Tonight’s TV Movie The Wishing Tree premieres Saturday November 10 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C) on Hallmark and stars Jason Gedrick & Erica Cerra.
The Wishing Tree Synopsis: Jason Gedrick (“Luck,” “Necessary Roughness”) stars with Richard Harmon (“The Killing”), Teryl Rothery (“Hellcats”) and Erica Cerra (“Eureka”), as an English professor still struggling to move on after the death of his wife. The professor finds renewed hope when he turns a troubled teen’s life around.
Professor Evan Farnsworth (Gedrick) works tirelessly at a prestigious boarding school in Maine, dedicating all his time to helping his students believe in themselves—even when he doesn’t have any hope left after the death of his wife two years earlier. Accepting a job to teach the students left behind during Christmas vacation, including talented scholarship student Juliet (singer Emmalyn Estrada), nerdy outcast Albert (Amitai Marmorstein, “50/50”) and privileged bad boy Drew (Harmon), Farnsworth quickly faces a challenge when Drew gets into trouble. Upset his wealthy parents ditched him for a Paris skiing vacation, he takes his anger out on the neighboring town’s ancient Wishing Tree, a bare tree decorated with handwritten notes containing the townspeople’s greatest holiday wishes. A loved tradition, it doubles as a fundraiser for needy families, depending on donations from eager wish-makers.
After spending a night in jail, Drew lets Farnsworth help him turn his negative attitude around by agreeing to volunteer with the Wishing Tree. Soon, Drew, Juliet and Albert arebecoming best friends as they help make Wishing Tree a success, under the thankful watch of Chairperson Madelyn (Rothery). Then everyone, including Farnsworth, is blindsided when Drew’s icy mother arrives to make sure Farnsworth is fired, upset after Drew’s stint with the law. Faced with the possibility of losing his job, Farnsworth is left with nothing as he packs his bags. But with the support of the attractive young theater teacher (Cerra), his dedicated students, and the spirit of his late wife, Farnsworth eventually finds that with the Wishing Tree, anything is possible.