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Hallmark Channel is planning ahead. Next month, the network will begin production on their first holiday movie of 2023.

Directed by Bethany Joy Lenz and Christopher Polaha, A Biltmore Christmas will be filmed entirely at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, a National Historic Landmark known for its classic holiday traditions. Dustin Rickert serves as executive producer with Andrew Gernhardt producing. The screenplay is directed by John Putch and written by Marcy Holland.

“Every year, we look for ways to create exciting, new holiday viewing experiences for our audiences,” said Samantha DiPippo, senior vice president of development and programming for Hallmark Media. “We know fans will love being transported back in time, and the iconic, beautiful Biltmore Estate is the perfect setting to help fans get into the holiday spirit.”

Lenz, best known for his role on One Tree Hill, has appeared in numerous films for Hallmark over the years, including Poinsettias for Christmas (2018), Bottled With Love (2019), Five Star Christmas” (Five Star Christmas) 2020) and “Unexpected Christmas” (2021).

Paula has appeared in seven Mystery 101 movies for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, as well as several original movies for Hallmark Media, including Dater’s Handbook (2016), Rocky Mountain Christmas (2017), Pearl in Paradise” (2018), “Double Holiday” (2019) and “Dickens Of A Holiday” (2021). Polaha also starred in The CW’s Life Unexpected, directing a One Tree Hill crossover episode in 2010, welcoming Lenz’s character Haley James Scott to town.

The official description of A Biltmore Christmas is below.

Lucy Collins (Lenz) is a screenwriter who gets the job of her life when she is hired to write the screenplay for the remake of the beloved holiday movie His Merry Bride. First filmed in 1947 at the beautiful Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. As Christmas approaches, Lucy travels to the Biltmore Estate to investigate. She joins a guided tour of the grounds, where she gets an insight into the location’s history and the filming of His Merry Bride, and when she enters the house, she’s drawn to the beautiful hourglass. When Lucy accidentally knocks it over, she finds herself transported back to 1946, the Golden Age of Hollywood, as the cast and crew prepare to film His Merry Bride. at the Biltmore. Lucy does her best to travel outside of time in an unfamiliar place, charming some and raising suspicions in others. It’s not long before Lucy catches the eye of the film’s dashing lead, Jack Huston (Polaha), and although he initially rejects her advances, their connection soon becomes undeniable. Lucy’s sudden appearance sets off a chain of events that puts the production in jeopardy. Before he can return to the present, he must make things right or risk changing the future forever. Lucy has one chance to go home, but must say goodbye to the man who could be her soulmate if the magic of Christmas doesn’t stop them from closing the curtain on their love story.

The news comes on the eve of a huge year for the Hallmark Channel and its Countdown to Christmas franchise. In 2022, the network ranked as the most-watched entertainment cable network among multiple shows during the holiday season. The movie “Three Wise Men and a Child”, which premiered in November, became the most watched TV movie of the year.


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