Preview: ‘Christmas Comes Home to Canaan’ (Hallmark) With Billy Ray Cyrus

Christmas Comes Home to Canaan airs Saturday, December 17 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C) on Hallmark.

Synopsis: In “Christmas Comes Home to Canaan,” Cyrus reprises his role as Daniel Burton in the 1960s-era saga of a family’s experiences in racially charged Canaan, TX. In the story, Daniel’s son Bobber (Liam James, “The Killing”) needs extensive orthopedic surgery and months of intensive physical therapy to recover from being struck down by an automobile. Rodney Freeman (Matt Ward, “Christmas in Canaan,” “TRON: Legacy,” narrates the story), the young black man who Daniel took into his home and raised as another son, has become a famous writer and offers to fly Daniel and Bobber to San Francisco and to pay for the surgery.

Once in San Francisco, Daniel meets Briony Adair (Gina Holden, “Life Unexpected”), a physical rehabilitation specialist who will be working toward Bobber’s recovery. When therapy progresses slowly, Bobber invites Briony to come home to Canaan to spend Christmas with the Burtons and continue his treatment. Briony is a natural at caring for a thriving family, but Sarah (Emily Tennant, “Christmas in Canaan”), Daniel’s daughter distances herself not wanting to dishonor her late mother’s memory with the caring woman who has captivated Daniel’s time and attention.

A dust-up involving a Burton family Christmas tradition causes Briony to leave, and Sarah immediately feels sad that she behaved so jealously. Daniel begins to feel just as lonely as he discovers Sarah has applied to college and will leave home soon. Concerned with the thought of losing both Sarah and Briony, Daniel busies himself helping his neighbor Shoup (Julian D. Christopher, “Christmas in Canaan,” “Flashpoint”) overcome the prejudice of the townspeople who refuse to do business with an African-American merchant. Before long, business is booming and Daniel is too busy to notice that Sarah has made a trip to the West Coast to smooth things over with Briony. When Daniel returns home from work, he questions an extra place setting at the table. Daniel soon learns a very special friend has returned to Canaan.

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