In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the head of Great American Media says the network has no specific plan to exclude same-sex story lines from the movies it produces.

“It’s certainly the year 2022, so we’re aware of the trends,” said Bill Abbott. “There’s no whiteboard that says, ‘Yes, this’ or ‘No, we’ll never go here.’”

For now, Great American Family movies feature heterosexual romantic story lines, often with romance coming in a distant second to spiritual and personal growth.

In her new movie for Great American Family, Candace Cameron Bure says she is trying to get away from some of the tropes that have come to define Christmas rom-coms.

“My own kids have said, ‘Mom, are you leaving the big city and going to the farm, meeting the love of your life?’” Bure said. “Those are all fun things that we love, but we see over and over and over.

Great American Media

In recent years, Hallmark has made a push to include same-sex couples in some of its movies and television shows. Both The Christmas House and The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls featured a same sex couple played by Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder. In the series finale of the popular show Good Witch, one of the show’s main characters shared a same-sex kiss with a new love interest.

In The Christmas House and The Christmas House 2, Hallmark featured same-sex story lines.
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. (Image: Hallmark Media)

Hallmark executives have said they want all audiences to feel represented in their programming.

While some fans have welcomed the changes, others have accused the company of going “woke for profit.”

Change of focus

The focus of the story in Bure’s new film for the network, A Christmas…Present, is the main character’s spiritual reawakening. Bure plays Maggie, a married mother of two who goes to visit her recently widowed brother, Paul. Though she is expecting to find Paul grief-stricken and depressed, she finds he has coped well with the loss because of his Christian faith. Maggie comes away from the experience with a renewed love of God and an appreciation for her many blessings.

While not all of the movies will have such a religious focus, many will include messages of faith, hope, and family.

“Spiritual or faith-based content is grossly underserved,” Abbott said in an interview, a sentiment echoed by Bure.

“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” Bure said.

Bure’s first film for Great American Family, A Christmas…Present, will premiere on Sunday, November 27 at 8/7c.


Actress Danica McKellar has moved to Tennessee. In a recent interview, the Hallmark and Great American Family star said she and her family have left Los Angeles to live on a rural homestead an hour north of Nashville.

“My husband and I have been wanting more nature for a long time,” McKellar told People magazine. “We were kind of ready to not be in a city anymore.”

In an Instagram post, McKellar said she feels like a character in one of the romantic-comedies she stars in.

“Yep, my Christmas movie characters are definitely rubbing off on me,” she wrote. “Big city life traded in for the country!”

The actress added, “I’ve lived in beautiful California my entire life; in Los Angeles since I was 7 years old. And I’ve never been happier. Excited for the seasons, too!”

Danica McKellar has moved to Tennessee

Tennessee has a special place in McKellar’s heart. Soon after she started dating her husband, Scott Sveslovsky, she had to shoot a movie on location in Kentucky. They missed each other so much that he flew to Nashville to see her and she drove an hour-and-a-half to see him. They spent a romantic weekend in Nashville and fell in love with the city.

“Memphis and Nashville are both entertainment cities. They’re known for music,” McKellar said. “Being from L.A. and being an entertainer, it’s nice to have creative people around.”

Career move

McKellar made headlines last year when she announced that she had signed an exclusive contract with Great American Family, a new network started by Crown Media Family Network’s former CEO Bill Abbott. As part of the deal, she will star in and executive produce four movies for the company.

One of these films, Christmas at the Drive-In, will premiere as part the network’s Great American Christmas lineup.

Though she is a fan of romantic comedies in general, she loves Christmas movies.

“…I think what audiences love about Christmas is this feeling of nostalgia and family and traditions and warm fuzziness,” she said in an interview. “Really, what we want is that warm fuzziness.”

Danica McKellar in the movie Christmas at the Drive-In. The actress revealed that she has moved to Tennessee.
Danica McKellar in the movie Christmas at the Drive-In. (Image: Great American Media.)

A Californian born and bred, McKellar first appeared on the small screen as Winnie Cooper in the ABC program The Wonder Years, which ran from 1988-1993. After finishing the series, she went on to study mathematics at UCLA.

In her work as an undergraduate, she helped author a mathematical-physics theorem, the Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem. She has written 11 books about math and runs a website devoted to the subject.

She continued her acting career as well, making guest appearances on The West Wing and the The Big Bang Theory. Over the years, she has appeared in the Hallmark romcoms Crown for Christmas (2015), Christmas at Grand Valley (2018), and Christmas at Dollywood (2019). She also starred in Crown Media’s Matchmaker Mysteries series.

