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Emmy(R) Award Winner Rhea Perlman and Jason Gedrick Star in 'The Christmas Choir' a Hallmark Channel Original Movie Premiering December 6
Cindy Sampson, Tyrone Benskin and Marianne Farley also star in the original movie, which is based on a true story.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]



Heartwarming Film Inspired by a Remarkable True Story

Four-time Emmy� Award winner and six-time Golden Globe nominee Rhea Perlman ("Cheers") and Jason Gedrick ("Windfall") star in "The Christmas Choir," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie which premieres Saturday, December 6 (9/8 c). Peter Svatek directs this touching holiday movie which is inspired by true events about the miracle of music and how a little bit of kindness can make a world of difference.

Peter Andrews (Gedrick) is a workaholic accountant with no interest in the holidays. What he doesn't realize that is he has shut out everyone from his life, including his fianc�e Jill (Cindy Sampson, "Swamp Devil"). When Jill decides she can't go through with the marriage, Peter finds his calling in helping the less fortunate. He meets a homeless man named Bob (Tyrone Benskin, "300"), who inspires Peter to start a choir at the homeless shelter. With the help of Sister Agatha (Perlman) and the men at the shelter, Peter turns his life around, making the choir's success his main priority. He even meets a new love interest, Marilyn Stone (Marianne Farley, "Lotto 6/66"), who works in the subway station where the choir performs.

Working with the homeless allows Peter to realize that everyone deserves a second chance, at life, love, and relationships. He also learns the value of giving one's time as opposed to just writing a check, something he has always been good at. Ultimately, Peter's involvement in the choir not only unites him with some unlikely friends and reunites him with his father, it brings the entire city together around what he and Bob call the miracle of music.

Inspired by a true story, "The Christmas Choir" is a Towers Pictures/Muse Entertainment Muse Entertainment production. Lisa Towers, Joel S. Rice, Irene Litinsky and Noel Hedges are the executive producers, and Michael Prupas is the producer. Peter Svatek directed from a script by Donald Martin.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 85 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel which plays the greatest family movies of all time, Hallmark Movie Channel, and launched Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April, 2008.

  [september 2008]  


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