Lauren Holly (“NCIS”) will star in “The Town Christmas Forgot,” a Hallmark Channel original movie world premiere Nov. 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C).
The film also stars Rick Roberts (“The Night Before the Night Before Christmas”), alongside newcomers Torri Webster and Holly’s real life son, Azer Greco.
Just days before Christmas, Annie (Holly) and Charles (Roberts) Benson hit the road for a holiday ski trip with their two children, the materialistic Trish (Webster) and the quiet and introverted Nolan (Greco). Together, yet separate, each lives in a world of digital communication, satellite radio and cell phones. But when the family takes a short cut through back roads, contact with the outside world is lost, and when their SUV breaks down, they end up stuck in the rural burg of Nowhere.
The town is dying and Christmas is bleak for the locals who can only exchange inexpensive or homemade gifts. In spite of the town’s depressed economy, Samantha “Sam” (Stephanie Belding, “Eureka”), the owner of the local café, lifts the town’s spirits by organizing a Christmas Eve pageant, and enlists the Bensons’ help. It is a chain reaction of enthusiasm as Annie lends her dancing skills, while Trish offers to help out with the rock band, and Nolan rounds up Santa Claus. With no outside distractions, the family learns that life “simply” is better. What began as a unfortunate event leaves an indelible lesson: being present in the lives of others is the best gift of the season. Now, holiday hope is everywhere.
“The Town Christmas Forgot” is a Chesler/Perlmutter Production in association with C/P Xmas Productions Inc. Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter and Rob Vaughn are executive producers, Marek Posival is producer and Marci McCurlie co-producers. John Bradshaw directed from a script written by Kevin Commins.
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