New place

McKellar is now living on her homestead with her husband, her son, Draco, (whom she shares with ex Mike Verta), and her mother, Mahalia. They have begun renovating their new home and they hope to eventually put in a pool, though McKellar is enjoying the trampoline they have too much to make serious plans.

The actress said she loves being around nature and her family.

“I am just loving the fact that my Christmas movie characters have rubbed off on me,” she said. “I think it’s just a wonderful example of life imitating art.”


A new Christmas movie is in the works at Great American Family. The network, which was started by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott, announced that production has begun Someday at Christmas, which is set to premiere in November.

“Christmas just got even better!!!” Jessica Lowndes wrote in an Instagram post promoting the movie. “To say I’m excited to act and sing with the legendary @msgladysknight is a MAJOR understatement!!! This project is an absolute dream come true. Can’t wait for everybody to see this one!!!”

New Christmas movie for Great American Family

Lowndes stars in the movie as Holly, a sales clerk with dreams of appearing on Broadway. When she meets musician and single father Jason (played by Greene), sparks fly. Her landlady Cora (played by Knight) brings the two together for a Christmas concert and they fall in love.

“As anticipation builds for year two of Great American Christmas, we are delighted to be working with the incomparable Gladys Knight who has inspired generations of fans by pushing musical boundaries with her numerous hit songs,” president and CEO of Great American Media Bill Abbott said in a statement to Variety. “With high caliber performances from Knight and the talented Jessica Lowndes and Paul Greene, ‘Someday at Christmas’ is a truly magical Christmas movie steeped in original music that audiences will want to see again and again.”

Someday at Christmas is one of many new movies being produced for the upcoming holiday by Great American Family. Shooting has already wrapped on another film, Catering Christmas, which will star Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing.

Daniel Lissing and Lori Loughlin on When Hope Calls. Great American Family is working on a new Christmas movie for 2022 called Someday at Christmas..
Loughlin and Daniel Lissing on the set of When Hope Calls Christmas. (Image: Instagram/@daniellissing)

The network released 12 Christmas movies last year and a special episode of When Hope Calls with appearances by Lissing and Lori Loughlin. Other films starred Hallmark favorites such as Cameron Mathison, Jen Lilley, Chad Michael Murray, and Trevor Donovan.

Paul Greene Christmas movies

Greene, who played Dr. Carson Shepherd on Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart, just finished shooting a Christmas movie for CBS. In Fit For Christmas, he plays a businessman who plans to buy a recreation center in Mistletoe, Mont., and turn it into a resort. He ends up falling for a Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor (played by Amanda Kloots of The Talk), who is desperately trying to keep the center from closing.


Great American Family announced that new romantic comedies will air every Saturday night. But fans still have the same question: How do I find the network?

Great American Family and its sister network, Great American Living, were launched in 2021 under the names GAC Family and GAC Living. Both channels are included in many basic cable packages and can be added to others for a fee. The channels can also be added (for a fee) to streaming packages from companies including DIRECTV Stream, FrndlyTV, FuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, and SlingTV.

In an attempt to help viewers, the company has made posts on social media with the channel numbers for the networks on different cable providers:

They also have a hotline for viewers to call for help. (The number is (855) 701-2804.)

The network has also said it has plans to release movies for sale and to stream them on an app.

Saturday night movies

Identical Love is one of the new movies coming to Great American Family
Identical Love (Image: GAC Media)

Identical Love

After being left at the altar, Dr. Charlotte Hudson needs to escape life at home. So, she signs up to volunteer with a health clinic in a tropical country. But her plans of escaping are thrown off when she comes across her former fiancé’s identical twin brother, Seth (a dentist), who is also volunteering with the clinic.

The movie stars Shae Robins (My One True Love, Romance in the Outfield) and Mason D. Davis (Cryo, Grandpa’s Crazy?).

Love In Bloom

When her soon-to-be-married little sister and fiancé become marooned at a mountain retreat days before their wedding, Amelia and the best man are tasked with stepping in to save the day.

The movie stars Susie Abromeit (Much Ado About Christmas, King Richard) and Julian Haig (Riverdale, Five Bedrooms).

Prescription for Love is one of the new movies coming to Great American Family
Prescription for Love (Image: GAC Media)

Prescription for Love

In this Cinderella story, Claire is a nurse with a supervisor who is intent on making her life miserable. However, on a rare and fun night off, she gets trapped in an elevator with a charming man. The next day she is introduced to him again, but he does not recognize her.

The movie stars Jillian Murray (Code Black, Christmas in the Pines) and Trevor Donovan (Jingle Bell Princess, 90210).

