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[03/21/13 - 11:42 AM]
Bruce Dern Joins "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Star Zachary Gordon and Bailee Madison as Production Begins in Canada on "Pete's Christmas"
The film is the latest entry in "Walden Family Theater," a new series of family movies created by Walmart, P&G, Walden Media and ARC Entertainment.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

OSCAR(R), EMMY(R), AND GOLDEN GLOBE(R) NOMINEE BRUCE DERN JOINS "DIARY OF A WIMPY KID" STAR, ZACHARY GORDON, AND BAILEE MADISON AS PRODUCTION BEGINS IN CANADA ON "PETE'S CHRISTMAS" PART OF "WALDEN FAMILY THEATER" A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE IN HOLIDAY 2013

Molly Parker and Rick Roberts Co-Star; "Walmart and P&G Present Walden Family Theater", A New Series of Family Movies Created By Walmart, P&G, Walden Media, and ARC Entertainment, To Air Exclusively On Hallmark Channel

An overshadowed middle child gets an unexpected second chance - and third, fourth and many more - to make his family's disastrous Christmas day perfect when he finds himself destined to live the day over and over again. Hallmark Channel announces Oscar(R), Emmy(R), and Golden Globe(R) nominee Bruce Dern ("Django Unchained", "Monster"), Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid"), and Bailee Madison ("Bridge to Terabithia", "A Taste of Romance") will star in "Pete's Christmas", a Hallmark Channel original movie set to premiere Holiday 2013.

The film is in production in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada and will be part of Hallmark Channel's exciting new Friday appointment viewing night franchise, "Walden Family Theater", created in collaboration with Walmart, Procter & Gamble, award-winning family entertainment producer, Walden Media, and fast-growing independent studio, ARC Entertainment. "Walden Family Theater" is designed to further fill the void on TV for quality family entertainment.

At fourteen, Pete Kidder (Gordon) is sick of being the middle child in his family, always overlooked by his parents (Parker and Roberts). Unlike his brothers, jock Jake (Wesley Morgan, "The Rocker") and bookworm Kenny, (Peter DaCunha, "A Dark Truth), Pete hasn't yet developed a distinct personality that sets him apart, and he often feels left out. With the kids' grumpy grandfather (Dern) unexpectedly in town for Christmas, the pressure is on to make the day as great as Grandpa remembers with his late wife, but the holiday is filled with disastrous moments, including a toppling Christmas tree and a bout with food poisoning. Just when things can't get any worse, Pete wakes up the next day and realizes he's reliving December 25th all over again. Stuck repeating the day over and over, Pete panics, but slowly realizes, with the help of his new friend and next door neighbor, Katie (Madison), that he can use his unique gift for good and give this Christmas day the do-over it deserves.

"Pete's Christmas" is an Eh-Okay Productions / Pete's Christmas Productions Inc. in association with OutPost Media Inc. presented by Arc Entertainment, Walden Media, WalMart and Procter & Gamble. Heather Puttock and Michael Wright produced the film with Jason Netter and John Shepherd as executive producers. Nisha Ganatra directed from a script by Peter McKay.

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 available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, Frasier, and Happy Days. The channel is also home to a range of lifestyle programming, anchored by Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot, and Marie, a one-hour talk show hosted by iconic entertainer, Marie Osmond. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.





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[04/28/15 - 10:09 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look Trailer for Limited Series "Flesh and Bone"
The eight-hour limited series created by Emmy(R) award-winning "Breaking Bad" writer and executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, premieres Sunday, November 8.

[04/28/15 - 09:15 AM]
Disney Junior Orders Second Season of Hit Intergalactic Series "Miles from Tomorrowland"
The series, which charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they work together to help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, incorporates unique space and science facts into each storyline.

[04/28/15 - 09:00 AM]
VH1 Picks Up "Barely Famous" for Season Two
The series features sisters Erin and Sara Foster offering a tongue-in-cheek perspective on the culture of reality TV and the hypocrisy of everyday life in Los Angeles.

[04/28/15 - 08:35 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Keeps Demo Crown at NBC
Plus: "Stalker" returns to CBS up a tick from its last Wednesday airing.

[04/28/15 - 08:10 AM]
It's Best to 'Know Your Enemy' on the New Season of "Ink Master" Starting Tuesday, June 23 at 10 PM, ET/PT
This season it's not just about the rivalries the artists create during the competition, each contestant comes with their own personal tattoo rival - their master or apprentice.

[04/28/15 - 08:10 AM]
Underground Cooking Competition "Knife Fight" Returns May 26 on Esquire Network
16 New York area chefs will compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, but only one will be left standing.

[04/28/15 - 08:03 AM]
CBS Announces the New Reality Series "The Briefcase," Premiering Wednesday, May 27
The series features hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks who are presented with a briefcase containing a large sum of money and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part of it to another family in need.

[04/28/15 - 07:36 AM]
WE tv's New Explosive Original Series, "Cutting It: In the ATL" Premieres Thursday, May 21 at 10pm ET/PT
The series follows four glamorous and headstrong salon owners, as they compete to dominate the Atlanta hair game.

[04/28/15 - 07:22 AM]
Bravo Media Travels to the North Shore of Long Island for the New Docu-Series "Secrets and Wives" Premiering Tuesday, June 2 at 10 PM ET/PT
Navigating the pitfalls of marriage and divorce, these six women are all going through the process of reinventing themselves under the microscope of family, friends and exes.

[04/28/15 - 07:02 AM]
IFC Fulfills "Gigi's Bucket List" - Greenlights New Comedy Series Starring David Krumholtz
Eight half-hour episodes start shooting this June in Los Angeles.

[04/28/15 - 06:31 AM]
Hallmark Channel's Emmy(R)-Nominated Lifestyle Program, "Home & Family", Welcomes Back the Network's 2nd Annual "Renew-It-All" Sweepstakes
Following the initiative's successful launch in 2014, Renew-it-All will be back in a major way, guaranteeing one lucky family the chance to renovate and improve their home for a grand prize total that values at over $30,000.

[04/27/15 - 02:06 PM]
The Reign of "Thrones" Continues as Premiere Episode Outpaces Previous Season
HBO further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 12.

[04/27/15 - 02:00 PM]
FOX Sports 1 Offers Extended Coverage from Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao Superfight
FOX Sports 1 is on hand at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Broadcast Center throughout fight week, providing extended preview coverage for original studio programs.

[04/27/15 - 01:50 PM]
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards on Pop Become the Network's Most-Watched Live Event in Eight Years
POP spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/27/15 - 01:10 PM]
Oxygen Media's "The Prancing Elites Project" Dances Into Viewers' Hearts with Highest-Rated Series Premiere Among All Key Demos Since Network Rebrand
Oxygen further spins the numbers for Wednesday, April 22.