Barbara Niven will headline the new Hallmark movie Ms. Christmas Comes to Town. The film will be the first new movie to air in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 2023 Miracles of Christmas lineup. The drama also stars Brennan Elliott and Erica Durance.
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In Ms. Christmas Comes to Town, Barbara Niven stars as Gale Storm, a once-aspiring movie starlet who ultimately found fame as Ms. Christmas, the fan-favorite host of the Holiday Shopping Channel (HSC). After receiving a terminal diagnosis prior to the holiday season, Gale decides to retire so she can sign off the airwaves on her own terms.
The network wants to send her off in style, so the Ms. Christmas is Coming to Town Tour is born, allowing Gale to travel from city to city while she shines the spotlight on local products and brings Christmas cheer and surprises the way only Ms. Christmas can.
The network sends along a travel nurse (played by Brennan Elliott) as well as fellow host Amanda (played by Erica Durance). Gale doesn’t want Amanda to know about her illness, so the travel nurse pretends to be the godson of the network head.
As their festively decked-out RV goes from town to town, much Christmas cheer is spread and lessons are learned. Gale even finds romance when her former fiancé James (played by Mark Brandon) unexpectedly turns up at one of their stops.
Barbara Niven starred in the hit Hallmark TV shows Chesapeake Shores and Cedar Cove. She also plays Delores Swensen in the Hannah Swensen mystery series and starred in the Crossword Mysteries and Christmas in Evergreen series.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Niven got her big break in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Promise (1986). She went on to appear in the TV shows Wings, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, ER, and Charmed. She also played Brenda Dickerson on The Bold and the Beautiful and Liz Coleman Reynolds on One Life to Live.
In 2011, she authored the book 111 Star Power Tips – Insider Secrets From A Hollywood Pro: For Videos, Audios, On-Camera Interviews, TV, Radio & Presentations.
Brennan Elliott graduated from the prestigious Actors Studio at the Juilliard School in New York. In addition to starring in the TV shows Madison, Viper, The Outer Limits, Welcome to Paradox, First Wave, The Net, and Poltergeist: The Legacy, he has also had roles on Monk, House M.D., and Criminal Minds.
From 2013 to 2015 he played Warren Saget on the Hallmark series Cedar Cove. He played Marco Salvare in the Flower Shop Mysteries and co-starred with Lacey Chabert in the All Of My Heart series. He has also appeared in the Hallmark movies A Christmas Melody (2015), Love You Like Christmas (2016), Christmas Encore (2017), Christmas at Grand Valley (2018), All Summer Long (2019), Christmas in Vienna (2020), Open By Christmas (2021), The Perfect Pairing (2022), Marry Go Round (2022), and The Gift of Peace (2022).
Ms. Christmas Comes to Town will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Thursday, October 26 at 9/8c.