New television network GAC Family is broadcasting a number of films this Christmas season, many of which feature actors who traditionally have starred in Hallmark films. The network recently changed the date of its Christmas Preview special, hosted by the hosts of Hallmark’s off-set “Home & Family” series. The new special will air on the same night as Hallmark’s own Christmas preview special.
The GAC Family Christmas Special entitled “Welcome to Great American Christmas” will air on Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Central Central, according to an Instagram video. (However, the GAC Family website states that the premiere is at 8:00 PM East and 8:00 PM Pacific. If you are in the Pacific time zone, check your local listings.)
Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos will moderate the event. They hosted Hallmark’s “Home & Family” daily series before it was canceled earlier this year.
Matenopoulos said the Preview Special will be “a foretaste of the great new, original Christmas films we have to offer this Christmas season, plus special surprises, your favorite stars and much more”.
The event was originally supposed to air on October 24th, but has now been postponed for a week and will instead air on Saturday October 16th. It is not clear how long the event will last. A search in TV Guide’s DirecTV lists for GAC showed the special for Saturday evening not yet in the list.
When Matenopoulos first posted about the event on Instagram, she said, “I’m so excited to rejoin my co-host and friend @cameronmathison in what I promise to be your NEW Christmas destination and more his … Sharing this message with all of you warms my heart to no end. Cant wait to see you there and welcome you all home !!! ”
NextTV reported that the special would preview all upcoming Christmas films, along with celebrity guests sharing craft ideas and recipe ideas for Christmas.
The GAC family’s new date and time for their Christmas Preview Special will also be the same date and time that The Hallmark Channel will broadcast its Countdown to Christmas Preview Special. The main difference is that Hallmark hosted its special after a new movie. This year, for the first time, its countdown special will air during an original film.
According to a preview ad available on The Hallmark Channel’s website, this year’s special will air during Hallmark’s “Advice to Love By” premiere on October 16. You have to see them during the new Hallmark movie. Advice to Love By will air Saturday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 8:00 p.m. Central.
This year Tamera Mowry-Housley and Danica McKellar will host the preview special Countdown to Christmas.
If the Great American Country special only airs for an hour on GAC Family, it’ll be over just before Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas Preview special begins. However, at the time of this writing, it is unclear how long the GAC family’s preview special will be.
GAC Family was started by Bill Abbott, former CEO of The Hallmark Channel.
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