Hallmark Rings In New Year With Marathon Trio


Hallmark Channel has premiered its record

sixth Saturday night holiday film

with the Dec. 27 showing A Kiss at Midnight, starring Faith Ford, Dyan Cannon and Hal Linden. But that doesn’t mean the family friendly network has put an end to stunting.

Hallmark Channel will ring in 2009 with a trio of marathons.  The festivities begin with two day-long holiday movie marathons on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Then, on Friday, January 2, Hallmark Channel welcomes Lucy Ricardo to the network with a day of I Love Lucy episodes as the redhead finds herself in the most unlikely jams, scrapes and dilemmas. 

The service will then cap off the month with a two-day-long “Rough ‘N Ready” movie marathons featuring the likes of Tinseltown toughs as John Wayne, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood on Jan. 24-25.

On New Year’s Eve Hallmark will help you relive the Christmas season by presenting Felicity: An American Girl Adventure at  9 a.m.; Samantha: An American Girl Holiday at 11 a.m.; Papa’s Angels at 1 p.m.; A Town Without Christmas at 3 p.m.; When Angels Come to Town at 5 p.m.; Finding John Christmas at 7 p.m.; A Boyfriend for Christmas at 9 p.m.; and The Christmas Choir at 11 p.m.

The New Year’s Day marathon begins with Angel in the Family at 9 a.m.; A Christmas Visitor at 11 a.m.; The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at 1 p.m.; Fallen Angel at 3 p.m.; All I Want for Christmas at 5 p.m.;  Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus at 7 p.m.; Meet the Santas at 9 p.m.; and Our First Christmas at 1 a.m.

The I Love Lucy marathon is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 2 as a prelude to the sitcom classic appearing in a host of Hallmark time slots:  Saturdays, beginning Jan, 3, from 6 – 9 a.m.; Sundays beginning Jan. 4, from 1 – 3 a.m. and 8:30 – 10 a.m.; Mondays, beginning Jan. 5, from 1 – 3 a.m.; and weekdays beginning Jan. 5, at 8 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.