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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