Just Add Love (this is a working title and could change)

April is a health-chef guru on the verge of notoriety, but her brand of cooking is failing. Despite her assurances that healthy is tasty, those who have tried her recipes disagree. Not willing to give up on her dream, April vows to reinvent herself. She goes to Italy to learn how to incorporate the country’s notorious rich culture of food in her own healthy recipes. She also meets Rob, a brilliant chef with big dreams of his own.

The movie stars Laura Mitchell (Love at Cedar Creek, Meeting Mr. Christmas) and Brad Johnson (A Crafty Christmas Romance, Switched for Christmas).

This Little Love of Mine

A workaholic lawyer returns to her island home to convince an old friend to take over his family’s company, but rekindled feelings soon get in the way.

The movie stars Saskia Hampele (The Heights, Neighbours) and Liam McIntyre (Flash, Star Wars: Resistance).

Showtimes are as follows:

Saturday, August 20 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT): Identical Love

Saturday, August 27 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT): Love in Bloom

Saturday, September 3 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT): Prescription for Love

Saturday, September 10 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT): Just Add Love

Saturday, September 17 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT): This Little Love of Mine


Catch a Christmas movie marathon on GAC Family this weekend. The network, which is being renamed Great American Family, will air films around the clock starting Saturday morning.

Christmas movie marathon

Saturday, July 23:

6/5c Christmas Time is Here

A small-town realtor is trying to help a client find a spot for his new resort. But the only place he likes is her childhood home and it’s not for sale. Stars Dewshane Williams and Rykiya Bernard.

8/7c The Christmas Swap

Two brothers magically switch bodies right before Christmas. Stars Christian Keyes and Dondre Whitfield.

There's a movie marathon on GAC Family this weekend.
The Christmas Swap (Image: GAC Media)

10/9c Angel Falls Christmas

A hardworking doctor with little time for Christmas meets a handsome stranger who restores her holiday spirit. Stars Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray.

12/11c A Christmas Star

An astronomer predicts that a new meteor shower will appear over a tiny town.
Can she convince the locals to help with her discovery at the expense of a Christmas tradition? Stars Sara Canning and Daniel Lissing.

2/1c A Kindhearted Christmas

Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison star in this movie about a small-town woman trying to navigate the holidays following the death of her husband. When she gives a large donation to a local non-profit, she sets off a chain reaction of kindness and giving. The story attracts the attention of a national newscaster (played by Mathison), who comes to town to figure out the identity of the secret Santa.

What's on GAC Family this weekend. The network will show a series of rom-coms on Saturday, including Angel Falls Christmas
Angel Falls Christmas (Image: GAC Media)

4/3c Joy For Christmas

A publicist introduces a famous athlete to the joys of Christmas with the hope that he will help her family’s charity. Stars Cindy Busby and Sam Page.

6/5c A Christmas Miracle for Daisy

An interior designer is excited to begin a new project in her adopted hometown.
Her enthusiasm is tested as she discovers that her clients are an ex-boyfriend and his daughter. Stars Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman.

8/7c Royally Wrapped For Christmas

Jen Lilley plays the head of a charity that aims to give every child in the world a gift on Christmas. When she travels to the country of Veronia, she meets and falls for a handsome prince (played by Brendan Fehr).

10/9c Mrs. Miracle

A widowed father is struggling to raise his 6-year-old twins when a magical woman comes into his life and fixes everything. Stars James Van Der Beek and Doris Roberts.

12/11c Call Me Mrs. Miracle

A family-owned department store is struggling to sell toys during the holidays when a mysterious employee shows up and begins to work miracles.

Christmas movies will air this weekend on GAC Family. The new network started by Bill Abbott has aired many original movies, including A Kindhearted Christmas (Image: GAC Media)
A Kindhearted Christmas (Image: GAC Media)

Sunday, July 24:

2/1c (in the a.m.) Christmas Crush

When holiday fanatic Addie (Cindy Sampson) makes a Christmas wish for her next door neighbor Sam (Robin Dunne) to fall in love with her, she’s not expecting anything to happen. She definitely isn’t expecting the wish to go awry and cause her other neighbor, Pete (Chris Violette) to fall in love instead.

4/3c Christmas is You

Emma must convince her first love Tyler, now a famous pop star, to sign with her record company, while also trying to save the town’s Christmas Caroling Celebration. Stars Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull.

6/5c A Christmas Miracle for Daisy

An interior designer is excited to begin a new project in her adopted hometown.
Her enthusiasm is tested as she discovers that her clients are an ex-boyfriend and his daughter. Stars Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman.

GAC Family Christmas movies will air all weekend, including Christmas Crush
Christmas Crush (Image: GAC Media)

8/7c Snowmance

Each year Sarah builds her “Snow Beau” snowman with her best friend, Nick. After another breakup, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find true love of her own. A little Christmas magic brings her Snow Beau to life.

