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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas On The Hallmark Channel

Courtesy Hallmark Channel
Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady star in the Hallmark Channel's first 'Countdown to Christmas' movie airing Saturday, Oct. 27.

It's not even Halloween, but the Hallmark Channel is overflowing with Christmas greenery.

The Hallmark Channel, and its sister Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, will deliver 36 new holiday movies starting Saturday, Oct. 27.  

Stars include LeAnn Rimes and Hallmark regulars Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar and Tatyana Ali.

I've already started compiling my annual Holiday TV list, so here's a look at a dozen Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" movies through November. (Don't blame me if the plots sound repetitive!):

Christmas At Pemberley Manor (8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27):  An event planner (Jessica Lowndes, 90210) helps a billionaire (Michael Rady, Jane The Virgin) find the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Joy (8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3):  A big-city market researcher (Danielle Panabaker, The Flash) goes home to help her ailing aunt and reconnects with her old boyfriend (Matt Long, Timeless).

Road to Christmas (8 p.m. Sunday, Nov.  4): A Los Angeles TV producer (Jessy Schram, Nashville) falls in love with the son (Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls) of the star of a popular annual Christmas TV special.

It’s Christmas Eve (8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10): LeAnn Rimes stars as a school administrator assigned to her aging old high school, where she meets a struggling music department head (Tyler Hynes, Saving Hope) and agrees to help at their Christmas concert.

Christmas in Love (8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11): A small town bakery employee (Brooke D'Orsay, 9JKL, Miss Christmas) tries to convince the town's wealthiest resident (Daniel Lissing, When Calls The Heart) not to replace the bakery employees with machines.

Christmas at Graceland (8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17): Country singer Kellie Pickler (Pickler & Ben) stars as a Chicago executive assigned to help a small family bank in Memphis, where she meets her old boyfriend and former singing partner, in a film shot at Elvis Presley's estate.

Mingle All the Way (8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18): The founder of a new networking app (Jen Lilley, Harvest Love, A Dash of Love, Days Of Our Lives) – which pairs busy professionals together for events without any long-term romance – tests her app, and its theory, when she starts falling in love with her match (Mason native Brant Daughtery, Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars).

Christmas at the Palace (8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21): A former professional ice skater (Merritt Patterson, The Royals, A Royal Winter, Unbroken, Ravenswood) falls in love with a monarch (Andrew Cooper, The Royals, The Way) while helping the king's daughter train for a Christmas ice show.

Christmas at Grand Valley (8 p.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 22): A burned-out artist (Danica McKellar, Coming Home for Christmas, Crown For Christmas, The Wonder Years) comes home for the holiday and falls in love with a single father (Brennan Elliott, Curse of Chucky, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb).

Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe (8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23): A career woman (Lacy Chabert, The Sweetest Christmas, Moonlight In Vermont, Mean Girls, Party of Five) finds love (Brendan Penny, The A-Team, Magical Christmas Ornaments, Motive) when she comes home to help her sick mother.

Christmas Everlasting (8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24): When a corporate lawyer (Tatyana Ali, Christmas Everlasting, Wrapped Up In Christmas, The Young and the Restless) goes home to Wisconsin to handle her older sister's estate and the family home, she falls in love with her high school sweetheart.

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Hallmark): A grumpy employee  (Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House, Journey Back To Christmas, A Christmas Detour) gets locked in a department store on Christmas Eve, where she's visited by her guardian angel who shows her ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. With Jean Smart and Luke Macfarlane.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.