Hallmark Channel January 2012 Premieres and Highlights

J.R. Martinez

Hallmark Channel Encore Presentation
Monday, January 2 (3p.m. ET/PT, 2C)
Grand Marshal: J.R. Martinez

The special encore presentation of The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade celebrates this year’s majestic theme, Just Imagine… Join Grand Marshal and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez as he leads the beautiful pageantry and longstanding tradition of magnificent, floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands. More than 900 volunteers will have labored for a combined 80,000 hours to bring the country’s most amazing parade to life.

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, January 7 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C)
Starring: Brooke Burns, Dylan Bruno, Stacy Keibler, Valerie Harper, John Ratzenberger, Charlie Schlatter

Ashley Boyd’s (Burns) career as a fashion editor is on the rise and her love life could not be more perfect. But in order to earn a promotion by her boss (Harper) and her own column, she must first makeover immature sports writer Pete Camden (Bruno). Uncomfortable with the assignment, Ashley is encouraged by her best friend Mandy (Keibler) to rise to the occasion, especially when she learns the intended subject is Pete. But when Pete won’t commit to the project, afraid it will ruin his ultra-macho image, his boss Clayton (Ratzenberger) insists that an image makeover will be good for promoting Pete’s new book and he is left no choice but to cooperate. As Ashley chips away at Pete’s macho exterior she realizes he is actually more than he appears to be and as Pete gets to know Ashley, he begins to see her letting go and having fun, realizing he may have misjudged her. While the two remain distant, their best friends Mandy and Marty (Schlatter) quickly see that though Ashley and Pete are not perfect individually, they are totally perfect together. Now if only the stubborn pair would realize the same before it is too late!

Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, January 14 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C)
Starring: Teri Polo, James Patrick Stuart, Bailee Madison, Romy Rosemont, Rockmond Dunbar

When Gill Callahan (Stuart), a handsome retired firefighter and single dad, opens up a barbecue restaurant with the help of his firehouse friends (Dunbar), he ruffles the feathers of Sara Westbrook (Polo), the pretty but uptight owner of an upscale French restaurant. Gill’s eatery is soon a big success while Sara and Patsy (Rosemont), her pastry chef, struggle to bring in customers. As Gill and Sara grow heated with competition, a romance between them warms up and it takes Gill’s precocious young daughter (Madison) and a restaurant reviewer’s mishap to bring them closer than ever.

Hallmark Channel Premiere
Saturday, January 28 (5p.m. ET/PT, 4C)
Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith

Peter Banning is a 40-year-old corporate attorney who has lost any memory of being Peter Pan (Williams). Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Smith) and his children are asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, when there is a blinding flash. Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past. With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Roberts), Peter once again takes flight, and he’s off to Neverland to rescue his kids.


Sunday, January 29 (5p.m. ET/PT, 4C)
Starring: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce

Young Alan Parrish sits down to play a game with his friend, Sarah, and on a roll of the dice is mysteriously transported into the strange jungle realm of Jumanji. There he remains trapped for 26 years, until two newly orphaned children, Judy (Dunst) and Peter (Pierce), playing in the attic of Alan’s childhood home, free the now-adult Alan (Williams) from the game’s clutches. But to defeat Jumanji’s encroaching powers, the three reluctant players must find the now-grown Sarah (Hunt) and band together as a makeshift family to finish the game–before it finishes them.