10/9c The Great Christmas Switch

Twin sisters Sophia, a single woman who lives in the city, and Kaelynn, a single mom who lives in a small town, swap lives for Christmas. Stars Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey.

12/11c A Match Made at Christmas

Holly, a hopeless romantic, is matched with Chris, a career-focused man, by her great-aunt at Christmas. Stars Micah Lynn Hanson, Tim Llewellyn, and Aubrey Shimek Davis.

2/1c Christmas Crush
When holiday fanatic Addie (Cindy Sampson) makes a Christmas wish for her next door neighbor Sam (Robin Dunne) to fall in love with her, she’s not expecting anything to happen. She definitely isn’t expecting the wish to go awry and cause her other neighbor, Pete (Chris Violette) to fall in love instead.

GAC Family will air A Match Made at Christmas this weekend
A Match Made at Christmas (Image: GAC Media)

4/3c Jingle Bell Princess

Merritt Patterson plays Princess Amelia, who is accidentally stranded in Maine at Christmastime. She meets a handsome widower and sparks fly.

6/5c The Christmas Calendar

When a small-town baker receives a Christmas calendar from a secret admirer, her customers band together to find out who sent it.

8/7c Merry Kissmas

A woman engaged to marry a self-centered film and stage director falls for a caterer she meets by chance.

10/9c A Lot Like Christmas

Jessica’s small Christmas tree farm is forced to compete for business like never before when a big corporation, and its handsome head of marketing, move into her town. Stars Maggie Lawson and Christopher Russell.


Good Witch fans marked the one-year anniversary of the show’s finale on Saturday, making thousands of posts on social media in support of the series.

“Good Witch needs a new home!” one fan wrote on Twitter, with photos of the cast.

Hallmark aired the final episode of its popular series Good Witch on July 9, 2021. The show, which starred Catherine Bell and James Denton, was beloved by fans around the world, who enjoyed its positive messages and uplifting storylines.

Fans have been working hard to get the series back on the air ever since Hallmark announced — with only three episodes left in the season — that the show was canceled.

Now, as the series grows in popularity on Netflix, and a new network has joined the cable lineup, Goodies are hopeful that the show can find a new home.

Fans post in support of Good Witch
Fans post in support of bringing back the series Good Witch.

Save Good Witch campaign

In addition to pages on Facebook, fans have started a Save Good Witch website. (Here’s a link. It’s awesome.) The site shares the thousands of graphics fans have made in support of the show and describes the different campaigns fans have participated in to bring the series back to live television.

The creators have also come up with a number of storylines for the series moving forward.

“#GOODWITCH has changed our lives, made us better people and showed us how to get through the many challenges life has to offer,” reads one post on the website.

The series got its start in a series of movies produced by Hallmark, starring Catherine Bell as a mysterious woman named Cassie Nightingale who helps her friends and neighbors with good advice, kindness, and a little bit of magic. The movies proved so popular that Crown Media created a TV series based on the franchise, which debuted in 2015. The show ran for seven seasons before Crown Media decided to cancel it.

Moving forward

Fans have petitioned Hallmark to reinstate the show. They have also asked Netflix and GAC Family, a new network started by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott, to bring the series back.

“At least make a spinoff of the show and base it on Cassie and Sam traveling the world and checking in from time to time in Middleton with everyone in town and maybe with George and the kids and even Grace,” one wrote on social media.

Catherine Bell caused a stir when she asked fans to name a character she played that they miss the most.

“Cassie is my absolute favorite,” wrote one fan. “I love this character for all the positivity, resilience and warmth she radiates.”

“The Good Witch was one of my all-time favorite shows and the movies as well,” another wrote. “I was so sad when they were over!”

Actress Kyana Teresa also tweeted in support of a convention for Good Witch fans.

“A #Goodies con would be EPIC! How do we make this happen?!” she wrote.


GAC Family movies may soon be available to purchase. The network said it is working on making them available on DVD in response to a fan’s question on Instagram.

“Does anybody know if any of these movies will come out on DVD?” wrote a fan when GAC Family announced it would run another rom-com marathon this Saturday.

“We are working on it!” wrote a spokesperson for the network in a response.

This is welcome news for Hallmark fans who have been unable to access the new network. Though GAC Family and GAC Living are included for free in some cable packages, in others they cost extra. The network is not available on linear television at all in Canada.

A spokesperson responded to a fan's question about GAC Family movies
(Image: Instagram/@gactv)

Fans who cannot currently get GAC channels through their cable subscription can rejoice: a GAC Family app is in the works. The head of GAC Media announced the launch of Great American Community, an app that will stream lifestyle, seasonal, and holiday content from the company’s two new networks.

