‘When Calls The Heart—New Year’s Wish’: Hallmark’s Favorite Couple Returns In 2-Hour Christmas Movie Event, Leading Up To Season 3

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When Calls The Heart is back with a 2-hour “New Year’s Wish movie” special on Saturday, December 26, at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central in anticipation of Season 3’s February’s debut on the Hallmark Channel. This week’s sneak peek is designed to whet your appetite for the return of Hallmark’s favorite couple that 15 million viewers have come to adore, Elizabeth and Jack. Set around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, When Calls The Heart: New Year’s Wish is not just about exchanging gifts or putting on elaborate celebrations, it’s about spending quality time with those you love, and creating a place where everyone can gather together to bring in the New Year. This western-style television series is based on and inspired by the Canadian West book series by Janette Oke, according to Amazon.com. It stars Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher, Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton, Lori Loughlin as Abigail Stanton, Jack Wagner as Bill Avery, and Martin Cummins as Henry Gowen, according to TV Series Finale.

When it was announced several months ago that When Calls The Heart would return with Season 3, Hallmark Channel viewers couldn’t have been more excited. Jack and Elizabeth have had many ups and downs in their relationship, and Elizabeth’s big city ways continue to make Jack doubt whether Elizabeth knows who she really is and if her heart is really in Hope Valley.

Viewers have been fighting for producers to finally let the couple settle down and establish a real relationship, while developing a bevy of plots that would make it even more interesting. But some viewers don’t want to see things heat up too much on screen, stating that they want the episodes to stay kid and family friendly.

Some particular elements in When Calls The Heart: New Year’s Wish that stay true to Hallmark’s style and flow are scenes of the beautiful homes, the rich wood backgrounds, the cozy fireplaces, the wide landscape, and the fine clothing that make this great period piece very appealing for those who love old frontier life.

Each actor brings a sharp performance to their roles, and they seem to have a delightful working relationship behind the scenes. For actress, Erin Krakow, who plays devoted teacher Elizabeth Thatcher in When Calls The Heart, tying in the extremely good qualities that she remembers in her own teachers, helps her to pull off the schoolteacher role brilliantly. Qualities such as being devoted, passionate, and having a positive attitude that energizes and encourages children are exactly what she wanted to display in this role as Ms. Thatcher.

A few things about the cast of When Calls The Heart: New Year’s Wish, as written by Hallmark Channel.

Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton

“Lissing has worked extensively in Australia. He was recently a series regular on the ABC TV series ‘Crownies’ and he played the lead role of Ryan in the feature film ‘The Cure’ by Director David Gould, which shot in New Zealand earlier this year. Additional credits include the feature film ‘John Doe’ by Director Kel Dolen and numerous television series which include ‘Cops LAC’ (Nine), ‘Out of the Blue’ (Southern Star/BBC/TEN), ‘Packed to the Rafters’ (Seven), and ‘Home And Away’ (Seven).”

Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher

“Best known for her recurring role on Lifetime Television’s ‘Army Wives,’ rising star Erin Krakow has graced both the stage and screen during her acting career. A classically trained actor, Krakow studied at Juilliard, earning starring roles in a number of the esteemed school’s productions, including Viola/Sebastian in ‘Twelfth Night,’ Helena in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and Yelena in ‘Black Russian.’ “

Along with the storyline, some other things that When Calls The Heart‘s fans have come to love are Abigail’s tasty vintage recipes, such as her succulent chicken fried steak, creamy chicken pot pie, cinnamon-filled apple pie, and her fluffy buttermilk biscuits. Now, before the premiere of When Calls The Heart: New Year’s Wish airs, why not cook with Abigail and learn how to make a scrumptious frontier-like feast just in time for the holidays. You can find the recipes by visiting HallmarkChannel.com.

When Calls The Heart: New Year’s Wish Trailer

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