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Hallmark Channel and GAC Media’s Biggest Stars’ Current Status With Their Network

Feel-good films for all! After decades of being the ruler of holiday movies, Hallmark Channel found itself competing for Christmas viewership at the hands of GAC Media.

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When former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel’s parent company) Bill Abbott acquired GAC, originally Great American Country, in June 2021, the landscape of cheerful seasonal films changed.

In fact, Hallmark has now found itself battling to see which of its stars will push the brand forward and which ones will jump ship for GAC Media — which has two channels, GAC Family and GAC Living.

One month after GAC Media launched its two channels, the first hit to the Hallmark roster came in the form of Danica McKellar signing a multi-picture deal with the competition.

Feel-good films for all! After decades of being the ruler of holiday movies, Hallmark Channel found itself competing for Christmas viewership at the hands of GAC Media.

When former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel’s parent company) Bill Abbott acquired GAC, originally Great American Country, in June 2021. The landscape of cheerful seasonal films changed.

In fact, Hallmark has now found itself battling to see which of its stars will push the brand forward and which ones will jump ship for GAC Media — which has two channels, GAC Family and GAC Living.

One month after GAC Media launched its two channels, the first hit to the Hallmark roster came in the form of Danica McKellar signing a multi-picture deal with the competition.

“Danica is a world-class talent who is among TV’s most beloved and enduring stars,” Abbott said in an October 2021 press release. “Her combination of creativity and passion is second to none, and I am thrilled to have her join GAC’s close-knit family.”

While some other Hallmark stars joined McKellar in GAC Media’s holiday lineup during the fall and winter of 2021, it wasn’t until early 2022 that Crown Media began making moves of its own.

Hallmark’s parent company announced in February 2022 that it cemented a deal with Lacey Chabert, who is the star of one of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries franchises. Signaling that they weren’t backing down from GAC’s fight over talent.

“Lacey’s warmth, talent, relatability, and creative sensibilities have endeared her to millions of Hallmark viewers for more than ten years, making her one of our most in-demand stars.” EVP of programming at Crown Media Family Networks, Lisa Hamilton Dalysaid in a press release. “In addition to shining on screen, Lacey is a prolific behind-the-scenes creative partner. Developing and executive producing many of our highest-quality, most-beloved projects of all time.”

Hallmark Channel fans, however, didn’t see it coming when two months later, Candace Cameron Bure announced that she was switching to GAC Media. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries star had been in 18 of the mysteries movies for the network. It was dubbed the “Queen of Christmas” for her holiday work ahead of her departure.

“I make them because I love them.” Cameron Bure exclusively told Us Weekly in November 2021 ahead of the release of her final holiday film for Hallmark. “And I know that the viewers that watch them really love them, and they mean something to them.”

Scroll down to see which of your favorite Hallmark Channel and GAC Media stars stand with their respective networks:

Tamera Mowry-Housley Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Tamera Mowry-Housley

Ahead of GAC’s launch, Mowry-Housley cemented her place within the Crown Media family in November 2020. The Sister, Sister alum signed an overall deal to star and executive produce a batch of new projects for Hallmark and joined Home & Family in December 2020 as a contributor.

Danica McKellar Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Danica McKellar

The former Hallmark Matchmaker Mysteries star inked a deal in October 2021 with GAC Media. Her exclusive four-picture agreement included an executive producer role on original films for both GAC Family and GAC Living. McKellar, who was last seen in Hallmark’s You, Me & the Christmas Trees, made her GAC debut with January 2022’s The Winter Palace.

Trevor Donovan Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Trevor Donovan

In October 2021, the 90210 alum signed an overall deal with GAC Media after previously starring in 12 Hallmark movies. His new deal included both acting and working as an executive producer for the network. Donovan’s first GAC Family film, Jingle Bell Christmas, debuted in December 2021.

Susie Abromeit Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Susie Abromeit

The A Perfect Christmas actress inked a four-film deal with GAC Media in October 2021. In addition to starring in the original movies, Abromeit will host GAC Family Original Movie Nights. That same month, the Massachusetts native made her GAC Family debut with Much Ado About Christmas.

Lori Loughlin Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Lori Loughlin

Crown Media cut tied with the Full House alum following her arrest and involvement in the college admission scandal in 2019. Loughlin, who was the star of the network’s long-running series When Calls the Heart, made her return to TV in December 2021 on GAC Family’s two-part Christmas special for When Hope Calls. The new network announced earlier that year that Loughlin would reprise her role of Abigail Stanton on season 2 of the spinoff.

Jen Lilley Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Jen Lilley

GAC Media announced in January 2022 that Lilley would be starring in four original movies for the network over the next two years. Unlike many of her former Hallmark costars, the General Hospital alum’s multi-picture deal didn’t say it was exclusive to the company. Lilley was last seen in 2022’s Where Your Heart Belongs on Hallmark Channel.

Lacey Chabert Hallmark Channel and GAC Media Biggest Stars Current Status With Their Network

Lacey Chabert

The Mean Girls actress made an exclusive multi-picture deal with Crown Media Family Networks in February 2022. Her deal includes headlining projects for Hallmark Channel over the next two years, working as an executive producer and “developing other content” for the network and “other Hallmark platforms,” according to a press release. Chabert is best known for her work on The Crossword Mysteries franchise, the All of My Heart trilogy and the 2022 Wedding Veil trilogy.

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Chiara

Source: US Magazine

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Chiara Lombatti
Chiara Lombatti
When Cristina Yang’s mankind hate, and Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills meet Randall Pearson’s anxiety and Jamie Fraser’s multilingualism (featuring Claire Fraser’s curls and Kate Pearson’s voice). Translator and feature article with a great love for cinema, TV series and books.

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