“Since launching GAC Family original programming last October, fans have been asking us for more opportunities to engage with our roster of talent, which we believe is the best in the business,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of GAC Media. “Great American Community will serve as a stand-alone app delivering a completely new experience for consumers hungry for trusted, family-friendly content that is relevant to their lives.”

What is GAC?

GAC Media was launched in June 2021 by Abbott, who left his position as CEO of Crown Media Family Networks in 2020. The company purchased two cable networks and began showing content in September. The GAC Family network has been showing HGTV content, including Tiny House, Big Living and Aloha Builds. GAC Family has been showing reruns of family-friendly shows such as Who’s the Boss and Bewitched, while also debuting original romantic comedies.

Candace Cameron Bure is moving to GAC Family
(Image: @candacecameronbure/Instagram)

Big names

During the 2021 holiday season, the network released 12 films starring actors such as Danica McKellar, Jen Lilley, Chad Michael Murray, and Brendan Fehr. The network has already released several movies this year and has started production on holiday content for the 2022 season.

GAC Media recently made headlines when Candace Cameron Bure signed a deal to produce and star in content for GAC Family.

GAC Family app

Though some fans of Hallmark have celebrated the addition of the new networks, some are concerned that they won’t be able to watch their favorite stars on GAC because they can’t access the channels. GAC Family and GAC Living are available on some but not all basic cable packages. The network currently isn’t available at all in Canada.

An app will allow fans to watch original content created for the networks without a cable subscription.

According to GAC Media, “The company has commissioned more than 200 hours of original content exclusively for the ad-supported app, which will be available in mobile app stores and on connected devices.”

Many of the actors and content producers are well-known to Hallmark audiences. According to the press release: “GAC Media has tapped veteran producer Tracy Verna (“Home and Family,” “The Price Is Right”) to oversee all content creation for Great American Community, which will include short-form lifestyle content featuring Debbie Matenopoulos (“Home & Family,” “The View”), Cameron Mathison (“Home & Family,” “General Hospital”); as well as Shirley Bovshow (“Home & Family,” home and gardening expert), Kym Douglas (“Home & Family,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” lifestyle expert), Maria Provenzano (“Home & Family,” DIY expert), Larissa Wohl (“Home & Family,” animal expert), Lawrence Zarian (“Home & Family,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” fashion expert), Toya Boudy (culinary expert), Amber Kemp-Gerstel (DIY expert), Emily Hutchinson (baking expert), Jamie Tarence (cooking expert), Mahaila McKellar (lifestyle expert); and other fan-favorite stars from GAC Family, including Jen Lilley, Jill Wagner, Danica McKellar, and Trevor Donovan.

Great American Community is expected to launch in September 2022.


A GAC Family Christmas movie for the 2022 season has started production in North Bay, Ontario. The film has a working title of The Christmas Farm and stars Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison.

Wagner posted a video to Instagram celebrating the first day of production.

“Hi, everybody,” she said. “So it is day one of the mystery project, which is not a mystery project anymore. I’m doing a Christmas film for GAC.”

In a caption that accompanied the video, Wagner thanked the network and said she would continue to do Christmas movies to honor her grandmother.

“Thank you @gactv for believing in me as an actor and producer and allowing me the opportunity to work for and with you. I’m excited to work alongside my buddy @cameronmathison! These sweet little Christmas stories are what my precious grandmother loved the most and I will continue to do them as long as I can in her honor.”

GAC Family Christmas movie

In The Christmas Farm, Wagner plays Janie, a hardworking marketing executive who lives in New York City. When her great-uncle Randall passes away, she returns to her small hometown of Woodland Falls for the funeral. It turns out that her uncle has bequeathed the family farm to Janie. Not quite sure what to do with her new property, Janie agrees to let the town’s Winter Wonderland take place on the farm.

With help from her uncle’s farmhand (Mathison), she begins preparing for the event. But her boyfriend in New York is anxious for her to return to the city so they can go on their previously planned beach holiday.

According to a synopsis from the network, “…Janie begins to feel an unexpected emotional tug about living life in a more authentic, meaningful way.”

GAC has already finished shooting another Christmas movie, Catering Christmas, which stars Daniel Lissing and Merritt Patterson. Both films will premiere during GAC Family’s Great American Christmas event, which begins October 28.

GAC veterans….

This is the second movie Wagner has made for GAC Family. In 2021, she appeared in A Christmas Miracle for Daisy alongside Nick Bateman.

Cameron Mathison has also worked with the new network, which was launched last year by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott.

