohl. Written by Joie Botkin. Novel by Gigi Garrett. Director of Photography Ryan McMaster. Production Designer Eric Fraser. Art Director Kat Dombsky. Edited by Mark Adams. Casting by Jackie Lind.
Hallmark Channel is a Crown Media Family Networks’ 24-hour cable television network distributed to 88 million U.S. homes.