Candace Cameron Bure, Trevor Donovan, and Merritt Patterson are among the stars who will headline new movies for Great American Family this Christmas. The network, which was started by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott, is producing 21 original movies for the 2023 holiday season.
Bure announced the news about her latest project with the network in a post on Instagram.
“Very excited to present another Great American Christmas film this year with @candyrock.entertainment,” she wrote in the caption. “…So proud of this movie and all it represents!”
Candace Cameron Bure
Bure will star in the movie My Christmas Hero, playing a U.S. Army reservist and orthopedic physician. Her character, Dr. Nicole Ramsey, provides care for military service members and their families at the Joint Military Base in Lacey, Washington, home of I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing.
In the movie, Dr. Ramsey goes on a mission to “honor a special fallen soldier and bring much-needed healing to her own family,” according to a synopsis from Great American Family.
The movie is being produced by Bure’s company Candy Rock Entertainment. In a statement to Deadline, Bure said, “We are proud to tell a story that honors our U.S. veterans this Christmas season. From World War II to present-day veterans, we shine the spotlight on their heroic work as well as aftercare needs. We have a talented cast and crew and are thrilled to bring it to our Great American Family audience.”
Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson
Network favorites Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson will also star in a Christmas movie for Great American Family.
In Christmas By Chance, Patterson plays Addie, a New York City chiropractor who receives an accidental text from a woman who identifies herself as “Nana.” The two strike up a friendship via text message and Nana invites Addie to come and spend the holidays in Vermont.
Everything is going well until Nana’s son, played by Trevor Donovan, returns home unexpectedly for Christmas.
Christmas By Chance is the second holiday film Donovan and Patterson have starred in together for Great American Family. In 2021, the two headlined Jingle Bell Princess.
Great American Christmas
Former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott made headlines in June 2021 when he announced he had partnered with Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners to purchase two television networks in a deal Bloomberg estimated at $90 million.
He launched his channels, Great American Family and Great American Living, in September 2021. During the first Christmas season, the network Great American Family aired 12 original movies. In 2022, the network released 18 new movies for Christmas.
Great American Christmas 2023 will begin in October.