In October 2021, Mathison and his former Home and Family co-host Debbie Matenopoulos presented Welcome to the Great American Christmas, a preview event of the network’s holiday movies.

…. and Hallmark veterans

Both Wagner and Mathison have worked extensively with Crown Media Family Networks, which produces content for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.

Wagner starred in two of Hallmark’s Christmas in Evergreen movies and played professor-turned-sleuth Amy Winslow in the Mystery 101 series.

Mathison was co-host of Hallmark’s lifestyle program Home and Family, which the network canceled in August 2021. He also starred in the romantic comedies Very, Very Valentine, The Christmas Ornament, and A Christmas to Remember. He also played Detective Mike Kingston in the Hannah Swensen mystery series starring Alison Sweeney.

Behind the scenes

Cameron Mathison and Jill Wagner working out while filming the GAC Family movie The Christmas Farm

Both actors have been posting to Instagram from behind the scenes. Recently, they shared pics from a workout.

“My workout buddy today @cameronmathison, killing it with the 90 Lb ( show off ),” Wagner wrote.

“Tryin to keep up with @jillwagner in the gym while we’re shooting up here in North Bay,” Mathison wrote.


Fans have mixed reactions to news that Candace Cameron Bure leaving Hallmark Channel

By now, most fans have heard about Candace Cameron Bure leaving Hallmark Channel to work with GAC Family. The Full House actress made the announcement on Instagram last week.

“Excited to join the @gactv and @gacliving family!” she wrote in the caption.

The actress, who has starred in more than two dozen movies for Crown Media Family Networks, received support from other actors who have signed deals with GAC Family.

“Yayayay!!!! Welcome to the family, my friend!!” Danica McKellar wrote in the comments.

But among fans, the reactions were mixed.

Some fans thrilled that Candace Cameron Bure now working for GAC Family

“I’m so excited for you and for GAC family,” one wrote on Bure’s Facebook page. “Can’t wait to see what you and Mr. Abbot will create together. Crossing my fingers in hopes of seeing some mysteries on this channel too. Oh! And bring back the home and family show. God Bless and enjoy this new adventure.”

Some fans are thrilled that Candace Camerone Bure leaving Hallmark Channel for GAC Family

“This is such great news!” wrote another. “I was hoping we would see you there especially when they picked up Full House & Fuller House. May God continue to richly bless you in all that you do!”

Another fan comments on Bure's Facebook page

Some fans upset that Candace Cameron Bure leaving Hallmark Channel

Most fans who have objected to Bure’s departure say the issue is straightforward: they don’t have access to GAC Family.

Though the new network is included in some basic cable packages — you can check yours here — in others, it can cost extra. It’s also available on several streaming platforms, but some fans they can’t afford to pay.

“I’m on disability and a fixed income and can’t afford to have a bunch of extra channels,” one wrote on social media. “I hate that so many have abandoned ship at Hallmark. Will miss seeing them.”

A fan comments on Candace Cameron Bure's move to GAC Family

Fans in Canada say they can’t even get GAC Family.

“This makes me a little sad because GAC Media isn’t currently available in Canada!” one wrote. “Neither is Hallmark but I could at least watch your movies on WNetwork through StackTV.”

A fan says she can't get GAC Family in Canada

What is GAC Family?

GAC Family is one of two networks launched by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott. Abbott left Crown Media — which produces content for Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama — in early 2020.

In June of 2021, he announced that his new company, GAC Media, had purchased two cable networks. Programming on GAC Family and GAC Living began in September. In addition to old episodes of family-friendly shows such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Father Knows Best, GAC Family released 12 original movies for the holiday season in 2022.

Other Hallmark stars such as Jen Lilley, Jessica Lowndes, and Danica McKellar have also signed contracts to work with GAC Media. Holly Robinson Peete, Brennan Elliott, and Lacey Chabert have signed contracts to continue to work for Crown Media.


What is GAC Family?

Hallmark star Candace Cameron Bure made headlines when she announced she was leaving the network to work with GAC Family. The actress has signed a contract to produce and star in content for the network, which is run by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott.

While the move had lots of people talking, some had only one question: What is GAC Family, anyway?

GAC Family was launched in June 2021 by Abbott, who had previously led programming at Hallmark Channel’s parent company, Crown Media. In a deal Bloomberg valued at $90 million, Abbott worked with Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners to buy two cable networks.

The networks, GAC Family and GAC Living, began airing content in September 2021. GAC Family premiered a slew of original movies in time for the holidays and is already working on more for the 2022 holiday season.

Who else is working with GAC Family?

