Shannen Doherty in New Hallmark Channel film, GROWING THE BIG ONE

Shannen Doherty Kavan Smith - Growing the Big One

Shannen Doherty (Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210) will star alongside Kavan Smith (Stargate: Atlantis) in Hallmark Channel’s city girl meets country boy movie, GROWING THE BIG ONE, airing October 23. The film will kick off the channel’s three month countdown to the holidays.

According to Hallmark Channel’s press release, Doherty will play Emma Silver, a chic Seattle DJ who learns her beloved grandfather has died, leaving her his farm in quaint Valleyville, Washington, along with a mountain of debt. To keep the bank from foreclosing on the farm, Emma must find a way to raise the money. Following her grandfather’s famed legacy, Emma decides to enter Valleyville’s annual pumpkin growing contest with his prized seeds and grow the world-record biggest gourd. If she can win the grand prize of $50,000, she can save the farm.

Given Emma knows next to nothing about farming, the task is daunting, especially after Emma’s new station manager (Smallville’s Sarah-Jane Redmond) makes reports from the pumpkin patch a regular feature on Emma’s show. To make matters even more complicated, Emma’s annoying neighbor Seth (Smith) cons her into becoming partners and sharing any prize money.

As Emma and Seth spend the summer nurturing their pumpkin plants, they grow closer and a romance develops. Finally feeling at home, Emma begins to carve out a simpler life in the country, but her relationship with Seth is threatened when her radio show becomes a hit and she gets a job offer in New York. Will Emma be able to grow the biggest pumpkin and win the money to save her grandfather’s farm, or is the greatest prize one she just can’t put a price on?

This is my absolute favorite kind of television holiday movie. Am I alone or is anyone else a little excited for this film and the others that will follow as we get closer to the holidays?

Growing the Big One will air on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, October 23 at 9pm/8 central.