Hearts of Christmas, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ new movie, is the kind of holiday film that makes the viewer feel both the challenges and blessings of life. Hearts of Christmas, which is directed by Monika Mitchell and written by J.B. White, tells the story of a community hospital that faces massive layoffs around the holidays after the new chief executive officer tries to curb costs. But when past angels inhabit the spirit of the neonatal intensive care center, the tight-fisted new boss has a change of heart. Starring in Hallmark’s latest movie is Emilie Ullerup as Jenny Miller, Kristoffer Polaha as Matt Crawford, and Sharon Lawrence as Alice Shelby, according to The Californian.
Movie Synopsis: Hearts of Christmas, Airing on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
It’s Christmas at the local community hospital, and the staff is busy preparing for the annual Christmas celebration. A lot of work goes into pulling off the perfect party for the staff members as a way of honoring all of the hard work they do during the year.
This year is no different. And Jenny Miller couldn’t be more excited. However, her plans are restricted after she learns that her favorite supervisor, Alice Shelby, is being forced to retire early to cut down on hospital costs. In a panic, Jenny makes it her business to find out who is responsible for firing Alice.
It doesn’t take long for Jenny to pinpoint the hospital’s new CFO Matt Crawford. Jenny knows that barging into Matt’s office could cost her her own job, but she is willing to face his wrath. However, Jenny is in for a big surprise, Matt isn’t the bad guy that she had pictured in her mind. He is, of course, very dedicated to his job, and since he’s a numbers cruncher, he is eager to complete the job he was hired to do—to save the hospital money.
What’s worse is that Matt Crawford doesn’t even know all of the names of the people he’s letting go. That’s where Jenny steps in. She wants him to know who Alice Shelby is—a woman who has changed the lives of her patients and her workers. A true mentor, Alice has been the hospital’s “guiding light,” and the staff is anguished that she has to leave.
Meanwhile, Jenny continues pulling the party together for Christmas but decides that this year, it will be an extravagant send-off for her beloved supervisor. Matt also helps out with the details and seems excited about it. But there is something else, the CFO has his eyes and heart set on Jenny.
Is Jenny ready to give her heart to the same man who has been hired to put everyone’s job on the chopping block? And will Matt’s new spark for Jenny help him to figure out another way to reduce financial strains and allow him to keep Alice on staff?
Cast of Hearts of Christmas (via Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
Actress Emilie Ullerup
“Her first role was that of Julia Prynne in the hit sci-fi series ‘Battlestar Gallactica,’ and soon thereafter, she co-starred for two seasons with Amanda Tapping in the series ‘Sanctuary,’ which was followed by her starring role in the Canadian TV series ‘Arctic Air’ and, most recently, ‘jPod,’ for which she won the 2008 Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. Emilie has had recurring roles in a number of series, including ‘Blood Ties,’ and ‘True Justice,’ and has guest-starred in many more, including ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Almost Human’ and ‘Mr. Young.'”
Actor Kristoffer Polaha
“Kristoffer Polaha starred in the popular CW series ‘Life Unexpected’ in ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ which aired earlier this year. Polaha has starred in a number of TV series over the past ten years, including ‘North Shore,’ ‘Miss Guided,’ ‘Made in Jersey,’ ‘Ringer’ and ‘Valentine,’ and he has guest-starred in many more, including ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Awkward,’ ‘Without a Trace,’ ‘Better Off Ted,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘CSI: Miami,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ ‘Roswell’ and ‘House M.D.’ Most recently, Polaha starred in the Fox series ‘Backstrom’ and in episodes of ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Rizzoli & Isles.'”
When possible, it’s interesting to give viewers an idea of what some of the Hallmark actors enjoy around the holidays. In an interview with the cast of HMM’s Hearts of Christmas, the three leading characters gave some details on their most favorite Christmas traditions.
Their Favorite Christmas Traditions
- Emilie Ullerup loves to eat duck instead of turkey for Christmas dinner.
- Kristoffer Polaha says he enjoys the candy canes and hot toddy as a special treat. Also, a blanket of white snow during the festivities is especially enchanting.
- Actress Sharon Lawrence believes there is no sense in choosing between a cup of hot chocolate or hot toddy since she loves them both.
- And for Sharon’s family, the meat of choice is always a plump turkey for Christmas dinner.
Hearts of Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment and Johnson Production Group. Timothy O. Johnson is listed as the executive producer, according to Crown Media.
Set aside time to watch Hearts of Christmas this Sunday, December 4, at 9/8 p.m. Central on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (HMM).
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