Candace Cameron Bure joined Hallmark veterans Danica McKellar, Jessica Lowndes, and Jen Lilley in signing an exclusive contract with the network. Other Hallmark stars have also made movies for GAC Family, including Trevor Donovan, Brendan Fehr, Jennie Garth, Maggie Lawson, Sarah Lind, Daniel Lissing, M Chad Michael Murray, Sam Page, Merritt Patterson, Becca Tobin, Jill Wagner, and Dewshane Williams.

Too much of today's TV content is salacious, says Bill Abbott, former CEO of Crown Media
Bill Abbott (Image: Great American Media)

Who is Bill Abbott?

A native of Long Island, Abbott started his career in advertising after earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of the Holy Cross. He quickly became interested in television ratings and programming and moved on to work as a manager representing television stations around the country.

“I learned so much about what works, what doesn’t, what programming resonates,” he said in an appearance on the Up Next with John Contratti podcast.

He spent 20 years at Crown Media producing original content for Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. He left the network in early 2020.

On Contratti’s podcast, Abbott said that a quantity over quality mentality had taken hold at too many networks. His plan with GAC Media is to provide family-friendly content for viewers.

“There’s so much need for family content in the market and in this space,” he said. “You know, it’s pretty scary, quite frankly, the amount of content that’s out there…the vast majority of content that’s salacious and just is not appropriate for any member of the family.”

What’s on GAC Family and GAC Living?

What is on GAC Living. The shows airing on the new network.
(Image: GAC Media)

In addition to movies, GAC Family has been showing reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, Full House, Fuller House, Who’s the Boss, and Bewitched.

GAC Living has been airing episodes of Hazel, Father Knows Best, Aloha Builds, First Time Flippers, Going RV, Growing Up Gator, Seaside Snacks and Shacks, Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen, Southern Fried Everything, Mountain Mamas, and Tiny House, Big Living.

Where can I find GAC Family?

We have a breakdown here of which cable companies have it. Where possible, we have included the channel numbers. Since channel numbers vary by region on some cable providers, we have included links to their websites where you can access the channel numbers for your area.

No cable? No problem. GAC Family is available to stream on the following subscription services:

Frdly TV





Cable providers:

Cox: Click this link to find the GAC Family channel in your area.

DirectTV: Channel 326

Dish: Channel 165

Frontier: Click this link to find the GAC Family channel in your area.

Mediacom: Click this link to find the GAC Family channel in your area.

Optimum: Click this link to find the GAC Family channel in your area.

Spectrum: Click this link to find the GAC Family channel in your area.

U-verse: Channel 1529

Xfinity: Channel 1620


Candace Cameron Bure is moving to GAC Family

Candace Cameron Bure is moving to GAC Family. The Hallmark veteran will produce and star in content for the new network, which was started by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott in 2021.

“I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I love to watch,” Bure said in a statement through the network.

Bure joins other Hallmark favorites Danica McKellar and Jen Lilley, who have signed exclusive contracts to produce and star in content for the network, which began programing in September.

“Candace is adored by generations of fans as one of family entertainment’s most cherished and relatable stars,” said Abbott, president & CEO of GAC Media. “She has helped build this genre into the mainstream success it is today, and I look forward to working together at GAC Media as we further establish our brands as leaders in quality family programming. I am truly honored that she has chosen to be a part of and help curate her special brand of family entertainment here at Great American Channels.”

Abbott made headlines in June 2021 when he announced he had partnered with Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners to purchase two networks in a deal Bloomberg estimated at $90 million.

Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora Teagarden.
(Image: Crown Media)

Hallmark vs. GAC

Hallmark has been signing deals left and right with its actors. Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Holly Robinson Peete are among the stars who have agreed to work exclusively with Crown Media in the coming years.

But many of its actors have already started working with GAC Family. Trevor Donovan, Brendan Fehr, Jennie Garth, Maggie Lawson, Sarah Lind, Daniel Lissing, M Chad Michael Murray, Sam Page, Merritt Patterson, Becca Tobin, Jill Wagner, and Dewshane Williams have appeared in movies with the new network.

Aurora Teagarden

The former star of Full House has appeared in more than two dozen movies for Hallmark. Her latest, Aurora Teagarden: Haunted By Murder, premiered on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries in February.

In addition to starring new content for GAC Family, Bure’s Candy Rock Entertainment production company will oversee and curate programming from GAC and create year-round seasonal celebration content.

“I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose,” Bure said. “GAC fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision of creating compelling wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family. Great, quality entertainment with a positive message is what my partnership with GAC is all about!”


Danica McKellar: Lori Loughlin didn’t deserve prison time

According to Danica McKellar, Lori Loughlin didn’t deserve prison time for her role in an infamous college admissions scam. The actress made the statement in response to a question about her fellow Hallmark star at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

“She’s a wonderful person, she always has been, and it would be challenging to find a person who hasn’t made a mistake in their life,” McKellar told a reporter. “She served her time. I’m not going to speak to whether or not she deserved that. Personally, I don’t think so — but she served the time.”

Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison for her role in the scandal. She and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty to fraud charges after they paid so-called “fixers” to help their daughters gain admittance to the University of Southern California. They were among 50 parents charged in what officials called Operation Varsity Blues.

Danica McKellar in the Matchmaker Mysteries series.

Loughlin completed her prison sentence in December of 2020. She completed 100 hours of community service. According to reports from US Weekly, Loughlin also paid $500,000 to put two students through college.

When Calls the Heart

When news of the admissions scandal broke, Loughlin was starring Hallmark Channel’s longest-running original series When Calls the Heart. The show took a month-long hiatus as writers and producers decided what to do with her character, Abigail Stanton. They chose to write her off the show.

But Loughlin returned to television in December of 2021. Her When Calls the Heart character made an appearance on the show’s spinoff series, When Hope Calls.

Hallmark produced the first season of When Hope Calls. It was picked up by a new network, GAC Family, for Season 2. Loughlin appeared as Abigail Stanton in a Christmas special for the series.

Daniel Lissing and Lori Loughlin on When Hope Calls. Great American Family is working on a new Christmas movie for 2022 called Someday at Christmas..
Loughlin and Daniel Lissing on the set of When Hope Calls Christmas. (Image: Instagram/@daniellissing)

Danica McKellar: Lori Loughlin didn’t deserve prison time

McKellar spoke about Loughlin in response to a question about her own involvement with GAC Family. The network started programming in September 2021. It is run by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott.

In October, McKellar signed an exclusive multi-picture deal with the network.

During her appearance on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, McKellar spoke of her work with GAC Family and Hallmark.

”I’ve done 16 movies for the Hallmark Channel, and I loved my time there,” she said. “In this network, I get a much more hands-on role with executive producing, and it’s really exciting to sign this multi-picture deal with them and be creating movies.”


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Production starts next week on the GAC Family 2022 Christmas movie Catering Christmas. It is the first of several movies that that will be produced by the network, which will started by former Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott.

Catering Christmas stars Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing. According to a synopsis from the GAC Family, Merritt plays Molly Frost, who is struggling to make a go of her new catering business when she unexpectedly lands New Hampshire’s biggest event of the year, the Harrison Foundation Christmas Fundraiser.

Merritt Patterson, who will star in Catering Christmas for GAC Family
Daniel Lissing, who will star in Catering Christmas for GAC Family

Though she is more than ready to take on the challenge, she runs into problems when it comes time to meet with the man who has been appointed to run the event. Carson Jacob Harrison (Lissing) is the reluctant heir to the Harrison Foundation. However, he has no interest in the foundation. Instead, he spends his time traveling the world taking photographs.

His aunt puts him in charge of the Christmas fundraiser, hoping he will start taking his duties as heir more seriously.

At first, Molly struggles to get Harrison interested in the event. But when she shows him all the good the foundation has done for the town — and for her, personally — he changes his mind, and the two begin working on a history of the foundation.

Merritt Patterson

A native of Whistler, Vancouver, Patterson landed her first TV role on the series Kyle XY at the age of 15. She went on to have parts in Supernatural, Ravenswood, and The Royals.

Patterson starred in several movies for Hallmark, including A Royal Winter, The Christmas Cottage, and Picture a Perfect Christmas.

In 2021, she starred in Jingle Bell Princess, one of 12 original movies produced for GAC Family.

Daniel Lissing

Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow as Jack and Elizbaeth in When Calls the Heart.
Daniel Lissing on When Calls the Heart. (Image: Crown Media)

Daniel Lissing began his career in his native Australia on the TV series Pizza. He went on to have roles in Home and Away, Out of the Blue, and Packed to the Rafters.

His breakout role in the States was on Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart, on which he played Mountie Jack Thornton for five seasons. He has also had roles on Girlfirends Guide to Divorce, S.W.A.T., and The Rookie. He has starred in the Hallmark movies The December Bride and Christmas in Love.

In 2021, he starred the original movie The Christmas Star for GAC Family.

GAC Family 2022 Christmas movie

The executive producers of the movie include Brad Krevoy and Amanda Philips, who both worked on the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. Other executive producers include Eric Jarboe, Amy Krell, Vince Balzano, Jimmy Townsend, Suzie Belzberg Krevoy, and TW Peacocke, all of whom have worked on series for Crown Media. Peacocke will direct from an original screenplay by Cara J. Russell.

No release date has been given yet for Catering Christmas.

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